MCBC to honor Rep. Sam Farr during 21st Anniversary Gala & Annual Economic Vitality Awards; CSUMB Speaker's Series to feature founders.

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  A Weekly Newsletter Promoting Monterey County: Open for Business
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Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

Edition 622

MCBC to honor Rep. Farr at its Anniversary Gala & Economic Vitality Awards

The Monterey County Business Council is pleased to announce that Congressman Sam Farr has accepted our invitation to be honored at this year's 21st Anniversary Gala & Economic Vitality Awards, on Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. We hope you will join the business, education and government communities in our region in saluting Congressman Farr for his years of service.
He announced last week that he would not seek reelection in 2016 and plans to retire at the end of his current term in January 2017.
Rep. Farr has represented California’s Central Coast for 23 years and is its longest serving member in Congress. During his career in public service at the local, state, and federal level that spans over five decades , Farr has been a leading advocate for California agriculture, an outspoken activist for affordable housing, a champion of the oceans, and authored legislation to establish Pinnacles National Park. 
First elected to Congress in 1993 by special election, Farr serves on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, which oversees the distribution of the federal budget. He is the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development and Food and Drug Administration, and is the longest serving Democrat on the Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs. Farr also serves on the Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch.
Farr co-chairs the House Oceans Caucus, the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus, the Congressional Organic Caucus, the Defense Communities Caucus, and the Unexploded Ordnance Caucus.
Prior to coming to Congress, Farr served 12 years in the California State Assembly and six years as Monterey County Supervisor. 

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 initial sponsors, Pinnacle Bank and California American Water, (BCM) for their generous support.

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

County residents want to be self-sufficient

Monterey County residents want to be economically self-sufficient, to continue furthering their careers and education, to be mentally and physically safe, and to feel respected regardless of their background. 
Those were key findings of a communitywide survey unveiled last week.
Respondents want to have “opportunities for prosperity,” said Brett Harrell, attorney for The Nunes Co., during the public unveiling of the results. “Nobody aspires to be above the poverty line, they aspire to be self-sufficient.”
But what the study found was that, to cover basic expenses in Monterey County, a family of three needs to earn $67,000 a year, and that 42 percent of households with children are living below self-sufficiency standards.
The survey also sheds light on some dark education spots: although many youngsters want to pursue higher education, only about one-third of high school students complete the necessary requirements for college entrance.
The report, “Together: A Healthy, Safe, Thriving Monterey County,” will be widely available this week. The townhall meeting unveiling results will be broadcast in January on Comcast Channel 26. For details, see
Read the full story online.
Source: Monterey County Herald

Our next Eggs & Issues: Is your business protected against cyber attacks?

Think your business is too small to be a target?
That assumption can make you even more vulnerable.
"Small employers are quickly becoming a larger target for criminals looking to access sensitive data because small businesses typically have limited resources for information systems security,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet last month as the U.S. Small Business Administration marked the 12th Anniversary of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month by unveiling a cybersecurity webpage for small businesses. She called cybersecurity "one of our nation's most pressing national security problems," and described small businesses as particularly at risk.
A 2013 survey by the National Small Business Association indicates that 44 percent of small businesses reported being the victim of a cyberattack, with an average cost of approximately $9,000 per attack. Small businesses have valuable information cybercriminals seek, including employee and customer data, bank account information, access to business finances, and intellectual property.  
 Please join the Monterey County Business Council on Friday, Dec. 11 from 7:30 to 9 a.m at Bayonet & Blackhorse Grill for its next "Eggs & Issues," featuring a presentation on cybersecurity by Luis Alvarez, President & CEO of Salinas-based Alvarez Technology Group, and Edward Hunter, Principal Forensic Consultant and Instructor, FireEye, a cyber-security firm in Milipitas. 
Attendees can expect to learn, among other things, the importance of securing information through best cybersecurity practices; identifying the types of information that should be secured; identifying types of cyber threats; and best practices for guarding against cyber threats. Register now.
Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
For $250, local sponsors receive the following:
  • Five (5) minutes to speak about their company and its activities
  • Recognition at the event
  • Recognition in all marketing materials (e.g., social media, website, etc.)
  • Recognition in Friday Facts, our weekly email newsletter
  • Two tickets for the breakfast
For $400, a company gets to sponsor two consecutive breakfasts. 
Special thanks to our sponsors PG&E and the Monterey Bay Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).

Concours donates $1.9 million to charity

United Way Monterey County, Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Natividad Medical Foundation, Kinship Center and Animal Friends Rescue Project are just some of the charities that will benefit from this year's 65th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, which raised $1,900,461 for nearly 100 nonprofit programs, the Pebble Beach Co. announced last week.
Since it began in 1950, the Concours d’Elegance has raised more than $21 million.
The Pebble Beach Co. Foundation, which just celebrated its 40th anniversary, is the philanthropic arm of the company. It serves as the main charitable partner of the Concours. The foundation focuses charitable gifts on youth education and literacy and works with the Concours to administer the Phil Hill Scholarships, named after the late Formula One driver and benefiting students in the Automotive Restoration program at McPherson College, a four-year private liberal arts college in McPherson, Kansas.
Source: Monterey County Herald

CSUMB President's Speaker Series to to feature founders on Dec. 2

Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin, founders of, will headline the Cal State Monterey Bay (BCM) President’s Speakers Series event Dec. 2 in Santa Cruz and simulcast at CSUMB's World Theater.
“From bootstrapping start-up to leader in online learning – the story” will be the topic presented by Weinman and Heavin. is a leading site for online learning and was purchased last June by LinkedIn. 
Weinman and Heavin are spouses, business partners and visionaries. Their story began in Santa Barbara, where they spent years building a company with no outside financing. They will talk about the inspiration for, key start-up challenges, the early subscription model, growing the company into a world leader, the synergy and cultural match with LinkedIn, lessons learned, the future of online learning and working together as a couple.
The discussion will start at 3:30 p.m. in the Colligan Theater in the Tannery Arts Center, 1010 River St., Santa Cruz. 
The community is invited to this free event. Reservations are requested. To RSVP for either location, call the World Theater box office at 582-4580, or go online.
This year’s speaker series is made possible by a generous donation from Bud and Rebecca Colligan.

Admiral to speak on new defense incubator at 74th Pearl Harbor Remembrance dinner

The new Silicon Valley Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) and its mission to engage technology developers, entrepreneurs, and venture firms will be the subject of the keynote address at the Naval Postgraduate School's 74th Pearl Harbor Remembrance dinner, from 6-10 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4 at the Naval Postgraduate School.
The 2015 theme is "Innovation: First Line of Defense – Then, Now, and Tomorrow," with guest speaker Rear Admiral Daniel Hendrickson, USN, Military Deputy DoD Silicon Valley Defense Innovation Unit.
Honorary chair of the remembrance will be NPS President, retired Vice Admiral Ronald Route.
Get details and reservations here.
And read more about the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), a defense incubator that aims to support the innovation and disruptive technology that sustains and extends U.S. strategic advantage in defense, in this week's Santa Cruz Tech Beat. 
Source: Santa Cruz Tech Beat

Proposed restaurant development reveals divisions over Marina's future

Make sure to check out the Monterey County Weekly's engaging article on divisions in Marina over the fate of The Dunes restaurant development. While the community has largely welcomed its new movie theater, it remains divided over a proposed restaurant development just a few hundred feet away, one that will impact not only the theater’s vitality, but the city’s.  
Writes The Weekly:
... Like nowhere else in Monterey County, southern Marina has been a hub of construction over the past two years.
The Promontory, a 179-unit dormitory next to CSU Monterey Bay, was completed this summer. A 146,000-square-foot Veterans Affairs clinic along Highway 1 began construction nearly two years ago, and is slated for completion next spring. Also to be finished come spring is a 106-room hotel off Second Avenue. Then there are dozens of single-family homes springing up south of Imjin Parkway and east of Second Avenue, and just north of them, a new local headquarters for the Bureau of Land Management. And of course, the movie theater.
Yet construction on a project that many Marina residents want more than anything – one that will bring restaurants to an area miles from the nearest dining option – is definitely not happening.
Or is at least not happening soon.
That didn’t seem to be the case in January, when Monterey developer Scott Negri closed escrow on a 3.7-acre plot of land just across from The Dunes shopping center, and announced he would be bringing in restaurants.
... Over the last several months, the fate of those 3.7 acres has divided the city, engendering online petitions on both sides and more than six hours of public comment at three city council meetings.
The project has taken on a life bigger than itself, and in many ways, has become a metaphor for the city’s future.
The article offers a compelling look at Marina's history, evolution and development,  economic opportunities vs. realities and the challenges of agreeing on a collective vision. Read it online.
Source: Monterey County Weekly


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 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!," with afternoon breakout sessions on "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.



FRIDAY, Dec. 11 â€“ Our next MCBC "Eggs & Issues" quarterly breakfast forum will take place Friday, Dec. 11. 7:30-9 a.m., Bayonet &  Blackhorse. The program will be a presentation on "Cyber security" by Luis Alvarez, president and CEO of Salinas-based Alvarez Technology Group, and Edward Hunter, principal forensic consultant and instructor with FireEye, a cyber-security firm in Milipitas. 
Attendees can expect to learn, among other things, the importance of securing information through best cyber-security practices; identifying the types of information that should be secured; identifying types of cyber threats; and best practices for guarding against cyber threats. Register now or contact MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington about sponsorship opportunities at  831.216.3000 or via email.

SAVE THE DATE: MCBC 21st Anniversary Gala and Annual Economic Vitality Awards, Feb. 6, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. To find out about  sponsorship opportunities, contact MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington at 831.216.3000 or via email

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