Don't delay! Register now for Eggs & Issues breakfast forum on cybersecurity; MCBC's 21st Anniversary Gala & Annual Economic Vitality Awards; MCBC joins MCEI coalition.

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  A Weekly Newsletter Promoting Monterey County: Open for Business
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Friday, Dec. 4, 2015

Edition 623

Farr discusses local transportation issues on latest 'Focus with Farr'

On his November "Focus with Farr" program, Congressman Sam Farr talked about transportation issues with local transit planners Deb Hale, director of the Transportation Agency for Monterey County (BCM), and Carl Sedoryk, CEO of Monterey-Salinas Transit (BCM). Reducing the number of single-occupant vehicles on roads will make room for the tourist and agriculture traffic that are vital to the economy. Public transit can help, since one full bus could take 30 cars off the road.
Allowing buses to go faster than cars by driving on the shoulder of the road, says Sadoryk, is one way some regions have been able to get commuters to embrace bus transportation. One dozen states currently use a "bus-on-shoulder program," he said, allowing authorized transit buses to operate on the shoulder at low speeds during periods of congestion in order to bypass congested traffic and maintain transit schedules.
Santa Cruz Metro and MST plan to introduce California legislation to allow a pilot program for the two counties.
Such a program is cost-effective because it requires no new road construction.
Read the full story.
Source: The Californian; photo courtesy of "Focus with Farr."

MCBC board votes to join Monterey County for Energy Independence coalition

The MCBC Executive Committee last month unanimously approved a motion to join the Monterey County for Energy Independence (MCEI) coalition. MCEI, which falls under Californians for Energy Independence (CEI), is not a proponent of any petitions or initiatives; MCEI simply supports continued domestic energy production and opposes measures to limit energy production.
Other business councils and chambers of commerce throughout the state have signed up to join CEI, and MCBC joins the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce, Monterey County Hospitality Association, Monterey County Farm Bureau, Monterey County Cattlemens Association and many other businesses and individuals in supporting MCEI.
Responsible oil production in Monterey County supports 1,941 jobs and generates $226.6 million in business sales and an additional $138.6 million in state and local taxes.
Learn more about the MCEI at its website and consider signing up to show your support.

Come celebrate at MCBC's 21st Anniversary Gala & Economic Vitality Awards on Feb. 6

Join the Monterey County Business Council (MCBC) for our 21st Anniversary Gala & Annual Economic Vitality Awards. This year's event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey.

The event kicks off with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and program at 6:30 p.m. Dress is black tie optional. 

The Monterey County Business Council, founded in 1995, remains the only countywide organization focused on business advocacy, economic development and workforce readiness. 

This year’s gala will honor the individuals and organizations who have contributed to the economic vitality, growth and preservation of our community through various industries, including Agriculture, Arts / Creative & Technology, Building & Design, Education & Research, Health & Wellness, and Tourism & Hospitality.  Winners will be announced in the coming weeks. 

We hope you will join us for this very special evening. 

Please consider supporting the MCBC and this year’s honorees by sponsoring this event at one of the following levels:

  • Presenting Sponsor: $5,000: Recognition as Presenting Sponsor in event program, including name, logo and business description (up to 50 words); Recognition at event; Ten (10) tickets and preferred seating; Company brand/logo and link on website; Recognition in Friday Facts; Recognition in all marketing publications; and Email blast of your company’s marketing promo to all members.
  • Executive Sponsor: $3,500: Listing on event program; Recognition at event; Ten (10) tickets and preferred seating; Company brand/logo on website; & Recognition in Friday Facts.
  • Supporting Table Sponsor: $2,500: Ten (10) tickets; Listing on event program; & Recognition at event.

MCBC thanks its initial sponsor, California American Water, (BCM) for its generous support.

Download sponsorship forms here. Email Brian Turlington at or call (831) 216-3000 with meal and lodging questions. Reserve your tickets now.


MCBC to honor Congressman Sam Farr at its annual Anniversary Gala

Join the Monterey County Business Council in honoring Rep. Sam Farr at this year's 21st Anniversary Gala & Economic Vitality Awards. We hope you will join the business, education and government communities in our region in saluting Farr for his years of service.

Our next Eggs & Issues: Is your business protected against cyber attacks?

Think your business is too small to be a target?
That assumption can make you even more vulnerable.
"Small employers are quickly becoming a larger target for criminals looking to access sensitive data because small businesses typically have limited resources for information systems security,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet last month as the U.S. Small Business Administration marked the 12th Anniversary of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month by unveiling a cybersecurity webpage for small businesses. She called cybersecurity "one of our nation's most pressing national security problems," and described small businesses as particularly at risk.
A 2013 survey by the National Small Business Association indicates that 44 percent of small businesses reported being the victim of a cyberattack, with an average cost of approximately $9,000 per attack. Small businesses have valuable information cybercriminals seek, including employee and customer data, bank account information, access to business finances, and intellectual property.  
 Please join the Monterey County Business Council on Friday, Dec. 11 from 7:30 to 9 a.m at Bayonet & Blackhorse Grill for its next "Eggs & Issues," featuring a presentation on cybersecurity by Luis Alvarez, President & CEO of Salinas-based Alvarez Technology Group, and Edward Hunter, Principal Forensic Consultant and Instructor, FireEye, a cyber-security firm in Milipitas. 
Attendees can expect to learn, among other things, the importance of securing information through best cybersecurity practices; identifying the types of information that should be secured; identifying types of cyber threats; and best practices for guarding against cyber threats. Register now.
Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
For $250, local sponsors receive the following:
  • Five (5) minutes to speak about their company and its activities
  • Recognition at the event
  • Recognition in all marketing materials (e.g., social media, website, etc.)
  • Recognition in Friday Facts, our weekly email newsletter
  • Two tickets for the breakfast
For $400, a company gets to sponsor two consecutive breakfasts. 
Special thanks to our sponsors MCEI, PG&E and the Monterey Bay Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).


MCBC: We're open for business

While some of the Monterey County Business Council's events, such as our monthly membership luncheons, are open only to MCBC members, others such as the quarterly Eggs & Issues breakfast forums are open to the general public.
These events are built around timely and topical subjects designed to meet the needs of those doing business in Monterey County. Many also offer powerful opportunities for networking and better understanding the challenges and opportunities facing companies, organizations and nonprofits in Monterey County .
Keep informed of our upcoming events via the MCBC's weekly newsletter and via the MCBC website at

Take our Global Readiness Survey to help shape future initiatives

The Monterey County Business Council, in collaboration with Custom Language Services at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, is conducting a Global Readiness Survey to glean knowledge about the global readiness of businesses in our county. 

Identifying the needs of Monterey County businesses in regards to global readiness in order to develop strategies that will align with furthering their personal and professional goals and improve the region's business climate. 

All results of this survey will be kept confidential, providing an aggregated overview of the county's global readiness and helping to shape future MCBC global initiatives. 

Custom Language Services, the Middlebury Institute of International Studies’ executive education program in Monterey, designs and delivers language and intercultural communication training to professionals across multiple industries and sectors. 

MCBC trademarked the "Language Capital of the World" slogan, which local companies and institutions of higher education have been using to enhance international recognition of our region and its language capabilities for economic development.
Take a moment to complete the survey, and feel free to forward it to other Monterey County businesses.

Monterey Conference Center celebrates groundbreaking for renovations

Dignitaries and community members turned out Monday to celebrate a groundbreaking for the Monterey Conference Center renovation. Construction  is expected to begin in the coming days, with the first floor set to reopen in late summer 2016 and the grand opening of the entire Conference Center in early 2017.
Source: Monterey County Herald

Weigh in on MPWMD draft Water Conservation and Rationing Plan

Earlier this week, the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District hosted public workshops to explain and receive comment on proposed changes to its Expanded Water Conservation and Standby Rationing Plan (MPWMD Regulation XV). 
If you didn't make it to either of the Dec. 1 workshops on the topic, make sure to check out the draft plan, including a comparison of the current and proposed plan, at under "Important Announcements."

Register now for TPO's 12th annual Employment Law & Leadership Conference

Register now for TPO's 12th annual Employment Law & Leadership Conference, to take place from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 at Embassy Suites, Monterey Bay.
Morning sessions will include the Saqui Law Group's labor and employment law update, "What's Coming At You in 2016!" Mike Saqui will take you through the latest labor and employment law twists and turns and give you lively, jargon-free advice about what you need to do to get your employment practices in line for 2016 compliance.
Afternoon breakout sessions include "Unintended Pay Discrimination," "The Top 10 Avoidable Mistakes Employers Make," "Driving Those Difficult Conversations," and "HR Q&A" and an affiliate showcase.
Use code MCBC for Monterey County Business Council discount rate of $249 ($299 after early-bird deadline of Jan. 1, 2016; regular rate $349). For details or to register, see
The Monterey County Business Council is a sponsor of TPO's annual conference.

Veterans eligible for MST discount fare 

Beginning Saturday, Dec. 5, all veterans will be eligible for Monterey-Salinas Transit’s (BCM) discount fare – the first new major initiative as a result of Measure Q (the 1/8 cent sales tax for transit services for seniors, veterans, and persons with disabilities that was approved by voters last November).
To receive an MST photo courtesy card, which entitles the holder to a 50 percent discount off all fares and passes, veterans can visit any of MST’s three customer service locations with one of the following proofs of identification:
  • DD Form 214
  • US Department of Veterans Affairs ID card
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars ID card
  • Membership card from the American Legion
  • Disabled American Veterans ID card
  • CA driver license or ID card with “veteran” designation
In addition, a number of minor fare adjustments are being implemented on Dec. 5 in order to maintain compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. These include fare reductions on lines 20 and 43 as well as fare increases on lines 7, 8, and 47. And, base fares on MST’s “senior shuttles” (lines 91, 92, 93, 94 and 95) will increase from $1.50 to $2.50; however, those individuals eligible for MST’s discount fare – 65 and over, 18 and under, persons with disabilities, Medicare card holders and veterans – will continue to pay 75 cents on those “senior shuttle” routes with funds provided by Measure Q. 
For more information, see the revised bus fare table brochure aboard MST buses, call MST customer service at (888) MST-BUS1 or visit


FRIDAY, Dec. 11 â€“ Our next MCBC "Eggs & Issues" quarterly breakfast forum will take place Friday, Dec. 11. 7:30-9 a.m., Bayonet &  Blackhorse. (See article at right.) Register now or contact MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington about sponsorship opportunities at  831.216.3000 or via email. Thanks to Monterey County for Energy Independence for agreeing to sponsor both our December and February "Eggs & Issues" breakfast forums.

FRIDAY, Dec. 18  â€“  MCBC Annual Voting Member Luncheon (Note: This luncheon is for voting members only!) Voting members should have received notice of time and place. If not, contact MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington at 831.216.3000 or via email. (BIO)

SAVE THE DATE: MCBC 21st Anniversary Gala and Annual Economic Vitality Awards, Feb. 6, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. To find out about  sponsorship opportunities, contact MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington at 831.216.3000 or via email

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