The Do’s And Don’ts of A Minor Car Accident

The fender bender you were just in appears to be minor. No one looks injured and there is minimal damage to the vehicles. First breathe a sigh of relief – then take these precautions to help prevent your small accident from becoming a big problem.

Don’t drive away.
Do stay at the scene and move your vehicle to a safe place out of traffic even if there appears to be no damage. If the other car is parked and the owner isn’t around, leave a note with your name and contact information.

Don’t assume there aren’t injuries.
Do assess yourself and your passengers. Even low-impact collisions can cause injuries, some not appearing until days after the accident.

Don’t sign any documents and avoid accepting or offering cash for repairs. You may end up paying out-of-pocket to repair damage to your car that only appears minor, or you could pay the other driver more than necessary.
Do stay calm. Take notes and photos, and exchange information with the other driver, including your name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, license plate number, insurance company, and policy number.

Don’t assume an accident is too minor to be reported.
Do call the police or file a report on your own. This will help your insurance agent handle your claim. An accident report could also help protect you from issues that may arise later about the extent of damage to your vehicle or injuries to you and the other driver.

Don’t forget to notify your State Farm agent.
Do discuss your options for handling potential claims.

The State Farm Pocket Agent® smartphone app makes it easy to capture the essential details of an accident. Pocket Agent can help you diagram the accident scene, record witnesses’ names and numbers, contact your agent, and even locate nearby repair shops.

What To Do After an Auto Accident

Auto accidents are unexpected and stressful. Even the most careful drivers may be involved. If you are in an accident, State Farm is committed to helping restore your peace of mind as soon as possible. If you have recently been involved in an accident begin reporting a claim.

Be prepared

  • Carry a set of cones, warning triangles, or emergency flares in your trunk to help alert traffic.
  • It also helps to have a pen and a card with any relevant medical information for you and your family.

Immediately after an accident

  • Take a deep breath and stay calm.
  • Check for injuries; call an ambulance when in doubt.
  • If accident is minor, move cars to a safe place, out of traffic.
  • Turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights and use cones, warning triangles or flares for safety.
  • Call the police, even if the accident is minor.
  • Notify your insurance agent immediately.

Other important tips

  • Do not sign any document unless it’s for the police or your insurance agent.
  • Make immediate notes about the accident, including specific damages to all vehicles involved, witness information, etc.
  • If the name on an auto registration is different than the driver, jot down the relationship.
  • Be polite, but don’t tell anyone the accident was your fault, even if you think it was.
  • State only the facts, and limit your discussion of the accident to the police and your insurance agent.
  • If possible, don’t leave the accident scene before the police and other drivers do.

Johnny Williamson
BUS: (661) 324-8700
TOLL FREE: (877) 637-8700
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State Farm Insurance

The information in this article was obtained from various sources. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under any policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information. We assume no liability in connection with the information nor the suggestions made.
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Todays Meeting 4 17 2012

Highlight from today’s meeting!

Member Spotlight was Wayne Flanders of Flanders Green Products. He talk about a energy saving device called the KVAR System. More information on his website here

We also talked about the Lead Form and how to use it.
More detail information Click Here

The time for our BBNG meeting is 7am

Here is a basic Overview of our meetings
7am arrival and open networking, ordering breakfast, fill in any BBNG Lead Forms from the past week & buy 50/50 tickets.
7:30am Meeting will Start
Opening remarks and welcome
Member introductions (introduce yourself max of 15seconds) mention any leads you have for other members & any thank yous or testimonials)
Guest Introductions – Any member who has brought a guest will re-introduce themselves (just name and company) and how they know their guest then introduce their guest and allow each guest 30sec of floor time to tell us a little about themselves.
Member Spotlight – Check the Member Spotlight Schedule or the Networking Calender to see when you will be featured.
Upcoming Networking Events
50/50 Drawing


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Meeting Review 2 21 2012

Good Meeting today. We have several guest today.

  1. Dana Miller of Indoff (Commercial Interiors Specialist
  2. JamieLynn Fajardo-Cota of Paychex
  3. Jay Thompson of CSUB SBDC
  4. MaryAnn of Bakersfield Carriages
  5. Jennifer Carvish of Aflac Insurance

This weeks member spotlight was from Martin Guerrero of Verizon Wireless.

Next weeks Member Spotlight is from John Curtis of Affordable PC Repair.
NEW RULE GOING IN EFFECT ON MARCH 5th 2012 – We will discuss next Tuesday
We start our meeting at 7:30 am sharp every Tuesday morning. Attendance is critical.  Substitutes are allowed and will prevent you from being counted absent. If you miss 3  meetings in a row or 4 in a 3 month period you will be on probation. If you miss 5 meetings in a 6 month period, your position is can be declared vacant at the sole discretion of the leadership team. You must again apply and be accepted for the position. We will make decisions annually as to which meetings will be cancelled due to holidays, but it is usually no more than 5 per year.

Blood Drive is Today!!

Casino Night for the Olive Drive Blazers

Go Grab

Condors night
Bridal Association Night with the Bakersfield Condors is Wednesday March 28th
Condors Information

Networking events this week:

Small Business Breakfast
Thursday, February 23, 2012 7:15-8:45am
Contractors Building
2408 Brundage Lane, Suite A-1
Bakersfield, CA  93304
(Northwest of A Street)
$5.00 per person – Continental Breakfast

Chamber Mixer

Join the Chamber for an evening of food, fun and networking.
Guests are asked to bring blanket donations for the Bakersfield Rescue Mission.
$5.00 for Chamber Members
$10.00 for non-members
Thursday, February 23, 2012 05:30 PM ~ 08:30 PM
Where: 3553 Landco Dr. Ste. A

Thank you.
Kyle Brown
Our next meeting is next Tuesday at 7:30am
You can arrive as early as 7am for breakfast and some one on one time with other members or guest.

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Olive Drive Blazers

The Olive Drive Blazers will host their annual spring fling on Sat March 3rd. The theme this year is Casino Night. Craps, Poker, Black Jack & Roulette gambling tables along with silent & oral auction items for you to bid on.

Casino night tickets are now on sale and going fast. They are looking for table sponsors and auction items.

We have decided to put together an awesome gift basket from BBNG. I will be donating a 3 day 2 night Mini Vacation and Taylor will be donating a set of Bed Sheets. If you would like to put something in the basket please bring it to the meeting next Tuesday.

If you have any questions about the Casino night please call Cindy Tackett at 661.203.6573 or email her at

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Blood Drive

State Farm Insurance & Affordable PC Repair are sponsoring a blood drive in their parking lot (Rosedale Square Hooters) on Wednesday Feb 22nd from 2pm to 8pm.  As many of you know, Teena Williamson, (Johnny’s Wife – St Farm)  has Lymphoma Cancer and has had to use Platelets from blood donors to get through the treatments.
I am asking each and every one of you to consider donating on this day for Teena and millions of others whose lives rely upon your generosity for their survival.
Please mark your calendars and join BBNG, State Farm, Affordable PC Repair and Hooters as we combine efforts to make this drive an unprecedented success.  Teena is anxiously awaiting with a sign-up sheet, just submit your approximate arrival time and telephone number using the contact information below.  The wonderful staff at Houchin will be on hand to take your donation, and Hooters will be ready to reward you with a complimentary appetizer.
Thank you in advance for your support!  It is MUCH appreciated.
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Teena Williamson
Office Manager

Tips for a Successful Donation

By following a few recommendations before, during and after your blood donation can help you make your donation experience as safe, successful and pleasant as possible.
Before Your Donation

  • Blood Donation Tip – Eat Healthy Maintain a healthy iron level in your diet by eating iron rich foods, such as spinach, red meat, fish, poultry, beans, iron-fortified cereals and raisins.
  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Drink an extra 16 oz. of water and fluids before the donation.
  • Eat a healthy meal before your donation. Avoid fatty foods, such as hamburgers, fries or ice cream before donating. Tests for infections done on all donated blood can be affected by fats that appear in your blood for several hours after eating fatty foods.
  • If you are a platelet donor, remember that your system must be free of aspirin for two days prior to donation.
  • Remember to bring your donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of ID.

During Your Donation

  • Wear clothing with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow.
  • Let the phlebotomist know if you have a preferred arm and show the staff any good veins that have been used successfully in the past to draw blood.
  • Relax, listen to music, talk to other donors or read during the donation process.
  • Take the time to enjoy a snack and a drink in the refreshments area immediately after donating.
  • Have a Successful Blood Donation

After Your Donation

  • Drink plenty of fluids over the next 24-48 hours to replenish any fluids you lost during donation.
  • Avoid strenuous physical activity or heavy lifting for about five hours after donation.
  • If you feel light headed, lie down, preferably with feet elevated, until the feeling passes.
  • In rare cases when bleeding occurs after removing the bandage, apply pressure to the site and raise your arm for 3-5 minutes. If bleeding or bruising occurs under the skin, apply a cold pack to the area periodically during the first 24 hours.
  • If for any reason something doesn’t feel right, call the American Red Cross toll-free number provided to you after your donation.
  • Enjoy the good feeling that comes with knowing that you may have saved as many as three lives.
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Go Grab Lunch 1 on 1 networking

Be social in your networking, meet someone for lunch!
Build your Network, Increase your Business, do it at Lunch.  
We connect professionals for face to face, one on one lunches at local restaurants. All meetings are based on parameters predetermined by you.

Once you have entered your profile and networking preferences, we provide you a list of matching members who have open lunch times at a specific restaurant. You choose the member and attend their lunch.

Or, you enter your own lunch schedule, pick the restaurant, and wait for another matching member to choose your lunch.

The GoGrabLunch basics:

  1. This IS NOT a dating site – This site is designed to help professionals network with other professionals for business purposes. If you choose to set your preferences to allow lunches with members of the opposite sex, please conduct yourself in a professional manner.
  2. Ditch the pitch – Keep the selling to a minimum. Remember this is a networking opportunity. Make the most of your time and be respectful of your guest’s time. You are both here to make a valuable contact. This is not the time for your 30 minute sales pitch.
  3. Rate your restaurant – Rating your lunch helps others see what venues offer the best environment for a quality network lunch. Be honest but be fair. Your ratings help us provide you with the best Preferred Restaurant Partners, discounts and incentives. All ratings are anonymous.
  4. Leave honest feedback about your lunch – This is the most important thing you do as a user of to help ensure everyone has a quality networking lunch. After every completed lunch you will get a chance to give us feedback about the overall quality of that lunch. Feedback affects each user’s NetQuotient™ (see FAQs). The better your NetQuotient™, the more lunches you are likely to have, and the more connections you are likely to make.

Following these basic guidelines will help insure everyone who uses has a quality experience and makes a valuable new business connection.

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new member recruitment campaign

February is new member recruitment month and to help kick thing off in the right direction you will get 1 drawing ticket for every new guest (potential member) you bring to the meeting on Tuesday morning in the month of February and 1 bonus if they join with a payment in February as well.

Here is some information on the Mimi-Vacation

In order to redeem your certificate you must enter the full website including the html extension for the issuer of your certificate. You must also have the correct redemption code from the certificate and enter it in when prompted to do so.

Your Vacation Is On Us!
Enjoy your free vacation on us!

This package entitles two adults to enjoy 3 fun-filled days and 2 exciting nights of complimentary accommodations at their choice of one of the fabulous vacation destinations listed below.

Just take a look at all these wonderful vacation destinations you could visit while staying in high-quality accommodations provided by the hotels listed below.

This offer is offering you and a guest hotel accommodations in your choice of cities listed above. Your cost is a small $10 processing, postage and handling fee as well as hotel taxes, ranging between $7-$12 per night, based upon the city selected.

You will receive a reservation form in the mail to book your room. When you send in the reservation form, hotel taxes will be due at that time. Reservations must be taken within one year and booked 60 days in advance.

Valid for adults, age 21 and older.

Dates near holidays or conventions are usually not available with this special offer. Transportation, meals and room taxes are not included. Holidays, weekends and travel within 60 days require a surcharge.

Not valid for conventions or group travel. Only one brochure may be used per family, per city in any 12-month period.

Destinations 3 day/ 2 night

Anaheim, CA Hilton Head, SC Ormond Beach, FL
Atlantic City,NJ Honolulu, HI Palm Springs, CA
Branson, MO Lake Tahoe, NV Poconos Mountains, PA
Charleston, SC Las Vegas, NV Reno, NV
Daytona Beach, FL Myrtle Beach, SC San Antonio, TX
Ft. Meyers, FL Niagara Falls Area Williamsburg, VA
Gatlinburg, TN Orlando, FL Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Cancun, Mexico

Or Enjoy 4 Days and 3 Nights at one of these locations:

* Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
* Cancun, Mexico

Hotel Information

All hotel accommodations are at 3-star national chain hotels such as:

* Ramada
* Radisson
* Holiday Inn
* Sheraton
* Best Western

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New Location

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Due to how fast we are growing and the lack of customer service at our current location we will be moving our Tuesday morning breakfast to The Nines Restaurant at the Bakersfield Marriott.

The Nines has a Semi-Private Dinning Room that will accommodate up to 40

Here is a copy of the breakfast menu.
The buffet is $12 + tax


  • Click to read menu

    Build your own omelet

  • Bacon
  • Sausage
  • Country Potatoes
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Assorted Breads/Bagels (based on availability)
  • Cold Cereals (based on availability)
  • Oatmeal
  • Seasonal Fruit
  • Yogurt (based on availability)
  • AND YES!!! A drink is included – any drink

We will start meeting their next week (1/31/2012 or 2/7/2012) depending if we decide to go dark on the 5th Tuesday of the month.


P.S.   They are not going to charge us to use this room and haven’t asked us to guarantee  a minimum.  They also said we could order breakfast their from the menu, Starbucks in the bar or order the Breakfast Buffet.  Their is no minimum and you can just order coffee if you like.

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