MCBC to moderate 'Language Capital of the World' panel at conference; Affordable housing EIR completed; Free funding for employee training is no joke - learn how at our April 1 'Eggs & Issues'!
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Friday, March 11, 2016

Edition 634

MCBC's Executive Director Brian Turlington to moderate panel discussion on 'Language Capital of the World' at Global California Conference

The Monterey County Business Council is pleased to sponsor  the 12th Annual Global California Conference scheduled for March 24 at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (BCM). 

This year's Global California Conference will focus on the trade and investment opportunities that exist between the California business community and the 21 countries of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation. Additional discussions on the pros and cons of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and its 12 signatory countries will also be discussed.

MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington will be moderating a panel session at 11:15 a.m. on the "Language Capital of the World - It's All Here in 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.

There are over 30 different languages spoken throughout the Pacific Rim and the delivery of timely translation, interpretation services and website localization services combined with knowledge of the cultural norms of different countries is paramount for successful trade and investment with the APEC countries.

This panel will feature leading public and private sector organizations that are part of the Monterey County community demonstrating the unique language-based services that are available for all to compete successfully in the Pacific Rim. Participants are as follows:

Brian Turlington - Moderator
Executive Director, Monterey County Business Council, View Bio.

Renee Jourdenais
Dean, Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education, Middlebury Institute of International Studies. View Bio

Lisa Donohoe 
Academic Coordinator and Curriculum Specialist for Custom Language Services, Middlebury Institute of International Studies.  View Bio

Stephan Lins
CEO, Medialocate, Inc. View Bio.

Dave Bethea
Vice President of Marketing and Sales Operations, LanguageLine Solutions. View Bio.

Valeska van Vliet 
Site Operations Manager, Moravia IT, LLC. View Bio.

See a complete list of Global California Conference speakers here. Visit the Conference website for more information and to get tickets.


Leffel named to '2016 Outstanding Women of Monterey County' list

Monterey County Business Council President Mary Ann Leffel will be honored by the Monterey County Commission on the Status of Women as one of its 2016 Outstanding Women of Monterey County.

Other honorees include Ana Vargas, Diane Franciscovich, Elaine McCleaf, Ethel Davis, Lucille Standifer, Marcia Parsons, Margaret D'Arrigo-Martin, Mayra Perez Diaz and Nancy Amadeo, with keynote speaker Adrienne Laurent. The awards ceremony takes place from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, March 20 at Middlebury Institute of International Studies' Irvine Auditorium. For details, contact 512-3239 or email

Our next Eggs & Issues: Cashing in on employee training

Attention employers:  Here's a way to get some money back from the government and improve your talent pool. Seriously, it's no April Fool's joke. You really can receive government funding to pay for training your employees!

Stewart Knox, executive director of California's Employment Training Panel (ETP) will be our featured speaker at the next Eggs & Issues breakfast meeting, 7:30-9:15 a.m. Friday, April 1 at Bayonet & Blackhorse Grill.

Established in 1982, the Employment Training Panel (ETP) has proven itself for 30 years as the state's premier program supporting job creation and retention, through training. ETP is funded by a special tax on California employers and differs from other workforce development organizations whose emphasis is on pre-employment training. ETP fulfills its mission by reimbursing the cost of employer-driven training for incumbent workers and funding the type of training needed by unemployed workers to re-enter the workforce. Overall, the ETP program helps to ensure that California businesses will have the skilled workers they need to remain competitive. RSVP now

Thanks to our event sponsor, Monterey County For Energy Independence.

Transit expert to discuss high-speed rail at MCBC's April luncheon

Just what would high-speed rail mean for the Monterey Bay region and for the state?

Rod Diridon, Sr., emeritus executive director of the Mineta Transportation Institute, will discuss the foreseeable economic and environmental impacts of high-speed rail as guest speaker at next month's MCBC member luncheon.

Our April membership luncheon will take place from 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Friday, April 8 at Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Club. Please note that MCBC's monthly lunch program is for members only and their guests.

Frequently referred to as the father of modern transit service in Silicon Valley. Diridon has chaired more than 100 international, national, state and local programs, most related to transit and the environment. From 1993 to 2014, he served as executive director of the Mineta Transportation Institute, a transportation policy research center created in 1991 by Congress. He frequently provides legislative testimony on sustainability.

RSVP now.

And some tasty news about our monthly member lunch...

MCBC's monthly member lunch is getting a new menu! Here's a look at our great new choices:

  • Southwest Chicken Salad: Grilled chicken, lettuce, black beans, corn, pico de gallo, cheese, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, tortilla chips (can order without chicken)
  • Fish Tacos: Artisan corn tortillas, blackened salmon, shredded cabbage, pico de gallo, baja sauce, black beans, rice
  • Coastal French Dip Sandwich: Roast beef, caramelized onion, mushrooms, swiss cheese, au jus dippy sauce and French fries

Pebble Beach affordable housing project EIR heads to Planning Commission

The final environmental impact report for the Pebble Beach Co.’s much-debated affordable housing project is completed, and the county Planning Commission is expected to consider the proposal in May.

The final EIR was delivered to the county on Monday by consultant ICF International and distributed to county planning commissioners and the Board of Supervisors on Wednesday. Public notice is expected to go out by the end of this week.

Proposed by the Pebble Beach Co. to meet the county’s 20 percent inclusionary housing requirement for the firm’s $200 million Del Monte Forest build-out plan, the project includes a 24-unit townhouse-style complex on 2.7 acres of a 13.2-acre site along SFB Morse Drive just inside Pebble Beach boundaries adjacent to Pacific Grove’s Del Monte Park neighborhood.

The Planning Commission will have the final say on the project unless it is appealed to the county supervisors.

Read the full story online.

Source: Monterey County Herald


Grant awarded to homeless services coalition 

A $1.8 million federal grant will be divvied up by a coalition of homeless service providers in Monterey and San Benito counties to fund a variety of programs such as transitional housing for youth, transitional housing for homeless veterans, and permanent support for people with severe mental illness.

“It’s a drop in the bucket,” said Katherine Thoeni, executive officer of the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers, a group of 10 agencies that provide services on the Central Coast. The coalition has been receiving this grant for about a decade, she said.

Thoeni said there are two things that could have significant impact: an increase in the number of affordable housing units and an increase in the number of landlords willing to accept subsidized housing vouchers — commonly known as Section 8.

“We need more housing; we need to buy it, build it, or rehab it, and not just any type of housing but the type of housing that helps people transition, and an increase in acceptance of subsidized rental assistance housing,” she said.

Read the full story online.

Source: Monterey County Herald

MCBC: Celebrating our Small Businesses

The Monterey County Business Council will host "Celebration of Small Businesses in Monterey County" on Friday, May 6.

We will be honoring outstanding small businesses in Monterey County during National Small Business Week (May 1-7) with an award presentation with U.S. Congressman Sam Farr and panels of local lenders who will discuss ongoing loan and financing programs. A wine and appetizer reception will follow the awards presentation.

National Small Business Week is a time to recognize the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. These entrepreneurs and small business owners are working hard to grow small businesses, create 21st-century jobs, drive innovation and increase our global competitiveness.

These small business owners are the backbone of our economy and we invite you to help us honor their determination and entrepreneurial spirit!

Our "Celebration of Small Businesses in Monterey County" will take place from 3-5:30 p.m., Friday, May 6 at Embassy Suites by Hilton Monterey Bay, Seaside. Register here. 

Thanks to our event sponsors:


Middlebury Institute's 'WorldViews' series focuses on global issues

Don't miss this year's "WorldViews" eMIISsaries Spring Speaker Series, features an array of Middlebury Institute of International Studies (BCM) faculty experts discussing current global issues. This year's lectures are as follows:

"Solving the Solar Neutrino Problem"
Wednesday, March 23: Featuring Dr. Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress, scientist-in-residence at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and member of the team awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics. He specializes in ultra-low radioactivity background detectors and has professional experience in the field of astroparticle physics, primarily neutrino physics. 

"North Korean Nuclear Weapons"  
Wednesday, April 13: Featuring Melissa Hanham, Senior Research Associate, East Asia Nonproliferation Program, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. Her regional interests include the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, North Korean WMD procurement and proliferation networks, China's nuclear posture, and East Asian security.    

"Federal Corruption on the Pitch at FIFA"  
Wednesday, May 11: Featuring Dr. Moyara Ruehsen, Associate Professor, Graduate School of International Policy and Management. Dr. Ruehsen’s specialty is money laundering, terrorism financing, corruption, asset recovery, illegal drug markets, and international macro-economy. 

"Obama Opening Doors in Iran and Cuba"  
Wednesday, June 8: Featuring Dr. Jan Knippers Black, Professor, Graduate School of International Policy and Management. Dr. Black specializes in human rights, international and comparative politics of the Western Hemisphere, international and grassroots development, women´s rights and roles, and globalization. Her topic will be "President Obama Opening the Door to Iran and Cuba." 

All events take place from 6-7:30 p.m. at the McGowan Building on the MIIS campus. Tickets are $10, with limited availability. RSVP here.

Ethics and Responsible Business Forum to focus on artificial intelligence

The ethics of artificial intelligence will be the topic of CSU Monterey Bay’s (BCM) 14th annual Ethics and Responsible Business Forum, from 3 to 5 p.m., March 16, at the University Center.

The forum’s goal is to enhance our understanding of the ethical issues and dilemmas that people, as employees, employers, entrepreneurs and citizens face as AI and smart machines become ubiquitous.

The forum will have a debate format with speakers representing both sides of this complex issue. Dr. Jerry Kaplan of the Center for Legal Informatics at Stanford will take the position that AI poses no threat given that it makes no sense to talk about machines as being “intelligent.” Dr. Stuart Russell of UC Berkeley’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science will take the opposite view.

They will field questions from panelists including:

  • Bud Colligan, former CEO of Macromedia, partner at Accel Partners and current co-chair of the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership
  • Karen Hargrove, former general manager at Microsoft and a venture “angel”
  • Dr. Ira Pohl of UC Santa Cruz
  • Dr. Ray Buettner of the Naval Postgraduate School (BCM)
  • Dr. John Berteaux, professor of philosophy at CSUMB

In conjunction with the forum, a Cool Tech expo will be held from 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. 
The expo and forum are sponsored by CSUMB’s College of Business and School of Computing and Design with support from Associated Students.


Alvarez Technology group named to MSP 500 List

 Alvarez Technology Group (BCM) has been named to the 2016 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Pioneer 250 category. The annual list by IT news site CRN recognizes North American solution providers with cutting-edge approaches to delivering managed services. 

MSPs play an important role in helping companies leverage new technologies without straining their budgets or losing focus on their core business. CRN’s MSP 500 list shines a light on the most forward-thinking and innovative of these key organizations.

Alvarez Technology Group is an IT support and consultation provider that delivers technology solutions to small and medium-sized businesses. Reach them at 753 -7677 or via email.

Startup Challenge Monterey Bay applications due March 14

Applications are due by midnight, Monday, March 14 for the 2016 Startup Challenge Monterey Bay. Entrepreneurs and startup companies in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties are eligible to apply.

Startup Challenge Monterey Bay is a new business competition and accelerator program that supports the founding, funding and growth of new and innovative businesses in the Monterey Bay region. It offers workshops, feedback and mentoring to empower entrepreneurs in a competitive process. 

Divisions include the Venture Division for businesses designed to grow into large businesses; the Main Street Division for small businesses, sole proprietorships and non-profits; and the Student Division for student teams at all levels from high school through graduate school.

Prizes include $1,500 for the winning Student Division team, $10,000 and $2,500 worth of professional services for the winning Main Street company, and a $20,000 grand prize and $10,000 worth of professional services for the winning Venture Division company.

Free pitch workshops for applicants run throughout March; see schedule.  The first 50 completed applications will be entered into a raffle for the chance to win a free iPad mini 2. 

The Startup Challenge Monterey Bay is organized by a committee of community members and managed by the Institute for Innovation & Economic Development (BCM), an institute of the College of Business at CSU Monterey Bay (BCM)

Key dates for Startup Challenge Monterey Bay: 

  • March 14 - Application deadline 
  • April 1 - Qualifying Round pitches 
  • May 6 - Final Round and Venture Showcase 

Broadband access to be topic at member luncheon

Broadband access will be the focus of today's Monterey County Business Council's member luncheon, Friday, March 11, where we will get an update on the ongoing work of the Central Coast Broadband Consortium (CCBC).  MCBC provides administrative and logistical support to the CCBC, which is dedicated to improving broadband availability, access and adoption in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties. 

The top priority of the CCBC is providing resources and incentives to telecommunications service providers, including local government agencies, to build broadband infrastructure and extend it throughout our tri-county region. Rural and urban regional consortia such as CCBC work to promote ubiquitous broadband deployment and to advance broadband adoption in unserved and underserved areas throughout the state. A dozen communities in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties have been identified by the California Public Utilities Commission as high-priority areas for broadband infrastructure development due to the CCBC’s efforts. 

The Monterey County Business Council continues to work with each jurisdiction in our tri-county region to adopt and/or endorse the Dig Once policy as part of a broadband master plan. Come learn about these efforts from, among others, CCBC Executive Committee members Joel Staker, information services manager for the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea, and Steve Blum, president of Tellus Venture Associates, a management and business development consultancy specializing in developing new community broadband systems, and serving the digital media and telecommunications industries. 

The lunch takes place at the Bayonet & Black Horse Grill, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Register now!

Go-Biz hosts California Competes Tax Credit webinars

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is hosting six free webinars in March for businesses interested in applying for the California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC).  GO-Biz will accept applications through March 28. There will be at least $81 million in tax credits available for businesses that are expanding and adding jobs in the state. Businesses of all sizes are encouraged to apply. The online application is available at

Since June 2014, GO-Biz has awarded $223 million in tax credits to 330 companies projected to create over 42,000 jobs and make $10.2 billion in investments in California. Businesses interested in applying can register to attend any of the webinars and receive valuable information from GO-Biz staff.


  • Thursday, March 17: 7:30-8:30 a.m. RSVP
  • Thursday, March 17: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. RSVP
  • Monday, March 21: noon-1 p.m. RSVP

Learn more about the California Competes Tax Credit program here.



Friday, March 11 â€“ MCBC Monthly Membership Luncheon (second Friday of the month), 11:45 a.m. -1:30 p.m., Bayonet & Black Horse Grill, Seaside. Steve Blum, president of Tellus Venture Associates, and CCBC Executive Committee members Joel Staker, Information Services Manager for the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea, will be among those providing an update on the ongoing work of the Central Coast Broadband Consortium.  Bayonet & Black Horse Grill, 1 McClure Way, Seaside.  Register now. (BIO)

Tuesday, March 15 â€“ AgTech MeetUp, 6-8 p.m., CSUMB at Salinas City Center, 1 N. Main St., Salinas. Sponsored by the city of Salinas, South Swell Ventures, the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership, AgTech Insight, WGA, and CSUMB.  Regulatory compliance is top of mind for most producers and processors given the ever-growing public attention on food safety. Come explore the current pressing issues in the industry and how technology is being used to ease burdens and meet regulatory compliance. Panelists will also provide insight into the future of data and information that can be used to reinforce consumer trust and confidence in our food system.  Networking session to be followed by presentations that will highlight AgTech solutions to increasing  regulatory and food safety concerns. The speaker lineup includes Michael Palmer from Food Safety GAP, Tom Casas from Tanimura and Antle and Ray Connelly from iTrade Network. Free to the public; email for questions, or call 707-495-1950.

Friday, April 1 – Monterey County Business Council's quarterly breakfast forum, "Eggs & Issues," featuring Stewart Knox, executive director of the state of California Employment Training Panel. Bayonet & Blackhorse Grill, 7:30-9 a.m. (See article above) Thanks to Monterey County for Energy Independence for sponsoring our event. For additional sponsorship opportunities, contact MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington.

Tuesday, April 26  â€“ MBEP Regional Economic Summit, Hyatt Regency, Monterey. This all-day event will include expert speakers and panelists exploring and highlighting regional approaches and solutions on topics such as the AgTech Revolution and the Blue Economy in Monterey County. Early Bird pricing ends March 25.  RSVP now.

SAVE THE DATE â€“ Friday, May 6: Celebration of Small Businesses in Monterey County with U.S. Congressman Sam Farr,  3-5:30 p.m., Embassy Suites Monterey Bay.

SAVE THE DATE â€“ Thursday, Oct. 27: Monterey County Business Council Annual Higher Education & Research Leadership Summit. 7:30-10 a.m., Monterey Marriott. 

SAVE THE DATE  â€“ Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017: Mark your calendar for next year's MCBC 22nd Anniversary Gala & Annual Economic Vitality Awards at the Hyatt Regency Monterey.

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