We are here to help you get the support and funding you need to meet your business needs. The organizations and businesses established in the Monterey Bay Region provide resources and programs supporting their objectives and ensuring the path to growth and expansion. We work in partnership with these programs to create a climate conducive to business success.
Arts Council for Monterey County
The Arts Council for Monterey County provides promotional, technical and financial support to over fifty arts organizations thanks to funding from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors and a grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
California Coastal Rural Development Corporation
California Coastal Rural Development Corporation (Cal Coastal) is a California chartered nonprofit public-benefit corporation servicing the financial needs of small businesses and farmers. Direct loans and loan guarantees are provided to businesses located on the Central Coast through Salinas and Santa Maria offices.
California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) Institute for Innovation and Economic Development
The Institute for Innovation and Economic Development at California State University Monterey Bay provides a venue for innovative ideas, support for commercial transfer of research and technology, and a support network and training through a partnership with Monterey County Business Council. The Institute also educates and builds the knowledge and capacity of economic development professionals and enhances the well-being of the region by facilitating the development of long-term economic development strategies.
California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) Small Business Development Center
The CSUMB Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is locally hosted by California State University, Monterey Bay and regionally hosted by the University of California, Merced in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The services provided by the CSUMB SBDC include covering the basics of start-up, marketing a product or service and financing a small business. Topic specific workshops are offered as community needs are assessed.
City of Marina Economic Development
The Economic Development Division serves the City of Marina through cost effective, timely and professional services regarding business retention and attraction, and grant research and writing. The Economic Development Division coordinator serves as lead staff for the Economic Development Commission to develop goals and priority economic development projects for successful Marina businesses.
City of Salinas Economic Development Department
The City of Salinas Economic Development Department is here for one main reason – to help business grow in our valley. Whether you’re an existing business looking for resources or tools, or a company that is contemplating a move to Salinas, we are here to assist you. We can either provide direct assistance, or connect you with one of our many partners who can.
Monterey County Economic Development Department
The mission of the Economic Development Department is to plan, coordinate, and facilitate the County’s efforts to attract, retain and grow businesses and jobs, and to provide affordable housing throughout the County.
The Department includes three primary divisions – Economic Development, Housing and the Office for Employment Training. To view a copy of the current Economic Development Plan and information about the Monterey County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy click the link below.
Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau
The MCCVB supports Monterey County’s tourism and travel industry through a comprehensive range of services. For its members, including businesses in the lodging, hospitality, entertainment and recreation industry, the MCCVB provides many opportunities for advertising and marketing, whether on its website, www.seemonterey.com or through its annual visitor guide, at sales events, and other organized events.
Monterey County Film Commission
The Film Commission is a non-profit organization proactively marketing Monterey County as a destination for the motion picture, television, and related industries, for the purpose of stimulating economic development, creating jobs, and providing and supporting educational opportunities in these areas.