Chamber 101 - February 9th
Research shows that businesses that are part of Chambers of Commerce have increased credibility, visibility, favorability, and positive reputation. Join us for our monthly Chamber 101 and learn how to optimize your membership and use of the chamber's many resources.

SUPPORT the Triangle Square Renovation: Signage Program
The Triangle Square LED Signage Program will be reviewed by the Planning Commission next Monday, February 8th, 2021.
The proposed project will:
* Revitalize Downtown Costa Mesa
* Retain and Attract Valuable Tenants within Triangle Square
* Create Revenues Benefiting the City of Costa Mesa
* Provide New Advertising Opportunities for Local Businesses on three Proposed LED Screens
We encourage the business community to support the LED Signage program by kindly providing
a brief letter of support to the Planning Commission at: 
Thank you for your support!

Please see the webinar for a presentation on LED project and a Q&A
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 4: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST
February 9: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST
February 10: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST
February 11: 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.

Eviction Moratorium Extended in California through June 30, 2021
Governor Newsom, Legislative Leaders Issue Statement on Eviction Moratorium Extension

CA Relief Act, PPP, and More Business Updates 
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal is now open to PPP-eligible lenders with $1 billion or less in assets for First and Second Draw applications. 
This list of local PPP lenders represents those lenders taking PPP applications – First and Second Draw- from businesses without a pre-existing customer relationship. Contact a trusted SBA partner to get started with your loan application.

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant
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.

CA Relief Grant Program - Now Available
Round 2 is the final application window for the Program. Grant awards for businesses in the second application window will be made in two decision rounds for funding.

Round 2:
Round 2 Opens: February 2, 2021
Round 2 Closes: February 8, 2021
Approval Notifications: February 11 – 18, 2021

To eligible businesses that did not receive a Small Business Relief Grant, please note that we will be launching an additional outreach program and application submittal period in the beginning of January 2021. This will be for a one-time $10,000 Bridge Grant. Relevant information will be kept on this website and a link to the application will provided early next year. While a complete Bridge Grant Phase 2 Guidelines document will be posted shortly.
The COVID-19 vaccine is being administered across the United States and in Southern California. Find out if you are eligible and where you can go to get your vaccine.

For more information
Randy’s Donuts is bringing their iconic giant rooftop donut and world famous donuts to Costa Mesa!

No doubt you immediately recognize the landmark building originally located in Inglewood California from its many appearances in movies, music videos, and television, such as Iron Man sitting in the donut, the donut rolling down the street in 2012, its cameo in Randy Newman’s “I Love L.A.”, or the countless appearances on television.

Consistently named one of the top donut shops in the country for nearly 60 years, and the most reviewed and highest rated donut shop on Yelp and similar sites. Whether it is your first visit, or you are a local, one taste of our donuts made by hand every morning will bring you back time and time again. With our expert bakers, secret recipes, the finest ingredients, and handmade goodness, it is no wonder we produce a donut that is fluffier, airier, larger, and stays fresh longer.

They challenge you: "If you find a better glazed donut in the world, bring it by and let us try it."

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.

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.

Even the calmest among us have found 2020 to be a taxing year. From a worldwide pandemic to shuttering businesses and a weakened economy-2020 has been a challenge for everyone. For those who already struggle with anxiety and depression, all of this may be too much to bear. Though we might attend weekly therapy sessions, we may need more help to get us through those bad moments. If medication is not an option, there are many other ways to calm your stress during these challenging times, including-

  Events on Thursday, February 4th:

 Events on Friday, February 5th:

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.

Bond Refunding Yields Significant Savings for Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency
The Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency (F/ETCA) has executed a bond refunding transaction on certain outstanding 2013A and all 2013C bonds in a move that further strengthens the Agency’s cash position and creates additional flexibility to pay down other bonds early or invest in key capital projects.

Orange County Labor Market Information
The unemployment rate in Orange County was 7.4 percent in December 2020, up from a revised 6.4 percent in November 2020, and above the year-ago estimate of 2.4 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 8.8 percent for California and 6.5 percent for the nation during the same period.   

The California Chamber of Commerce urged the California Legislature yesterday to correct a series of costly COVID-19 workplace mandates imposed through an emergency regulation order.

…The state can seek to encourage short-term economic activity through fiscal stimulus. During economic slowdowns, like the one the state currently is experiencing, interest in these types of economic stimulus programs is heightened. Orange County Breeze

…Right now, without action from the Legislature, that fraud will add to the UI Fund’s insolvency, which means employers will have to pay through increased taxes for decades to come as they slowly return the Fund to solvency. And that just doesn’t seem fair. Robert Moutrie in Capitol Insider

…We also scored a lowly 40th for the regulatory environment, perhaps reflecting the recent fight over the fate of gig workers and the zealousness of local governments and the state Legislature to over-regulate how business is done. Underscoring that point, the California Chamber of Commerce identified 50 pieces of proposed legislation that it labelled “job killer” bills in 2019 and 2020. Fortunately, only two were signed into law. Winnie Comstock-Carlson

At the end of 2020, many eyes were on Congress to see how it would handle a second economic stimulus package to address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including which programs, such as unemployment insurance extensions and eviction moratoriums, would get extended from the first stimulus package passed in March 2020. Among the programs created in the first stimulus package, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) created a federal emergency paid sick leave and expanded the existing Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to provide paid leave for qualifying reasons related to COVID-19. HRWatchdog

…Despite a grim economy, applications for new business licenses are on the rise: In California, 442,324 were filed in 2020, a 21.7% increase from the year before, according to an analysis of data that the U.S. Census Bureau developed with economists and the federal reserve. Across the U.S., about 4.4 million applications for new businesses were filed last year, compared to roughly 3.5 million in 2019, according to the same data, which is considered an experimental Census product. CalMatters