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. Amid rising prices for almost all goods and services, customers 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 turn down local businesses when deciding to find something to wrap. However, I have seen firsthand the importance of strengthening and supporting local businesses in our community.

Rick Jhaj is the owner and Chief Development Officer of Countryside Corp. and Chairman of the Board of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce.

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