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Friday, Dec. 2, 2022

Edition 958

New & Improved Date!
MCBC 'Covid Business Survival Awards'

We decided to put off our gala event until all of the holiday madness has subsided. So, please mark your calendar for the “new and improved” date of Friday evening, Feb. 24, from 6-9 p.m. Instead of a normal celebration of what would be the Monterey County Business Council’s 25th anniversary, we’re going to call this event our “Covid Business Survival Awards.” We’ll have fun while we honor some of the businesses and people who have successfully weathered the storm of the last few years. $195 per person (we should mention it’s at Pebble Beach’s posh Inn at Spanish Bay). Click here to register. For sponsorship opportunities, please email our CEO at


Administration launches $50 million program to help nonprofits make critical energy upgrades

Eligible nonprofits can apply for funding in individual grants of up to $200,000 to make critical energy upgrades at their buildings so they can direct more resources toward mission-driven work in their communities. Through this pilot program, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will identify scalable models for energy efficiency retrofits in both the nonprofit and other commercial sectors.
DOE encourages applicants that have not traditionally been the recipient of past DOE grant programs to respond to the RFI. The information collected from this RFI will be used by DOE for planning purposes to develop a potential Funding Opportunity Announcement.
The deadline to submit a response to this RFI is Dec. 22, 2022, by 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET). Only electronic responses sent to will be accepted. Download the Request for Information to see the full list of questions and instructions on how to submit a response.

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Apply for an ABC license renewal fee waiver

Does your business have an ABC license? Did you also know that ABC license renewal fees have been waived for two years? The process is easy and quick. Just follow these three steps to check eligibility and to apply.

Step 1: License search. Search by license number after receiving your renewal notice in the mail (approx. 60 days prior to license expiration date). <

Step 2: Verify eligibility. Verify license type fee waiver eligibility and identify your remaining balance due, if any.

Step 3: Submit fee waiver. Submit your renewal fee waiver either online if you have no balance due, or by mail with your payment.

We are committed to making sure businesses in Monterey County are successful. Please contact our team if you need additional assistance at (831) 216-3019 or

Apply for a fee waiver

Leadership Monterey County applications open

Leadership Monterey County is now accepting applications for its 2023 cohort! LMC is the premier course for emerging local leaders in the community. Participants gain the knowledge and direction they need to achieve greater self and community awareness through a combination of academic training, community exposure, and small group interaction. Visit the Leadership Monterey County website for more information on the program and a message from retired Congressman Sam Farr explaining the value of participating in Leadership Monterey County (a program of MCBC). You can also find FAQs about the program and the application itself. Some scholarships are available and the deadline for applications is Jan. 6, 2023.


TPO's Employment Law & Leadership Conference

TPO's 19th Annual Employment Law & Leadership Conference is taking place on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, from 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. VirtuaLive. This is a premier conference for business owners, managers, human resources, risk management, and legal counsel in public, private and non-profit organizations. Learn from the leading Littler attorneys about the latest employment law twists and turns to bring you up to speed on the regulatory front as well as trends to watch for in the future. Learn about the many compliance issues that are of greatest concern to corporate counsel, human resource professionals, executives, and other managers on a day-to-day basis. Littler’s Employment Law Update is a thought-provoking overview and analysis of the most critical employment and labor law issues confronting employers right now.

Monterey County Business Council members qualify for a special discount rate. Register with discount code "MCBC" for Monterey County Business Council discount rate of $249.

Register here

Aera provides capstone funding for Gateway Center to purchase mobility van for clients

Residents and clients of Gateway Center will now have an easier time getting to appointments and activities thanks to a new wheelchair-accessible Ford electric transport van made possible by community businesses and organizations.

The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (MCBC member) provided an initial $60,000 grant for the vehicle purchase and Aera Energy (MCBC member), Vistra Corp. and the Landman Trust stepped in to provide the rest. The center gives about 1,000 rides for free or at no cost to 100 Monterey County developmentally disabled residents, clients, and community members every year and about 500 rides every year to clients who use wheelchairs with a van that can transport one wheelchair passenger at a time. The new van will more than double the number of rides they can give with two spots accommodating a wheelchair.

Procurement Technical Assistance with Government Contracting.

Upcoming Monterey Bay PTAC Events

Visit the Monterey Bay PTAC website at to learn more about government contracting, see upcoming webinars, or contact our PTAC team.

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

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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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