Seaside hires new economic development manger; Celebration of Small Businesses in Monterey County photo gallery; MPUSD Superintendent to present at June MCBC member luncheon. 
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 A Weekly Newsletter Promoting Monterey County:
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Business Council members identified as (BCM)

Friday, May 27, 2016

Edition 646

Pictured, MCBC President Mary Ann Leffel, second from left, with Avila Construction's Steve Avila, Cynthia Avila-Sveum and Mike Avila. 

Check out our honorees from MCBC's 'Celebration of Small Businesses'

Avila Construction received the overall Small Business of the Year Award at the Monterey County Business Council's recent "Celebration of Small Businesses in Monterey County." The Monterey-based company is an active participant in the local business community, a member of MCBC and is currently involved in construction of the Tanimura & Antle farmworker housing project in Spreckels, for which MCBC was a strong and vocal advocate. Avila Construction also builds community relationships and inspires leadership by sponsoring multiple youth athletic programs and working with HOPE Services.

The Celebration of Small Businesses in Monterey County featured a local lender panel discussion on business financing programs as well as our awards’ ceremony followed by a delightful wine and cheese reception.

Many thanks to Dawn Golick, Deputy District Director, Small Business Administration and our distinguished panel of lenders:

  • Loree Van Bebber, Marketing Manager, California Coastal Rural Development Corporation (BCM)
  • Robert Dennis, Vice President, SBA Business Development Officer, Heritage Bank
  • Rob Skeen, Vice President, Government Guarantee Lending, 1st Capital Bank
  • John Tilley, Senior Vice President, Pinnacle Bank (BCM)
  • Jorge Reguerin, Vice President, SBA & USDA Lending, Santa Cruz County Bank

And the Winners…
Altai Brands
Avila Construction Company
Blue Adobe Mortgage
Central Coast Audiology
Gantz-Mountain Intelligence Automation Systems, Inc.
J&P Organics
Mack Stove Company
Monterey Bay Alternative Medicine
Peninsula Business Interiors
Scales Seafood & Steaks
Winning Wheels Bicycle Shop

Small business owners are the backbone of our economy and we honor their determination and entrepreneurial spirit!

See more photos of the Monterey County Business Council's "Celebration of Small Businesses in Monterey County" on our website.
Another perk of MCBC membership...

Along with making a difference in the business voice of Monterey County, members of the Monterey County Business Council are able to take advantage of many perks, including attendance at our invite-only monthly member luncheons, where we host local thought leaders and policy-makers on topics of local concern. And this week, members got a chance to take advantage of a special free "Live in the Vines" concert offer from KRML and Folktale Winery & Vineyards featuring Grant Lee Philips and Escondido.

After all, who doesn't deserve a chance to listen to a great band in the scenic atmosphere of a barrel room to break up the workweek?

 If you haven't already become a member of MCBC, please email MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington.

Kurt Overmeyer named as Seaside's economic development manager

Congratulations to Kurt Overmeyer, who is coming on board in July as Seaside's new economic development manager. Overmeyer currently serves as economic development director for the city of Watsonville, where he has served in that post for the past eight years. Prior to that, he served as economic development manager for the city of Pacific Grove. 

Monterey Bay PTAC to take part in 'Ask the Experts' Business Resource event

The San Benito County Workforce Development Board invites local business owners, managers and prospects to a complimentary, comprehensive business resource event to be hosted Wednesday, June 15 from 7:30-10 a.m. at Paines Restaurant, 421 East St., Hollister. The “Ask the Experts” resource event will provide information on a diverse array of resources available to businesses.Among those scheduled to participate:

  • California Employment Training Panel (ETP)
  • America’s Jobs Center
  • Employment Development Department (EDD)
  • Fresno Community Development Financial Institution – Grow San Benito Revolving Loan Program
  • Gavilan College- Community Education, Contract Training & Business Resources
  • AMBAG Energy Watch
  • San Benito County Water Resources Agency
  • San Benito County Integrated Waste Department
  • Monterey Bay Green Business Program
  • Monterey Bay Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
  • CSUMB Small Business Development Corporation
  • Monterey Bay International Trade Association
  • Hollister Downtown Association
  • San Benito County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
  • Economic Development Corporation of San Benito County
  • San Benito County Business Council 

For more information, see or RSVP.


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


City of Seaside to host June 6 community meeting to help shape its future

The city of Seaside (BCM)  is hosting a series of community meetings for the General Plan to develop a vision for the future. Come meet your neighbors and share your thoughts about Seaside in a workshop from 6-8 p.m. June 6 in the Laguna Grande Room at Oldemeyer Center, 986 Hilby Ave., Seaside. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. RSVP here. Light refreshments will be provided.

MPUSD superintendent to speak at MCBC's June 10th Member Luncheon

The Monterey County Business Council is proud to welcome Dr. Daniel "PK" Diffenbaugh, superintendent of the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District (BCM), as speaker for our next member-only lunch on Friday, June 10. Come learn about the exciting plans Diffenbaugh has for the MPUSD and learn about some recent accomplishments that are truly moving MPUSD in the right direction. 

 A Harvard-educated Watsonville native, Diffenbaugh taught at public schools in Oakland and Mexico, then transitioned to Sacramento, where he spent six years leading the turnaround of one of the state’s lowest-performing high schools. He left Sacramento High School to enter the inaugural cohort of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership program at Harvard University, an innovative partnership between the Harvard Business School, Kennedy School of Government, and Graduate School of Education. Upon graduating from Harvard, he served as director of 7-12 Instruction for Garden Grove Unified School District. 

Please note that MCBC lunches are for members only. To become a member of MCBC, complete and send in our application form and/or contact MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington.

Could an arts center be coming to Seaside?

Seaside could get a multicultural arts center, if a new organization hosting a free festival in Laguna Grande Park this weekend can realize its dream.

Palenke Arts aims to foster a vibrant and inclusive community through music, dance, spoken word, digital arts and other forms of expression. While the dream of an arts center is a long way off, a free weekend festival is the first start toward building consensus and community support.

“One thing that’s clear to me is that our youth need as many sources of inspiration as possible,” says Juan L. Sánchez, a musician, teacher and community organizer. He's interviewed dozens of stakeholders in the community, including city and school officials, and students at Seaside High School. The project now involves a core team of artists, musicians, educators and advocates from CSU Monterey Bay (BCM), the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Monterey Peninsula and Pacific Grove unified school districts and Seaside High.

That’s one of the goals of the first Palenke Arts Festival.

“The idea for the festival is to kick off the organization, to share the vision with other folks and people who might want to assist us, perhaps get donations, but more important to see if there’s a consensus that this is really an important idea,” he said.

The Monterey Jazz Festival helped arrange a free performance by the award-winning Mariachi Nueva Generacion from Texas State University, as well as the university’s Latin jazz ensemble, Salsa del Rio. The jazz festival’s High School All-Star Band and Seaside Middle School Jazz Band will also perform, and there will be salsa dance classes and children’s activities.

See the Palenke Arts Festival website for details. Read more

Source: Monterey County Herald


Nominees sought for Clean Air Leader awards

The Monterey Bay Air Resources District (BCM) is seeking nominations for the fifth annual Clean Air Leaders Awards to be held June 23 at Bayonet and Blackhorse Grill (BCM). The awards recognize initiatives undertaken by individuals, organizations and agencies in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. This year’s categories are Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction, Technology and Leadership, with nominations due Friday, May 27.
Source: The Salinas Californian

Monterey State Historic Park expands foreign-language outreach with Mandarin brochures
Monterey County really is the "Language Capital of the World," and it continues to embrace that role by enhancing its tourism experiences for foreign-language speakers. Just in time for the summer tourism season, Monterey State Historic Park has added Mandarin language brochures and maps for visitors. Funding was provided by the Monterey State Historic Park Association. Spanish-language brochures are already available.
Source: The Salinas Californian

Building resilience into nonprofits

Local nonprofits can acquire pre-emptive skills to overcoming the challenges of a crisis or catastrophe by attending a June 16 workshop offered by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence in partnership with Nonprofit Alliance of Monterey County and the Resilient Monterey County Partnership. "Building a Resiliency Plan for Your Nonprofit" runs from 9 a.m. to noon, June 16 at Community Foundation for Monterey County, 2354 Garden Road, Monterey. Scholarships are available to certain organizations. See details.


Friday, June 10 – 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 Dr. Daniel "PK" Diffenbaugh, MPUSD superintendent. Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. RSVP now.  (BIO)

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

SAVE THE DATE  â€“ 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.

Please support our efforts, by becoming a member today: Membership Application
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