2nd District Constituent Feature
Audrey Post and Lydia Cheney, Owners of South Street Digital
Entrepreneurship and small businesses are the backbone of the American economy. Small businesses account for nearly half of our nation's GDP, create millions of jobs, and contribute mightily to the growth and vitality of our economy.
Here in America, many of our small businesses are owned by a rapidly growing percentage of women. According to the American Express 2018 State of Women-Owned Business report, the number of women-owned business has grown from 400,000 in 1972 to over 12 million in 2018. That is over a 3,000% increase, and that number continues to rise.
The Second District is home to two exceptional women, Audrey Post and Lydia Chaney, who exemplify female entrepreneurship here in America. Audrey and Lydia own South Street Digital, a company they opened in 2014 in Tehachapi. South Street Digital is Tehachapi's first full digital printing company, and is committed to growing the opportunities available to small business in their community and supporting the "Tehachapi Lifestyle".
On May 8th, Audrey and Lydia were recognized as the "Woman Owned Business of the Year for the Central California Small Business Development Center Region". This region includes 14 counties and spans from Stanislaus County to Kern County, from the Pacific Ocean to the Nevada State line.
It is entrepreneurs like Audrey and Lydia who help to grow the Kern County economy, and help to keep it vibrant and healthy. They also give back to their community. Lydia is the president of the Greater Tehachapi Economic Development Council, and both are involved in the local Chamber of Commerce, Service Clubs, and fundraising for local charities.
On behalf of the Kern County Board of Supervisors, it was my honor to present Audrey and Lydia with a Certificate of Recognition for their outstanding achievement. Congratulations, Audrey and Lydia, and thank you for your contributions to the Second District!