The Center for
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
of Kern County (CIEKC)

serves as a hub to support small business start-ups for long-term sustainability, ignite a culture of innovators, and cultivate a skilled workforce to transform communities.

Our Mission

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship of Kern County (CIEKC) serves as a hub to:

support small business start-ups for long term sustainability

ignite a culture
of innovators

cultivate a skilled workforce to transform communities.

This is accomplished through training, mentorship, and workforce development that combine experiential and research-based learning, university cross-disciplinary models, and collaboration with organizations who serve small business, technology sectors, and research and development initiatives.

Alliance of Partners

Who We
Collaborate With

Kern Economic Development Corporation

Black Chamber of Commerce

Downtown Business Association

Downtown Bakersfield Development Corporation

Greater Bakersfield Chamber

Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Mission Community Services – Kern Women’s Business Center


Small Business Association (SBA)

Small Business Development Center (CSUB-SBDC)

University of La Verne

MESH Cowork Space

Engineering for Kids

Advance Micro Resource

Farmworker Institute for Education and Leadership Development (FIELD)

Next Step Special Services

Kern Initiative for Talent and Entrepreneurship (KITE)

Community Action Partnership of Kern (CAPK)

All Kern County Rural Community Chambers

3C Capital Fund Inc.

Our Services

What We Can
Do For You

workforce development

capital intelligence

consulting services

strategic planning

crowd funding

english as a second business language (esbl)

financial planning

small business incubator

infusion grants ($1000 & below)

licensing & permits


micro loans

strategic planning

writing a business plan

writing a marketing plan

certificate programs

degree programs




english and spanish services

online training center

micro credentials


Board of Directors

Interim Executive Director, CIEKC

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Advisory Committee

Small Business

  • Technical Assistance
  • Consulting
  • Capital Infusion
  • Incubator
  • Mentorship
  • Webinars
  • Workshops


Advisory Committee


  • Maker space
  • Hacker Space
  • Hothouse
  • Events

Social Innovation

  • ES-STEAM Public Charter Schools
    (T-K’s – addressing the childcare crises)

Talent Development

Advisory Committee

Workforce Development

  • Radical Reskilling
  • Micro Credentials
  • Certifications
  • A.A. Degrees with career tracks and apprenticeships

Supportive Services

Research and Development
Division of Organizational Advancement

Do you have questions?

Contact Us

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