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Our History

The need to have a chamber of commerce to address the needs of the African American businesses in Kern County was evident.  Efforts were being made in the northern part of the valley however; a need to focus on Kern County was sought after.  Several officers from the San Joaquin Valley Black Chamber of Commerce, based in the Fresno area; came to Bakersfield and met with some interested business owners to plan a local presence.

Those businesses in Bakersfield felt it important to have a voice as well as an advocate that would focus on the needs for the African American businesses, to promote growth and economic development.  A decision was made to go forth with the mission to setup a Kern County Black Chamber.
The Black Chamber was co-founded in 2002 by Ali and Earlena Morris alongside a group of excited and energetic business owners in Kern County. While the organization was initially called the San Joaquin Valley Black Chamber - Kern County, the name was later modified to Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce.     

In 2006 documents were filed and KCBCC Development Foundation was empowered. The 501 c. 3. Foundation was an strategic addition to the mission and goals of the Chamber and together they are working hard to make a difference in the economic future of Kern County.

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