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VACCINE SOON OPEN TO 65+, NEW OCTA AND OCBOS CHAIR DO, SBA PPP WEBINAR, CORP SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, INNOVATION GRANT & MORE!
HOT OFF THE PRESS:
COMING SOON: COVID-19 VACCINES WILL BE OPEN TO 65+ IN OC:* 
  • HCA is currently working with existing vaccine providers and community partners to come up with a safe and efficient way to deliver those vaccinations to 65+ as well as a clear and consistent messaging to the community. One way is by standing up additional Points of Distribution (like Disneyland) that would travel throughout the different districts to ensure that we can safely and conveniently reach older adults. The plan also includes access with hospital systems and clinics where patients would normally receive care. Learn more.
 
CONGRATS TO SUPERVISOR ANDREW DO, NEW CHAIR OF OC BOARD AND OCTA:* 
  • Congratulations to Supervisor Andrew Do, who was selected by his colleagues to serve as 2021 Chair of the Orange County Board of Supervisors and Chair of the Orange County Transportation Agency. Do has served on both Boards since 2015. Supervisor Doug Chaffee will serve as Vice Chair of the Board of Supervisors. 
 
ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS – LEARN MORE ABOUT PPP AND ECONOMIC AID ACT:* 
  • SBA’s Orange County / Inland Empire District office invites you to join them to learn more about the Economic Aid Act and the PPP Relaunch. In this webinar, they will cover the application process, required forms and guidance, and conduct a Q&A session for attendees. Register at the below times. 
  • January 13: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PST 
  • January 13: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST 
  • January 14: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PST 
  • January 14: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST 
 
CALIFORNIA FORWARD RELEASES 2021 ROADMAP TO SHARED PROSPERITY:*
  • Every year, California Forward hosts regional business and community stakeholders from around the state at the California Economic Summit to develop this roadmap as a guide to solve California’s most pressing issues. This year’s Roadmap provides solutions to the issues of climate resilience, cradle to career education, broadband action plan, expanding home ownership, regional and inclusive economic development, and investing in small businesses owned by people of color. The full roadmap can be found here.
 
OC UNITED WAY CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY WORKSHOP FOR EXECUTIVES:*
  • Alongside the unique and urgent challenges of 2020, a new optimism for CSR has blossomed. This means CSR is no longer optional. It’s the mechanism for future-proofing your business in what is increasingly becoming a purpose-driven economy. The course is limited to 12 participants, so register today!
 
ASK THE EXPERTS VIRTUAL TOWN HALL: REVITALIZING CALIFORNIA's BUSINESS CLIMATE:*
  • Don't miss a Chapman University panel discussion with experts, including OCBC President and CEO, Lucy Dunn, discussing what California can do to revitalize its business climate, slow down the loss of large employers, combat high unemployment, and more! Learn more and register here!
 
UC PLANS TO BRING STUDENTS BACK TO CAMPUS THIS FALL:* 
  • UC students should expect to have a more normal college climate by the Fall 2021 semester. The CSU system made a similar announcement last month. UCI and CSUF are major centers of economic development for the region and OCBC is excited to have them at or near full force this year. Read more. 
 
PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM REOPENS – APPLY NOW:*   
  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been reopened. Community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, January 11, and Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, January 13. The PPP will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter. This round of the PPP will authorize up to $284 billion toward job retention and other expenses through March 31, 2021. See the full SBA announcement here.
ADVOCACY
WHAT’S IN THE BUDGET?:*
  • In addition to the $4.5 billion economic recovery plan, the Governor’s proposed $227 billion budget includes $90 billion for schools, the most in state history. $786 million would be allocated to University of California and California State University, which helps keep tuition and fees flat in 2021-22. Another $34 billion would go to budget reserves. $300 million would support vaccine distribution. 

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE HOSTS SENATOR UMBERG AND SUPERVISOR DO:
  • On January 8, OCBC’s Government Affairs Committee welcomed state Senator Tom Umberg and Supervisor Andrew Do. Senator Umberg discussed how his experience as a business litigator will help guide his leadership on the Senate’s important Judiciary Committee. He emphasized the need for the state to get a better hold on the pandemic, and is prioritizing support for businesses, tenants and landlords. Supervisor Do acknowledged that 2021 was off to a challenging start, but is optimistic because Orange County is experiencing lower infection rates than surrounding counties. He also stressed the importance of public and private sector collaboration. Thank you Senator Umberg and Supervisor Do! 

BUSINESS RESOURCES
U.S. CHAMBER 2021 STATE OF AMERICAN BUSINESS – UBER CEO TO KEYNOTE:
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce will host the 2021 State of American Business Program on Tuesday, January 12, featuring Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi among other leaders. The program will explore how a united business community can support a divided nation and rebuild the economy. Register here.

CALIFORNIA COMPETES TAX CREDIT APPLICATION PERIOD OPENS:

SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES
COVID-19 NEWS
UCI VACCINE TOWNHALL:
  • Presented by the OC Asian & Pacific Islander Taskforce and the UCI Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center! Join UCI for a community conversation about COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, January 14, 2021 from 6:00pm to 7:30p. Learn more here.

THREE VACCINATION SITES FOR MEDICAL WORKERS OPEN IN OC:*

COMMUNITY RESOURCES
UCI PODCAST: THE ARTS RESPONSE TO COVID-19:   
  • How have OC’s artists and performers adapted to the challenges of the pandemic? Listen to the UCI Podcast to hear from Stephen Barker, dean of UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts, on how the school responded to COVID-19 and the potential for arts to heal the community.   

NBC4 PROJECT INNOVATION GRANT CHALLENGE:
  • NBC4’s Project Innovation grant challenge is back to help local nonprofits. The station's annual grant program is now open to provide $315,000 in funding (up from $225,000 last year) to support eligible nonprofit organizations helping move communities forward and addressing issues in innovative ways — please apply by February 12, 2021. Learn more.

FIRST 5 OC NEEDS YOUR FEEDBACK:
  • First 5 Orange County Children & Families Commission wants your feedback. First 5 Orange County is conducting a study assessing the impacts of child care issues on the economy and wants to her from the business community. Take the short survey here.

GET TESTED NOW! WHERE TO GET TESTING IN OC

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
OCTA CREATING NEW ERA OF TRANSIT WITH OC STREETCAR:*
  • Construction of the OC Streetcar has reached a major milestone as construction crews have set the first rail into place that will eventually carry the streetcar vehicles through the streets of Santa Ana and Garden Grove. The rail was set in place this month at the intersection of Santa Ana Boulevard and Bristol Street, and crews are continuing working to place rail westbound toward Raitt Street. Watch the video here!

ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION RELEASES 2020 ANNUAL REPORT:
  • Orange County Community Foundation awarded $102 million in grants and scholarships in 2020—their highest annual total ever. OCCF is delivering a lifeline to nonprofits and residents during this challenging time. Read the 2020 Annual Report here.

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HCA Accepting Medical Donations - Masks, Gloves, Gowns Needed
Basic supplies needed
OC Food Bank- Donations needed. 
Help students with laptops & other financial assistance
Second Harvest Food Bank - Match My Gift- Every $1 DOUBLES to provide SIX nutritious meals!
Help support Vital Link's STEM and career pathways for students
StandUp For Kids Orange County - Help Homeless Youth
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