Local Business + Local Culture + Local Connections
Bakersfield Young Professionals, a program of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, is giving local millennials access to several of the city’s influential entrepreneurs at the second annual BYP Summit on April 12. This event is a chance to connect, ask questions and start dialogue about Bakersfield’s changing business scene and how new companies are adding to the local culture.
The event will open with the launch of “Be In Bakersfield,” a new marketing campaign and nonprofit, which will be presented by Austin and Anna Smith, Daniel Cater and Shannon LaBare. The goal is to get young professionals excited about living here by sharing their stories of what’s good in the community with the hopes of giving Bakersfield a competitive edge in the future.
Some of Bakersfield’s established entrepreneurs will explain the highs and lows of being their own bosses in two diverse panels. The first panel, moderated by David Milazzo, owner of Macroscopic and cofounder of FormForce, will feature young professionals who have utilized everything from apps to social media to develop a business and share their experiences of venturing out on their own.
For other business owners, an untapped market sparked an idea for a company. During the second panel, moderated by Bakersfield City Councilmember Andrae Gonzales, each entrepreneur will explain how they turned a creative idea into a thriving business, the struggles they have faced and what steps to take to start being your own boss.
Ebrahim "EB" Bhaiji, cofounder of Castifi, will close out the event as the keynote speaker. Castifi is a platform solution that uses technology to streamline the casting process for production companies worldwide. A Bakersfield native, EB will reveal how one idea became a global company and how to turn your ideas into a lucrative reality.
The event will be held at Elements Venue, 3401 Chester Ave. There are two ways to connect with our speakers. Attend a roundtable lunch and the summit for $35, or just the summit for $20. For last-minute attendees, tickets for only the summit will be available to purchase at the door for $30.Tickets can be purchased in advance on eventbrite.com.
Check-in: 11:30 a.m.
Lunch: Noon to 1 p.m.
Check-in: 12:30 p.m.
Summit Speakers: 1-4:30 p.m.
No-Host Social: 4:30-6 p.m.
Sponsorship opportunities for the BYP Summit are also available. Contact Hillary at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Chamber at 661.327.4421 for details.