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BIPARTISAN GRANTS FOR SMALL BIZ, GOLDEN STATE STIMULUS, BE WELL OC NEW CAMPUS, STUDENT LEADER OPPORTUNITY & MORE!
HOT OFF THE PRESS:
Dunn & Done: AMERICANS FOR AMERICA—
A WORD ON YESTERDAY:*
It was hard for me to leave the news yesterday. Perhaps for you too. Never in our lives have we seen America’s Capitola beacon of hope, freedom and democracy all over the world-violated by rioters incited by a sitting President. Nevertheless, Congress—representing the American people—reconvened late and fulfilled its duty to complete the process, begun by us as voters, for Joe Biden’s election as the 46th President of the United States of America. We are a feisty people, we Americans-most of us immigrants or descendants of immigrants. And American Democracy is indeed messy but it is still better than any other system in the world. It was threatened. We cannot risk it again. Let’s start today renewed and recommitted to the US Constitution, remembering we are a nation of laws, not of men. Let's respect our differences and focus on rebuilding our resilient nation together. Let’s discover once again that the best of who we are as a country can overcome the worst impulses of a few. That’s my opinion. Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, OCBC.

BIPARTISAN PROPOSAL FOR SMALL BIZ:* 
  • SB 74, the Keep California Working Act, is a shining example of smart leadership that engages both parties to help drive economic recovery. The bill provides an urgently needed lifeline to small businesses by offering $2.6 billion in grants. For more information on the bill - Click Here. 
 
CA PROPOSES $600 “GOLDEN STATE STIMULUS”, EXTENDED EVICTION MORATORIUM:* 
  • CA’s proposed January budget includes $600 “rapid cash” grants to low-income workers and those who received earned income tax credits. The proposed budget also continues the state’s eviction halt for renters who can cover at least 25 percent of their rent. This follows the Governor’s announcement of a $4.5 billion economic relief program for businesses impacted by the pandemic. Read more
 
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 13. APPLY TODAY! 
 
COUNTY-BY-COUNTY BREAKDOWN – VACCINATIONS, TIER LEVEL AND ICU REGION CAPACITY:* 
  • Where is each county at in terms of vaccinations, ICU capacity and risk tier? See the data here
 
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 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 OC residents. Register here.
BUSINESS RESOURCES
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
 
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
STUDENT LEADER OPPORTUNITY WITH BANK OF AMERICA:*
  • Bank of America is looking for talented High school juniors and seniors to apply for their summer leadership training and paid internships. High school juniors and seniors can apply for the program now through Jan. 29. Interested students are encouraged to apply online here. 

FIRST 5 ORANGE COUNTY HELPS FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN FIND RESOURCES:*
  • First 5 Orange County is dedicated to connecting families with resources to support their young children during the pandemic. Find health and mental health support, childcare services and other resources here

DMV NOW OFFERING ONLINE DRIVER’S LICENSE RENEWALS:*
  • CA DMV is now allowing California driver’s licenses and ID cards to be renewed online. While you may need to go to a DMV office for some services, DMV recommends going online first. Learn more. 

GET TESTED NOW! WHERE TO GET TESTING IN OC

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
SEE WHAT’S IN STORE FOR OC TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS IN 2021:
  • Orange County Transportation Authority and Transportation Corridor Agencies both have key projects making progress or nearing completion in 2021, including the new Oso Parkway bridge and the I-405 Improvement Project. Read more

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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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