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IRVINE BIZ GRANT, BAD RETROACTIVE COURT DECISION, BUY GIRL SCOUT COOKIES, JP MORGAN 2021 BIZ OUTLOOK, “SULLY” SULLENBERGER & MORE!
HOT OFF THE PRESS:
ATTENTION IRVINE BUSINESSES: APPLY NOW FOR THIRD DISTRICT SMALL BIZ SUPPORT GRANT:* 
  • City of Irvine has opened applications for the Third District Small Business Support grant program, which provides qualifying small businesses with one-time grants of up to $5,000. Applications will be accepted until Friday, January 29. Learn more and contact Irvine staff if you have any questions. 

DYNAMEX IS RETROACTIVE: CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT’S REJECTION OF THE REASONABLE RELIANCE EXCEPTION IGNORES REALITY:*
  • AB5 drastically altered the classification of independent contractors in California. A recent court decision has extended the liability risk for businesses by ruling that the Dynamex decision is retroactive, opening businesses that acted in good faith to potential litigation. Read more.

OCBC'S NATALIE RUBALCAVA SELECTED AS CHAIR, OC FAIR & EVENT CENTER BOARD:*
  • OC Fair & Event Center Board of Directors has named Natalie Rubalcava-Garcia Chair of the Board. She previously served as Vice Chair in 2020 and assumes the role of Chair from Sandra Cervantes. “I am energized by the opportunity to serve as Chair of this esteemed board of directors,” Rubalcava-Garcia said. “While 2020 brought many unforeseen challenges, we know Orange County is a resilient community. With the right adjustments and safety protocols in place, the Fair Board and staff plans to welcome people back to the fairgrounds this summer and fulfill our mission of celebrating Orange County’s communities, interests, agriculture and heritage.” Congratulations Natalie! Read more.

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! Tune in on Friday, January 22 at 11:00 a.m. Learn more and register here!       

OCBC PRESENTS AWARDS TO CITIES OF PLACENTIA, HUNTINGTON BEACH:* 
  • Two winners of OCBC’s Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards—the City of Placentia and the City of Huntington Beach—recently received presentations at their City Councils from OCBC to celebrate their achievements. Placentia won the Sustainable and Green Development Award for the Placentia Veterans Village and Huntington Beach won the Public-Private Partnership Award for the OneHB Supporting Local Business campaign. Congratulations to both winners! 

LEARN MORE ABOUT PPP RELAUNCH AT SBA WEBINAR:* 
  • The SBA’s Orange County / Inland Empire District office, in collaboration with SCORE, invites you 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. 
  • January 25: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST 
  • January 26: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST 
  • January 27: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST 
  • January 28: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST 

SUPPORT OC VETERANS - TEAM KIDS MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY OF SERVICE CHALLENGE:*

OCBC EVENTS YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS
FEBRUARY 4 AT 4 PM: CAPTAIN “SULLY” SULLENBERGER TO SHARE HIS STORY OF RESILIENCE:*   
  • We need a hero! You won’t want to miss this! OCBC’s Virtual Annual Dinner on February 4 will feature a keynote from Captain “Sully” Sullenberger. In 2009, Captain Sully safely guided US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency landing in New York City’s frigid Hudson River, saving the lives of the 155 passengers and crew on board. His inspirational heroism drew international praise and is captured in the 2016 hit film Sully. Join OCBC to hear the epic story of resilience in the face of disaster from Captain Sully himself—and the lessons leaders can take away in facing today’s challenges. Thank you title sponsor, UCI and UCI Health, presenting sponsor CHOC, and all of the generous sponsors who make Annual Dinner possible!  Register here! 
ADVOCACY
INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE WELCOMES JEFF KIGHTLINGER, MWD GENERAL MANAGER: 
  • Yesterday, OCBC’s Infrastructure Committee was pleased to host Jeff Kightlinger, General Manager of Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). Mr. Kightlinger noted that 2021 is shaping up to be a very dry year for California, but MWD is prepared to handle a drought. MWD is also working on the largest water recycling facility in the U.S. Mr. Kightlinger is retiring this year—OCBC thanks him for his service to Southern California! 

BUSINESS RESOURCES
TAKE A LOOK AT THE RESULTS 2021 BUSINESS LEADERS’ OUTLOOK SURVEY:* 
  • JPMorgan’s 2021 Business Leaders’ Outlook Survey uncovers insights from business leaders across California and the U.S. about the impact of the pandemic’s disruptions, the actions they’re taking to survive—and even thrive—in the current environment and their outlook for the year ahead. Executives and companies have been remarkably resilient despite the turbulent year. Read more. 

APPLY NOW – 5TH DISTRICT SMALL BUSINESS GRANT RELIEF PROGRAM:*   
  • If your business is in OC’s 5th Supervisorial District, apply now for the Small Business Grant Relief Program. $10,000 grants are being awarded to qualifying applicants on a first come, first served basis. Thank you Supervisor Lisa Bartlett for sponsoring this program! Learn more. 

SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES
COVID-19 NEWS
HELP US ROLL OUT THOSE VACCINES - SIGN UP TODAY:*   
  • Volunteers, we need your help! Both medical and non-medical/general support volunteers are needed. OneOC’s Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) is currently pre-registering volunteers to assist with distributing COVID-19 vaccines this year. Click Here to sign up today!

COMMUNITY RESOURCES
GIRL SCOUTS OF OC NEED YOUR SUPPORT:*
  • Girl Scouts of Orange County invites local businesses to participate in The Great Girl Scout Cookie Buy Out, an easy way to support local Girl Scout troops. All proceeds stay local to power amazing experiences for OC's Girl Scouts! Help local Girl Scouts achieve their cookie-selling goals during the pandemic. Click HERE to learn more!

K-12 STUDENTS: TAKE PART IN MWDOC’S 2021 WATER AWARENESS POSTER CONTEST:* 
  • Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) is calling on OC students in grades K-12 to submit hand-drawn posters for the 2021 Water Awareness Contest. MWDOC encourages children and young adults to learn about the importance of water while expressing themselves through art. This year’s contest theme: Saving Together. Entries are due March 1, 2021. Learn more

GET TESTED NOW! WHERE TO GET TESTING IN OC

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
IRVINE COMPANY DONATES $2 MILLION TO IRVINE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT:* 
  • Thank you to Irvine Company for contributing $2 million to Irvine Unified School District to support arts, music and science education. Read more. 

TCA SELECTS BOARD LEADERSHIP: 
  • Transportation Corridor Agencies selected Chairs and Vice Chairs to lead the Agencies, in addition to welcoming four new Board Members. Congratulations to Chairs Trish Kelley and Peggy Huang, Vice Chairs Will O’Neill and Joe Muller, and new Board Members Farrah Khan, Trevor O’Neil, Austin Lumbard and Richard Hurt. Read more. 

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StandUp For Kids Orange County - Help Homeless Youth
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