Global Readiness Survey, Inspiring Your Inner Entrepreneur, MCBC Anniversary Gala to Honor Congressman Sam Farr.


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  A Weekly Newsletter Promoting Monterey County:
Open for Business

Business Council Members identified as (BCM)

Friday, Dec. 18, 2015

Edition 625

Take MCBC's Global Readiness Survey to help shape future initiatives

Our apologies for inadvertently listing an incorrect link to our Global Readiness Survey in last week's edition. 
Please take a few moments to participate in the survey, which the Monterey County Business Council is conducting in collaboration with Custom Language Services at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (BCM).
Through the survey, the Monterey County Business Council seeks to glean knowledge about the global readiness of businesses in our county. 
The findings from our Global Readiness Survey will help identify the needs of local businesses in regards to global readiness in order to develop strategies that will align with furthering their personal and professional goals and improve the business climate in the Monterey area. 
All results will be kept confidential, providing an aggregated overview of the county's global readiness and will be used to inform future MCBC global initiatives. 
Here is the correct link to our Global Readiness Survey -- feel free to pass it along to other Monterey County businesses that may want to participate.
The deadline to take part is at the close of business on Monday, Dec. 21. 

Don't miss Early Bird registration for  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. 
Early Bird registration fee, available prior to Jan. 4, is $75, or $39 for students​. After that date, 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

'Wagner & Winick On the Law' signs national syndication agreement

"Wagner & Winick On the Law," a law-focused talk radio program broadcast from KSCO AM 1080 in Santa Cruz and KVEC AM 920 in San Luis Obispo has signed a national syndication agreement with BizTalk Radio Network. Starting Jan. 2, the program will broadcast live nationally on the BizTalk Radio Network Saturday from 4 to 5 p.m. It will also continue to be broadcast live at the same time across the Central Coast on KSCO AM 1080 and KVEC AM 920.
The program has received great response during its first year and a half.  Co-hosts, Mitchel Winick and Stephen Wagner select a law-related topic each week and invite an expert guest on-air to help discuss the issues. Program topics range across a broad spectrum and have recently included discussions of law and policy surrounding terrorism, the second amendment, police body cams, drones, election law, marijuana law, and data security. However, other less-serious topics have also been covered, such as wine law, legal movie reviews, and the NFL controversy over “DeflateGate.”
“Our program is not intended to provide legal advice,” said Stephen Wagner, a law professor at San Luis Obispo College of Law and trial attorney with Adamski Moroski Madden Cumberland and Green LLP in San Luis Obispo. “Our objective is to select interesting law and public policy topics and then have a meaningful conversation about them. Sometimes our goal is to challenge conventional opinions and other times we merely want to educate our listeners so that they are better informed,” said Wagner.
Wagner’s co-host, Mitchel Winick, is president and dean of Monterey College of Law (BCM) and San Luis Obispo College of Law. 
Pictured: Mitchel Winick, Monterey College of Law president and dean.

Come celebrate at MCBC's 21st Anniversary Gala & Economic Vitality Awards on Feb. 6

Join the Monterey County Business Council (MCBC) for our 21st Anniversary Gala & Annual Economic Vitality Awards. This year's event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey.

The event kicks off with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and program at 6:30 p.m. Dress is black tie optional. 

The Monterey County Business Council, founded in 1995, remains the only countywide organization focused on business advocacy, economic development and workforce readiness. 

This year’s gala will honor the individuals and organizations who have contributed to the economic vitality, growth and preservation of our community through various industries, including Agriculture, Arts / Creative & Technology, Building & Design, Education & Research, Health & Wellness, and Tourism & Hospitality.  Winners will be announced in the coming weeks. 

We hope you will join us for this very special evening. 

Please consider supporting the MCBC and this year’s honorees by sponsoring this event at one of the following levels:

  • Presenting Sponsor: $5,000: Recognition as Presenting Sponsor in event program, including name, logo and business description (up to 50 words); Recognition at event; Ten (10) tickets and preferred seating; Company brand/logo and link on website; Recognition in Friday Facts; Recognition in all marketing publications; and Email blast of your company’s marketing promo to all members.
  • Executive Sponsor: $3,500: Listing on event program; Recognition at event; Ten (10) tickets and preferred seating; Company brand/logo on website; & Recognition in Friday Facts.
  • Supporting Table Sponsor: $2,500: Ten (10) tickets; Listing on event program; & Recognition at event.

MCBC thanks its executive sponsors, California American Water (BCM) and PG&E (BCM) for their generous support. We would also like to extend our gratitude to our initial table sponsors, Pinnacle Bank and California State University, Monterey Bay (BCM).

Download sponsorship forms here. Email Brian Turlington at or call (831) 216-3000 with meal and lodging questions. Reserve your tickets now.


MCBC to honor Congressman Sam Farr at its annual Anniversary Gala

Join the Monterey County Business Council in honoring Rep. Sam Farr at this year's 21st Anniversary Gala & Economic Vitality Awards. We hope you will join the business, education and government communities in our region in saluting Farr for his years of service.

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 $249 ($299 after early-bird deadline of Jan. 1, 2016; regular rate $349). For details or to register, see
The Monterey County Business Council is a sponsor of TPO's annual conference.

DLI enlists first-ever canine mascot

There's now an official mascot, the first-ever, for the Defense Language Institute.
Private First Class Lingo, an 8-month-old shepherd mix, enlisted in a formal doggy ceremony on Tuesday.  The Presidio of Monterey had a canine mascot back in the '40s, before DLI existed, and his name was Sgt. Tippy.
"He will be uniformed, he will be tracked, he will be documented," said DLI's commandant, Col. Philip Deppert.
Part of Private Lingo's training is learning how to run in formation because in February he is scheduled to lead the commandant's run with all the 2,000 plus service members at DLI.
Aside from his normal duties, the rescue dog was brought to the Presidio of Monterey for a special mission, to be the mascot, and so far he is knocking it out of the park.
Lingo was adopted from the SPCA for Monterey County in November.
Read the full story online.
Source: KSBW

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, Dec. 18  â€“  MCBC Annual Voting Member Luncheon (Note: This luncheon is for voting members only!) Voting members should have received notice of time and place. If not, contact MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington at 831.216.3000 or via email. (BIO)

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

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"The most courageous act
is still to think for yourself. Aloud."

~ Coco Chanel
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