MCBC President and founding member Mary Ann Leffel to be in the 'hot seat' at an Oct. 14 roast to benefit the organization.
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 A Weekly Newsletter Promoting Monterey County:
Open for Business

Business Council members identified as (BCM)

Friday, Sept. 9, 2016

Edition 659

Monterey Regional Airport celebrates 75 years of service to the community.

MCBC's Friday Facts sponsor for September

This month, the Monterey County Business Council celebrates Monterey Regional Airport, one of our valued MCBC member organizations, as our sponsor of Friday Facts. Learn more about the airport below and support them as a thriving and valuable part of the Monterey County business community. To find out about sponsorship opportunities, contact MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington.

Monterey Regional Airport is convenient and close to home, but the airport, which is celebrating its 75th year of community service, is also hugely important to the region's economic well-being. According to a new video produced by Mag One Productions to mark the airport's 75th anniversary, Monterey Regional Airport has a total economic benefit of:
  • $302 million in revenues
  • 2,411 jobs
  • $115 million income
  • $19 million in tax revenue 
  • 11,000 flights each year
  • Nearly 400,000 passengers each year
  • Nearly $100 million in goods and services purchased by airport visitors each year
Check out the video and make sure to Fly Monterey!
CSUMB buys student housing complex for $68.5 million
An innovative public-private partnership will benefit students at California State University, Monterey Bay (BCM) by increasing their affordable housing options. The university has purchased The Promontory, a year-old student housing complex next to campus, for $68.5 million from AMCAL Equities LLC, a multi-family rental housing developer, and AMCAL’s partner Coleraine Capital Group, Inc. 
Built to LEED certification, the 579-bed student housing complex at 400 8th St. allows residents to walk or bike to school, eliminating the need for additional parking on campus. CSUMB had a 20-year lease agreement with the private developer, with an option to buy the building after one year. By doing so, the university is lowering its annual payments by about $500,000.
“AMCAL designed and built this project from start to finish specifically to expand our student housing inventory. Students love it because it is completely state-of-the-art, the latest technology and safety systems as well as extensive recreational and community spaces,” said Kevin Saunders, VP Administration and Finance, CFO and Executive Director, University Corporation at Monterey Bay. “It was fully occupied on Day 1 and we believe it will be a valuable asset for years to come.”
Fifty percent of Cal State University, Monterey Bay's more than 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students live on campus, making it one of the most residential campuses in the California State University system.
University officials will continue to look at private-public partnerships to meet student housing needs, said Saunders. Read more
Source: AMCAL, Monterey Herald
An event  to remember: Roast MCBC president/founding member Mary Ann Leffel 
Please join the Monterey County Business Council in roasting founding member and long-serving President Mary Ann Leffel on Friday, Oct. 14. We ask all our private and public sector partners to help us celebrate Mary Ann’s tireless efforts to improve our regional economic prosperity by attending the evening’s festivities at InterContinental the Clement Monterey from 6 to 10 pm.
The evening will begin with a 6 p.m. reception on the patio overlooking the Monterey Bay, followed by a gourmet three-course dinner and Roast from 7 to 9 p.m., culminating in a dessert reception with live music from 9 to 10 p.m.  We expect a full capacity event at which our Roasters will share funny, and often embarrassing, stories about Mary Ann as these are the folks who know her well enough to deliver the goods!  MCBC Executive Committee member Rob Weakley will serve as Roastmaster/Master of Ceremonies and oversee the food and beverage choices for the evening – so you know we will all be pleased. Attire will be cocktail and valet parking will be complimentary. Further details will be provided in the coming weeks.
The evening is a benefit for MCBC and we are offering a two-tier sponsorship opportunity. Those wishing to roast Mary Ann may purchase a table of 10 for $5,000. One member from each such “roasting table” may designate one member from that table to serve as a Roaster of Mary Ann.  Those wishing to share in the fun with preferred seating may purchase a table of 10 for $2,500. We will recognize our sponsors in all relevant marketing materials and at the Roast. We are also offering individual tickets for $275.
For more information, please contact MCBC Projects Manager Melody Burgess or (831) 216-3000. This evening should be one we will all be talking about for a long time to come – don’t miss it!
Seaside to host PARK(ing) Day
Local businesses and organizations are invited to take part in Seaside's (BCM) first-ever PARK(ing) Day, from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16. PARK(ing) Day is an annual international event where artists, designers and citizens transform parking spots into temporary public parks. Sign up in advance and show your creativity. Parklets will be set up in parking spots on Broadway Avenue between Calaveras and Hillsdale Streets. Donations from local merchants are also needed as prizes. RSVP via email by noon on Sept. 15. This is a great opportunity to have fun and generate publicity for your business or organization.
Become an 'Eggs & Issues' sponsor! 
Sponsorship opportunities are available for Eggs & Issues!
For $250, local sponsors receive the following:
  • Five (5) minutes to speak about their company and its activities
  • Recognition at the event
  • Recognition in all marketing materials (e.g., social media, website, etc.)
  • Recognition in Friday Facts, our weekly email newsletter
  • Two tickets for the breakfast
  • For $400, a company gets to sponsor two consecutive breakfasts.
Contact MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington at should you wish to discuss sponsorship opportunities.
Special thanks to Credit Consulting Services for sponsoring our Aug. 4 and Sept. 22 "Eggs & Issues" breakfast forums!
Monterey senior housing complex to open in spring
Construction continues on a senior housing development that will bring 110 new rental units to seniors in Monterey (BCM). The Merrill Gardens senior care facility, at 200 Iris Canyon Road, is 70 percent complete and is scheduled to open this spring. The project, which began a few years ago on a parcel left over from the Del Monte Shopping Center, was recently included in the host of private construction projects underway in the city noted by Deputy City Manager Dino Pick to be worth more than $162 million combined. Read more
Source: Monterey County Herald​/Photo by Vern Fisher/Monterey Herald
PTAC: Helping small businesses win government contracts
Across the country, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) are helping small businesses win government contracts. According to the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, companies working with PTACs were awarded more than 73,000 government contracts worth $12 billion in the most recent reporting year; 88% of these awards were to small businesses.
Three hundred PTAC offices across the country, including the territories of Guam and Puerto Rico, provide contracting assistance, funded through cooperative agreements between local host organizations and the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). APTAC estimates that the return-on-investment is $344 for every federal dollar invested in the PTAC program.
Since 2012, the Monterey Bay PTAC has assisted more than 700 clients with a range of services, from a simple SAM (System for Award Management) registration to deciphering the Federal Acquisition Regulation system (FAR).
A program of the Monterey County Business Council, the Monterey Bay PTAC serves 22 counties in the Central and Northern California region, including Monterey, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Fresno, Kings, Kern, Madera, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolomne and Ventura.
Find out how the Monterey Bay PTAC can help your business! 
Source: Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers/Monterey Bay PTAC
See How PTAC Can Help You!
Check out the Monterey Bay PTAC on Facebook
If you haven't yet seen it, check out the Monterey Bay PTAC's new Facebook page, where you can find hours, contact information and up-to-date information on the PTAC's upcoming workshops, seminars and training sessions. And make sure to follow them to find out about all the valuable services they offer.

The PTAC's next workshop is coming up Sept. 16, in conjunction with the Small Business Administration. "Government Contracting Workshop for Small Businesses and SBA Loan Programs" is a free workshop from 1-3 p.m. at the UCMBEST Center in Marina.
If you are exploring opportunities that exist for your business or have just started selling to the federal government, this workshop is for you! Presented by an experienced SBA government contracting specialist, there will be an overview of SBA’s various contracting programs including: the 8(a) Program, HubZone Program, and contracting information for women-owned and veteran-owned businesses.  Specific areas of discussion will be changes regarding Small Business Self-Performance Requirements and Limitations on Subcontracting. If you are interested in an SBA guaranteed loan, line of credit or a surety bond program the workshop will provide you with the tools and information that you will need for a successful application.
Reservations are required as seating is limited.
Chalone tasting room to open
The Chalone AVA is about to get a visibility boost, with a Chalone tasting room set to reopen later this month. The Michaud Vineyard Visitor’s Center is set to open Sept. 17, along with a Harvest Party, BBQ and tasting with the winemaker. Michael Michaud, who returned to the winery earlier this year as consulting winemaker, plans to take on the challenge of build awareness of the Chalone AVA. Michaud is in the process of setting up a non-profit organization to promote the AVA as a whole. Read more
Source: Edible Monterey Bay/ Photo courtesy of Edible Monterey Bay.
Chartwell School to host lunch presentation by Kinko's founder Paul Orfalea
Chartwell School (BCM) hosts a special lunch presentation by Kinko's founder Paul Orfalea on Friday, Sept. 30. A philanthropist, investing guru and serial entrepreneur, Orfalea struggled through his school years because of conditions now recognized as dyslexia and ADHD. He now credits these "disabilities" as the blessings that allowed him to see the world differently from his peers.
"Lessons from the Billionaire Founder of Kinko's" will take place from 11: 30 a.m.-1 p.m.  Friday, Sept. 30 at McMahan Hall on the Chartwell campus. Tickets are $40 and include lunch. RSVP
MIIS event examines 'The True Costs of War'

The Veterans Organization, a student club at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (BCM), hosts “The True Costs of War,” a discussion panel featuring Dr. David Anderson of the Naval Postgraduate School, Mark Sandman of Veteran Crisis Response Team, and other experts. The event is open to the public and will take place from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Irvine Auditorium at 499 Pierce St. on the Institute’s downtown Monterey campus. More information is available online.

MST's weekend trolley to run year-round
Monterey-Salinas Transit (BCM) will operate the free MST Trolley year-round funded by the city of Monterey (BCM).  Beginning Sept. 10, the Trolley will operate from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends until Memorial Day, when it will resume daily summer service. In addition, the MST Trolley will be in service on Veterans Day, the day after Thanksgiving, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents’ Day. The trolley departs every 10-15 minutes between downtown Monterey, Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. See for details.

Get in on early-bird registration for Higher Education and Research Leadership Summit

Don't miss our early-bird registration for MCBC's Higher Education and Research Leadership Summit, from 7:30-10:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 27 in the Monterey Marriott's Ferrante's Bay View Room. The annual summit is the opportunity for the presidents and institutions that are members of the Monterey County Business Council's Higher Education and Research Competitive Cluster to showcase upcoming collaborations and projects and highlight the economic impact of education and research in the Monterey Bay region. Contact Monterey County Business Council Executive Director Brian Turlington at or 831.216.3020 for information regarding the Summit and sponsorship opportunities. 

RSVP Now For Early-Bird Pricing!
The MCBC thanks our event sponsors.
Our Platinum Sponsors

Our Gold Sponsors
Scudder Roofing
Our Silver Sponsors
Hartnell College

Thank you to our media sponsor KRML.

Special thanks to the County of Monterey for its ongoing support of the Monterey County Business Council’s efforts for economic development and education.
Make sure your news gets noticed!

If you are a voting MCBC member, you can submit news items of general interest about your organization or upcoming events for consideration for free inclusion in Friday Facts, our  weekly MCBC e-newsletter that reaches a vast audience of key decision-makers, industry leaders, movers and shakers in Monterey County and the greater region. It's just one more valuable perk of being a member of an organization that's helping to shape the future of Monterey County for the better. 

Non-voting members can contact MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington for rate information.

And if you aren't yet a member, join us now.  Download the membership application or call 216-3000.


Special thanks to the County of Monterey for its ongoing support of the Monterey County Business Council's efforts for economic development and education.



Friday, Sept. 9 – MCBC Monthly Membership Luncheon (second Friday of the month), 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Club, Seaside. Special guest speaker will be F. Noel Perry, businessman and founder of the nonprofit nonpartisan Next 10. Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. RSVP or call 831.216.3000. (BIO)

Friday, Sept. 16 – Government Contracting Workshop for Small Businesses and SBA Loan Programs, 1-3 p.m., UC MBEST, 3180 Imjin Road, Marina (Note: This is a brown-bag seminar.). Presented by an experienced SBA government contracting specialist, there will be an overview of SBA’s various contracting programs. RSVP

Thursday, Sept. 22 – Eggs & Issues: "Monterey Bay Community Power" featuring presentation about regional project among local government agencies that aims to provide electricity throughout Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties through the Community Choice Energy (CCE) model. Established by State law in 2002, CCE enables communities to choose clean-source power at a cost equivalent to PG&E while retaining PG&E’s role in maintaining power lines and providing customer service. The CCE model helps ensure local economic vitality because money from rates paid by local customers stays local. Learn more at Bayonet & Blackhorse Grill, 7:30-9 a.m. Thanks to Credit Consulting Services, Inc. for sponsoring Eggs & Issues. For additional sponsorship opportunities, contact MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington. RSVP

SAVE THE DATE – Friday, Oct. 14: Mark your calendars, as this is an event you won't want to miss! It's our roast of founding MCBC Member and President Mary Ann Leffel! Event will take place at the Intercontinental The Clement Monterey. See above for details. RSVP now!

SAVE THE DATE – Thursday, Oct. 27: Monterey County Business Council Annual Higher Education & Research Leadership Summit. 7:30-10 a.m., Monterey Marriott. 

SAVE THE DATE  – Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017: Mark your calendar for next year's MCBC 22nd Anniversary Gala & Annual Economic Vitality Awards at the Hyatt Regency Monterey.

Founded in 1995, the Monterey County Business Council (MCBC) is a 501(c)(6) organization comprised of a diverse group of members representing all industries and geographic areas of Monterey County. It remains the only countywide organization focused on business advocacy, economic development and workforce readiness.

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