Honorees announced for MCBC's Economic Vitality Award; CSUMB preps for Startup Weekend Monterey; GO-Biz Webinar spotlights tax credits.


View this email in your browser

  A Weekly Newsletter Promoting Monterey County:
Open for Business

Business Council Members identified as (BCM)

Friday, Dec. 18, 2015

Edition 625

MCBC unveils names of Economic Vitality Award winners to be honored at Gala

The date is fast approaching for the Monterey County Business Council's  21st Anniversary Gala & Annual Economic Vitality Awards, to take place on Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey.

During the event, MCBC will be recognizing the following individuals and organizations who have contributed to the economic vitality, growth and preservation of our community:

  • Creative & Technology: Sand City, West End 
  • Health & Wellness: The Monterey Program for Executive Health
  • Higher Education & Research: Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS)
  • Hospitality: Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
  • Sustainable Building & Design: Carmel Building & Design
  • Agriculture: Taylor Farms
  • Advancing Manufacturing: Steiner eOptics

In addition, join us in honoring Congressman Sam Farr for his years of service and myriad contributions to our regional economic prosperity. If you haven't already done so, RSVP now to this popular event.


Thanks to our event sponsors

We extend our sincere gratitude to each of our sponsors that have helped to ensure a successful event:


Monterey Bay Procurement Technical Assistance Center


Pacific Gas & Electric / California American Water 



Pinnacle BankHartnell CollegeAT&T; County of Monterey; CSUMB, Monterey County for Energy Independence; First Solar; Monterey Regional Airport; Cannery Row Company, RedShift



Folktale Winery & Vineyards 



For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Brian Turlington, MCBC Executive Director at 831.216.3020 or

Report: California gets high ranks for new business creation

Data tells the real story: California is a good place to do business.

California has long been characterized as a state that is unfriendly to business, from the Tax Foundation ranking California number 48 out of 50 states based on business tax rates, to the Wall Street Journal publishing op-eds describing how California drives away jobs and businesses. A new report, California New Business Creation, offers a broader examination of business and labor indicators, relying on the U.S. Census Bureau's Business Dynamic Statistics to calculate exactly where California ranks compared to other states.

The report finds California near the top of many key state-by-state rankings, including both new-business expansion and small business growth. California is creating jobs faster than the national average, and while plenty of those new jobs are with existing businesses, many are with new firms.

The report finds that in 2013, California ranked:

  • 4th in job creation stemming from new business creation, with a growth rate of 5.5 percent
  • 5th in creation of new businesses
  • 10th in highest entry rate of small businesses with one to four employees, with small firms representing 19.1 percent of new enterprises
  • 4th in total net job creation
Further evidence the Golden State is above average when it comes to business and labor indicators comes from, the first-of-its-kind website that provides one-stop-shop access to over 100 big-data metrics for all 50 states. Created by Next 10 with data compiled by Beacon Economics, it shows strong growth for new and existing businesses alike.

Monterey College of Law offers tuition grants to MCBC member employees and their immediate family members

As a longterm member of the MCBC community, Monterey College of Law (BCM) is providing individual $1,000 first-year tuition grants to qualified applicants from MCBC member organizations.  The grants are available to member owners and employees and their immediate families for 2016 Spring Start students. The grants can be applied to both the J.D. and the Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) degree programs.

“We believe that this initiative encourages and supports the relationship between higher education and our local industry partners in the MCBC,” said Mitchel Winick, president and dean of Monterey College of Law.  MCL has been a long-term member of the Higher Education cluster of the MCBC.

“One of the Higher Education cluster strategies is to highlight that local residents do not have to leave the area to have access to quality undergraduate and graduate educational opportunities,” said Winick. “This is a tangible way for the law school to show its investment in this strategy.”

Accepted applicants to the 2016 Spring Start Program begin classes in early February 2016.  Before they begin Fall semester, they will have completed seven units of law courses (three required and one elective course), qualified for the licensing-required Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) and become a Certified Mediator.

For details about this special program for Monterey County Business Council members, contact Dean of Admissions Wendy LaRiviere at 831.582.4000, Ext. 1012  or For general information about Monterey College of Law, visit the law school’s web page.

Don't miss Startup Weekend Monterey

The hardest part of starting up is starting out. At Startup Weekend Monterey, you'll be immersed in the ideal environment for startup magic to happen.

​Startup Weekend Monterey, an entrepreneurial training ground, comes to CSU Monterey Bay (BCM) on Jan. 29-31, courtesy of the university’s Institute for Innovation and Economic Development (BCM). 

The 54-hour marathon offers a chance to learn the basics of developing startup businesses and launching successful ventures. Startup Weekend begins with pitching ideas on Friday night, continues through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, then culminates on Sunday with demonstrations and presentations. ​Participants work in teams to ​create ​brand new​ startups during the event and are able to meet and collaborate with talented people. 

Surrounded by smart, passionate people and with the best tools and approaches at your disposal, you’ll take giant leaps toward creating a business, becoming a founder, and connecting with the right people and resources. 

Registration fee is $99, or $49 for students​. The fee covers seven meals from Friday night through Sunday, and parking for the weekend. Get information and tickets at

Wine industry pioneer Richard Smith dies

We are saddened by the death of Richard Smith, one of the founding fathers of the Monterey County wine region and the owner of Paraiso Vineyards.

Smith, 69, died Dec. 27 at his home in the Santa Lucia Highlands, surrounded by his family, according to his son, Jason Smith.
Smith got his start in the wine business in 1972 when he hired on as assistant vineyard manager at what eventually became Paraiso Vineyards. Four years later, he started Valley Farm Management Co. (BCM) and then, in 1987, bought Paraiso Vineyards.

Kim Stemler, executive director of the Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association, called him "a national leader in the wine industry, and a local hero,"  who championed sustainability and research, and was "one of the main advocates for establishing the Santa Lucia Highlands as an American Vinicultural Area." 

The family has no immediate plans for services, although a small private family service is likely, with a larger celebration of life when the weather is better.

Read the full story online.

Source: Salinas Californian


Register now for TPO's 12th annual Employment Law & Leadership Conference

Register now for TPO's 12th annual Employment Law & Leadership Conference, to take place from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 at Embassy Suites, Monterey Bay.

Morning sessions will include the Saqui Law Group's labor and employment law update, "What's Coming At You in 2016!" Mike Saqui will take you through the latest labor and employment law twists and turns and give you lively, jargon-free advice about what you need to do to get your employment practices in line for 2016 compliance.

Afternoon breakout sessions include "Unintended Pay Discrimination," "The Top 10 Avoidable Mistakes Employers Make," "Driving Those Difficult Conversations," and "HR Q&A" and an affiliate showcase.

Use code MCBC for Monterey County Business Council discount rate of $299 (regular rate is $349). For details or to register, see

The Monterey County Business Council is a sponsor of TPO's annual conference.

GO-Biz hosts Webinar on tax credits  

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) hosts a free webinar this month for businesses interested in applying for the California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC). GO-Biz is now accepting applications for $75 million in tax credits during the current application period, which closes on Jan. 25. Businesses of all sizes are encouraged to apply for tax credits which are available to companies that are expanding and adding jobs in the state. The online application is available at  The Webinar takes place from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19. Register here.

Caltrans offers winter driving safety tips

With plenty of wet and cold weather in the forecast this winter, Caltrans encourages motorists to remember these safety tips:
  • Reduce your speed in rainy, foggy, icy and windy conditions. Motorists should be aware that spot flooding may occur at any time along the roadway.
  • Slow down and/or move over when highway workers, law enforcement or tow truck drivers are working on or near the roadway.
  • Be aware of electronic message boards and other road signs with information on incidents, changing road conditions, lane closures or detours.
  • Make sure that your vehicle brakes, windshield wiper blades and tires are in good condition. Motorists should also inspect vehicle head and tail lights for maximum visibility.
  • Call 911 to report any incidents or hazardous roadway conditions. 
The public may view Caltrans network of roadside traffic cameras at  or the statewide highway network for current conditions at or the automated California Highway Information Network (CHIN) @ 800-GAS-ROAD. In addition, the CHP has real time traffic incident information at  

Monterey Regional Airport partners with Santa Cruz Warriors

The Monterey Regional Airport (BCM) has unveiled a marketing partnership and sponsorship with the Santa Cruz Warriors for the 2015-16 season.

“The Monterey Region includes Santa Cruz. We are spreading our wings and working hard to get the message out to Santa Cruz County that we are here and we are the convenient choice for their air travel needs," said Mike La Pier, Executive Director of the Monterey Regional Airport. "The drive to Monterey from Santa Cruz is easy, our parking is affordable and we have growing air service choices.”

As part of the deal, the Monterey Regional Airport will receive advertising and PA reads in the Kaiser Permanente Arena where the Warriors play their home games, inclusion in the Warriors' e-newsletters for season ticket holders, ads on the Warriors website and tickets to give away on the Airport’s Facebook page.

In addition, the airport is sponsoring two “win a trip” contests which will occur during the remainder of the Warrior’s season. The first contest is underway now. Two winners and their guests will win a trip to travel with the Santa Cruz Warriors to Los Angeles on March 26th.

The second contest will be in celebration of the Airport’s 75th Anniversary in 2016. This contest will send one lucky fan to Las Vegas for a D-League Summer League game experience.

Alaska Airlines is the official carrier for the Warriors and will offer a discount code for Warriors fans who fly from Monterey Regional Airport to follow the team for away games.

The Santa Cruz Warriors are the NBA D-League affiliate of the Golden State Warriors. For more information visit their website:

Monterey Regional Airport has non-stop service to: Los Angeles (United & Alaska Airlines), Las Vegas (Allegiant), San Francisco (United Airlines) and San Diego (Alaska Airlines).

MCBC: We're open for business

While some of the Monterey County Business Council's events, such as our monthly membership luncheons, are open only to MCBC members, others such as the quarterly Eggs & Issues breakfast forums are open to the general public.

These events are built around timely and topical subjects designed to meet the needs of those doing business in Monterey County. Many also offer powerful opportunities for networking and better understanding the challenges and opportunities facing companies, organizations and nonprofits in Monterey County .

Keep informed of our upcoming events via the MCBC's weekly newsletter and via the MCBC website at

To learn about membership in the only countywide organization focused on business advocacy, economic development and workforce readiness, contact MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington at


FRIDAY, Jan. 15 – MCBC Monthly Membership Luncheon (the monthly luncheon returns to the second Friday of the month in February), 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Bayonet & Black Horse Grill, Seaside. Special guest speaker will be Monterey County 4th District Supervisor Jane Parker. As Chair of the Board of Supervisors in 2016, Supervisor Parker will share her plans and how MCBC and its members can play an active role in shaping the future vitality of Monterey County. Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. RSVP by noon, Wednesday, Jan. 13 at Eventbrite or call 831.216.3000. (BIO)

SATURDAY, Feb. 6 â€“ MCBC 21st Anniversary Gala and Annual Economic Vitality Awards, at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. To find out about sponsorship opportunities, see story at right, or contact MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington at 831.216.3000 or via email

By Invitation Only events identified as (BIO)...


"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."
~ Benjamin Franklin
Copyright © 2016 Monterey County Business Council, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp