The Incubator currently hosts 10 resident clients, and it is developing
an affiliate program for those start-up businesses that cannot move into
the physical space, but will benefit from the business-development services
proved by staff and executive associates. Three of the current clients
are agricultural technology companies, developing technologies to bring
lower costs and higher, sustainable yields to California and world-wide
agricultural enterprises. These are Global Protein Products, Western Applied
Technologies and Anzu Technologies. Real-Time Systems focuses on real-time
monitoring of manufacturing processes, and China Circuits markets printed
circuit boards manufactured in China. DEMA Publications is an on-line
and hard-copy supplier of local-interest maps. Dawn Breaker Systems provides
and ASP-model for servicing all human resources functions for school districts.
And Pixel Ranch is producing an emergency-response graphic-interface product
for computer, hand-held and hard-copy production.
Staff and executive associates of the Incubator offer services to resident
and affiliate clients to help them become established in the business
world. Companies' needs are assessed for planning, strategy, human resources
and funding. Then the appropriate assistance is brought in to help each
business reach its incremental and long-term business goals.
Located on Imjin Road off Reservation Road in Marina, California (six
miles North of Monterey, Ca.), the Incubator is a not-for-profit business
accelerator in close proximity to the more than 30 technology and science
and research and education institutions in the heart of the region's unparalleled,
year-round agricultural markets.
To participate in the Incubator's executive associates program or to become
a resident or affiliate client, contact the Incubator.
Marina Small Business Incubator (MSBI)
1380 Imjin Road, Ste 148
Marina, CA 93933
New MBITA Public Sector Partner
MBITA welcomes its
new public sector partner, Chris Damm, new Director of the Monterey
Export Assistance Center (EAC).
Chris Damm has been working for the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service since
1998. He has experience working in the Commercial Sections of U.S. Embassies
overseas in the following countries: China, South Africa Taiwan and speaks
fluent Mandarin Chinese.
Chris is available
to help local businesses in the Monterey and Santa Cruz areas find buyers
and distributors for their products overseas, as well as answer export
Monterey Bay Export Assistance Center (EAC
411 Pacific St. Ste 316 A
Monterey, CA 93940)
Tel. 408-271-7300 X 108 or 831-641-9850
MBITA New Member:
New MBITA member
is a consumer goods company which designs and produces a line of
high-end designer silk accessories and apparel for the woman over
as Spirit of Silk, this company was founded in 1994 by artist and
designer Carmella Weintraub, a long time Santa Cruz resident.
Until last year all designs were executed by hand and have focused
Carmella D'Oro's designs on silk are inspired by the global, multi-cultural
experiences of the designer. Colorful, bold and evocative images
have been influenced by the intensely beautiful environments in
which she has lived.
Modern Art motifs, as well as flora and fauna of the natural world
grace Carmella D'Oro silks which are also combined with leather
Born in California,
raised in the Hawaiian Islands and of Northern Italian heritage, Carmella
has been inspired to create a collection of clothing and accessories which
speak to woman who appreciate "the good life" and who enjoy the color
and vitality in their clothing choices.
the accessories line for years by hand, Carmella D'Oro recently developed
a production partnership with an Italian silk-screen company. Increased
production capacity has allowed the company to pursue expanded domestic
marketing and to position the company as a designer apparel and accessories
The company's mission is the co-creation of beauty through relationships
and partnerships throughout the world. Like most artistic endeavors, this
company is powered by the intrinsic pleasure of capturing the color and
beauty of the world and making it into a functional object to be worn
with pleasure and comfort.
Currently the company
is exploring expansion into a full apparel line for special occasion clothing
for the mature woman. MBITA has assisted the company in exploring and
researching production partners in Italy for this anticipated expansion.
Leather jackets lined in silk prints, Italian knits and luxury silk clothing
will be included in this new collection. Carmella D'Oro's intended customers
are the mature, successful women who need to look good in their community
leadership roles, either in business or civic affairs.
Carmella Weintraub, Owner and Designer
113 Jordan St.
Santa Cruz, Ca 95060
MBITA welcomes Susan Wolfe
as a new member. With fifteen years experience in public affairs,
international relations and media, Susan provides a variety of consulting
services that can be beneficial to your company. In today's competitive
yet lean market, businesses need all the facts to help them make informed
decisions. Whether you're trying to interpret a newly passed state law
that affects your business, arrange an international fact-finding mission,
or need a PR strategy for a new service or product, Susan can assist your
company in the following areas:
· Knowledge of and experience in state and federal government,
· Understanding of regulatory issues, specifically telecommunications
· Management of trade and fact-finding delegations
· Understanding of and access to South African government and businesses
· Organization of high-level government meetings
· Corporate branding, public relations and media strategy
· Grant writing and fundraising
Susan Wolfe was the Director of Government and Community Relations
at a children's media company in New York prior to moving to California.
She was an integral part of a team that secured $5 million for a multi-media
project in South Africa. Before that, she was a humanitarian aid worker
and press officer for USAID in South Africa and worked on the Gore-Mbeki
Bi-National Commission. Prior to that, she was a lobbyist in Washington,
DC for the National Conference of State Legislatures and led a delegation
of 15 state legislators to South Africa.
Her career has afforded her the opportunity to work with high ranking
government officials from all over the world including diplomats at the
United Nations. Her most recent consultancy was for Safer Africa, a leading
African peace and conflict resolution think-tank, in which she was hired
to promote Safer Africa's image and generate issue-specific projects in
the United States.
596 Filmore St.
Monterey, CA, 93940
MBITA welcomes California
Coastal Rural Development Corporation (Cal Coastal)
Cal Coastal was chartered in 1981 as a non-profit financial
development corporation for the purpose of serving the financial
needs of small businesses and farmers. The organization provides
direct loans and loan guarantees to businesses located on the
Central Coast through their offices in Salinas (headquarters),
Monterey, Santa Maria, Lompoc and Santa Barbara.
adds new programs to provide specific capital resources to the
business community. In providing loan guarantees, the organization
endeavors to serve niche markets not met by much larger lenders.
Although Cal Coastal serves all business sectors, its niche
is to provide capital to emerging businesses, thereby creating
Loan Guarantee Program
This program promotes small business enterprises with special emphasis
on assistance to those which will create or retain jobs. Funds may be
used for inventory, accounts receivable, equipment acquisition and farm
production, small business loans, revolving lines of credit, short and
intermediate term loans. To qualify under this program a borrower must
have received a commitment from a lender that participates in the Guarantee
Program. The interest rate is negotiated by the lender and borrower.
Direct Farm Program
This program provides loans to family farms eligible for a Farm Service
Agency (FSA) Guarantee. Funds may be used for crop production, harvest
loans, farm ownership, farm improvements or equipment acquisition. To
qualify under this program a borrower must be deemed eligible as a family
farm by the FSA Loan Office. The interest rate is prime based variable
rate on production loans and fixed rate or variable on farm ownership.
504 SBA Loan Program
This program provides affordable long-term, fixed rate financing to
help healthy, expanding small and medium sized businesses grow. The
loans are for acquiring long-term fixed assets, such as land, buildings,
machinery and equipment, or for building, modernizing, renovating or
restoring facilities. At present this program is limited to only Monterey
and Santa Cruz Counties. The interest rate is tied to U.S. Treasury
221 Main Street, Suite 301 Salinas, California 93901
Tel. (831) 424-1099, X 205
Fax (831) 424-1094
(831) 424-1099 Monterey (831) 641-0722
Santa Maria (805) 349-0798
Lompoc (805) 735-4600
Santa Barbara (805) 962-9251
Business Seminars to Targeted Income Group (TIG) Entrepreneurs in the
Monterey Bay Region
and existing businesses that meet the targeted-income group criteria,
are invited to attend the Marina Business Seminar Series (MBSS),
Summer 2003. The workshops are free of charge and will be held
from 9:00 a.m. to Noon, at the Marina
Small Business Incubator (MSBI), located at the UCMBEST
Center at 3180 Imjin Road (off of Reservation Road near
the Marina Airport). Participants can sign up for any number of
sessions, according to their needs.
program is presented by a consortium of organizations that includes
the City of Marina,
California State University,
Monterey Bay, the Monterey
Bay International Trade Association (MBITA), Monterey
Technology Institute (MTI)
at California State University Monterey
Bay (CSUMB) and the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)
at Gavilan and
The consortium has been named Monterey
Bay Business and Technology Consortium (MBBTC).
nine-week series of business seminars, running from June 25 through
August 20, is designed to highlight the start-up phases of business
for those contemplating starting a new business and provide attendees
with an understanding of how current technology trends and import/export
strategies can open new markets and increase profitability. The unique
consortium of organizations will provide qualified instructors and materials.
The program is funded by a microenterprise assistance grant from the
State of California Community Development Block Grant to the City of
Marina. To qualify as a participant, the maximum income level for a
household with one person is $31,960 (Monterey County), $42,400 (Santa
Cruz County), $37,560 (San Benito County), for two people it is $36,560
(Monterey), $48,440 (Santa Cruz), $42,960 (San Benito) for three people,
it is $41,120 (Monterey), $54,520 (Santa Cruz), $57,960 (San Benito)
ranging up to $60,280 for a household with eight people in Monterey.
To receive this benefit, each individual will be asked to provide documentation
of household income.
The topics and dates for the Marina Small Business Seminar Series
Workshop Schedule are as follows.
Your Business On-Line
& On-Line Marketing Strategies
Marketing Strategies & Import Procedures *
Trends for Small Business
Your Small Business
Resources - Hire the Best
Your Funding Presentation
will also be six half-hour 'webinars' on Export Market Strategy
& Import Procedures given every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:00
to 4:30 p.m. at the convenience of your desktop starting on June
26th and ending on August 26.
THE MARINA INCUBATOR
The Marina Small Business Incubator
is a non-profit business accelerator dedicated to assisting technology
start-up companies in the Monterey Bay Crescent with space and business
resources. The Incubator is a project between the City
of Marina and the University
of California's Monterey Bay Education, Science and Technology (MBEST)
To determine eligibility and to pre-register, please call Chris Khan
at (831) 582-4791, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information, click here.
Conference 'Global Trade Meets the World Wide Web'
Monterey, Ca - May 16th, 2003
do you know about 'Global Web Marketing'? Do you know the tricks
and blunders to outsmart your competitors and market your web site
successfully in the web?
16th, the Monterey Bay International
Trade Association (MBITA) conducted a one-day conference
entitled 'Global Trade Meets the World Wide Web' to provide a forum
presenting services and products from leading companies in the World
Wide Web marketing business community.
in Monterey at the Monterey Institute
of International Studies (MIIS), the conference was sponsored
by the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) and
the Association of Monterey Bay Area
Governments (AMBAG) and co-sponsored by Silicon
Valley International Business Incubator (IBI), Bay
Area World Trade Center (BAWTC), California
Chamber of Commerce, Silicon
Valley Center for International Trade Development (SVCITD),
Technology Trade & Commerce Agency, TechVentures
Network and San Jose Export
forum provided valuable information to the participants, who were
'export-ready', small to mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) seeking more
cost-effective and efficient methods to promote their products and
services worldwide through the World Wide Web.
Topics included presentations and workshops on global web services
in the following sectors:
engine services & index registration in foreign markets
* Global web site design, translation and function for maximum market
* Making the Global Internet work for you
* Web conferencing & Global eCommerce online solutions
Mueller, Chief Strategist of Bloofusion
discussed ways to optimize a web site by placing it at the top of the
non-US search engine listings when a search for non-English keywords
associated with your business is implemented. Registering a translated
web site in local foreign indexes is as important as putting your company's
name and contact information into the local phone book. It is absolutely
necessary although you would not really consider it "marketing".
Gamse, President of Total
Net Value Inc. spoke on how to take advantage of the numerous
opportunities to reach global markets and audiences by utilizing the
Internet. There are a number of issues to consider in creating a realistic
strategic plan for your new internationally appealing web site. These
include demographic research to learn more about the potential markets
for your products and services in various countries, cultural differences
that may impact your site design or content, language barriers, governmental
restrictions and regulations, and security concerns. Ms. Gamse suggested
solutions, resources for further investigation, as well as marketing
and promotional tips and techniques.
Schmidt, Principal of Fireteam
Consulting LLC discussed Global web site design, translation
and function for maximum market penetration. Making sure your web site
downloads quickly enough for foreign executives with slower bandwidth
is critical to be competitive in the global market, especially in regards
to reaching developing foreign markets where fewer users have access
to broadband internet service.
Mr. Schmidt demonstrated new software solutions that identify which
country your visitor is coming from and automatically serves up a web
page in that language, with a prominent text-link to secondary language
Livoti, Executive Director of MBITA demonstrated how to automate
all of the import and export document processes with foreign partners,
the government, banks, freight forwarders and custom brokers. These
new services are provided at affordable fees to small and mid-sized
Complimentary abalone appetizers were offered by MBITA New Member
USAbalone of Santa
Cruz, Ca., the second largest abalone grower in the U.S. and the
number one producer of abalone pearls in the world. At the conclusion
of the conference, Carmela's
Gourmet, Monterey-based gourmet food manufacturer, provided
gourmet salad dressings.