Business Conference & Expo

The Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce and the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce are partnering to host the region’s largest business event – the 2017 Business Conference & Expo. This event was held on Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Rabobank Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave.

The event will open with a conference from 3-5 p.m. that will feature workshops and a keynote speaker to provide insight and tools to enhance your business.Workshops will cover issues relating to health care, finance and technology. The expo, running from 5-8 p.m., will include more than 100 vendors showcasing and selling their products and services. Several local restaurants and caterers will also have some of their tasty fare to sample.

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Keynote Speaker and workshops:

Actress, singer and author Nia Peeples served as the keynote speaker at this year’s Business Conference & Expo! She  shared her experiences of working in the entertainment industry and delivered an inspiring message designed to instill confidence and empowerment.

The conference featured three workshops to help provide insight and resources on some of the hottest topics for businesses – finance, health and wellness and technology. The finance workshop  featured speakers, Keith Brice, president/CEO of Mid State Development Center; Sonia Lara, senior business banking specialist at Wells Fargo; and Gina Ramirez, senior business banking specialist for Wells Fargo; and moderator was Kelly Bearden, director of the CSUB Small Business Development Center.

Miranda Whitworth, manager of communication and public relations for Kern Medical moderated the health and wellness workshop, which featured Sean Kenney, health and wellness manager for Advanced Care Wellness; and Dr. Benjamin Ha, family physician for Kaiser Permanente of Kern County.

David Milazzo, founder and principal of Macroscopic and co-founder of FormForce; and Shane Swanson, chief operating officer for ARRC Technology; shared their expertise during the technology workshop, and Gabe Ulloa, marketing officer for Kern Federal Credit Union, served as moderator.


Come alone or gather a group for an evening of fun, networking and potential business connections. From classic Bakersfield establishments to seeing what’s new in town, the Business EXPO is a ‘can’t miss’ event every October. Open to all members and non-members.


Bakersfield’s largest business-to-business showcase attracts hundreds of attendees. Your business interacts one-on-one with potential clients to sell products or services directly or make contacts for follow up. Sign up soon to get the best booth placement. At the event, you’ll have a floor captain who makes sure that things run smoothly and you have everything you need. Also, you don’t need to be a Chamber member to participate.


Delicious food is a highlight of any event. You’ll also have a prime booth location, extra-large space and recognition in all promotional materials. You can showcase and distribute materials and other samples in addition to the event menu items.

For more information, contact Sarah Hinzo at (661) 327-4421 or email at