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Friday, April 29, 2016

Edition 641

Join MCBC in celebrating Small Businesses

Some build, some brew, and some nourish us with groceries, pizza or pinot noir. Others decorate or finance our homes, insure or secure us, keep us healthy, happy and hearing well.
More than two dozen businesses have been nominated by regional lenders, financial institutions, city managers and economic development directors as honorees in the Monterey County Business Council's annual "Celebration of Small Businesses in Monterey County." Each of those businesses nourishes the social fabric of Monterey County, creating jobs and opportunities and making it a better place to live and work.
Join the Monterey County Business Council in celebrating small business success during our annual "Celebration of Small Businesses in Monterey County." The May 6th event, held in conjunction with SBA events around the county as part of National Small Business Week (May 1-7), will feature a presentation from Dawn Golick, deputy district director of the Small Business Administration, and panels of traditional and alternative lenders discussing ongoing loan and financing programs.  A wine and cheese reception will follow.
"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
For sponsorship information, contact MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington.

Meet the finalists

The following Monterey County businesses made our list of finalists, as nominated by our area financial institutions and private partners: Come help us celebrate their hard work and contributions on May 6th, as we announce which one of them will be named Small Business of the Year.

  • Advance Water Engineering
  • Altai Brands
  • Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill
  • Avila Construction Company
  • Blue Adobe Mortgage
  • Butterfly by the Sea
  • Central Coast Audiology
  • Dority Roofing & Solar
  • Folktale Winery & Vineyards
  • Gantz-Mountain Intelligence Automation Systems, Inc.
  • Gee Daniel Insurance
  • Gusto Handcrafted Pasta & Pizza
  • J&P Organics
  • Lilify
  • Lone Star Electric
  • Mack Stove Company
  • Mi Tierra
  • Monterey Bay Alternative Medicine
  • Peninsula Business Interiors
  • Peninsula Security
  • Prima Heart
  • Scales Seafood & Steaks
  • Seaside Florist
  • Tarpy’s Roadhouse
  • The Wine Experience
  • Winning Wheels Bicycle Shop

Thanks to our event sponsors:



Win a round-trip flight for two from Surf Air

Surf Air, the all-you-can-fly private airline, will be giving away a round-trip flight for two at our Celebration of Small Businesses in Monterey County! Please bring your business card to enter the drawing  â€” you must be present to win.

Surf Air is a members-only private airline offering unique all-you-can-fly service within an expanding California network. With a fleet of custom-designed executive aircraft, Surf Air operates from a growing number of convenient private airports, allowing Members to bypass the long lines, waits, and stresses of commercial travel with instant, ticketless check-in and 30-second booking via smartphone app.

Giveaway description:  Enjoy a round trip for two on Surf Air, the nation's first members-only airline offering scheduled service to a growing network of sought-after California destinations. Your trip will allow you and your plus one to bypass the heavy traffic, long waits, and all-around stresses of commercial travel. Each journey begins at a comfortable private airport, where you'll check in minutes before departure and take-off in an executive aircraft. It’s refreshingly simple, seamless, and pleasant — as flying should be.

Flights are non-transferable, subject to availability, and valid for six months after receipt. All Surf Air flights are subject to the Contract of Carriage at

Help boost mechatronics job training at MPC: Take the MECT Workforce Survey now

Monterey Peninsula College (BCM) is seeking input on the need for workers trained in the use of mechatronics technology. Sometimes referred to as robotics, industrial automation or electro-mechanical systems, mechatronics is the term used to mean any system that involves electronics, mechanics and computer control. Those automated systems are increasingly part of our daily lives in ATMs, medical lab equipment, automated package handling, water processing facilities, industrial robots, food and beverage manufacturing and more.
If you are among the region's businesses finding it hard to hire workers who can solve problems in automation, robotics, mechanical systems and/or electronics, we urge you to complete a brief survey of your hiring needs and detailed skill sets you are looking for. Survey responses must be completed by May 13 to determine whether the college can expand its MECT program with a federal STEM grant.

Take the survey here.

The college can gain federal funding to help address the looming labor shortage in ag-tech and other industry sectors through a job training program in Mechatronics Technology if it can identify a current demand of 50 MECT-related jobs per year in the local and regional economy in various industry sectors. 
Local employers can also help by emailing a letter of commitment by May 27 to be included in the grant proposal. 
Monterey Peninsula College has an existing pilot MECT program consisting of courses in Introduction to Mechanical Systems, Fundamentals of Electronics, Introduction to Mechanical Design and Fabrication, and Electronics Control Systems. The college is proposing a partnership with Sierra College to bring its highly successful MECT program to the Monterey Bay region with the acquisition of approximately $1 million of equipment and training stations. 
The following industry sectors are likely candidates for hiring MECT graduates:

  • Agriculture
  • Food packaging
  • Manufacturing
  • High tech
  • Marine technology
  • Medical lab equipment
  • Desalination and wastewater treatment 
  • Heavy equipment

Every high school on the Monterey Peninsula runs a thriving robotics competition program, yet many students from these schools do not have a viable pathway into the highly-skilled workforce our economy needs. 
Labor shortages in the ag sector and other industries are driving mechanized solutions to a host of problems, yet a lack of workers skilled in maintenance and operation of these systems may be blocking growth.
Learn more about how to support MPC in its efforts here or contact the MECT Program Chair Tom Rebold at 917-6009.


Carmel River land, water poised for protection

Monterey residents will soon have a chance to enjoy more access to Palo Corona Regional Park and badly needed water will be returned to the Carmel River under a plan announced this week by a coalition of conservation organizations to protect 140 acres along the river.
The land is a substantial portion of the Rancho Cañada Golf Club, under a lease that expires next year. It will be turned over to the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District (BCM) to continue serving the public.
“Protecting this precious land and water for the people of Monterey County and beyond is a fitting way to honor the legacy of the Hatton family, which has owned this property for many generations,” said Gina Fromer, California Director of The Trust for Public Land. “There is a lot of work still to do to make this happen, but it will be a landmark achievement when it does.”
The Hatton property is located on the Carmel River roughly two miles from the ocean, just east of U.S. Highway 1. The Trust for Public Land is one of the partners, along with the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District, the Santa Lucia Conservancy and Trout Unlimited.
“It’s incredible to see so many private, public and non-profit partners work together and combine resources to make something like this happen,” says Rafael Payan, general manager of the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District. “This agreement secures a property that is critical in re-establishing connections for wildlife corridors and recreational opportunities from Marina to Big Sur and from the Carmel Valley to the Pacific Ocean. It also enhances access to Palo Corona Regional Park, and will offer nature-based programs for visitors of all ages, especially children and families.”
The total project is estimated to cost more than $10 million, and financing is anticipated through a variety of sources, including California state grants, private philanthropy and support from California American Water Co.(BCM) Read more

Broccoli's biggest fan?    

Broccoli really made one boy's day, and Tanimura & Antle made it happen.
In response to a viral YouTube video of a 4-year-old dismayed over a surprise trip to the circus rather than the broccoli farm he thought he'd be visiting, the Salinas produce giant offered to fly Max and his family out to one of their broccoli fields. 
Earlier this month, the New Jersey family arrived in Salinas, where Taniimura & Antle's farmers gave Max a chance to live out his dream. During his visit, he had a chance to drive a tractor, watch a harvest, taste fresh broccoli and run through the rows of crops.
“We are so glad that we were able to make Max’s dreams come true," said Caitlin Antle Wilson, marketing director at Tanimura & Antle. "Max truly loved touring our broccoli farm and we know we have a broccoli fan for life!"
Max's favorite part of the day? "Eating my broccoli," he says. Read more
Source: KSBW, Tanimura & Antle

Salinas officials celebrate new solar farm     

Salinas officials and supporters met this week to celebrate the city’s new solar farm, a project approved in November 2013 and now nearly complete, once the photovoltaic cells begin operating later this month.
The project was hailed by city officials as a “win-win” partnership with private industry that helped upgrade aging infrastructure and will help Salinas save money.
The $23 million project was financed through bonds, said Gary Petersen, Salinas’ (BCM) public works director, and the repayments will be done with the savings incurred from using solar power instead of gas and electric. The project is expected to save $22 million over the next 25 years.
The farm will produce about 3.7 million kilowatt-hours per year, OpTerra (BCM) officials said. A home in the United States uses an average of about 10,000 kWh a year in energy, which means that the energy produced by the farm in a year could power about 376 homes.
In addition to the solar array on Hitchcock Road, the city has solar panels at other properties, namely at Sherwood Hall and the wastewater treatment plant.
Elisabeth Russell, special projects manager with the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (BCM), said Salinas is the first city in the region to implement an energy-savings program of this scale.
“They used information we put together,” she said. “We had enough data to move (the project) forward. It’s huge. It’s very exciting they did it this way.”
Read more
Source: Monterey County Herald

Venture Showcase to highlight Startup Challenge talent, regional entrepreneurship       

Don't miss the Venture Showcase on Friday, May 6 for a chance to catch  the final round of pitches for Startup Challenge Monterey, exhibits by Startup Challenge finalists, past winners and sponsors, and the Otter Tank competition to determine champions for the Venture and Main Street divisions of Startup Challenge. Events take place at the Joel and Dena Gambord Business and Information Technology Building at CSUMB (BCM).
In the Final Round pitches, 12 Venture, 10 Main Street and four Student businesses will pitch for the Startup Challenge prizes. Pitches will run from 9 a.m. to noon and are open to the public.
At 3 p.m., the Venture Showcase provides an opportunity for attendees to see the variety and creativity of all the finalist businesses in the Startup Challenge, as well as seeing the progress of past winners. 
To crown the Main Street division and Venture division champions for the 2016 Challenge, three final Venture businesses and two final Main Street businesses will compete in two Otter Tank competitions at 4 p.m., a “Shark Tank” inspired sudden death round, for the grand prize of $20,000 for Venture and $10,000 for Main Street. This “Final Final Round” will culminate in a networking reception for everyone, from 6-7  p.m. See the website for details. 

Summit forecast: Monterey Bay region shows signs of strong economic recovery 

Naysayers aside, the U.S. economy is actually in pretty good shape, Chris Thornberg told a group of about 300 gathered for the second annual Regional 2016 Economic Summit put on by the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership on Tuesday.
Thornberg, a founding partner in Los Angeles-based Beacon Economics, LLC, accurately predicted the "Great Recession" but these days, Thornnberg cast a rosy forecast, at least for the next two or three years.
The economy in California and across the U.S. still hasn’t recovered fully but it is recovering slowly, he told the crowd gathered at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Conference Center, composed primarily of business and government officials from Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties.
Among the other positive signs, Thornberg noted:

  • The labor market is strong
  • There are no signs of a financial “bubble” developing that might crash the stock market again.
  • New housing development is up.
  • Interest rates are good and credit is expanding on many levels.

And even though Salinas and Santa Cruz Salinas were slow in their post-recession recoveries, both have have picked up in the past couple of years in key economic areas, including job growth and rising home prices, Thornberg said.
“These areas,” he said, “are on good trajectories.” Read more and check out MBEP's website for program and presentations.
Source: The Salinas Californian

Pictured, Monterey County Business Council President Mary Ann Leffel, who also serves on the board of the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership, introduces Rick Antle, CEO and president of Tanimura & Antle, who received MBEP's first Public-Private Partnership Award along with the County of Monterey for providing critically needed housing to Monterey County farmworkers through the Spreckels Crossing housing development. MCBC took a lead role last year in advocating on behalf of the project's approval. Read more
Photo courtesy of Tanimura & Antle/The Packer.

Not your parents' summer camp: iiED hosts coding and technology camps for middle, high schoolers

The Institute for Innovation and Economic Development (BCM) at CSUMB is offering two great summer camps, from July 5th to July 15th. 

Code Camp is a nine-day summer program on the CSUMB campus for middle school students to learn the fundamental concepts and skills of computing and programming in a college setting. The program is open to students ages 10-13, entering 6th to 8th grade in Fall 2016, and runs from July 5-8 and July 11-15. Get details or register here
Technology, Innovation and Design Experience (TIDE) summer camp provides young aspiring high school innovators, ages 13-18 the opportunity to build critical technology, innovation, design, communication and leadership skills and forge valuable multicultural connections in a college environment. The two-week camp starts with trending technology workshops such as game and APP design, sprinkled with motivating talks by prolific entrepreneurs and world-class professors, and concludes with a three-day team innovation competition. In the competition stage, young innovators are coached by university professors and seasoned professionals, practice leadership and collaboration skills and present to industry executive and investors. Multinational team-based games, collaboration and sports, such as video games, bike trip, ocean kayaking are infused throughout the TIDE@CSUMB. Dates are July 5-8 and July 11-14 (July 15 is optional field trip). Register or get details here.
Photo courtesy of iiED. 
Hartnell opens center for undocumented students

Hartnell College (BCM) marked the grand opening of its Dreamer center on Wednesday, a place where undocumented students will find the help they can’t get anywhere else.
Legislation approved in 2001 allows for in-state tuition for students who were brought to the U.S. illegally, as long as they completed high school in California. Later, the California Dream Act allowed these students to get access to state financial aid.
Yet college still presents many hurdles for those students, including federal law prohibiting them from any other financial assistance.
The center — which will be known as Mi CASA, the Center for Achievement and Student Advancement — will serve as a safe space for Dreamers to come with any questions or concerns without fear of being discriminated against, said Brownwyn Moreno, Hartnell’s director of special programs.
Hartnell has seen a number of undocumented students since in-state tuition was approved. But when the California Dream Act passed in 2012, their numbers swelled, said Manuel Quintero Bersamin, director of student support services.
Hartnell officials estimate they have about 700 undocumented students, and the changes to accommodate them have been requested by staff members, they said. Read more
Source: Monterey County Herald

Career education returning to U.S. high schools

Decades after "shop class" became known as a lesser alternative for children deemed unfit for college, vocational education is making a comeback in many of the nation's high schools. States such as California, Colorado and Louisiana are looking to rebranded "career pathways" that combine technical training with academics built around an industry theme as a way to get more young people to pursue some post-secondary education - whether it's a certificate from a two-year school or a four-year degree.
Supporters of the renaissance hope it will keep students engaged and prepare them for the stable, middle-income jobs employers say they can't fill.
"Career and technical education is really the perfect blend of the academic, the technical and the employability skills. Students come out college- and career-ready because they have the skills in all these essential areas," Association for Career and Technical Education Executive Director LeeAnn Wilson said.
Congress has endorsed the revival of such hands-on learning, at least in concept. An education reform bill adopted last year includes career and technical education, or CTE, in the definition of a well-rounded K-12 education. Over the next year, lawmakers are expected to strengthen the federal law that provides about $1.1 billion a year for job training in grades 7-14.
Nowhere has the renewed embrace of work-based learning been stronger than in California, which expects to spend $900 million to reinvigorate career and technical education at high schools by 2019.
The money comes on top of another $500 million the state has awarded to partnerships of public school districts, community colleges and employers promising to prepare students for jobs in fields that do not require four years of college. Read more
Source: Cal Chamber/The Associated Press


Friday, May 6 â€“ Celebration of Small Businesses in Monterey County,  3-5:30 p.m., Embassy Suites Monterey Bay.  Register here. 

Friday, May 13 – MCBC Monthly Membership Luncheon (second Friday of the month), 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Club, Seaside. Special guest speaker John Laird, Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency. Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. RSVP now.  (BIO)

Monday, May 16 â€“ Salinas AgTech MeetUp: "Cutting Edge Trends in Imagery and AgTech," 6:30 p.m. at CSUMB Salinas City Center, 1 Main St., Salinas. Learn more about the ways that aerial imagery has the potential to detect crop stress, predict yield, and reduce labor costs. Panelists include experts from GeoVisual Analytics, TerrAvion, and Inspectool. Register here.

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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