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RIP SHERIFF HUTCHINS, SMALL BIZ GRANTS, SCHOOL REOPENING PLANS, SANTA ANA AFFORDABLE HOUSING, BANK OF AMERICA SUPPORTS NONPROFITS & MORE!
HOT OFF THE PRESS:
RIP SHERIFF SANDRA HUTCHINS who died Monday after a lengthy battle with breast cancer. Sheriff Hutchins was a good friend of OCBC, always available to advise and protect business, smart, savvy, professional, a role model for women leaders; and she could deliver a deadpan roast for OCBC’s BIZPAC with the best of them. She also co-hosted OCBC’s groundbreaking Roundtable on Diversity and Race Relations in Orange County—back in 2016—skillfully sharing the importance of business voices engaged with faith and public safety in dialogue and understanding. OCBC extends its condolences to her husband, Larry.

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JAN 13! GRANTS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY COVID:* 
  • SHARE WITH YOUR SMALL BIZ FRIENDS: A new $500 million Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program for eligible small business owners and nonprofits. Grants up to $25,000 are available. The deadline to apply has been extended to January 13APPLY TODAY!

SOCAL STAY-AT-HOME ORDER EXTENDED – STAY SAFE AND STOP THE SPREAD!:* 
  • Last week, state health officials extended Southern California’s stay-at-home order. The order has been in place since early December, closing many nonessential indoor spaces and discouraging gatherings. The order will remain in place until the region maintains increased ICU capacity. Help stop the spread by limiting gatherings with people outside of your household, making sure to #MaskUp and getting testedRead more

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES SCHOOL REOPENING PLAN:* 
  • “Safe Schools for All” calls for a transition for students, especially young students, and school staff to in-person instruction starting in February. Safety measures, including testing, PPE and vaccines, will be implemented under the plan. Distance learning will still be available. Evidence shows that children, particularly elementary grade students, carry a lower risk of spreading COVID-19 than adults. 

CITY OF SANTA ANA FINANCES 221 AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS:* 
  • OCBC commends Santa Ana’s Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program, which is providing funding for 221 high-quality affordable housing units in the City. Approximately $34 million has already supported the Santa Ana Arts CollectiveLegacy Square and Depot at Santiago projects. The City is also investing in transportation improvements at these sites to ensure healthy, connected neighborhoods. 

DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR EIDL EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 31, 2021: 
  • SBA announced that the deadline to apply for a COVID-19 pandemic Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) has been extended. All eligible small businesses and nonprofits are encouraged to apply for these affordable loans. Learn more and apply by clicking here
ADVOCACY
OCBC SUPPORTS SB 74 BI-PARTISAN SMALL BIZ FUNDING IN 2021 STATE BUDGET:* 
  • Tomorrow, join Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris and Lucy Dunn for a press conference on bi-partisan SB 74, the Keep California Working Act. The bill seeks $2.6 billion in grants to small businesses from a $26 billion state budget surplus. See Lucy and Assemblywoman Petrie-Norris discuss the bill and their support on January 6 at 10:00 a.m. on Facebook Live

BUSINESS RESOURCES
WEBINAR ON STATE BUDGET:*  
  • CA’s State Finance Director will review the Governor’s 2021 Budget in a free webinar hosted by CalChamber on January 12, 2021 at 8:30 AM. Click here to register. 

SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS - APPLY NOW FOR ICEP GRANTS:* 
  • California STEP grant program opened the application window for Individual Company Export Program (ICEP) grants. The ICEP program is designed to reimburse eligible California small businesses up to $5,000 for eligible export promotion-related expenses. Click here for more information. 

CALIFORNIA COMPETES TAX CREDIT APPLICATION PERIOD OPENS: 

SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES
COMMUNITY RESOURCES
JOIN THE BE WELL OC ORANGE CAMPUS VIRTUAL RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY:*
  • On January 13 at 12:00 p.m., the first Be Well OC campus opening will be celebrated virtually on YouTube and Facebook Live. The new 60,000-square-foot facility will offer mental health and substance use disorder treatment programs to all Orange County residents. Register here.

GET TESTED NOW! WHERE TO GET TESTING IN OC

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
BANK OF AMERICA NEARLY DOUBLES GIVING TO OC NONPROFITS:*
  • To support communities amid the ongoing pandemic, Bank of America has awarded a total of $2,012,000 to 53 local nonprofits across Orange County this year, with a focus on alleviating the unprecedented impacts to health, food insecurity, housing, education, jobs and the arts. In addition to this philanthropic capital, which is nearly double from its giving in 2019, the bank also donated more than 324,000 face masks and 200 gallons of hand sanitizer to help protect the most vulnerable populations hardest hit by COVID-19. 

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RESOURCES
Giving Back
American Red Cross & Blood Donations - Donate blood today!
Caterina's Club Feeds Kids in Need - Donate today to help
Chrysalis Working for 100 – Help 100 people get back to work
Donate, Volunteer or Host a Virtual Food Bank 
Cal State Fullerton - Support Higher Education
Cal State Fullerton - It Takes a Titan Campaign
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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