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. 

Future of Work Meetup @ OIdermeyer Center
Apr 11 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm


Artificial intelligence, the rise of gig economy platforms, and a new wave of automation will further change the future of work and the skill sets required to thrive in the workforce. How will employers be impacted? How can workers upskill to avoid becoming stranded? Understanding shifts in the future of work can help policy makers, employers, and workers move forward on strategies to ensure California’s economic resilience.

Join us for a regional Future of Work MeetUp to share your observations about the future of work, learn about model workforce development practices, and discuss strategies helpful to employers and worker

Angels, Communities, and Entrepreneurs @ Monterey Incubator
Apr 11 @ 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Angels, Community, and Entrepreneurs will meet to build the regional economy and discuss a variety of topics within the business eco-system. The event will cover topics related to: market strategy , Understanding entrepreneurial finance, Legal experts discussing startups and investments, Community capital and non-profit interest, Municipalities and opportunities, Economic development agencies and groups and much more! The event will conclude with a Wine & Cheese meet and greet.

Community Job Fair @ Monterey Conference Center
Apr 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Meet face-to-face with local employers and network with your peers. Resume critiques available. No need to register, but make sure to bring your resume and dress for success!

MCBC: Infrastructure Summit @ Embassy Suites
Apr 30 @ 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

The Monterey County Business Council is hosting its premier Infrastructure Summit. The Summit will cover topics related to Broadband, Energy, Water, Transportation, Waste Management, Transportation. The event will be hosted at Embassy Suites and will have a variety of speakers on the topic.

Business Showcase @ California State University Monterey Bay
May 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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Join the College of Business at CSUMB as they celebrate and honor their graduates, including the Outstanding Seniors, and their Business and Community Leadership award recipients.

Annual Regional Economic Summit @ Mello Center
May 3 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

MBEP’s 4th Annual Regional Economic Summit will be held on May 3rd at the Mello Center in Watsonville.

Dr. Chris Thornberg, Founding Partner of Beacon Economics, LLC, who is widely considered to be one of the nation’s leading economists, will share his provocative insights on federal, state and local economic trends. As an expert in economic forecasting, regional economics, labor markets, economic policy, and industry and real estate analysis, he was one of the earliest and most adamant predictors of the sub-prime mortgage market collapse and of the global economic recession that followed. If you’ve seen him in action before, you know it will be another insightful and entertaining presentation.

Also joining us will be Morgan Simon, a nationally renowned leader in impact investment and building community capital. Over the past seventeen years, she has influenced over $150 billion in capital, and has become one of the most respected voices in her field. Attendees will receive a free copy of Ms. Simon’s most recent book, Real Impact, in which she offers guidelines for investors, entrepreneurs, activists, and everyday people to use their wallets to contribute to social change.

We will also be presenting our annual Public-Private Partnership Award given in recognition of an innovative project thatdemonstrates significant contribution to the well-being of our region.

We have a few other tricks up our sleeves, so you won’t want to miss this event that will sell out in advance!

Complimentary parking is available at the Civic Plaza Parking garage, located at 260 Rodriguez St., Watsonville.

Shuttle service to and from the event will run from 9:00am – 10:00am for arrival and again between 1:00pm – 2:00pm for departure. Shuttle pick up location is at the pedestrian exit on 2nd Street outside of the Civic Plaza Parking garage. MBEP Staff & Volunteers will be available to accommodate any special arrival and departure times.

Forbes AgTech Summit 2018 @ Main St. Salinas
Jun 26 @ 6:59 pm – Jun 28 @ 7:59 pm


The smartest minds at the intersection of Silicon Valley and global agriculture converge at the Forbes AgTech Summit to tackle critical challenges and showcase the latest innovations for farmers, investors and stakeholders of global food systems.

Ribbon Cutting & Open House- Community Homeless Solutions 40th Anniversary @ Monterey County Integrated Health Services Building
Aug 1 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Monterey County’s largest provider of emergency shelter & transitional housing celebrates 40 years of service to the county!! Join us at their 12th Street Program Site, for an Afternoon Reception featuring Simple Bites, Guest Speakers, Ribbon Cutting & hear from past program participants who have turned their lives around. The Salinas Valley and the Monterey Peninsula Chambers will be present.

Please register! Follow the LINK

Ribbon Cutting- Lowe Packaging Group @ Lowe Packaging Group
Aug 2 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Come join the Salinas Valley Chamber and Lowe Packaging Group for a ribbon cutting ceremony.

CAPA’s 65th Anniversary Celebration & Ribbon Cutting
Aug 2 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

You are invited to celebrate Carmel Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA’s) 65th Anniversary and Ribbon Cutting! There will be dance performances, a special vocal performance, a pilates demo, a raffle, and much more as you nibble on small bites, sip local wines, take a tour, and meet the team. Please RSVP to