FORA Board Meeting @ Carpenters Union Hall
Nov 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
TAMC: Future Salinas Intermodal Station @ TAMC: Future Salinas Intermodal Station
Dec 8 @ 7:15 am – 12:00 pm


Join the Chamber on a tour of the future commuter train between Salinas and San Jose. We will meet at the Salinas Amtrak Station at 7:15am for a bus ride to Diridon Station in San Jose. We will return to Salinas via The Amtrak Coast Starlite for a walking tour of the future Salinas Intermodal Station will follow.
FORA Board Meeting @ Carpenters Union Hall
Dec 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Startup Monterey Bay Tech Meetup @ Monterey Incubator
Jan 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

In addition to a featured talk or tech demonstration we will have pitches from great new startups (contact us if you would like to pitch your idea or business), news about startups in the region, music, fun,and games. This month we’ll also be doing a website design exercise.

Special thanks to our event sponsors: The Monterey Incubator, Management Analytics/Angel2Exit/Keiretsu Forum; The iiED/CSUMB College of Business; The Fort Ord Reuse Authority.

Startup Weekend Monterey Bay 2018 @ CSUMB Gambord Business & Information Technology Building
Jan 26 @ 4:00 pm – Jan 28 @ 4:00 pm

At Startup Weekend Monterey Bay, you’ll be immersed in the ideal environment for startup magic to happen. Aspiring entrepreneurs will work together to build startups in one chaotic weekend. The ultimate hands-on learning experience, SWMB allows innovators from all disciplines team up for an intensive experience in building businesses.

Connect with people driven to build something new. Rich and diverse talent is a Startup Weekend staple. Are you ready to meet your next (cofounder) (friend) (mentor) (investor)?

Discover where you are on the Entrepreneur’s Journey. Find the resources available near you.Leave knowing the next steps you need to take on your road to success.

Learn what it really takes to start a company. No book, panel, speaker, or blog post will teach you what you need to know. The only way to learn is the experience of trying.It’s that simple. Startup Weekend is designed to get you going, FAST.

Cal State University Monterey Bay is proud to host Startup Weekend for the Monterey Bay region each January. This is the fifth year we have bought this global event to the Monterey Bay region.  Startup Weekend is part of the largest entrepreneurial community with over 193,00 past attendees a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs in over 150 countries who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures.

The Startup Challenge Monterey Bay 2018 @ BIT Building- California State University Monterey Bay
Mar 12 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Startup Challenge Monterey Bay is a regional new business competition and acceleration program for entrepreneurs in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties.  The Challenge is held annually, organized by a team of community volunteers and hosted by the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development of CSU, Monterey Bay. It is a competitive acceleration process that teaches, coaches, mentors, networks, and connects entrepreneurs to the knowledge and resources they need. Prospective entrepreneurs, start-ups and emerging companies showcase and develop their business concepts while competing for prizes. The Challenge provides workshops and mentoring to support the founding, funding and growth of new and innovative businesses in the Monterey Bay region. The Challenge empowers entrepreneurs to communicate their ideas effectively to investors, customers and employees. If you are interested in signing up, please follow the link

Startup Monterey Bay’s Tech Meetup @ Monterey Incubator
Mar 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

In addition to a featured talk or tech demonstration we will have pitches from great new startups (contact us if you would like to pitch your idea or business), news about startups in the region, music, fun,and games. This month we’ll also be doing a website design exercise to help with the Startup Monterey Bay website (
CALED’s 38th Annual Training Conference @ Monterey Marriot Hotel
Mar 14 @ 5:00 pm – Mar 16 @ 6:00 pm

Don’t miss this opportunity to network with the leaders in California’s economic development industry while learning new tools during the sessions on March 14-16, 2018 in Monterey, California. The conference will kick off with a Welcome Reception on March 14th at 5:00pm. Watch for special pre-conference activities.

Engage will have 24 different breakout sessions from which attendees can choose. Register today to attend sessions that will teach you how to:

  • Attract the Right Businesses to Your Community
  • Preserve Businesses through Employee-Ownership
  • Work in a New Era for Business with the Gig Economy
  • Use Creative Options to Capture Local Sales & Use Tax
  • Revitalize Your Retail Space
  • Find Balance Between Housing & Economic Development

Salinas Valley AgTech Summit 2018 @ Hartnell- Main Campus
Mar 27 @ 7:30 am – Mar 28 @ 6:00 pm

The event is hosted by the Agricultural Business and Technology Institute at Hartnell College in collaboration with the Monterey Bay Chapter of the CA Association of Pest Control Advisors (CAPCA). Guests will enjoy a wide variety of speakers and panel presentations on the topics of crop protection, the future of farming, automation, harvest technology, innovation, worker safety and regulations. There will be an expanded exhibition, demonstrations and much much more. Event admission is FREE to attendees and all proceeds from sponsorship and the exhibition will benefit the Hartnell College Agriculture Business and Technology Institute students.

Monterey Peninsula College Job Fair @ Monterey Peninsula College
Apr 10 @ 6:41 pm – 7:41 pm

MPC will host over 50 employers locally and from the Bay Area to meet and hire Monterey Peninsula students! Students will bring their resumes, dress professionally, and be ready for an interview! Employers will promote their job opportunities. Whether you are an employer looking to reserve your table or a professional looking for a job, don’t miss this event.