This Week, We're Celebrating Success: A Record Year for the Ag Industry, PTAC Client Expands Services, and MCBC Launches Monthly Sponsorship Campaign.
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 A Weekly Newsletter Promoting Monterey County:
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Friday, July 1, 2016

Edition 651

Monterey County crops set new record in 2015

Agriculture is the single largest driver of the Monterey County economy, and last year the ag industry set new records as crop values reached $4.84 billion, according to the Monterey County 2015 Crop Report. The report, released this week by the Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner's Office, shows crop values increased 7.75% or $348 million over the previous year.
The report offers an "opportunity to recognize the growers, shippers, ranchers, and other businesses ancillary to and supportive of agriculture," said Agricultural Commissioner Eric Lauritzen. “This unparalleled record of success reflects a healthy diversity of high-value crops in our county, as well as the dedicated efforts of our agricultural industry to grow and market high-quality food to the nation and the world,” 
Production has now increased by almost $1 billion since 2011. The industry has eclipsed the $4 billion mark and set new records annually since 2012, showing continued growth by Monterey County’s No. 1 industry.
Key figures from the Crop Report:

  • Leaf lettuce held the top spot in 2015 with an estimated value of $869.4 million, up 12% from 2014 asa result of to better pricing.
  • Strawberry values increased by 21%, to $861.4 million, on increased acreage and higher production. 
  • Cauliflower and celery each saw values increase by approximately 25%. 
  • Celery showed a decrease in production with stronger pricing and cauliflower posted increases in both production and pricing. 
  • Wine grapes declined 25% in 2015, after above average production in previous years. This followed the statewide trend, with lower production and slightly higher prices.

This year, the county's crop report highlights Certified Farmers’ Markets, shining the spotlight on some of those who produce and sell products directly to their customers at the 14 markets in Monterey County and elsewhere. Check out the video here
Before formally presenting the crop report to the Board of Supervisors, Lauritzen held a public briefing at the Agricultural Commissioner’s Office, 1428 Abbott Street, Salinas. The briefing recognized farmers’ markets’ vendors and introduced industry representatives, including Jim Bogart, Grower-Shipper Association of Central California; Norm Groot, Monterey County Farm Bureau; Butch Corda, Ippolito International; Kim Stemler, Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association, and Jodi Reinman, California Strawberry Commission.
The report may be downloaded from the Agricultural Commissioner’s Web site.


MCBC's Friday Facts sponsor for July

This month, the Monterey County Business Council celebrates Scudder Roofing Co. as the inaugural sponsor of Friday Facts. Learn more about the company below and support them as a thriving and valuable part of the Monterey County business community. To find out about sponsorship opportunities, contact MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington.



When Pete and Karen Scudder started a roofing company out of their Prunedale home in 1982, they started small. But they brought years of combined industry experience and a shared vision for quality work and customer service.

These days, Scudder Roofing Co. is a thriving success story. The company, which now has its headquarters and a state-of-the-art products showroom in Marina, employs a staff of more than 45 people. Evolving with the industry, a sister company, Scudder Solar Energy Systems, was launched in 2007. Over the years, Scudder Roofing has handled thousands of jobs throughout Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties, from roof replacements and emergency leak repairs to green roofing technologies, solar installations and vegetative roofing systems. 

Scudder Roofing Co. continues to be a family-run organization, with Pete Scudder as company president, Karen in the role of secretary/treasurer, and their daughters Jennifer Scudder serving as chief operations officer and production manager and Kelly Scudder Supinksi working at Scudder in project development. And its original values remain intact: Providing excellent customer service and quality, investing in its workforce, and giving back to the community. Over the years, the Scudders have been generous supporters of many nonprofit, charitable organizations, including Rancho Cielo (Salinas Youth Center), YMCA Salinas, Miracle House Program, CASA, Hospice Foundation, Monterey Peninsula College Athletic Center, Common Ground, Marina Youth Soccer, CASA, Marina Rotary and the Monterey Bay Area Boy Scouts Chapter. Pete Scudder currently serves on the executive committee of the Monterey County Business Council, which in 2013 named Scudder Roofing Company as a recipient of the MCBC's Economic Vitality Award for Sustainable Building and Design. Scudder Roofing has also been named contractor of the year by the Monterey Builders Exchange and the Salinas Valley Builders Exchange and is a past recipient of an MCBC Small Business of the Year award.

After 35 years in the business, Pete Scudder, his family and his dedicated employees still hold true to this simple philosophy: "Our top priority has always been upholding our 100% customer satisfaction guarantee."

Scudder Roofing Co. is located at 3342 Paul Davis Drive in Marina; The showroom is at 3344 Paul Davis Drive. Visit them online or call  831.373.7212 or 1-800-NEW-ROOF.

Click here for a video tour of the Scudder Roofing Company Showroom in Marina with Pete Scudder.

Brian Antle named among 40-Under-Forty leaders

Brian Antle, vice president of harvest for Tanimura & Antle (BCM), has been honored in the Produce Business Class of 2016 40-Under-Forty.  The class is selected based on professional accomplishments, demonstrated leadership, and industry/community contributions after being nominated by peers. The annual class is among the most renowned honors in the produce industry and recognizes 40 young leaders of the produce industry under the age of 40.   
Antle is a fifth-generation family member of Tanimura & Antle and oversees the harvest for 35,000 acres of 24 fresh produce items; totaling up to 37 million cartons annually.  Beginning his career at age 14, he has worked his way up the company ladder, starting with riding his bike to work each morning as a young teenager to move irrigation pipe for the Tanimura brothers.  After graduating from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Antle managed various commodity programs, including the company's largest crop, iceberg lettuce. 
Antle credits much of his success to serving in positions that he now manages. 
Outside of his current role, he has been instrumental in a variety of projects that positively impact the industry, community and company. Following in his father's and grandfather's footsteps, Brian Antle's commitment to continual innovation has ultimately resulted in the company's new employee housing (Spreckels Crossing), an advanced forecasting system and new harvest and farm technologies.  In 2015, he received the Forbes Impact Award in Innovation for the company's Plant Tape automated transplanting system. Antle as an innovative leader also serves on the board of directors for the United Fresh Produce Association, the Grower Shipper Association of the Central Coast, the Monterey County Farm Bureau, and Monterey County Ag Education.  

Get the word out!  

How do you reach your audience? You could try carrier pigeons. Messages in a bottle. Paper airplanes. 

Or you could cut to the chase and make sure your vital message hits its target.

If you are a voting MCBC member, you can submit news items of general interest about your organization or upcoming events for consideration for free inclusion in Friday Facts, our  weekly MCBC e-newsletter that reaches a vast audience of key decision-makers, industry leaders, movers and shakers in Monterey County and the greater region.

It's just one more valuable perk of being a member of an organization that's helping to shape the future of Monterey County for the better. 

Non-voting members can contact MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington for rate information.

And if you aren't yet a member, join us now.  Download the membership application or call 216-3000.

Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists awarded new grants to serve homeless veterans
John Garske's business is transforming lives.
He helps veterans find work, connects them with free job training, and makes sure they have support they need to succeed in employment when they do get hired. Whether it's shoes or clothes, gas money or a bus pass they need, Garske makes sure those needs are met. Many of the veterans he works with are homeless or lack stable housing. 
A veteran himself, Garske retired from the U.S. Army as a chief warrant officer. These days, he's a vocational rehabilitation counselor and rehabilitation evaluation specialist and president of Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists Inc. (VRSI), which has been serving veterans in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties since 2009.  
A Service-Connected Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists Inc. provides vocational rehabilitation counseling services to veterans and service members. In the past three years, VRSI has, on average, assessed 347 veterans, enrolled 120 veterans into its program, and placed 84 homeless veterans into employment annually.
It's vitally important work has been able to broaden its reach with the help of the Monterey Bay Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), which offers free, confidential counseling to small businesses seeking to obtain and perform under government contracts.
Garske started working with Monterey Bay PTAC's experienced counselors several years ago, and with their assistance, identified and successfully won a Department of Labor grant to provide reintegration services to homeless veterans. 
"Since then," says Garske, "we've been doing quite well."
In June, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists Inc. was the recipient of a $300,000 grant to help reintegrate homeless female veterans and veterans with families into the workforce in Fresno and Madera counties.
Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists, Inc. has also been awarded a $200,000 U.S. Department of Labor grant to provide homeless veterans in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties with employment and training services, and $101,100 under the Homeless Female Veterans and Veterans with Families Program for those two counties.
Garske describes the PTAC's expertise as invaluable to anyone trying to navigate the procurement process at any level. 
I may have gotten there without help but it may have taken longer," says Garske. "The convenience factor and the ability to talk with people who really know what they're talking about, it makes all the difference in the world."
Pictured, John Garske and the VRSI team in May at the Journey for Change Walk to prevent veteran suicide.

Find out how PTAC can help your business grow

The Monterey Bay Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is a program of the Monterey County Business Council. The Monterey Bay PTAC serves 22 counties in the Central and Northern California region, but we welcome inquiries from throughout the region. Counties served include: Monterey, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Fresno, Kings, Kern, Madera, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolomne and Ventura.
The Monterey Bay PTAC provides procurement technical assistance to help companies in the selling of their products or services to the appropriate government agency by offering confidential counseling at no cost. The core of our procurement assistance program is counseling and education.
Want to find out more about the Monterey Bay PTAC? Visit the website; call 831.216.3019 or email for details.

Upcoming on next week's 'Pub Talk' 

Please tune in to KRML (BCM) every Wednesday from 5-6 p.m. for "Pub Talk," live from Peter B's Brewpub or, better yet, join them on the patio for great beer and lively talk. You can also tune in to listen at 102.1FM / 1410AM, or live stream at KRML's "Pub Talk" is sponsored by MCBC member Allterra Solar (BCM).


Special thanks to the County of Monterey for its ongoing support of the Monterey County Business Council's efforts for economic development and education.



Friday, July 8 – MCBC Monthly Membership Luncheon (second Friday of the month), 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Club (BCM), Seaside. Special guest speaker Dr. Willard Clark Lewallen, superintendent and president of Hartnell College, will discuss recent activities at Hartnell and a potential facilities bond measure for Hartnell.  Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. RSVP now.  (BIO)

Tuesday, July 19 – AgTech Salinas MeetUp, 6 p.m.,CSUMB @ Salinas City Center, 1 Main St., Salinas. Presentations from three startups housed at the Innovation Center: Trace Genomics, Specright and Inteligistics. RSVP 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.

Founded in 1995, the Monterey County Business Council (MCBC) is a 501(c)(6) organization comprised of a diverse group of members representing all industries and geographic areas of Monterey County. It remains the only countywide organization focused on business advocacy, economic development and workforce readiness.

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