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 A Weekly Newsletter Promoting Monterey County:
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Friday, Feb. 10, 2017

Edition 678

Dr. Walter Tribley
President, Monterey Peninsula College 
MCBC Membership Luncheon update
Please note that the MCBC Membership Luncheon for February has been canceled.  March your calendars now for next month's MCBC Membership Luncheon on Friday, March 10, when our special guest speaker will be Monterey Peninsula College Superintendent/President Dr. Walter Tribley. 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, Seaside and is for MCBC members and invited guests. Details to come soon.
PTAC can save you time, money and stress
Leveraging the resources and people at your local PTAC can make your road to government contracts much shorter and less bumpy, recommends Carroll Bernard. As a former buyer for the U.S. Navy, City of Vancouver, Wash. and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as well as a former PTAC and U.S. Small Business Administration counselor, Bernard knows what he's talking about when it comes to navigating the government marketplace.

In a recent article fo r, an online support community for small businesses he co-founded and heads, Bernard shares six things you should know about PTACs and how to make best use of them. Writes Bernard, "...I frequently talk about how you can get no-cost support for your business development efforts in the government market through a program funded in part through a cooperative agreement by the Department of Defense and a non-profit near you called a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)."

Check out Bernard's full article 
here. When you're ready to find out what the Monterey Bay PTAC can do for your business, contact them through their website, email or call 831.216.3000.

2017 Panetta Lecture Series to focus on theme of Trump presidency
The ramifications of the Trump Presidency, from its impact on health care to the economy, to international relations and the political process itself, will be the focus of this year's Leon Panetta Lecture Series. “The Trump Presidency and the Future of America” will be the theme of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy's 2017 season. Lecture series events will be held at the Sunset Cultural Center in Carmel and run from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Events are as follows: 
  • March 6: “The Affordable Care Act — Repeal, Replace or Gridlock?” Former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Chris Jennings, deputy assistant to the president for Health Policy from 2013-14 and senior health adviser to the president, 1994-2001, will be guest speakers.
  • April 3: “The Economy — Trade, Jobs, Taxes and Immigration.” Former presidential candidate and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina is an invited speaker who hasn’t been confirmed yet. Robert Reich, economic analyst former and secretary of labor, has confirmed.
  • May 29: “Our Democracy — Parties, Politics and Governing” with Donna Brazile, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee from 2016 to 2017; David Gergen, senior political analyst for CNN and former presidential adviser, and Bill Kristol, founder and editor-at-large of The Weekly Standard and political analyst for ABC News.
  • June 5: “The World — Terrorism, Russia, China, Populism and Cyber” with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Madeleine Albright, another former secretary of state, has also been invited. Get the details
Source: The Monterey County Herald
Public input sought on MST's Draft 2017-2020 Public Participation Plan 
Monterey-Salinas Transit (BCM) is seeking public comments on its Draft 2017-2020 Public Participation Plan . MST’s Public Participation Plan has been developed to ensure that MST provides the public with meaningful opportunities for inclusive and accessible public engagement during the transportation decision-making process. The plan identifies the strategic approach, goals and guiding principles MST has established to foster public participation and defines how MST will incorporate these standards into its transportation decision-making process. 

MST has posted the plan at and will provide a copy by request. MST will also provide written or verbal translation of the document in Spanish by request.

Members of the public who wish to view the Public Participation Plan, obtain a copy of the Plan, or provide comments on the Plan can contact MST at:
Monterey-Salinas Transit. Attn: Compliance Analyst
19 Upper Ragsdale Drive., Suite 200, Monterey, CA 93940
Contact MST at (888) 678-2871 or via email. Deadline to receive comments is 5 p.m. Friday, March 3.
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
Welcome Hollywood to our backyard with the Monterey County Film Commission’s celebration of locally filmed HBO TV’s limited series, “Big Little Lies,” on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. at Carmel Mission Inn.  It’s a chance to mingle with industry professionals and locals involved with the production.

With a red carpet entry and photo-op media wall, the mixer takes place in the ballroom at Carmel Mission Inn.  It will include hors oeuvres, a full no-host bar, Folktale wines, and a special guest chef demonstration by Johnny DeVivo, executive chef from Porter’s In The Forest.  The first episode of “Big Little Lies” will be screened at 6 p.m. Space is limited and reservations are necessary for the $5 tickets, available via  For more information, contact the film commission at 831-646-0910 or

This party highlights the nearly $2.5 million in economic impact that the HBO production brought to the local economy.  It also marks the start of the 30th anniversary year for the Monterey County Film Commission.  

“Big Little Lies,” starring Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley, filmed in January and May 2016 in Pacific Grove, Monterey, Big Sur and in the Carmel Highlands area.  Watch the trailer .
Fenton & Keller hosts 'New Year, New Laws'
Registration is still open for the Feb. 28 seminar by Fenton & Keller 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 
MCBC's Friday Facts sponsor of the month
This month, the Monterey County Business Council celebrates Bianchi, Kasavan & Pope, LLP, one of our valued MCBC member organizations, as our sponsor of Friday Facts. Learn more about them below and support them as a thriving and valuable part of the Monterey County business community. To find out about sponsorship opportunities, contact MCBC Projects Manager Melody Burgess or call 831.216.3000.

A full-service accounting firm with offices in Monterey, Salinas, Hollister and Morgan Hill,  Bianchi, Kasavan & Pope, LLP (BKP) specializes in tax planning and preparation, retirement planning, audit services, estate and trust tax preparation, payroll services, business valuations and management advisory consulting.  Additionally, BKP provides information technology services through Professional Computer Solutions, an in-house department providing clients with systems hardware and accounting software expertise, support and troubleshooting.

Bianchi, Kasavan & Pope brings an unmatched level of business and financial expertise to the region, with a combined 100 years of professional accounting experience. among its partners. With offices in Monterey, Salinas, Hollister and Morgan Hill, BKP reaches across industries to help individuals and companies manage life passages and everyday business. Learn more about BKP and the range of services it offers, by contacting them at 831.373.1697 (Monterey), 831.757.5311 (Salinas) or through their website.
Students at Chartwell team up with aquarium to promote seafood sustainability

Area restaurants are getting an education about ocean sustainability thanks to a group of Chartwell School students promoting an initiative asking them to cut back on the use of Styrofoam, plastics and other materials harmful to Monterey Bay. The “Ocean Friendly Restaurants” program was started by the Surfrider Foundation and embraced by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program. It is the platform students from Seaside’s Chartwell School are using to fulfill their service curriculum requirement this quarter. Check out the full story online.
Source: Monterey County Herald

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