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NEW HEALTH CAMPAIGN, FREE MASKS, EVICTIONS DEFERRED?, NO ON 15/SPLIT ROLL, RED TAPE TO RED CARPET, AND MORE!  
HOT OFF THE PRESS:
OC HEALTH CARE AGENCY LAUNCHES AD AND OUTREACH CAMPAIGN:*

COVID-19 LAYOFF AVERSION SUPPORT PROGRAM GRANT:*
  • OC Workforce Development Board second round of funding for the Layoff Aversion Support Program will feature grants for OC businesses up to $10,000. To be eligible, businesses must be in OC, have a workforce of 500 or fewer employees, and be up to date on Unemployment Insurance (UI) taxes and in good standing with the State of California.

TOMORROW'S MEETING: A CONVERSATION WITH THE NATION'S LEADING EXPERT ON EXPORTS:

OC ADVANCES MOVES TO SECURE $60 MILLION IN STATE GRANTS TO HOUSE HOMELESS:*
  • OC Supervisors have agreed to move forward with the purchase of multiple local motels for conversion to homeless housing. Read more.
ADVOCACY UPDATES:
OCBC ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR PRESTIGIOUS "TURNING RED TAPE INTO RED CARPET AWARDS":*
  • Now in its tenth year, OCBC’s renowned Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards will once again honor excellence in local government. COVID-19 has required cities, counties, water districts, transportation agencies, schools and universities, special districts and other public agencies to act more nimbly and creatively. Nominate a program today to highlight your commitment to OC! The Awards recognize business retention and expansion, public-private partnerships, leadership and more. For more information, please see the nomination document HERE. Please submit your nomination online HERE to be honored at a virtual award ceremony on November 19!

OCTAX CEO CAROLYN CAVECCHE TALKS SPLIT ROLL:*
  • Orange County Taxpayers Association wrapped up its Tax Talk series with a discussion on Proposition 15, or “split roll” initiative, featuring OCTax CEO Carolyn Cavecche. Prop 15 would increase taxes on business properties at the worst possible time. Ms. Cavecche noted that Prop 15 would force businesses to pass costs down to consumers and disproportionately impact small businesses. OCTax is focused on educating Orange County residents about how important Proposition 13’s (1978) protections are. Sign the pledge to Protect Prop 13 here and watch the Tax Talk here.

ECONOMIC RECOVERY
ANAHEIM, LA HABRA, AND FULLERTON SMALL BUSINESS GRANT RELIEF PROGRAM:*
  • Grants up to $10,000 will be available to eligible small businesses and non-profits. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first funded basis. The program will permanently close on Saturday, August 22nd at 5:00 p.m. or when each city allocation is exhausted, whichever occurs first.

STATEWIDE MORATORIUM ON EVICTIONS SET TO END:*
  • In April 2020, California issued a statewide moratorium on tenant evictions which is due to expire on August 12. California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakau has announced she plans to hold a vote to extend the order. Learn more.

RAISING MINIMUM WAGE DURING ECONOMIC CRISIS PUTS SMALL BUSINESSES AT RISK:
  • Small businesses, especially, that are struggling to remain open amid a severe economic downtown and unprecedented closures, will be faced with significant increases in operating costs beginning January 2021. Read the full press release here.

BUSINESS RESOURCES:
OC HUMAN RELATIONS: 3 PART FREE VIRTUAL SERIES ON CIVIL RIGHTS IN OC:*
  • Join OC Human Relations for this free, 3-part education, awareness and engagement series around civil rights in OC. All are welcome and space is limited. Learn more and register.

PODCAST: COVID-19: WHAT EMPLOYERS ASK PART 3:*
  • On this episode of The Workplace Podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank is joined by employment law experts Bianca Saad and Matthew Roberts to discuss the most common COVID-19-related business questions.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS- OC ONE-STOP CENTERS CAREER WORKSHOPS:*
  • OC One-Stop Centers will host multiple career workshops for the month of August. Workshops will include: winning resumes, resume lab, mock interviews, interview skills, transferable skills, networking with LinkedIn, workplace expectations, and empowering you. View class list here.

WEBINAR- “ACCOUNTING FOR CEO’S”:*
  • Joe Johnston, Senior Accounting and Business Development Manager at TGG will lead a four part series that targets business models for retail, manufacturing, and software on Thursday, August 6th at 12 p.m. This series will provide business executives with tools to see how their companies rank against competitors with the use of basic business models and price-value matrices. Register here.

VIRTUAL MEETING- “CALIFORNIA CYBERSECURITY INDUSTRY CONVENING":*
  • The Governor’s Cybersecurity Task Force invites cybersecurity professionals from public and private sectors to the 2020 California Cybersecurity Industry Convening Virtual Meeting, a free workshop with an interactive convening designed to assist IT professionals with their workforce needs. Learn more and register here. 

VIRTUAL SERIES- “CALIFORNIA’S GLOBAL CONNECT VIRTUAL TRADE MISSIONS”:*
  • The California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has teamed up with Kallman Worldwide and the U.S. Commercial Service to offer California businesses an online series of virtual trade missions designed to link California suppliers directly with pre-screened international buyers, potential partners and buying authorities. Learn more and register here.

WEBINAR RECAP - ANOTHER GREAT “STATE OF THE ECONOMY” BY UCI’S CHRIS SCHWARZ:*
  • Interested in the latest data on Q2 earnings, stimulus checks, COVID-19 increases and more? View Christopher Schwarz, UC Irvine Associate Professor of Finance and Faculty Director of the Center for Investment and Wealth Management for more information on economic and financial updates. Watch now.

SMALL BIZ RESOURCES:
COVID-19 NEWS:
DR. ANTHONY FAUCI EXPLAINS WHY THE US HASN’T BEATEN COVID-19:*
  • In a candid discussion, Dr. Fauci reviews schools reopening, vaccines, resent towards the scientific community, and the U.S’s current status. Read more.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND UPDATES
MAYOR’S MASK GIVEAWAY WITH THE IRVINE CITY COUNCIL:*
  • FivePoint Holdings, LLC’s generous mask donation to the City of Irvine will be available to the public on Saturday, August 8th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Irvine Civic Center. Each car will be gifted a box of 50 disposable masks. Learn more.

HELP WRITE HISTORY FOR OUR FUTURE GENERATIONS:*
  • The Mission Viejo Library and Cultural Arts department calls on you to help capture our country’s historical pandemic. Submit photographs, images, artwork or other visual records that distinguish the impact of the pandemic. Submit your piece of history here. 

PICTURE THE FUN! IRVINE ANIMAL CARE CENTER 2020 PHOTO FUNDRAISER:
  • The Irvine Animal Care Center wants to meet your furry friends for its annual Photo Fundraiser. Submit a photo of your pet to be featured in the 2021 Irvine Animal Care Center wall calendar. Deadline submission is September 8, 2020. Submit your photo here.

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS:
TRANSPORTATION CORRIDOR AGENCIES AMEND DEBT MANAGEMENT POLICIES:*
  • TCA Board of Directors unanimously voted to amend Debt Management Policies that will preserve practices, enhance transparency, and bolster TCA’s creditworthiness. The updated policy followed guidelines from the Government Finance Officers Association and California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission. This revision came to light for the Board’s mission to provide future TCA Board’s with a roadmap for best practices and development. 

MUST WATCH! UCI ON PBS NEWS HOUR:*
  • The PBS feature on the value of traditional higher education during the COVID-19 era highlighted UCI’s experts and the school’s leadership throughout the pandemic. In the video, UCI discusses how it has paved the way for first-of-its kind studies to establish ways to improve student experiences and learning outcomes. Watch here!

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY IRVINE LAUNCHES NEW SCHOOL OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SCIENCES:*
  • The School of Health and Human Sciences will offer both graduate and undergraduate degrees in health-related fields of study. Academic offerings in the new School of Health and Human Sciences include a Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA), Master of Coaching and Athletics Administration (MCAA), a Bachelor of Arts (traditional and online) in Healthcare Management, a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN), and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Learn more.

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES UNVEILS DESTINATION VIRTUAL BACKGROUNDS:*
  • Southwest Storytellers has cultivated unique virtual conference call backgrounds for all users. The backgrounds feature destinations from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to Kauai, Hawaii. Choose your new background today! #WannaGetAway

BANK OF AMERICA HOSTS LEADERSHIP PROGRAM FOR OC STUDENTS:*
  • Bank of America Supports Orange County High Schoolers for Leadership Program. Bank of America has selected four students to participate in their Student Leaders program. Due to COVID-19, the program will turn to a virtual format. OCBC applauds Bank Of America for maintaining critical internship programs like these during this pandemic.

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