The Bridge Grant Program – Phase 2 will be for a one-time $10,000 Bridge Grant to Restaurants, and Personal Care Service Businesses in Costa Mesa.

Application Window: February 8th at 9AM – February 14th 2021 at 5:30PM
The SBA’s Orange County / Inland Empire District office, in collaboration with SCORE, invites you to join us to learn more about the Economic Aid Act and the PPP Relaunch. In this webinar, we will cover the application process, required forms and guidance, and conduct a Q&A session for attendees.

February 10: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST
February 11: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST
February 16: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST
February 17: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST
County of Orange Launches Emergency Rental Assistance Program
(Santa Ana, CA) — The County of Orange will launch an Emergency Rental Assistance program on February 1, 2021 and will accept applications for a period of one month from eligible renter households with unpaid rent or utilities bills due to the impact of COVID-19.

Are you a theatrical producer, talent representative, venue promoter or do you operate a live venue, live performing arts organization, movie house or cultural institution and have been impacted by COVID-19?
recording of the SBA's webinar with a preliminary overview of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program is now available.

What tax credits does the FFCRA provide?
The FFCRA provides businesses with tax credits to cover certain costs of providing employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for reasons related to COVID-19, for periods of leave from April 1, 2020, through March 31, 2021.

Are you eligible? Find out if it’s your turn by answering a few questions. It only takes a few minutes. If you’re eligible and vaccine appointments are available through My Turn, you can schedule one. If it’s not your turn yet or appointments are not available, you can register to be notified when you’re eligible or when appointments open up.

Register on Othena.com and get added to the virtual queue. You’ll be notified when it’s your turn to be vaccinated. Download the Othena app now.

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Costa Mesa’s Business Assistance Collaborative (BAC)
"Costa Mesa’s BAC is seeking to provide support for businesses through sharing data and resources, mobilizing our local patronage through a Shop Costa Mesa campaign, seeking input from the business community through a proactive call center, and providing a watering hole for all businesses and patrons".

California Grants Portal
The California State Library aids businesses with a portal to find all available state grant and loan opportunities. California Grants Portal houses first come, first serve grants for businesses, individuals, nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and tribal governments in all sectors of the economy.

Order and take a COVID-19 test from the comfort of your home! At-home COVID-19 test kits are available free of charge to Orange County residents, and both saliva-based and nasal swab options are available through the OC Public Health website.

Get tested for COVID-19
Testing is currently available by 360 Clinic in partnership with the County of Orange for Orange County residents that meet OC Public Health criteria.

Walk-Up COVID-19 Testing on Weekends at the Costa Mesa Senior Center - FREE!

The City of Costa Mesa is offering free walk-up COVID-19 testing at the Costa Mesa Senior Center. Testing is available by appointment only. The testing kiosk will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, through the end of March. Please visit https://www.360clinic.md/ to make an appointment!
Internationally recognized artist Marcos Lutyens created the Rose River Memorial to remember those who passed away from COVID-19 in Orange County. Join this collaborative effort to create 3,000 handmade roses for a memorial that visualizes our collective loss and generates community healing.

As part of a nationwide COVID-19 Memorial Day, Lutyens will combine the community-made roses into a memorial that will be on view outside OCMA from March 1 - 7.
These roses will be combined with others made by communities across the nation and presented in a future large-scale installation that will honor all who have lost their lives to COVID-19.

2021 A Virtual Day of Gratitude
Let’s Be Kind Day is a special event on school campuses that reminds people that they are cared for, loved and valued. On the school campus those three words are hard to know and feel but KINDNESS you can see. The hope is that kindness will bring a group of students together to become the most incredible community that their school has ever seen.
Help us spread kindness one tee at a time!

To Sponsor a student for $5, go to https://letsbekind.org

Take our Employer Survey to share how child care is affecting your business
Orange County employers, we need your help! 

As the COVID pandemic has highlighted, child care is crucial for working parents. First 5 will use the survey to understand the extent of the pandemic's impact on employers and to inform us about what needs to be done to address the problems. Responses can be submitted anonymously.
The Employer Survey is offered in English and Spanish and will be open until February 19, 2021.
Volunteers Needed for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

The County of Orange is seeking volunteers interested in helping with COVID-19 vaccines at Vaccine Points of Distribution (POD) locations. Medically qualified volunteers, as well as general voluntary support, are needed. To find out more or sign up, please visit oneoc.org.
Costa Mesa location is HIRING!!!
Cafe Sevilla is looking to hire a restaurant manager with 3+ years related management experience and/or training in a fast-paced, fine dining establishment; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

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Virtual Event Mix
Seminars are offered throughout the year at no or minimal cost across Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Seminar topics include: funding, target marketing, lease negotiation, market research, business planning, financial management, trade and more.

SDCCU and the San Diego County Library System Present Financial Wellness Wednesdays
SDCCU representatives will present on a variety of topics aimed at improving the financial health of the community.

Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) continue to work toward allocating COVID-19 vaccines to a broader segment of the state’s population, with the agency recently clarifying what education and child care providers are eligible for the vaccine.

California’s COVID-19 infection and hospitalization metrics continue to fall sharply from record-high peaks reached in January, but health officials continue to preach caution following the Super Bowl. The state on Monday reported an average of just over 15,000 new cases per day over the past two weeks, with 5.8% of tests returning positive, according to the California Department of Public Health. 
Former President Donald Trump made history when he became the first president to be impeached twice by the House of Representatives. Roughly a year ago, the Senate acquitted Trump on two articles — abuse of power and obstruction.

On February 2, 2021, Santa Rosa’s City Council adopted a newly revised local urgency ordinance, replacing the initial ordinance that was in place July 7, 2020, through December 31, 2020, and temporarily reinstating COVID-19-related paid sick leave for employees working within Santa Rosa city limits. The new urgency ordinance took effect immediately on February 2, 2021, and will remain in effect through March 31, 2021, or upon expiration of the applicable federal tax credits related to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), whichever is later. 

The U.S. federal budget deficit widened sharply last month, the Congressional Budget Office said, as the latest coronavirus-relief package from Congress sent direct stimulus payments to millions of Americans. 

...The unions will do what they do, but better way forward for the Legislature is for lawmakers to learn the lessons of Prop. 22’s success and the widespread backlash to AB5. The wide net cast by the Legislature with AB5, and its subsequent efforts to exempt lines of work from the poorly written law, is not only convoluted but harmful to those who truly do prefer independent contracting arrangements.

The California bullet train authority will seek a $4.1-billion appropriation to complete construction in the Central Valley, as costs and schedules continue to grow.