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Friday, Dec. 9, 2022

Edition 959

New & Improved Date!
MCBC 'Covid Business Survival Awards'

We decided to put off our gala event until all of the holiday madness has subsided. So, please mark your calendar for the “new and improved” date of Friday evening, Feb. 24, from 6-9 p.m. Instead of a normal celebration of what would be the Monterey County Business Council’s 25th anniversary, we’re going to call this event our “Covid Business Survival Awards.” We’ll have fun while we honor some of the businesses and people who have successfully weathered the storm of the last few years. $195 per person (we should mention it’s at Pebble Beach’s posh Inn at Spanish Bay). Click here to register. For sponsorship opportunities, please email our CEO at


Monterey-Salinas Transit's Better Bus Network service changes go into effect on Saturday

Service changes for local bus transportation provided by Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) will go into effect on Saturday, Dec. 10. Details regarding specific trips can be found by visiting the MST Better Bus Network webpage and using the Trip Planner Tool, or by scanning the QR code.

MST will continue to provide RIDES program passengers with the same curb-to-curb service without interruption.

Effective Saturday, fares for all routes will be the same – you can ride up to two hours (systemwide) for only $2. Riders needing to transfer can request a two-hour pass from their driver when boarding their first bus.

For more information, visit or call Monterey-Salinas Transit toll-free at (888) MST‑BUS1 (1‑888‑678‑2871). For RealTime bus arrival information, text “Next” and your four-digit bus stop ID (example, “Next 9103”) to 25370, call (888) MST‑BUS1 with your four-digit bus stop ID, download the free Transit app, or use Google Maps. 

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Apply for an ABC license renewal fee waiver

Does your business have an ABC license? Did you also know that ABC license renewal fees have been waived for two years? The process is easy and quick. Just follow these three steps to check eligibility and to apply.

Step 1: License search. Search by license number after receiving your renewal notice in the mail (approx. 60 days prior to license expiration date). <

Step 2: Verify eligibility. Verify license type fee waiver eligibility and identify your remaining balance due, if any.

Step 3: Submit fee waiver. Submit your renewal fee waiver either online if you have no balance due, or by mail with your payment.

We are committed to making sure businesses in Monterey County are successful. Please contact our team if you need additional assistance at (831) 216-3019 or

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Leadership Monterey County applications open

Leadership Monterey County is now accepting applications for its 2023 cohort! LMC is the premier course for emerging local leaders in the community. Participants gain the knowledge and direction they need to achieve greater self and community awareness through a combination of academic training, community exposure, and small group interaction. Visit the Leadership Monterey County website for more information on the program and a message from retired Congressman Sam Farr explaining the value of participating in Leadership Monterey County (a program of MCBC). You can also find FAQs about the program and the application itself. Some scholarships are available and the deadline for applications is Jan. 6, 2023.

TPO's Employment Law & Leadership Conference

TPO's 19th Annual Employment Law & Leadership Conference is taking place on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, from 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. VirtuaLive. This is a premier conference for business owners, managers, human resources, risk management, and legal counsel in public, private and non-profit organizations. Learn from the leading Littler attorneys about the latest employment law twists and turns to bring you up to speed on the regulatory front as well as trends to watch for in the future. Learn about the many compliance issues that are of greatest concern to corporate counsel, human resource professionals, executives, and other managers on a day-to-day basis. Littler’s Employment Law Update is a thought-provoking overview and analysis of the most critical employment and labor law issues confronting employers right now.

Monterey County Business Council members qualify for a special discount rate. Register with discount code "MCBC" for Monterey County Business Council discount rate of $249.

Register here

Sparkling wines from Monterey County win top honors at world championship

Monterey County's Caraccioli Cellars was recently awarded best sparkling wine in the United States and won three of the four gold medals for U.S. wineries in the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2022. Located in the northern foothills of the Santa Lucia Highland, Caraccioli's estate vineyard grows 124 acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Gama, with a tasting room in Carmel-By-The Sea.

"With the success of the Caraccioli's, I'm hopeful we'll see an expanded emergence of world-class sparkling wines from Monterey County," said Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association Director Kim Stemler. Read more
Source: KSBW

California Water Service's Salinas and King City Districts provide $22,000 in food, donations

To support struggling families with Thanksgiving meals and essential services, Cal Water recently partnered with local legislators and charitable organizations for the utility’s annual Operation Gobble program. Cal Water donated $13,500 and an additional $8,500 in Butterball turkey gift certificates to organizations and those in need in the Salinas Valley area.

Salinas Mayor and MCBC President/CEO Kimbley Craig along with delegates for Assemblymember Robert Rivas, State Senator Anna Caballero, and Monterey County Supervisor Chris Lopez assisted with the distribution. Donations were also presented to the Food Bank of Monterey County, Sun Street Center, LULAC #2995, the Boys and Girls Club of Monterey County, Salvation Army of Salinas and King City, Dorothy’s Place, and Loaves & Fishes.

Procurement Technical Assistance with Government Contracting.

Upcoming Monterey Bay PTAC Events

Visit the Monterey Bay PTAC website at to learn more about government contracting, see upcoming webinars, or contact our PTAC team.

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

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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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