Big news this week from Tanimura and Antle, Salinas Valley's tourism appeal, and more...Read on!
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 A Weekly Newsletter Promoting Monterey County:
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Friday, Feb. 17, 2017

Edition 679

Pictured: Main Street shops and a mural about John Steinbeck. Photo by Jason Henry for The New York Times.
New York Times piece profiles Salinas as an up-and-coming travel destination

The New York Times sings the praises of the Salinas Valley in a travel piece showcasing the richness and diversity of the region's agricultural bounty.
"What to Find in Salinas Valley: Lush Fields, Good Wine and, Yes, Steinbeck" focuses on the city's coming-of-age as a tourism draw, as a downtown resurgence, agritourism, a growing number of local wine-tasting rooms and a celebration of locally grown farm ingredients at regional restaurants are increasingly boosting public awareness. Then, of course, there's the Steinbeck connection, and the sheer beauty of the valley's "tawny hills, the lupine and poppy flowers and lettuce fields."

That downtown revitalization is in part due to Bruce Taylor's decision to move his company's headquarters into the heart of downtown. By doing so, the five-story Taylor Farms headquarters has helped bring foot traffic to local shops and restaurants, giving others a reason to give downtown Salinas (BCM) a second look. Read more

Dr. Walt Tribley to speak at MCBC's March 10 luncheon
The Monterey County Business Council's next Membership Luncheon is set for Friday, March 10, featuring as our special guest speaker, Dr. Walter Tribley, Monterey Peninsula College (BCM) superintendent and president. Our monthly luncheon meeting takes place on the second Friday of each month from 11:45 a.m.  to 1:30 p.m. at Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Club (BCM), Seaside and is for MCBC members and invited guests. Tickets are $25 and are on sale now.
Caltrans workshop to focus on public contracting opportunities

The Monterey Bay PTAC shares details of an informative workshop for small business owners looking for insight into public contracting opportunities. A Caltrans Contracting Workshop, from 1-4 p.m. Feb. 23, is beneficial for both business owners who are new to doing business with Caltrans and for those who may have some experience on Caltrans projects, but who wish to learn more about public contracting opportunities and how to successfully participate in the competitive bid process. 
Topics include: 

  • How to find advertised projects and bidding opportunities 
  • How to get certified as a Small Business (SB), Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) 
  • How to find needed information on the Caltrans website 
  • Requirements for using a CMAS/MAC contract 
  • Reporting requirements, bonding and insurance 

The workshop will include speakers from DGS and Caltrans District 10 and takes place at the Caltrans District 10 office, 1976 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Stockton. To register, contact Caltrans District 10 Small Business Office at (209) 948-7855 or register online.

Film screening, discussion to focus on roots of American foreign intervention
The World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay Area Middlebury Institute of International Studies (BCM) Veterans Organizations presents a screening of the documentary, "American Umpire," a 54-minute documentary film exploring the historical foundation of American foreign intervention, at 6 p.m. March 7 in Irvine Auditorium, 499 Pierce St. The screening will be followed by a dialogue about the future of U.S. foreign policy with director James Shelley and producer Elizabeth Cobbs, a research fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution. Get the details.
HBO series "Big Little Lies" to star Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley…and Monterey Peninsula locations!
Film Commission to hold 'Big Little Lies' party and debut screening in Carmel
"Big Little Lies," HBO's limited series featuring a string of Monterey County locations, makes its premiere this Sunday, Feb. 19. Don't miss the Monterey County Film Commission’s (BCM) screening party, beginning at 5 p.m. at Carmel Mission Inn. There'll be a red carpet entry, a chance to mingle with industry professionals and locals involved with the production, hors oeuvres and wine, with the first episode of “Big Little Lies” screening at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5, available via
Excelligence outgrows old headquarters

Great news for MCBC member organization Excelligence Learning Corp. (BCM): The Monterey-based company is relocating to bigger digs in the Ryan Ranch Business Park. The new 41,975-square-foot facility at 20 Ryan Ranch Road is less than a mile from the company’s current location at 2 Lower Ragsdale Drive, but the new site offers a 40 percent larger footprint. Excelligence President and Chief Operating Officer Dipak Golechha said continued growth of the company is the reason for the move.
Source: Monterey County Herald

Fenton & Keller hosts 'New Year, New Laws'
Registration is still open for the Feb. 28 seminar by Fenton & Keller (BCM) attorneys Christopher Panetta and Elizabeth Leitzinger,  "New Year - New Laws," designed for business owners, HR managers, payroll managers, and anyone who deals with personnel issues. Topics will include minimum wage increase, update on salary rules for “white-collar” exempt employees, new overtime rules for agricultural workers, time rounding when calculating hours worked, Wage Equality Act, expansion of required anti-harassment policies, single-user all-gender restrooms in the workplace, pregnancy disability leave notice requirements, protected immigration-related practices, and marijuana use/drug testing and maintaining a drug-free workplace.

Registration and light breakfast begin at 8 a.m., with program from 8:30-11:30 a.m. in the Casa Munras Hotel's Marbella Room, 700 Munras Ave., Monterey. Cost is $60. RSVP to Jennifer Malone at 831-373-1241 or via  email 
Tanimura & Antle announces plan to offer employee ownership option

Tanimura & Antle (BCM) has become the largest agricultural company in Monterey County to share ownership with its employees. The company’s sale of equity to create the Employee Stock Ownership Plan was finalized on Feb. 10 and it will allow the company to offer shares as retirement plans for workers at all levels, officials said.

CEO Rick Antle said the plan was created to position the company for growth with stability through local control as opposed to control by outside investors.
“We’ve always looked at our workforce as being a key part of the organization, our number one asset,” Antle said. “As we looked at the future generation, we looked at different options and the one that most resonated with us was the Employee Stock Ownership Plan.”

The agricultural industry has suffered from labor shortages in the past few years, and the ESOP is another incentive to reward skilled workers and inspire their loyalty ­— just like it was building worker housing, Antle said. “In 2015 we had a labor shortage, in 2016 we were fully staffed,” he said. “We expect this will not only attract but retain a skilled workforce. We’re forward-thinking, it’s not just today but the future (of the employees) as they look at their retirement years.” Read more

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