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 A Weekly Newsletter Promoting Monterey County:
Open for Business

Business Council members identified as (BCM)

Friday, Jan. 20, 2017

Edition 675

Mary Ann Leffel showcases Monterey County businesses each week.
'Open for Business' shines the light on local businesses and issues in Monterey County
Join host Mary Ann Leffel as she discusses business in Monterey County with the area's top public and private businesses. "Open For Business" airs on AMP Media's AMP 2.  This week's episode features Pete Scudder, CEO of Scudder Roofing and Scudder Solar; Michael LaPier, executive director of Monterey Regional Airport; and Valeska van Vliet, manager at Moravia.

Weekly broadcast schedule is as follows:
  • Monday 8 p.m. (Replay Tuesday 3 p.m.)
  • Wednesday 7 p.m. (Replay Thursday 1 p.m.)
  • Thursday 10 p.m. (Monday Show Repeats)
  • Additional replays as available
Next week's show will feature Tim Flanagan, General Manager, Monterey Regional Waste Management District; John Turner, General Manager, InterContinental The Clement Monterey and Edward King of Alliance Career Training. Tune in!
MCBC's Friday Facts sponsor of the month
This month, the Monterey County Business Council celebrates Bianchi, Kasavan & Pope, LLP, one of our valued MCBC member organizations, as our sponsor of Friday Facts. Learn more about them below and support them as a thriving and valuable part of the Monterey County business community. To find out about sponsorship opportunities, contact MCBC Projects Manager Melody Burgess or call 831.216.3000.

A full-service accounting firm with offices in Monterey, Salinas, Hollister and Morgan Hill,  Bianchi, Kasavan & Pope, LLP (BKP) specializes in tax planning and preparation, retirement planning, audit services, estate and trust tax preparation, payroll services, business valuations and management advisory consulting.  Additionally, BKP provides information technology services through Professional Computer Solutions, an in-house department providing clients with systems hardware and accounting software expertise, support and troubleshooting.
Bianchi, Kasavan & Pope brings an unmatched level of business and financial expertise to the region, with a combined 100 years of professional accounting experience. among its partners. With offices in Monterey, Salinas, Hollister and Morgan Hill, BKP reaches across industries to help individuals and companies manage life passages and everyday business.
The CPAs and business consultants at BKP perceive each client relationship as a partnership, and consider the personal attention offered to clients to be the cornerstone of the firm's professional services. By developing an in-depth understanding of the financial and administrative structure of each client’s business, BKP delivers sound financial planning, comprehensive management consultation, and effective accounting strategies to maximize clients’ well-being and success.
Learn more about BKP and the range of services it offers, by contacting them at 831.373.1697 (Monterey), 831.757.5311 (Salinas) or through their website.
Monterey Bay PTAC to host 'Marketing to the Corp of Engineers' workshop in January
The Monterey Bay PTAC is staffed with counselors experienced in government contracting and provide a wide range of services, including classes and seminars, individual counseling and easy access to bid opportunities, contract specifications, procurement histories, and other information necessary to successfully compete for government contracts. PTAC counselors have backgrounds in government acquisition and all receive ongoing training to keep pace with continually evolving acquisition procedures and policies. Find out how the Monterey Bay PTAC can help your business with no-cost counseling and guidance at the PTAC website.

Upcoming workshops include "Marketing to the Corp of Engineers" on Jan. 31 at the SBA Office in Fresno. This presentation provides a few suggestions 8(a) companies might want to consider when seeking procurement opportunities within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Register Here
CSUMB students 'Pay It Forward'
Students entering California State University, Monterey Bay are reaping the benefits of "Pay It Forward," a scholarship and mentoring program that is improving student success rates at college and in life. The program, founded by two former Pebble Beach residents in 2008, targets first-generation college students, who receive $20,000 four-year scholarships, along with mentoring in time management, setting priorities and other life skills by community leaders.
Those students, in turn, mentor younger students who, in time, will also become first-generation university students through The First Tee of Monterey County program, creating an ongoing cycle of learning and giving. So far, 42 students have graduated from "Pay It Forward," with another 51 students currently in the program. Read more
Source: Salinas Californian
MIIS, CNS experts quoted  widely on Trump tweets on nuclear policy, North Korea

Policy experts from the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey are adding valuable insight to the public conversation as President-elect Donald Trump continues to tweet about sensitive issues such as nuclear policy and North Korea.

Faculty and staff associated with CNS and the Institute’s Master of Arts in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies program were quoted widely in recent media coverage, including Avner Cohen, Melissa Hanham, Jeffrey Lewis, Joshua Pollack, and Miles Pomper. News organizations and publications include The Guardian, Politico, Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, Fox News, CNBC, The Atlantic, NRP and others. Check out a sampling of those highlights on the MIIS website.

Institute faculty and staff experts will undoubtedly continue to serve as a resource for the media and public at large as these and other vital policy conversations continue in the months and years ahead. Read more
Source: Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
Pictured, Melissa Hanham, Senior Research Associate, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies & META Lab

Ben Grimmig, Christina Lukeman, Shannon Nolan and Nicholas Fisher competed this week in the finals of the International Business for a Better World competition at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Photo courtesy of Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
MBA students advance to finals in Davos
Four Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (BCM) MBA students were in Davos this week as finalists in a prestigious international business competition. Ben Grimmig, Shannon Nolan, Christina Lukeman and Nicholas Fisher advanced to the final stage of the International Business for a Better World competition, beating out teams from leading universities around the world, and were scheduled to present their analysis Thursday to a panel of high-profile judges in Davos, Switzerland, at an event that coincides with the World Economic Forum.

The Business for a Better World Case Competition, an international contest now into its fourth year, is a partnership between Corporate Knights, the company for clean capitalism, and the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto. This year teams were challenged to design a global equity portfolio that advances the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals while also maximizing returns. 
Read more about the team's proposal here.
Source: Monterey Institute of International Studies at Monterey
Big data, robotics lead THRIVE top 50
Fifty agtech companies have been named to SVG Partners' THRIVE top 50 list. The companies, based in the U.S. and abroad, are divided into six categories: biotech, cloud services, big data, robotics, connected devices, and infrastructure and supply chain. THRIVE top 50 is an expansion of THRIVE Accelerator, a competitive program that provides mentorship and other assistance to agtech startups. The programs come under the umbrella of THRIVE AgTech, a variety of initiatives focused on innovation and ag tech launched in 2014 by SVG Partners, a Silicon-Valley based investment and technology based advisory firm. SVG also serves as a consultant to the city of Salinas (BCM) in developing the ag tech sector. 
Salinas is keen on expanding its workforce, jobs and economy by developing ag tech. Agriculture is a key economic engine in Salinas Valley with the industry estimated at $9 billion.
SVG worked with its corporate partners to identify challenges or problems that they faced. It then tapped into its network of roughly 500 companies to identify companies that offer matching solutions. SVG and partners pared down the list of roughly 100 companies to 50. Read more
Source: The Salinas Californian
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