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 A Weekly Newsletter Promoting Monterey County:
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Friday, Sept. 20, 2019

Edition 809

Assemblymember Robert Rivas featured at our next Members Only Luncheon

We are excited to welcome Assemblymember Robert Rivas to our monthly members-only lunch. Robert Rivas, who is in his first term, represents the 30th District, which includes parts of Monterey and San Benito counties. Assemblymember Rivas will be discussing with MCBC members some of his current legislation for our district.

Monterey County Business Council Monthly Luncheons are for MEMBERS ONLY.

Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Bayonet Black Horse Golf Course, Seaside

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CSUMB's iiED to host Startup Investment & Community Capital Expo

California State University, Monterey Bay’s (CSUMB) Institute for Innovation and Economic Development (iiED) is set to host the 2019 Startup Investment & Community Capital Expo on Sept. 27 at the Embassy Suites in Seaside.

The goal of this community expo is to provide businesses, investors, chamber of commerce members and the larger Monterey Bay community a forum for connecting local and regional startup and emerging business projects to investors and other sources of funding.

The event will showcase emerging companies and connect regional companies with venture capitalists, bankers, angel investors and others who can help them raise the capital they need to grow their business. The event will feature panels on investing and obtaining funding, plus company pitches to panels of investors. The expo is a collaboration between the Startup Investment community and the Slow Money/Community Capital community in the Monterey Bay region.

A special Pathways to Business Success panel discussion, hosted by the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, will focus on how businesses can succeed in a challenging business environment. Learn more or RSVP

CAO Charles McKee seated as top county executive

Newly appointed County Administrative Officer Charles McKee was formally seated as the county’s chief executive on Tuesday after reaching an agreement on a contract with the Board of Supervisors. McKee replaces longtime CAO Lew Bauman, who retired last week following two decades with the county.

McKee, who will be paid a base salary of $279,899.36 under a four-year deal running until 2023, was greeted with unanimous approval and broad praise by the county board and a standing ovation from the county staff-heavy crowd at Tuesday’s meeting. Read more
Source: Monterey County Herald

Monterey County to launch safe gun storage initiative

“Be SMART,” a public education campaign to promote saving young lives through safe gun storage in the home will be launched at a public forum in Seaside Monday. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America initiated the “Be SMART” campaign to raise awareness that responsible gun storage — storing guns locked, unloaded and separate from ammunition — can save children’s lives. Firearms are the second leading cause of preventable death among U.S. children and adolescents. Read more
Source: Monterey County Herald

The “Be SMART” campaign calls on all adults to prevent tragedies by following these simple steps:

  • Secure all guns in your home and vehicles
  • Model responsible behavior around guns
  • Ask about the presence of unsecured guns
  • Recognize the risks of teen suicide
  • Tell your peers to be SMART

Downtown Monterey to take part in (PARK)ing Day

On Friday, parking spaces in downtown Monterey will become temporary parklets for the annual event (PARK)ing Day. Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., the parking spaces will become mini-parks that feature green spaces, outdoor seating and educational booths. Several spaces on Alvarado Street between Pearl Street and Franklin Street will be closed, but the street will remain open to vehicles.

The city said visitors can bring a takeout lunch to a parklet, have coffee and donuts with police officers, learn more about gardening and landscaping from parks staff, get physical fitness education from recreation and the Monterey Sports Center and sign up for a library card.

The event is held across the country on the third Friday in September in an effort to celebrate parks and public spaces. The city said it is also to raise awareness for the need for more pedestrian-friendly spaces.
Source: KION; photo courtesy of Old Monterey Business Association

The following article is by Monterey Bay PTAC Director Lawrence Harris.

The sky's the limit for Hispanic-owned businesses 

The Monterey Bay PTAC currently serves approximately 550 clients throughout central and coastal California, including 109 Hispanic-owned firms, representing a diverse array of industries and professions. Over the preceding nine months, those firms have won $25 million in federal, state, and local agency contract awards.

As mentioned in previous articles, the Monterey Bay Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) participated in the 40th Annual Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Convention in Stockton last month. Among the many workshops and break-out sessions was "Crafting a Value Proposition with Entrepreneurial Mindset." The panelists named four key elements of success: Financial Readiness; Experience; Work Capacity; and Perseverance. These can be readily displayed in a client's Capability Statement, a skill-set that PTAC counselors are experienced in providing to their clients. 

In addition, it was noted during the luncheons that “John F. Kennedy University received a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to provide additional support to its Hispanic students.” 

Furthermore, according to The Latino Coalition, Latino-owned businesses will contribute $772.8 billion to the 2020 economy. The Latino Coalition further notes “Latino’s are natural risk-takers, a trait that serves them well.”  And, not surprisingly, the positions of minority-owned small business associations on key policy matters (e.g., minimum wage, government regulations, etc.) are often aligned with the rest of the business community, thus ensuring “free enterprise thrives, and businesses compete in a fair and open marketplace.”

The Monterey Bay PTAC offers clients several value-added key services – ranging from assisting with registrations and certifications programs, bid-matching (i.e., matching agency requirements/solicitations to client product/service offerings), developing capabilities statements, and proposal/solicitation review, to name a few. Established in 2013, the Monterey Bay PTAC team stands ready to serve the entire business community.


Technology Showcase and Acquisition of Capital Seminar for the Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturer
Date: Thursday, Sept. 26                                                       
Time: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: Cabrillo College Room 2100 B, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos
For details and to register, visit

Made in Monterey Bay Manufacturing Meetup
Date: Thursday, Sept. 26
Time: 4-6:30 p.m.
Location: Annieglass, Inc., 310 Harvest Drive, Watsonville
For details and to register, visit:

Startup Investment & Community Capital Expo
Date: Friday, Sept. 27                                                                
Time: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Embassy Suites Hotel, Seaside
For details and to register, visit

Get Connected 2019 – Doing Business with State, County, and Local Agencies
Date: Thursday, Oct. 3
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Location: SJC Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Ave, Stockton
For details and to register, visit:

We at Monterey Bay Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) help businesses navigate the labyrinth of the government procurement system. Visit the website to learn about upcoming workshops or sign up to become a client. Call 831-216-3000 or see us on Facebook: @MontereyBayPTAC.

House to vote on SAFE Banking Act

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote later this month on the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, bipartisan legislation that would allow cannabis businesses to access the federal banking system.

The bill, introduced in the House in February by Reps. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), Denny Heck (D-WA), Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Warren Davidson (R-OH), would prohibit federal banking regulators from penalizing banks that work with state-compliant cannabis-related businesses, taking action on loans made to those businesses or limiting a depository institution’s access to the Deposit Insurance Fund. The bill would also protect ancillary businesses from being charged with money laundering and other financial crimes, and would call on the Financial Institution Examination Council to develop guidance to assist credit unions and banks in serving the cannabis industry.

The House Financial Services Committee approved the SAFE Banking Act in March in a historic 45-15 vote; it was the first time legislation related to cannabis banking was approved by a congressional committee. Read more
Source: Cannabis Business Times

Fifth annual Language Capital of the World® Cultural Festival 

The free 5th Annual Language Capital of the World® Cultural Festival will be held on Sunday, Oct. 6. There will be performances by an array of dancers and singers representing cultures from across the globe, ethnic food, free mini-language lessons and cultural experiences, a variety of cultural booths, and vendors of gift items from around the world.

Monterey County’s economy depends on spending by faculty and students from local language and culture institutions like the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MCBC member) and Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC), and employees connected with area language-service businesses, so please come out and support this very special event. 

To sponsor the event, or for further details, visit or call Wendy Brickman at (831) 633-4444.

Here's why the designation as the 'Language Capital of the World®' matters to Monterey County

Monterey County is considered to be the “language capital of the world and the Monterey County Business Council (MCBC) has trademarked all of Monterey County as “Language Capital of the World” because this region hosts some of the globe’s leading military and educational language institutions as well as a myriad of private sector companies that provide cross-cultural training, interpretation, translation, localization and globalization services. Read more

Monterey's 2019 State of the City to take place Sept. 26

Join the Monterey Commercial Property Owners Association and co-hosts, the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 26th for the Annual State of the City Address, featuring Monterey Mayor Clyde Roberson and Monterey City Manager Hans Uslar. The event takes place from 6-8 p.m. at the Portola Hotel, where wine and appetizers will be served. 


Free Community Power Festival to showcase clean energy, sustainability

Monterey Bay Community Power (MCBC member) hosts its second Annual Community Power Festival from 10 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 at Monterey's Custom House Plaza. This outdoor, family-friendly event includes electric vehicle test drives and e-bike test rides, interactive booths, local vendors, community organizations, live music and sustainable food trucks, with opportunities to share and learn more about clean energy, community and sustainability. The first 200 attendees will receive a $10 Community Bucks token that they can donate to one of the seven incredible nonprofits that will be tabling at the event.  Admission is free. Learn more

Fenton & Keller to host Workplace Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Workshops

As of January 2019…
Workplace Sexual Harassment Prevention Training
For Supervisors and Non-Supervisors
The law firm of Fenton & Keller (MCBC member) presents in Spanish (Sept. 23) and another in English (Sept. 24) the California required workplace harassment and discrimination prevention training for supervisorial and non-supervisorial employees.

OJO: Este entrenamiento también se presentará en español el 23 de septiembre, 2019. 
September 23, 2019 (IN SPANISH)

September 24, 2019 (IN ENGLISH)

$50 for Supervisors
$25 for Non-Supervisors
*(Includes light breakfast)
WHERE: Hampton Inn & Suites Salinas, 523 Work St., Salinas

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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