County Workforce Development Board Launches Survey, Business Resource Event

The San Benito County Workforce Development Board has launched a rapid response and layoff aversion program including an 'At Your Service' countywide business survey and 'Ask the Experts' June 15 complimentary business resource fair.

The San Benito County Workforce Development Board (WDB) has launched a Rapid Response and Lay-Off Aversion program. The WDB, County staff, contractors and supporters are in the process of conducting extensive outreach to the business community in order to identify those companies that may be at risk of significant workforce reductions and layoffs, and to provide information to businesses regarding resources and tools available to assist them in maintaining and strengthening and growing their employee bases. Companies that are at risk will receive counseling and resources to avoid layoffs or closure.

“At Your Service” Business Owner/Manager Survey

All businesses in San Benito County are encouraged to participate in an “At Your Service” survey to assist in improving access to resources and programs for local businesses, to identify immediate solutions to help business owners and managers as well as to improve and enhance services. Surveys are available in English and Spanish and may be accessed online via or conducted in person, on site by contacting Kristina at 831-524-0408 or [email protected].

Complimentary 'Ask the Experts' Business Resource Fair 7:30-1- a.m. Wednesday, June 15 at Paine's Restaurant, Downtown Hollister- Register Today!

The San Benito County Workforce Development Board invites local business owners, managers and prospects to a complimentary, comprehensive business resource event to be hosted Wednesday, June 15 from 7:30-10 a.m. at Paines Restaurant, 421 East St. in downtown Hollister. The “Ask the Experts” resource event will provide information on a diverse array of resources available to businesses. Information resource tables with business resource experts will be open throughout the event. A brief introduction program will begin at 8 a.m.. Light refreshments will be served.

 The “Ask the Experts” resource event will provide information on a diverse array of resources available to businesses by connecting them with experts in the fields including:

  • business planning and management
  • finance/insurance/taxation/loans/capital access
  • import/export
  • marketing & social media
  • doing business with government agencies
  • sustainability/green business certification
  • energy, water and waste reduction and recycling
  • workforce assessment and training
  • customer service and MORE! 

Resource table hosts include:

  • California Employment Training Panel (ETP)- employee assessment and training 
  • America’s Jobs Center- staffing, training, employee assessment & training, labor issues & market information 
  • Employment Development Department (EDD)- layoff aversion, work experience, rapid response programs
  • Fresno Community Development Financial Institution – loan programs
  • Gavilan College- Community Education, Contract Training & Business Resources
  • AMBAG Energy Watch- energy reduction 
  • City of Hollister- business licensing, permits 
  • San Benito County Water Resources Agency- water conservation and landscaping
  • San Benito County Integrated Waste Department- waste management & recycling
  • Monterey Bay Green Business Program- certification, resource reduction 
  • Monterey Bay Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)- workforce development & internships
  • CSUMB Small Business Development Corporation- comprehensive business planning, launch and management support
  • Monterey Bay International Trade Association- import/export
  • Hollister Downtown Association, San Benito County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, Economic & Development Corporation of San Benito County and San Benito County Business Council – business to business services 
  • Recology- commercial recycling
  • More to come! 

For more information about the event and to take our "At Your Service" business survey, see 

Kristina Chavez Wyatt

With more than a decade of community engagement, business advocacy, public relations and government affairs experience, Kristina Chavez Wyatt specializes in building and favorably positioning projects, programs, products and organizations via building coalitions of support through grassroots community engagement. She currently focuses on developing and executing strategic communications programs, building relationships, economic development strategy, business advocacy and navigating processes of government. Kristina formed Farmhouse Communications in 2011 following serving as a senior account executive for prominent national public affairs firm Meridian Pacific, Inc. and a central coast public relations firm Armanasco Public Relations, Inc. where she specialized in community relations, government affairs and media relations with a primary focus on PR, public affairs, land use and environmental policy, hospitality & tourism development, business advocacy, agriculture and grassroots community engagement. Kristina serves as Executive Director of the San Benito County Business Council, as a community engagement consultant in business development, energy, land use, agriculture and public policy sectors. She also serves as a Client Advisor for California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC). She is active throughout the Central Coast region in Farm Day agricultural education programs, area Chambers of Commerce, Farm Bureaus of San Benito, Monterey and Santa Clara Counties, Rotary Club of Hollister and California Women for Agriculture. She was appointed by Governor Brown in July 2014 to serve as a Trustee of the 33rd Agricultural District/San Benito County Fair. Kristina has been recognized as the 2009 Salinas Jaycees Outstanding Young Citizen, the 2010 Central Coast Young Farmers and Ranchers Member of the Year and 2010 Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year. Under her leadership, Farmhouse Communications was honored by the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau as 2015 Service Business of the Year. Kristina’s work in community engagement as a member of the project team on the City of Salinas Economic Development Element was lauded in May and July 2015 by the American Planning Association Northern California and California State Chapters with awards of excellence for economic development planning and in April 2016 with an Outstanding Award in planning by the Association of Environmental Professionals. Kristina is a 5th generation Californian, raised in Gilroy. She is a graduate of Gavilan College and the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo College of Agriculture and lives in Hollister with her husband Craig Wyatt who works as an agricultural crop production supervisor, their twin daughters Hailey and Molly and dog Rabbit.