Airport Incentives; Pre-Apprenticeship Program Named National Model; Secretary of California National Resources Agency John Laird at MCBC's Next Membership Luncheon. 
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Friday, April 8, 2016

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Cal State University officials, faculty union reach tentative agreement
California State University officials and the union that represents campus faculty members say they have reached a tentative salary agreement that has postponed a five-day system-wide strike scheduled to start next week.
The California Faculty Association and the Cal State system said in a joint announcement Thursday that details of the preliminary deal would not be disclosed until Friday.  Read more
Source: Los Angeles Times
Local firm wins big NPS contract for educational support services
Digital Consulting Services in Monterey is one of five companies selected by the U.S. Navy for a contract of up to $500 million to support educational programs and materials for the Naval Postgraduate School.
The company was the only one with a local office to be included in the contract, which has four one-year extension options. If all are exercised, the contract value will reach a ceiling of $502,670,476, which can be spent on any combination of research and education programs during the five-year period. The first year is estimated to be about $88 million. Work will be performed in Monterey, San Diego, Washington, D.C., and Norfolk, Virginia. 
DCS has recruited about 500 full-time employees and numerous subcontracted employees for work at NPS.
Digital Consulting Services is based in Newbury Park with offices across the U.S., including Monterey. DCS has supported Navy, Army and Air Force installations for 20 years. Read more
Source: Monterey County Herald
Airport extends incentive program for new flights
With an eye toward serving the agriculture community both here and in Mexico, an incentive program may help bring in a nonstop flight from Monterey to Guadalajara in the future.
The idea of a nonstop flight to Guadalajara is to serve agriculture officials and workers, and, secondarily, tourists. It follows the model of the flight between Fresno and Guadalajara, a deal that has worked out well for both cities, said Mike La Pier, executive director of the Monterey Regional Airport (BCM).
It could happen if the Air Service Incentive Program for airlines, approved and extended by the Monterey Peninsula Airport District Board of Directors, takes flight. The program encourages service to new destinations from Monterey to areas such as Seattle, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver and Mexico. It offers some breaks in fees as well as marketing help to airlines.
The goal of the program is to partner with airlines on service to new nonstop destinations which will help increase the success of airlines in Monterey while giving the community additional air service to more areas.
The Air Service Incentive Program was originally approved in 2014 and was set to expire on March 31. It has been extended for an additional two years.
The regional airport generates an estimated $302.4 million annually and creates about 2,400 jobs. In 2015, more than 362,000 passengers traveled through Monterey. Read more
Source: Monterey County Herald
Start Up Mixer/Monterey Bay Start-Up Challenge
Monterey County Young Professionals Group and the Salinas Jaycees host a Start Up Mixer & Monterey Bay Start-up Challenge on Thursday, April 14 at McShane’s Nursery & Landscape Supply, 115 Monterey Salinas Hwy. Salinas.
The mixer kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with "Growing Your Business," featuring tips from mature companies and start-up businesses, then moves on to the 2016 MCYPG Start-Up Challenge at 6 p.m. featuring up to six local start-ups. The 2016 Start-up Challenge will be hosted by Aaron Magenheim of Ag Tech Insight. Both early stage and advanced stagestart-ups are invited to pitch.  To enter, contact 595-6064 or 
To RSVP or get further information, email Kort Holzwort or call 235-0448 or email Claire or call 455-1876.
Serving up more profitable restaurants: Free workshop targets the bottom line
Helping local restaurants succeed is a mutual goal for the City of Seaside and the CSU Monterey Bay Small Business Development Center. They are joining forces to bring restaurant expert and Hospitality Department Chair for Monterey Peninsula College, Molly Jansen, to Seaside to help local restaurants understand ways to reduce controllable costs, cost of goods and labor costs, to bolster business success in the restaurant industry.
The workshop will be held  from 8:30-10:30 a.m. April 18 at Oldemeyer Multi-Use Center, Blackhorse Room, 986 Hilby Ave.
Event fee is covered by the city of Seaside. Pre-register online or call Erika at 422.6232.
Salinas 'Green Academy' named national model
A pre-apprenticeship program established two years ago at Salinas High School is one of only nine in the country chosen to become a national model.
The Green Academy, designed by Regional Occupational Program instructor Chuck Felice, received a visit Wednesday from contractors hired by the U.S. Department of Education to put together a national report on high school programs that are successfully leading students into college or the workplace.
Felice's students have been winning cabinet-making competitions through SkillsUSA. Stump said the Green Academy was identified through the U.S. Department of Labor. Read more
Source: Monterey County Herald
Slingshot to Success taking applications for Makeover 2016
The Slingshot to Success small business advocacy program, known for its 2015 $22,000 business makeover, is now accepting 2016 applications from business owners throughout the Monterey Bay Area region. This year’s makeover value has already reached $37,000 and continues to grow in value with services provided by a variety of local businesses who are committed to seeing their local community prosper. National Small Business Week is still a little over a month away and that means that the countdown has started for local business owners to compete for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The official 2016 winner will receive a growing prize pack including items such as local SEO, business optimization coaching, advertising, bookkeeping, signage, marketing plan and more. Applicants have until April 29 to visit the website to submit their application for consideration. 
North Korea focus of 'WorldViews' lecture 

Melissa Hanham, senior research associate in the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, will discuss "North Korean Nuclear Weapons" in the second lecture of WorldViews, the Middlebury Institute's Speaker Series featuring four different faculty exploring contemporary world issues.
The lecture and reception with Hanham starts at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 13 at the Middlebury Institute's McGowan Building, MG102, 411 Pacific St. in Monterey.
Tickets are $10 per ticket, with limited availability.Purchase tickets online. The event is presented by the eMIISsaries of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

High-speed rail focus of MCBC's April luncheon

Just what would high-speed rail mean for the Monterey Bay region and for the state?

Rod Diridon, Sr., emeritus executive director of the Mineta Transportation Institute, will discuss the foreseeable economic and environmental impacts of high-speed rail as guest speaker at next month's MCBC member luncheon.

Our April membership luncheon will take place from 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Friday, April 8 at Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Club. Please note that MCBC's monthly lunch program is for members only and their guests.

Frequently referred to as the father of modern transit service in Silicon Valley. Diridon has chaired more than 100 international, national, state and local programs, most related to transit and the environment. From 1993 to 2014, he served as executive director of the Mineta Transportation Institute, a transportation policy research center created in 1991 by Congress. He frequently provides legislative testimony on sustainability. RSVP now.

Register for MBEP's Regional Economic Summit

The Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP) will host its Second Annual Regional Economic Summit on April 26, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Monterey. This all-day event will highlight exciting and innovative collaborative efforts that are transforming the Monterey Bay region. Due to limited seating, this event will sell out in advance. Get registration and sponsorship information here

Join MCBC in celebrating 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.

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. 

Thanks to our event sponsors:



Middlebury Institute to host talk on 'What About Henry Miller? (And Why?)'

Magnus Toren, director of the Henry Miller Library, will speak on Miller's legacy in “What About Henry Miller? (And Why?),” an April 12 lecture at 4 p.m. in the William Tell Coleman Library on the Middlebury Institute campus, 425 Van Buren St. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, email Kristen Cardoso or call 647-4684.


Friday, April 8 – MCBC Monthly Membership Luncheon (second Friday of the month), 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Club, Seaside. Special guest speaker Rod Diridon, Sr., emeritus executive director of the Mineta Transportation Institute, will discuss the foreseeable economic and environmental impacts of high-speed rail . Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. RSVP at eventbrite or call 831.216.3000. (BIO)

Tuesday, April 26  â€“ MBEP Regional Economic Summit, Hyatt Regency, Monterey. This all-day event will include expert speakers and panelists exploring and highlighting regional approaches and solutions on topics such as the AgTech Revolution and the Blue Economy in Monterey County. Early Bird pricing ends March 25.  RSVP now.

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

Friday, May 13 – MCBC Monthly Membership Luncheon (second Friday of the month), 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Club, Seaside. Special guest speaker John Laird, Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency. Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. More details to come.  (BIO)

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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