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Project 17 International

Project 17 has joined forces with JL White International to become Project 17 International, providing powerful business tools that increase revenue, stimulate cash flow and drive profits to your bottom line.  To find out more, click here.

Project 17 has partnered with iHub (State-of-California-designated Innovation Hub) partners and with service providers and investors from Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties and from Silicon Valley to provide business mentoring, counseling, technical assistance, and commercialization and tech-transfer services to emerging and small businesses in the Project 17 regional innovation cluster (RIC).   Project 17 will support the development and growth of small businesses in the cluster region by coordinating the business development services and activities of service providers that are part of the Project 17 service-provider network.  


Market Development, Marketing & Public Relations
Project 17 associates Blue Marble Marketing, Smart World Center and Experience Communications provide marketing, marketing research and public relations services to small businesses in the industry cluster.  We work with the Smart World Center to produce Think-Tank Sessions to explore and define new domestic and international markets for both large and small businesses in this industry cluster.  Blue Marble and Experience Communications also help small companies that have new technologies penetrate the existing ag-industry and sell their products to these companies.  Monterey Language Services, the GLOBE Center at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and the Monterey Bay International Trade Association assist with international marketing, translation and cultural localization. 

Legal Services to Small and Emerging Companies
Project 17 associates Virginia Howard, Esq. of Walker & Reed, LLP; Patrick Reilly, Esq.; and Ian Stock, Esq. provide small and emerging businesses with legal services for business formation, intellectual property and contract development.  Both Virginia and Patrick sit on the advisory board of the MTC, and all three sponsor the Monterey Bay Regional Business Plan Competition.

Technology Transfer and Commercialization
Business Cluster Development (Carol Lauffer and Jim Robbins) and CECO Consulting (Chuck Erickson) are associates of Project 17 from the work they did in Silicon Valley in the 1990s with that region’s business incubators.  Jim developed the Environmental Business Cluster (EBC), the Software Business Cluster (SBC), and the International Business Cluster and directed the EBC.  Jim and Carol together developed the Panasonic Business Incubator which Carol then ran as director, and Chuck directed the SBC.  All three have extensive experience in technology transfer and commercialization which they bring to bear for the benefit of small businesses in Project 17.

Business & Access-To-Capital Counseling and Commercialization of Existing Research & Development

Paladin Venture Development works alongside Wavepoint Ventures, Pebble Beach Partners and angel investor Dr. Rock Clapper to prepare small and emerging businesses for capital investment.  When these companies have reached the point of fundability, investors bring capital to the table.  The other great opportunity for companies to gain exposure to investors is through the Monterey Bay Regional Business Plan Competition, which was developed and produced in May of 2010, and which is being planned for May, 2011.

Business Counseling & Mentoring
Business training that teaches emerging and small businesses best business and financial practices is provided by the Marina Technology Cluster, Barich Business Services, Khan-Bernier, ALBA, our two regional SBDCs (Central Coast and CSUMB) and Monterey Peninsula College.  

Human Resources Outsourcing & Professional Employer Services

Hiring employees can be a daunting task for any small or emerging company.  ESG Republic provides human resources and professional employer services to take HR and employee law headaches away from the small business person, so they can focus on their core business and increase their likeliness of success in the marketplace.  

Copyright Barich Business Services 2012                Barich Business Services  831-462-1413  Project 17  is partially funded by a contract from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA’s funding should not be construed as an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services. All SBA-funded projects are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.