Cabrillo College empowers students to be effective communicators, critical thinkers, and responsible world citizens. With a commitment to quality and equity, we connect all learners to pathways that propel them from where they are to where they aspire to be, including: academic, personal, and career growth.
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Your Local SBDC center is a part of the Central CA SBDC Network which since 2003, has assisted thousands of companies, from start-ups to established firms; helped to create and retain over 10,000 jobs, and created more than $435 million in loans and equity.
Cal State Monterey Bay provides over 7,500 students an extraordinary opportunity to learn on a residential campus just one mile from the shores of the beautiful Monterey Bay. Our diverse student body receives personal attention in small classes while pursuing degrees in 25 undergraduate and nine graduate majors.
Founded in 1994 on the former site of Fort Ord by educators and community leaders, CSU Monterey Bay faculty and staff build on that legacy as we explore innovative ways to meet the needs of a new generation of students while simultaneously powering the Monterey County economy.
Marina will grow and mature from a small town bedroom community to a small city which is diversified, vibrant and through positive relationships with regional agencies, self-sufficient. The City will develop in a way that insulates it from the negative impacts of urban sprawl to become a desirable residential and business community in a natural setting.
The City Council will provide the leadership in protecting Marina’s natural setting while developing the City in a way that provides a balance of housing, jobs and business opportunities that will result in a community characterized by a desirable quality of life, including recreation and cultural opportunities, a safe environment and an economic viability that supports a high level of municipal services and infrastructure.
Located in beautiful Monterey County on California’s Central Coast, the City of Salinas is a young, vibrant, and diverse community of over 157,000 residents. Located in one of the world’s premier agricultural areas and just one hour from Silicon Valley, the City of Salinas is poised for long-term economic growth.
The Economic Development Division is dedicated to identifying and removing barriers to prosperity, while seeking new opportunities for private investment in the City.
The Salinas Valley is one the world’s premier agricultural regions, with an estimated economic impact of over $11 billion per year. Monterey County has ten crops with an annual farm gate value of over $100 million, with 25 crops having a farm gate value of at least $10 million. The City of Salinas serves as the processing center for regional produce.
In addition to being an agricultural hub, the City of Salinas is also home to a number of businesses and initiatives in the Agricultural Technology (AgTech) industry. The City of Salinas also has five Census Tracts designated as Opportunity Zones.
Seaside is a diverse, coastal college city with beautiful panoramic views of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Seaside’s miles of recreational trails, thousands of acres of open space, distinguished schools, and nationally renowned golf courses all contribute to the highest quality of life that is expected in the Golden State. Host to Cal State University Monterey Bay, the award winning Bayonet and Black Horse golf courses, Fort Ord National Monument, Seaside Beach, as well as community-related events there’s never a dull moment in Seaside.
Seaside celebrates the natural beauty of the community while also working to stimulate economic growth by retaining a knowledgeable workforce, attracting new businesses, and encouraging growth and prosperity for existing establishments. The City Council has been successful in creating a business friendly and responsive pro-business environment by partnering with the business community—from Planning to Purchasing, Public Works to Police and Fire, each department is united in a common goal to support your business. Whether you are a Fortune 500 company or a start-up, we are here for you. We would love to meet with you and discuss your business plans and future needs.
Monterey County is located on the Central Coast of California just south of the San Francisco Bay Area, about 45 miles from San Jose and 106 miles from the City of San Francisco.
The rich Salinas Valley extends through the heart of the County, making Monterey the third largest agricultural county in California.
The County also offers the longest coastline of any California county and attracts more than 3 million visitors annually to destinations such as Fisherman’s Wharf, the Cannery and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. In addition, the wine industry produces upwards of $238 million per year and attracts visitors to the wine trail.
The iiED focuses the resources of CSU Monterey Bay, other regional educational institutions, successful entrepreneurs, and other regional resources to build and support the Monterey Bay entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Building a sustainable economy in the Monterey Bay region through a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Supporting entrepreneurship and innovation in the Monterey Bay region through:
Developing and disseminating knowledge, expertise, and financial resources
Collaborating with regional and global public and private organizations
Delivering applied research, programs, and events
California State University Monterey Bay’s Institute for Innovation and Economic Development (iiED) offers programs that work toward developing entrepreneurs and supporting innovation ideas that lead to new business opportunities and job growth for students and community members.
Hartnell College is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in California. Founded in 1920 as Salinas Junior College, the school was renamed Hartnell College in 1948, and the Hartnell Community College District was established the following year. The college is intensely focused on the success of its 17,000 students, who can transfer to four-year universities or immediately begin pursuing rewarding careers in career and technical fields. “Students First” is an ever-present mantra for faculty and staff.
Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP) is a regional member-supported nonprofit organization consisting of public, private, and civic entities located throughout the counties of Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz. Founded in 2015, our mission is to improve the economic health and quality of life in the region.
Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP) envisions a thriving region with quality jobs, excellent education, and first-rate health care while preserving the natural beauty of our beautiful natural environment. MBEP’s strategy is to create and implement initiatives aligned with this vision in housing, broadband, workforce development, and climate change. We do this by convening local leaders, promoting equitable economic development, and providing data to inform positive change.
Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) is a fully accredited California public community college. With an open admissions policy, the college is known for the excellence of its academic programs and student support services. The college has been recognized as a top military-friendly school.
The college offers over 100 degree and certificate programs to prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions, provide career and technical training or to update work skills, and to improve basic skills in mathematics, writing, reading, and English as a Second Language. As part of the Associate Degree for Transfer program with California State University (CSU), MPC currently offers 14 transfer degrees with guaranteed admission to the CSU in Administration of Justice, Anthropology, Art History, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Early Childhood Education, History, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Studio Arts. The college has a growing distance education program, MPC Online. MPC is also a community resource for lifelong learning opportunities.
MPC serves the communities of Big Sur, Carmel, Carmel Valley, Del Rey Oaks, Marina, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Sand City, and Seaside. Classes are offered at the Monterey campus, at the MPC Education Center at Marina, at the Public Safety Training Center in Seaside, and at various off-campus locations.
MPC has enjoyed tremendous support from the community. In 2002, voters approved a $145 million bond for facilities, infrastructure, and equipment at the college. These funds have ushered in an extraordinary period of renewal for MPC, resulting in the modernization and transformation of the Monterey campus, and the construction of permanent facilities for the college’s Fort Ord Center, including the Education Center at Marina and Public Safety Training Center in Seaside.
Startup Monterey Bay supports entrepreneurs, innovators, and the startup community in Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz counties by providing information about local resources, training, workshops, events, competitions, and opportunities to connect and network. Startup Monterey Bay is an institute of the College of Business at CSU Monterey Bay’s Institute for Innovation and Economic Development.
Home to more than 19,000 students, 66 undergraduate majors, and 64 graduate programs, UC Santa Cruz is making a profound academic and societal impact. Achievements by UC Santa Cruz faculty and students have earned national and international recognition for the quality of research and teaching. Cynthia Larive is UCSC’s 11th chancellor, appointed in May 2019. A common thread throughout Larive’s career has been her commitment to student success, inclusion, and equity.