Community Voices: Bakersfield’s businesses are the heart of our economy | Community Voices

This holiday season, rising interest rates and persistent inflation are fueling a new level of uncertainty, and a recession seems imminent. With the price of almost all goods and services rising, consumers are faced with tough decisions about how and where to spend their money.

We usually turn to big box retailers for our holiday shopping and often discount local businesses when we decide to find something to pack. However, I have seen firsthand the importance of strengthening and supporting local businesses in our community.

Rick Dzhaj is Countryside Corp.’s CEO. owner and development manager and chairman of the board of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce.


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