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YES ON 22, NO ON 15, WHEN WILL DISNEY REOPEN? SMALL BIZ WORKSHOPS, HONORS TO KIM AND ROUDA, AND MORE!
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WHERE ARE THE GUIDELINES TO REOPEN? DISNEYLAND CANCELS ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT CEREMONY DUE TO COVID-19:*
  • Disneyland has been forced to cancel its annual Candlelight Ceremony that takes place each December. In the meantime, the Governor’s office continues to delay release of Disneyland’s reopening guidelines. This is wrong. 100,000 jobs are at risk! Come on, Governor. NO GLOBAL COMPANY HAS MORE EXPERIENCE IN SAFE PROTOCOLS AND REOPENINGS. If Florida, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Paris and Tokyo can do it, so can Anaheim.

SAVE JOBS WITH A YES VOTE ON PROP 22:*

GOVERNOR'S SUPPORT OF TAX INCREASES VIA PROP 15 IS THE WRONG MOVE:*
  • NO on Prop 15. “Businesses struggle to make ends meet and keep their staff employed with little to no relief from ever-expanding regulations, and now proposed tax increases,” said Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, Orange County Business Council. Continue reading the press release!

NATION’S LARGEST BUSINESS ORG RECOGNIZES OC LEADERS KIM AND ROUDA:*
  • This week the U.S. Chamber of Commerce supported former OC Assemblywoman Young Kim in her bid for Congress, acknowledging her continuous dedication to good business policies. Earlier this summer the U.S. Chamber also recognized OC Representative Harley Rouda with a 2020 Abraham Lincoln Leadership for America Award, which honors members of Congress who demonstrate leadership needed to advance policies that support American business.

OCBC BOARD MEMBER SAMUEL JOHNSON NAMED CEO OF TRANSPORTATION CORRIDOR AGENCIES:*
  • An accomplished tolling executive, Johnson is the first person of color to helm TCA and Orange County’s first Black transportation leader. Continue reading.

UPS PREPARES FOR RECORD PEAK HOLIDAY SEASON:*
  • Online holiday shopping is around the corner and UPS is ready with the hire of more than 100,000 seasonal employees. Season drivers may earn up to $21 an hour and part-time package handlers will earn $14.50 an hour. 
ADVOCACY UPDATES:
OCBC URGES GOVERNOR TO SUPPORT UPSKILLING OF OC WORKERS:*
  • OCBC supports AB 1457, establishing a pilot project to train unemployed and underemployed workers to fill vacancies of in-demand jobs in essential industry sectors.  The pilot would leverage existing community college contract education centers to prepare the nearly 200,000 unemployed residents of Orange County to quickly fill job openings. OCBC has encouraged Governor Newsom to sign AB 1457 into law. To read OCBC’s letter to the Governor, click HERE.

BUSINESS RESOURCES:
WORKSHOPS TO HELP YOUR SMALL BUSINESS:*
  • The California Office of the Small Business Advocate is launching a Grow with Google initiative, which includes a series of free webinars designed to build resilience with online tools to help small businesses adapt to the new marketplace. The four-part small business workshop takes place September 22 - October 7, 2020. Registration and more information is available here.

O.C. MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURER OFFERS FACE SHIELDS DIRECT TO LOCAL COMMUNITY
  • Applied Medical, an Orange County company that designs, develops and manufactures medical devices, is now offering face shields direct to non-medical professionals in need of protection during the pandemic. At the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, Applied Medical utilized its local manufacturing capabilities to design and develop face shields for healthcare professionals on the front lines. The medical-grade face shields are now available to not only medical but also non-medical professionals in Orange County to help serve the community’s PPE needs. To learn more, visit www.appliedmedical.com/covid.

CAL STATE FULLERTON FALL 2020 VIRTUAL BUSINESS CAREER FAIR:*
  • Are you hiring in the areas of accounting, economics, finance, information systems, marketing or management? Employer registration is now open for the CSUF Fall 2020 Virtual Business Career Fair. The Business Career Fair provides a great opportunity for you to meet CSUF students, connect with potential candidates for internships or full-time employment, and brand your organization at Cal State Fullerton. The event is Wednesday, September 30, 2020. Contact Jesse Ben-Ron at jbenron@ocbc.org for more information.

SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES:
COVID-19 NEWS:
FAUCI: THE LESSONS WE'VE LEARNED FROM THE VIRUS RESPONSE:*
  • Six months after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, the world has learned difficult lessons on how to respond - and not respond - to such circumstances.

CITY OF IRVINE EXTENDS DRIVE-UP COVID-19 TESTING:*
  • The City of Irvine’s Drive-Up Testing Program will continue through October 16 from Monday-Thursday for appointment only tests. Book your appointment here.

COVID DOESN'T HAVE TO MEAN CANCELING HALLOWEEN, KEEP HALLOWEEN SAFE!:
  • L.A. County officials are urging residents to avoid 2020 trick-or-treating, but the annual ritual can proceed safely, an economics professor contends. We simply need to “adopt the right precautions and the right attitude.”

COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND UPDATES
CSU CAMPUSES TO CONTINUE VIRTUAL INSTRUCTION TILL JANUARY 2021:*

WEBINAR- WAKE UP NEWPORT – IS OUR VOTE SAFE?:*

IRVINE CITY COUNCIL REOPENS CITY’S RENTAL ASSITANCE PROGRAM:*

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR COASTAL CLEANUP:*
  • Orange County Coastkeepers is calling on the community to help preserve beaches, creeks, parks and trails on September 19 and 26. Volunteers may participate in a virtual scavenger hunt to showcase their finds on social media platforms for the chance to win prizes. Volunteer today!

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS: 
HOAG TO ‘NUTURE’ NEW MOMS THROUGH VIRTUAL REALITY:*
  • Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian launches NutureVR, the first-ever virtual reality program that allows expectant mothers to access prenatal education, pain management related to pregnancy, mindfulness and assistance through postpartum care. The program creates a personalized experience throughout the mother’s journey from 27 weeks to postpartum.

AT&T DISASTER RECOVERY: OUR COMMITMENT. OUR PEOPLE. OUR TECHNOLOGY:*
  • AT&T’s commitment to safeguard the community through emergency responses is showcased in a three-part video series. The series highlights AT&T’s latest technology, service restoration procedures, and the in’s and out’s of its emergency response in order preserve network infrastructure. 

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