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Friday, Dec. 23, 2022

Edition 961

New & Improved Date!
MCBC 'Covid Business Survival Awards'

We decided to put off our gala event until all of the holiday madness has subsided. So, please mark your calendar for the “new and improved” date of Friday evening, Feb. 24, from 6-9 p.m. Instead of a normal celebration of what would be the Monterey County Business Council’s 25th anniversary, we’re going to call this event our “Covid Business Survival Awards.” We’ll have fun while we honor some of the businesses and people who have successfully weathered the storm of the last few years. $195 per person (we should mention it’s at Pebble Beach’s posh Inn at Spanish Bay). Click here to register. For sponsorship opportunities, please email our CEO at


MCBC appreciates the support of Chevron as a Title Sponsor of our Covid Business Survival Awards.

Travels with Paul

For 2023, MCBC will coordinate international trips with our new COO Paul Farmer. With over a decade of experience leading successful trips, Paul knows how to show you a good time!

Our first trip will be to Croatia and Slovenia — the breathtaking Adriatic Coast — departing on April 13, 2023. If you are interested in this trip, please email or call him at (831) 216-3019 for details. Price includes airfare, hotels, guided tours, breakfasts and all taxes and fees. Trip brochure is on our website here.

CTC awards $44.8 million to implement active transportation projects in Monterey County

The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (MCBC member) announced that the California Transportation Commission (CTC) has awarded $44.8 million in Active Transportation Project grant funding for seven projects which will enhance safety and facilitate active modes of transportation in Monterey County.
The Commission awarded funding for the following projects submitted by the Transportation Agency, County of Monterey (MCBC member), Monterey County Health Department, King City (MCBC member), and City of Salinas (MCBC member):

  • Monterey County, San Ardo Community and School Connections Through Active Transportation, $3.448 million
  • Monterey County, Community and School Connections Through Active Transportation, $6.463 million
  • Monterey County, Chualar Community and School Connections Through Active Transportation; $6.346 million
  • Salinas, Alisal Safe Routes to School Project, $0.998 million
  • TAMC, Fort Ord Regional Trail and Greenway: California Ave Segment, $8.429 million
  • King City, San Antonio Drive Path & Safe Routes to School, $11.043 million
  • Salinas, Harden Parkway Path & Safe Routes to School Project, $8.079 million Read more
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Apply for an ABC license renewal fee waiver

Does your business have an ABC license? Did you also know that ABC license renewal fees have been waived for two years? The process is easy and quick. Just follow these three steps to check eligibility and to apply.

Step 1: License search. Search by license number after receiving your renewal notice in the mail (approx. 60 days prior to license expiration date). <

Step 2: Verify eligibility. Verify license type fee waiver eligibility and identify your remaining balance due, if any.

Step 3: Submit fee waiver. Submit your renewal fee waiver either online if you have no balance due, or by mail with your payment.

We are committed to making sure businesses in Monterey County are successful. Please contact our team if you need additional assistance at (831) 216-3019 or

Apply for a fee waiver

Leadership Monterey County applications open

Leadership Monterey County is now accepting applications for its 2023 cohort! LMC is the premier course for emerging local leaders in the community. Participants gain the knowledge and direction they need to achieve greater self and community awareness through a combination of academic training, community exposure, and small group interaction. Visit the Leadership Monterey County website for more information on the program and a message from retired Congressman Sam Farr explaining the value of participating in Leadership Monterey County (a program of MCBC). You can also find FAQs about the program and the application itself. Some scholarships are available and the deadline for applications is Jan. 6, 2023.

TPO's Employment Law & Leadership Conference

TPO's 19th Annual Employment Law & Leadership Conference is taking place on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, from 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. VirtuaLive. This is a premier conference for business owners, managers, human resources, risk management, and legal counsel in public, private and non-profit organizations. Learn from the leading Littler attorneys about the latest employment law twists and turns to bring you up to speed on the regulatory front as well as trends to watch for in the future. Learn about the many compliance issues that are of greatest concern to corporate counsel, human resource professionals, executives, and other managers on a day-to-day basis. Littler’s Employment Law Update is a thought-provoking overview and analysis of the most critical employment and labor law issues confronting employers right now.

Monterey County Business Council members qualify for a special discount rate. Register with discount code "MCBC" for Monterey County Business Council discount rate of $249.

Register here

Here's what you need to know about California's new pay transparency law

Starting on Jan. 1, employers with at least 15 workers will have to include pay ranges in job postings. Employees will also be able to ask for the pay range for their own position, and larger companies will have to provide more detailed pay data to California’s Civil Rights Department than previously required.

The goal of the California law is to reduce gender and racial pay gaps.

“California’s just such a huge economic center,” said Lisa Wallace, co-founder of Assemble, a compensation management platform. “There just aren’t that many industries that are not going to be touched by this.” Read more
Source: Monterey County Herald

Procurement Technical Assistance with Government Contracting.

Upcoming Monterey Bay PTAC Events

Visit the Monterey Bay PTAC website at to learn more about government contracting, see upcoming webinars, or contact our PTAC team.

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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Submit news items of general interest about your organization or upcoming events for consideration for inclusion in Friday Facts, our weekly MCBC e-newsletter that reaches key decision-makers, industry leaders, movers and shakers in Monterey County and the greater region.  And if you aren't yet a member, join us now and help shape the future of Monterey County for the better. Download the membership application or call 216-3000.

Founded in 1995, the Monterey County Business Council (MCBC) is a 501(c)(6) organization comprised of a diverse group of members representing all industries and geographic areas of Monterey County. It remains the only countywide organization focused on business advocacy, economic development and workforce readiness.

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