MCBC and KRML Partner to Help Nonprofits Reach Their Audience; Ranking California's Energy Use; And Just a Few Spots Left at MBEP's Regional Economic Summit.
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Friday, April 15, 2016

Edition 639

Tanimura & Antle to receive Public-Private Partnership Award at MBEP Summit 

The Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP) will host its Second Annual Regional Economic Summit on April 26 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Monterey. This all-day event will highlight exciting and innovative collaborative efforts that are transforming the Monterey Bay regional economy.
Public-Private Partnership Award – Tanimura and Antle, a Monterey County based industry leader in quality produce and the County of Monterey will be this year’s recipients of MBEP’s first Public Private Partnership Award for the innovative Spreckels Crossing farmworker housing project. Through a cooperative approach, Tanimura and Antle and the County of Monterey were able to build critically needed workforce housing.  Accepting the award will be Rick Antle, president and CEO of Tanimura and Antle and Simon Salinas, Monterey County Supervisor representing District 3. The Monterey County Business Council was a major supporter of the affordable housing project, with MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington speaking out in favor of the project  before the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors last year and penning a thoughtful commentary in its favor in the Monterey Herald.
ES16 Marketplace – A showcase of nonprofit organizations making a positive impact in our region’s economy. Before and after the event and during each session break, we will open up the ES16 Marketplace to guests, highlighting the following exciting projects:

  • Central Coast Broadband Coalition, showcasing plans for a regional high-speed fiber network
  • Digital NEST, training the workforce of tomorrow
  • Local First, advocacy for giving preference to local companies in awarding contracts
  • Monterey Bay Community Power, a new green power source coming to the region
  • Monterey Bay Interns, a new regional website connecting students with internship opportunities
  • Monterey Bay Marine Science Institutes, sharing exciting new research findings
  • New Way Homes, a unique investment and development model for affordable housing
  • Opportunity Fund, the nation’s leading micro-lender for small businesses

Reception with Monterey Bay Winemakers. At the close of the event, attendees can peruse tables at the ES16 Marketplace while tasting delicious wines from each of the three counties in our region: Bargetto Winery from Santa Cruz County, Hahn Family Wines from Monterey County and Calera Wines from San Benito County. Martinelli’s will provide non-alcoholic sparkling cider.
Click here for registration and sponsorship information,

MCBC, KRML create Caring Connections

Our nonprofits do so much good in our community. Getting their message out to their targeted audience is vital to the work they do in making Monterey County a better place to live and work.

To help local nonprofit agencies more effectively communicate with the audiences they need to reach, the Monterey County Business Council, MCBC members and KRML Radio have launched Caring Connections, a collaborative effort designed to distribute their messages in a unique, effective and creative combination of social and mass media. 

This program is seated in the principles of organizations that have always put Community into their mission and strategy; the business community, the nonprofit community and the community of people that comprise this wonderful and exciting Monterey Bay region. 

Nonprofits benefit via: 

  • Media consulting and training in messaging, distribution and production
  • Social Media Connections and Empowerment
  • Focused and Creative Media Messages 
  • Targeted media campaigns sufficiently robust to create impact
  • Financial Assistance
  • Community Calendar Listings

For more information, email Steve Ellzey. general sales manager for KRML Radio or call 601-0783.

How does California rank among states in energy consumption?

California is highly efficient when it comes to energy use, with low per capita energy consumption compared to other states, according to a new report by Next 10. California also leads the nation in renewable energy production, and comes in second place when large hydropower is included, according to "California Energy: Comparing Production, Consumption & Spending in all 50 States."
In 2013, California ranked:

  • 1st in total solar projects at nearly 490,000, with the most megawatts installed at 3,868 MW
  • 4th lowest in per-capita energy consumption
  • 4th lowest in per-capita energy expenditures
  • 2nd in total energy consumption and expenditures (after Texas)
Check out the full report for more details on California energy use and visit to see how California ranks in comparison to all 50 states.
Take the California Budget Challenge

How would you balance California's budget? Next 10 has just released its 2016-2017 California Budget Challenge, which lets you decide what budget choices will keep California moving in a positive direction. Should we set aside funding for transportation? What should California do to plan for long-term pension and retiree health care costs?  What can the state do to make revenues more stable? Should tuitions increase at the UC and CSU? Decide at
Next 10 created the California Budget Challenge in 2005 to educate citizens about the state budget and the tradeoffs that are made to balance the budget. 

Marina restaurant/retail complex breaks ground
Construction has started on the much-anticipated restaurant and retail space at the Dunes on Monterey Bay shopping center in Marina, confirms Scott Negri, SKN Properties co-owner and developer, whose project was given the green light by Marina officials and the Fort Ord Reuse Authority in February.
The project comprises 40,300 square feet of new building space on four development pads on a 3.7-acre parcel at Second Avenue and General Stilwell Drive. Plans are for the first three buildings to be delivered to tenants in September so as to open in time for the 2016 winter holiday season. The last building to be constructed will be two stories.
Expect Blaze Pizzeria, Teriyaki Madness, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, Deli Delicious, Smash Burger, Starbucks, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Verizon, Sports Clips Haircuts and Sleep Train stores to be open by the end of the year. Read more
Source: The Monterey County Herald; photo courtesy of SKN Properties
Join MCBC in celebrating 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.

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.  For sponsorship information, please contact MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington.

Thanks to our event sponsors:



By the Bay 3K now third-largest kid's race in U.S.       
More than 5,000 elementary school students along with parents, teachers and families have signed up to participate in the April 23 "By the Bay 3K" fun run in Pacific Grove. This largest-ever Big Sur Marathon event distance ranks as the third largest kid’s race in the nation.  It has also now become the largest of all seven Big Sur race weekend events.
“The growth of the By the Bay 3K reflects a growing interest in youth fitness in our community,” said Doug Thurston, Big Sur Marathon race director. 
Since the 1990s, the marathon has held a “Schools Competition” which provides cash awards based on the school’s level of participation. Forty-four elementary and middle schools from throughout Monterey County will be represented at this year’s By the Bay 3K.  
For details pre-register online through April 20, at the Marathon Expo on Friday, April 22, or on race morning beginning at 6:30 a.m.  For more information on the By the Bay 3K or the JUST RUN youth fitness program, contact or 625-6226.  
Photo courtesy of Maria Prince.
Serving up more profitable restaurants: Free workshop targets the bottom line
Helping local restaurants succeed is a mutual goal for the City of Seaside (BCM) and the CSU Monterey Bay (BCM) Small Business Development Center. They are joining forces to bring restaurant expert and Hospitality Department Chair for Monterey Peninsula College (BCM), Molly Jansen, to Seaside to help local restaurants understand ways to reduce controllable costs, cost of goods and labor costs, to bolster business success in the restaurant industry.
The workshop will be held  from 8:30-10:30 a.m. April 18 at Oldemeyer Multi-Use Center, Blackhorse Room, 986 Hilby Ave.
Event fee is covered by the city of Seaside. Pre-register online or call Erika at 422.6232.
Slingshot to Success taking applications for Makeover 2016

The Slingshot to Success small business advocacy program, known for its 2015 $22,000 business makeover, is now accepting 2016 applications from business owners throughout the Monterey Bay Area region. This year’s makeover value has already reached $37,000 and continues to grow in value with services provided by a variety of local businesses who are committed to seeing their local community prosper. National Small Business Week is still a little over a month away and that means that the countdown has started for local business owners to compete for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The official 2016 winner will receive a growing prize pack including items such as local SEO, business optimization coaching, advertising, bookkeeping, signage, marketing plan and more. Applicants have until April 29 to visit to submit their application. 


Thursday, April 21 –  Earth Day Mixer,  5-7:30 p.m., McShane's Nursery, 115 Monterey-Salinas Hwy., Salinas. Free admission but donations accepted on behalf of The Lincoln School Healthy Kids Program. Non-profits, businesses and individuals selling handmade crafts are invited. RSVPs not necessary. Mixer hosted in partnership with the Grower-Shipper Association, Monterey County Farm Bureau, Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce, Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority, California Women for Ag and the Salinas Jaycees. For details, contact 455-1876. 

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. RSVP now.

Friday, May 6 â€“ Celebration of Small Businesses in Monterey County with U.S. Congressman Sam Farr,  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)

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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