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 A Weekly Newsletter Promoting Monterey County:
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Business Council Members identified as (BCM)

Friday, March 4, 2016

Edition 633

MCBC: Celebrating our 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 the awards presentation.

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. 

At 75, Monterey airport looks to future

The Monterey Regional Airport (BCM) is celebrating 75 years and looking ahead to its future with a year of celebration including a community day and trip giveaways. 

The Monterey Peninsula Airport District was created on March 31, 1941 and has served as the welcome mat to visitors of the Central Coast, offering convenient service to hub airports which can take you anywhere in the world. Its travelers have included movie stars and dignitaries such as Pope John Paul II, Bobby Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt and many more. 

From an economic standpoint, it pumps an estimated $302.4 million annually into the region's economy and creates support for 2,411 jobs. In 2015, over 362,000 passengers traveled through Monterey Regional Airport.

"We are investing in the future of aviation and working hard to prepare for what the aviation industry will look like in another 75 years." said Mike La Pier, Executive Director, "We will use creative measures toward adopting new strategic initiatives to keep up with the evolving airline industry and target economic development opportunities. We are also looking to add more carriers with new non-stop destinations."

Look for details about celebration events via the airport's website, e-newsletter and social media as the details are finalized.

CHOMP parent changes name

The Community Hospital Foundation, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula’s (BCM) nonprofit parent organization, is changing its name to Montage Health. While the hospital itself will keep its name, the Montage name and logo will incorporated in different ways throughout the hospital and other Montage Health subsidiaries over the next year.

The Montage Health family includes Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Aspire Health Plan, Community Health Innovations, Peninsula Primary Care and Peninsula Wellness Centers

Source: Salinas Californian

MIIS Series: Local experts on global issues 

Limited tickets are available for this year's "WorldViews" eMIISsaries Spring Speaker Series, features an array of Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (BCM) faculty experts discussing current global issues. This year's lectures are as follows:

Wednesday, March 23: "Solving the Solar Neutrino Problem"  

Featuring Dr. Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress, scientist-in-residence at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and member of the team awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics. He specializes in ultra-low radioactivity background detectors and has professional experience in the field of astroparticle physics, primarily neutrino physics. 

Wednesday, April 13: "North Korean Nuclear Weapons"  
Featuring Melissa Hanham, Senior Research Associate, East Asia Nonproliferation Program, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. Her regional interests include the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, North Korean WMD procurement and proliferation networks, China's nuclear posture, and East Asian security.    

Wednesday, May 11: "Federal Corruption on the Pitch at FIFA"  
Featuring Dr. Moyara Ruehsen, Associate Professor, Graduate School of International Policy and Management. Dr. Ruehsen’s specialty is money laundering, terrorism financing, corruption, asset recovery, illegal drug markets, and international macro-economy. 

Wednesday, June 8: "Obama Opening Doors in Iran and Cuba"  
Featuring Dr. Jan Knippers Black, Professor, Graduate School of International Policy and Management. Dr. Black specializes in human rights, international and comparative politics of the Western Hemisphere, international and grassroots development, women´s rights and roles, and globalization. Her topic will be "President Obama Opening the Door to Iran and Cuba." 

All events take place from 6-7:30 p.m. at the McGowan Building on the MIIS campus. Tickets are $10, with limited availability. Click here to register.

Startup Challenge Monterey Bay applications due March 14

Applications are due by midnight, Monday, March 14 for the 2016 Startup Challenge Monterey Bay. Entrepreneurs and startup companies in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties are eligible to apply.

Startup Challenge Monterey Bay is a new business competition and accelerator program that supports the founding, funding and growth of new and innovative businesses in the Monterey Bay region. It offers workshops, feedback and mentoring to empower entrepreneurs in a competitive process. 

Divisions include the Venture Division for businesses designed to grow into large businesses; the Main Street Division for small businesses, sole proprietorships and non-profits; and the Student Division for student teams at all levels from high school through graduate school.

Prizes include $1,500 for the winning Student Division team, $10,000 and $2,500 worth of professional services for the winning Main Street company, and a $20,000 grand prize and $10,000 worth of professional services for the winning Venture Division company.

Free pitch workshops for applicants run throughout March; see schedule.  The first 50 completed applications will be entered into a raffle for the chance to win a free iPad mini 2. 

The Startup Challenge Monterey Bay is organized by a committee of community members and managed by the Institute for Innovation & Economic Development (BCM), an institute of the College of Business at CSU Monterey Bay (BCM)

Key dates for Startup Challenge Monterey Bay: 

  • March 14 - Application deadline 
  • April 1 - Qualifying Round pitches 
  • May 6 - Final Round and Venture Showcase 

Broadband access to be topic at member luncheon

Broadband access will be the focus of the Monterey County Business Council's next member luncheon on Friday, March 11, where we will get an update on the ongoing work of the Central Coast Broadband Consortium (CCBC).  MCBC provides administrative and logistical support to the CCBC, which is dedicated to improving broadband availability, access and adoption in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties. 

The top priority of the CCBC is providing resources and incentives to telecommunications service providers, including local government agencies, to build broadband infrastructure and extend it throughout our tri-county region. Rural and urban regional consortia such as CCBC work to promote ubiquitous broadband deployment and to advance broadband adoption in unserved and underserved areas throughout the state. A dozen communities in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties have been identified by the California Public Utilities Commission as high-priority areas for broadband infrastructure development due to the CCBC’s efforts. 

The Monterey County Business Council continues to work with each jurisdiction in our tri-county region to adopt and/or endorse the Dig Once policy as part of a broadband master plan. Come learn about these efforts from, among others, CCBC Executive Committee members Joel Staker, information services manager for the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea, and Steve Blum, president of Tellus Venture Associates, a management and business development consultancy specializing in developing new community broadband systems, and serving the digital media and telecommunications industries. 

Our February member lunch will take place on Friday, March 11 at the Bayonet & Black Horse Grill, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Register now!

Go-Biz hosts California Competes Tax Credit webinars

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is hosting six free webinars in March for businesses interested in applying for the California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC).  GO-Biz will accept applications through March 28. There will be at least $81 million in tax credits available for businesses that are expanding and adding jobs in the state. Businesses of all sizes are encouraged to apply. The online application is available at

Since June 2014, GO-Biz has awarded $223 million in tax credits to 330 companies projected to create over 42,000 jobs and make $10.2 billion in investments in California. Businesses interested in applying can register to attend any of the webinars and receive valuable information from GO-Biz staff.


  • Wednesday, March 9: 10:30-11:30 a.m. RSVP
  • Thursday, March 17: 7:30-8:30 a.m. RSVP
  • Thursday, March 17: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. RSVP
  • Monday, March 21: noon-1 p.m. RSVP

Learn more about the California Competes Tax Credit program here.


Global California conference looks to the Pacific Rim 

The 12th annual Global California conference, March 24 at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (BCM), will focus on trade and investment opportunities between California and the 21 countries of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

The 12th Global California conference will also feature:

  • Discussions on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement which is comprised of Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the U.S. and Vietnam. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal involving these 12 economies is said to be worth about $28 trillion in trade and investment.
  • An innovative panel on California's "blue economy" and how it can dovetail on the growth of an exploding "green economy" in the APEC countries. 
  • The Monterey County Business Council will convene a panel on Monterey's "language capital of the world" and the unique translation, interpretation, cultural and localization services it offers to the global marketplace.
  • A panel discussion of the new "Cyber-Silk Road" initiative that is now being paved between China and the U.S. 

The event is organized by the Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA),, and Brand Monterey Bay, with MCBC as a sponsor. Click here for details.


Friday, March 11 â€“ MCBC Monthly Membership Luncheon (second Friday of the month), 11:45 a.m. -1:30 p.m., Bayonet & Black Horse Grill, Seaside. Steve Blum, president of Tellus Venture Associates, and CCBC Executive Committee members Joel Staker, Information Services Manager for the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea, will be among those providing an update on the ongoing work of the Central Coast Broadband Consortium.  Bayonet & Black Horse Grill, 1 McClure Way, Seaside.  Register now. (BIO)

Tuesday, March 15 â€“ AgTech MeetUp, 6-8 p.m., CSUMB at Salinas City Center, 1 N. Main St., Salinas. Sponsored by the city of Salinas, South Swell Ventures, the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership, AgTech Insight, WGA, and CSUMB.  Regulatory compliance is top of mind for most producers and processors given the ever-growing public attention on food safety. Come explore the current pressing issues in the industry and how technology is being used to ease burdens and meet regulatory compliance. Panelists will also provide insight into the future of data and information that can be used to reinforce consumer trust and confidence in our food system.  Networking session to be followed by presentations that will highlight AgTech solutions to increasing  regulatory and food safety concerns. The speaker lineup includes Michael Palmer from Food Safety GAP, Tom Casas from Tanimura and Antle and Ray Connelly from iTrade Network. Free to the public; email for questions, or call 707-495-1950.

SAVE THE DATE  â€“ Friday, April 1. Monterey County Business Council's quarterly breakfast forum, "Eggs & Issues," featuring Stewart Knox, executive director of the state of California Employment Training Panel. Bayonet & Blackhorse Grill, 7:30-9 a.m. Details to be announced soon. Thanks to Monterey County for Energy Independence for sponsoring our event. For additional sponsorship opportunities, contact MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington.

SAVE THE DATE â€“ Friday, May 6: Celebration of Small Businesses in Monterey County with U.S. Congressman Sam Farr,  3-5:30 p.m., Embassy Suites Monterey Bay.

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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