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Friday, April 22, 2016

Edition 640

Join MCBC in celebrating Small Businesses

Some build, some brew, and some nourish us with groceries, pizza or pinot noir. Others decorate or finance our homes, insure or secure us, keep us healthy, happy and hearing well.
More than two dozen businesses have been nominated by regional lenders, financial institutions, city managers and economic development directors  as honorees in the Monterey County Business Council's annual "Celebration of Small Businesses in Monterey County."
Every one of those businesses nourishes the social fabric of Monterey County, creating jobs and opportunities and making it a better place to live and work.
Join the Monterey County Business Council in celebrating small business success during our annual "Celebration of Small Businesses in Monterey County." The May 6th event, held in conjunction with SBA events around the county as part of National Small Business Week (May 1-7), will feature a presentation from Dawn Golick, Deputy District Director, Small Business Administration, as well as panels of traditional and alternative lenders discussing ongoing loan and financing programs.  A wine and cheese reception will follow.
"Celebration of Small Businesses in Monterey County" will take place from 3-5:30 p.m., Friday, May 6 at Embassy Suites by Hilton Monterey Bay, Seaside. Register here
For sponsorship information, contact MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington.

Meet our Small Business nominees

The following Monterey County businesses made our list of finalists, as nominated by our area financial institutions and private partners:
Come help us celebrate our Small Business finalists on May 6th, as we announce which one of them will be named Small Business of the Year.

  • Advance Water Engineering
  • Lone Star Electric
  • Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill
  • Lilify
  • Avila Construction Company
  • Gee Daniel Insurance
  • JP Organics
  • Peninsula Security
  • Gusto Handcrafted Pasta & Pizza
  • Seaside Florist
  • Mack Stove Company
  • Mi Tierra
  • Monterey Bay Alternative Medicine
  • Tarpy's
  • Peninsula Business interiors
  • Restaurant Pacific Group dba Scales
  • Folktale Winery & Vineyards
  • Blue Adobe Mortgage
  • The Wine Experience
  • Central Coast Audiology
  • Prima Heart
  • Winning Wheels
  • Butterfly by the Sea
  • Dority Roofing & Solar
  • Gantz-Mountain Intelligence Automation Systems, Inc.
  • Altai Brands

Thanks to our event sponsors:



Win a round-trip flight for two from Surf Air

Surf Air, the all-you-can-fly private airline, will be giving away a round-trip flight for two at our Celebration of Small Businesses in Monterey County! Please bring your business card to enter the drawing  â€” you must be present to win.

Surf Air is a members-only private airline offering unique all-you-can-fly service within an expanding California network. With a fleet of custom-designed executive aircraft, Surf Air operates from a growing number of convenient private airports, allowing Members to bypass the long lines, waits, and stresses of commercial travel with instant, ticketless check-in and 30-second booking via smartphone app.

Giveaway description:  Enjoy a round trip for two on Surf Air, the nation's first members-only airline offering scheduled service to a growing network of sought-after California destinations. Your trip will allow you and your plus one to bypass the heavy traffic, long waits, and all-around stresses of commercial travel. Each journey begins at a comfortable private airport, where you'll check in minutes before departure and take-off in an executive aircraft. It’s refreshingly simple, seamless, and pleasant — as flying should be.

Flights are non-transferable, subject to availability, and valid for six months after receipt. All Surf Air flights are subject to the Contract of Carriage at

Did you know...       

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.
More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.
As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

Venture Showcase to highlight Startup Challenge talent, regional entrepreneurship       

Startup Challenge Monterey Bay is a regional new business competition and acceleration program for entrepreneurs in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties.  It is a competitive acceleration process that teaches, coaches, mentors, networks, and connects entrepreneurs to the knowledge and resources they need while showcasing their ideas and competing for prizes. The Challenge culminates in the Venture Showcase, a community celebration of entrepreneurship in the region.
Don't miss the Venture Showcase on Friday, May 6 for a chance to catch  the final round of pitches for Startup Challenge Monterey, exhibits by Startup Challenge finalists, past winners, and sponsors, and the Otter Tank competition to determine the champions for the Venture and Main Street divisions of Startup Challenge. The events take place at the Joel and Dena Gambord Business and Information Technology Building at CSUMB (BCM).
In the Final Round pitches, 12 Venture, 10 Main Street and four Student businesses will pitch for the Startup Challenge prizes. Pitches will run from 9 a.m. to noon and are open to the public.
The Final Round Pitches will be followed by the Venture Showcase, featuring exhibits by this year’s 26 finalist businesses as well as past winners and sponsors. The Venture Showcase provides an opportunity for attendees to see the variety and creativity of all the finalist businesses in the Startup Challenge, as well as seeing the progress of past winners. 
To crown the Main Street division and Venture division champions for the 2016 Challenge, three final Venture businesses and two final Main Street businesses will compete in two Otter Tank competitions, a “Shark Tank” inspired sudden death round, for the grand prize of $20,000 for Venture and $10,000 for Main Street. This “Final Final Round” will culminate in a networking reception for everyone, bringing Startup Challenge 2016 to a close.
Startup Challenge hopes to inspire everyone in the Monterey bay community, be they entrepreneurs, investors, students, or the general public interested in supporting economic growth and development in the Monterey Bay.
Schedule is as follows: 

  • 3-4 p.m. Startup Exhibits
  • 4-6 p.m. Otter Tank Competition
  • 6-7 p.m. Networking

Over its seven years to date, over 400 businesses have entered the Challenge.  In 2016, a record 89 businesses entered the Challenge, and 26 advanced to the Final Round. All of the previous six Venture and five Main Street winning businesses are still in business and growing.  The Challenge workshops, judges’ feedback, and mentoring are designed so that all applicants benefit from the Challenge to grow their new business.  
See the website for details. 

Services this weekend for George Minoru Tanimura

It is with great regret that we share news of the passing of George Minoru Tanimura, who died last Friday at the age of 100.
Mr. Tanimura passed away peacefully at his Salinas home, a few farm fields away from the headquarters of the company he helped found and lead to national prominence. 
A successful grower even before co-founding and helping build the Tanimura & Antle empire, Mr. Tanimura was known for his self-effacing manner, famously calling himself “just a farmer” despite his status in the industry and helping develop innovations such as drip irrigation, vacuum cooling and mechanization. He also earned kudos for his involvement with a range of charities, community organizations, and philanthropy including millions of dollars for the Tanimura & Antle Memorial Library at CSU Monterey Bay.
Born in San Juan Bautista on July 2, 1915, Mr. Tanimura began working in his family’s Castroville iceberg lettuce fields as a grade schooler, took over as the head of his family and its business as a teenager when his father died in the midst of the Great Depression. He and his brothers built a thriving concern before losing everything when he and other family members were sent to an Arizona internment camp during World War II, even as his brothers fought for the U.S. overseas. It was there that he met and married his wife.
Following the war, Mr. Tanimura and his brothers rebuilt the family business from scratch, starting as field laborers on small plots of land in Gilroy before saving up enough to buy an acre of land and steadily building their business. By the late 1940s, Mr. Tanimura and his brothers began working with grower-shipper Bud Antle, and eventually began growing exclusively for the company.
After Tanimura & Antle was founded in 1982, Mr. Tanimura served in a variety of capacities for the company, including co-chairman of the board with Bob Antle, and remained intimately involved in the operation for the rest of his life.
A viewing will be held on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Struve & Laporte Funeral Chapel, 41 W. San Luis Street in Salinas, and the funeral will be held on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Buddhist Temple of Salinas, 14 California Street in Salinas.
The family has asked that anyone wishing to honor George Tanimura with a donation should do so with the Tanimura Foundation, P.O. Box 4070, Salinas, 93912.
Read the full obituary here.
Source: Monterey County Herald

Heads up on a great airfare deal 

Don't miss these great flight deals from Alaska Air this week, for a limited time:
Fly to Los Angeles from Monterey for as low as $62 one way, and to San Diego from Monterey for as low as $79. Travel must be booked by April 25.  Restrictions apply. Click here.
To book flights to Monterey, use this link.  
For outbound flights from Monterey, use this link.

Don't miss MBEP's Annual Economic Summit

Only a few days left to get your tickets to MBEP's Second Annual Regional Economic Summit happening on April 26, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. 
Click here to register now or visit MBEP's website for details.

Reducing waste one broccoli stem at a time 

Given that today is Earth Day, here is some great food for thought courtesy of Mann Packing: 
According to the USDA, food loss and waste in the United States accounts for approximately 31 percent and is the single largest component of disposed solid waste, accounting for 133 billion pounds of waste and roughly 18% of U.S. methane emissions.  In 2015, USDA and EPA launched the U.S. Food Waste Challenge with the first-ever national food waste reduction goal, calling for a 50-percent reduction by 2030. The journey to zero waste may be far off, but there’s much we can do to help the process along.
Mann Packing has introduced several new initiatives at its Fresh Leaf Farms facilities. On July 1st, 2015 Fresh Leaf Farms Salinas launched its formal recycling program with the help of over 300 employees. Measure To Improve, a consulting firm that specializes in building sustainability programs for the produce industry, has helped to facilitate the program and train employees. Each training included signage and color coding of recycling receptacles, the importance of individual responsibility, and environmental impact outside the workplace.
The results are impressive. From July 2015 to March 2016 FLF Salinas has diverted:

  • 2,955 tons of organic material (culls)
  • 94 tons of recycling
  • 2 tons of cardboard = approximately 2,978 trees
  • 59 tons of plastic = approximately 18 two-person homes
  • Increased total diversion from 95.44% to 98.53%
This January, the company launched its formal recycling program at its Yuma facility, diverting additional waste materials. Reducing waste has been a focus for Mann Packing for quite some time. Twenty-five years ago, now-CEO Lorri Koster was tasked with figuring out what to do with leftover broccoli stems. Not only was a much-beloved and lucrative product born – Mann’s Broccoli Cole Slaw – but many tons of organic material was put to good use. And in 2013, the company changed its veggie tray packaging to eliminate 1.4 million pounds of plastic going to landfills annually.

Do your part

It's not just big produce companies that can make a difference. Here are some tips to help you cut down: 
Reduce, Recycle, Reuse: Using different containers for different types of waste. Make sure to get employee buy-in too! 
Buy Recycled Goods: Look for items that are 100% recycled to keep the recycling loop going. 
Save Wilted Veggies: Put them into ice water to crisp them up (try it with carrots, greens, broccoli, and more). If lettuce is a bit past its prime for use in a salad, you can always sauté it like you would any other green. 
Freeze Leftover Ingredients: You can chop up and store veggies in the freezer for later use and you can use leftovers in different menu items the next day. 
Store Food Properly in the Fridge: Store meats in lower in the fridge, where it’s coldest, and leave less temperature-sensitive items, like veggies and butter, higher up. 
Get more Earth-friendly advice here.
Source: Mann Packing

Nation's Hispanic population defined by youth      

Hispanics are the youngest major racial or ethnic group in the United States, with about one-third, or 17.9 million, younger than 18, according to a report Wednesday from the Pew Research Center.
In addition, about a quarter, or 14.6 million, of all Hispanics are Millennials (ages 18 to 33 in 2014), according to its analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. Altogether, nearly six in 10 Hispanics are Millennials or younger.
By comparison, half of the black population and 46 percent of the U.S. Asian population are Millennials or younger. Among whites, the nation’s oldest racial group, only about four in 10 are Millennials or younger (39 percent).
The nation’s Hispanic population has long been one of its youngest. In 2014, the most recent year for which data are available, the median age of Hispanics – 28 years – was well below that of the major racial groups and has been so since at least the 1980s. But as with the nation’s population overall, the Hispanic population’s median age has steadily risen since the 1980s, from 22 then to 28 in 2014, a significant change though still the smallest increase in median age among any major racial or ethnic group during that time period, says the Pew report.
Download the full report here.
Source: Central Valley Business Times

'He Named Me Lalala' film screening, panel discussion to focus on the state of girls' education

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and Redefining Education in International Development (REID), a student-led club, will host a free public screening of "He Named Me Malala," a documentary film biography of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, on Friday, May 6.
The film screening will take place on Colton Lawn at 570 Pacific St. from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on May 6, and will be preceded by a keynote speaker and panel discussion on the state of girls' education from 5-7 p.m. at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies’ Samson Student Center, 453 Van Buren St. (two blocks from Colton Lawn).  The event is free and open to the public, with donations gladly accepted.
 For details, see the webpage


Tuesday, April 26  â€“ MBEP Regional Economic Summit, Hyatt Regency, Monterey. This all-day event will include expert speakers and panelists exploring and highlighting regional approaches and solutions on topics such as the AgTech Revolution and the Blue Economy in Monterey County. RSVP now.

Friday, May 6 â€“ Celebration of Small Businesses in Monterey County,  3-5:30 p.m., Embassy Suites Monterey Bay.  Register here. 

Friday, May 13 – 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 John Laird, Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency. Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. RSVP now.  (BIO)

Monday, May 16 â€“ Salinas AgTech MeetUp: "Cutting Edge Trends in Imagery and AgTech," 6:30 p.m. at CSUMB Salinas City Center, 1 Main St., Salinas. Learn more about the ways that aerial imagery has the potential to detect crop stress, predict yield, and reduce labor costs. Panelists include experts from GeoVisual Analytics, TerrAvion, and Inspectool. Register here.

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.

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