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 A Weekly Newsletter Promoting Monterey County:
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Friday, Jan. 27, 2017

Edition 676

Pictrued: Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley star in 'Big Little Lies,' which filmed in various Monterey County locations last year. Photo courtesy of Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/HBO
Monterey County is ready for its closeup: Launch party planned for 'Big Little Lies'
Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley star in the upcoming HBO TV series "Big Little Lies," but Monterey County's scenic landscapes also shine in starring roles. The series, based on a best-selling book, makes its debut on Feb. 19. Filming took place in January and May 2016 and brought an estimated $2.5 million to Monterey County communities in support of crew, hotels, goods and services, taxes and more, according to the Monterey County Film Commission.

Join local crew, extras and businesses who had a part in it all at the Monterey County Film Commission's (BCM) "Big Little Launch Party," Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. at the Carmel Mission Inn ($5 tickets), followed by a screening of the first episode at 6 p.m. More details to come. See the trailer
Fenton & Keller hosts 'New Year, New Laws'
Fenton & Keller attorneys Christopher Panetta and Elizabeth Leitzinger.will host two upcoming seminars, "New Year - New Laws," designed for business owners, HR managers, payroll managers, and anyone who deals with personnel issues. Topics will include minimum wage increase, update on salary rules for “white-collar” exempt employees, new overtime rules for agricultural workers, time rounding when calculating hours worked, Wage Equality Act,, expansion of required anti-harassment policies, single-user all-gender restrooms in the workplace, pregnancy disability leave notice requirements, protected immigration-related practices, and marijuana use/drug testing and maintaining a drug-free workplace.

There are two sessions to choose from:  Jan. 31 or Feb. 28. Registration and light breakfast begin at 8 a.m., with program from 8:30-11:30 a.m. in the Casa Munras Hotel'z Marbella Room, 700 Munras Ave., Monterey. Cost is $60 per person.
Seating is limited. RSVP to Jennifer Malone at 831-373-1241 or via  email 
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.
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
TEDxSalinas to make its debut in February
TEDx, the franchise that brings big ideas into sharp focus on a single stage, is coming to Salinas. TEDxSalinas takes place Feb. 25 at the Steinbeck Institute of Art & Culture, organized by two-time TEDx speaker and Salinas native Michelle Serna. The 18-year-old college freshman at San Francisco State University is a former teen rodeo beauty queen, writer and speaker, and her involvement in TEDx makes her one of the youngest licensees in the world. A dozen speakers and four musical performances will represent both the uniqueness of Monterey County as well as global perspectives.

"Salinas is a place full of rich history, agriculture, literature, and incredible community members. What the rest of the world sees though, is its struggles with poverty, homelessness, and gang violence," writes Serna. "TED and TEDx are known for their ability to bring together communities of incredible game changers and global thinkers, and this is something that Salinas truly needs to show the world that it is so much more than its negative stereotype." Learn more
Pictured: Entrepreneur and bestselling author Julie Gordon White is among the speakers scheduled for TEDxSalinas.
Public ceremony to mark new entrance sign at Monterey's historic Lower Presidio Park

Come celebrate the unveiling of the new monument sign at the Artillery Street entrance to Lower Presidio Park. The ceremony, from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3 at the corner of Artillery and Pacific streets, is open to the public
The Lower Presidio Historic Park, described as “The Most Historically Significant Site on the West Coast” and “One of the Most Beautiful Places in Monterey” is on its way to becoming a true historic public park to be enjoyed by locals and visitors. Old Monterey Foundation, in cooperation with the City of Monterey (BCM) and Department of the Army, has raised initial funds to begin Phase One of the project to enhance and restore the historic 25.3-acre site and is seeking public donations to help complete the project. For details, see

MIIS students win competition in Davos
A team of four MBA students from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (BCM) won the international Business for a Better World Case Competition in Davos, Switzerland. The final round of competition took place Jan. 19 in tandem with the World Economic Forum, which annually gathers hundreds of business, political, and academic leaders to discuss pressing global issues. The Business for a Better World Case Competition is a partnership between Corporate Knights 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.

The Institute team’s proposal was titled “A Purposeful Tilt” and utilized the “tilting” strategy of a well-diversified portfolio to generate impact. The team gave added weight to firms based on their proprietary financial and impact evaluation, and created a dynamic model that can be adapted to meet the specific needs of a target market. Read more
Source: Monterey Institute of International Studies at Monterey
Singing the blues in Monterey
Monterey gets another blues festival, and another great reason to draw in tourist dollars to the region. The First Annual Monterey International Blues Festival comes to the Monterey County Fairgrounds on May 13, hosted by the Salvation Army and Guitars Not Guns. Charlie Musselwhite, Mighty Mike Schermer and John “Broadway” Tucker are among the artists scheduled to perform, along with a host of local acts. Get tickets.
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Source: Monterey County Weekly
Chartwell School to host free presentation on 'Different Brains, Different Learners'
Chartwell School (BCM) hosts a free presentation by leading researcher Dr. Jeff Gilger on how weaknesses in reading may be tied to nonverbal learning strengths.  "Different Brains, Different Learners" takes place from 2:15-3:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3 at McMahan Hall at Chartwell School.

Dr. Gilger, who serves as lab director and professor and chair of Developmental Psychology at UC Merced, will explain a model of neurological variation that leads to natural variation in cognitive profiles. Past data on the subject of a link between dyslexia and spatial skills will be summarized, and a "sensitive period" model of how/why children with dyslexia may have a strength in  learning nonverbal skills at certain ages will be presented. He will also touch upon genetics (as they are relevant to how the brain develops) and present some preliminary data from his ongoing study. RSVP
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