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Tuesday, June 23, 2020
$75M FOR SMALL BIZ, OC SCHOOLS, PPE SOURCE, TESTING AND MORE.
HOT OFF THE PRESS:
SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS IN OC, READ THIS TO GET YOUR SHARE OF $75 MILLION:
  • OC Board of Supervisors and local cities have started the process of distributing $75 million in COVID-19 relief funding to small businesses. If your business has been affected by COVID-19, Click Here to learn how to apply for funding.

ARE YOU IN NEED OF PPE? NEW WEBSITE CONNECTS MANUFACTURES WITH BUSINESSES: 
  • California Manufacturing and Technology Association has launched a new website that will link California manufacturers producing personal protective equipment with buyers. If you're in need of PPE, visit Safely Making California.

HUNTINGTON BEACH TO DELIVER $4.75 MILLION GRANT PROGRAM FOR SMALL BUSINESSES:
  • Huntington Beach City Council has approved $4.75 million in grant funding for local small businesses affected by COVID-19. Businesses must apply between June 22 to June 26, and grants will be awarded based on eligibility requirements and availability of funds. Find out if your business qualifies.

ORANGE COUNTY SCHOOLS GUIDELINES FOR REOPENING RELEASED:
  • OC Department of Education have released their guidelines to safely reopen schools this fall. Developed in collaboration with school superintendents and health experts, and already approved by the Orange County Health Care Agency, the guidelines outline what schools in Orange County will be doing to keep staff and students safe. Read the guidelines.
GOOD BUSINESS IS GOOD HEALTH:
OCBC AND OC HEALTHCARE AGENCY TO HOST WEBINAR FOR BEST PRACTICES TO REOPEN:
  • Learn what your business needs to do to ReOpen Safely and to remain open. Hear directly from the experts. Register Today!

WHERE TO GET FREE COVID-19 TESTING IN OC:

COULD IT BE COVID? OC HEALTH CARE AGENCY LAUNCHES MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITY OUTREACH CAMPAIGN PROMOTING FREE COVID TESTING:
  • OC Health Care Agency has unveiled a new marketing campaign to provide community awareness for free COVID-19 testing. This campaign targets OC residents without insurance or testing options provided by their health care providers. Learn more.

ADVOCACY UPDATES:
GOVERNOR NEWSOM, CA SENATE AND ASSEMBLY REACH BUDGET COMPROMISE:
  • Governor Newsom and legislative leaders have struck a budget deal to fund the state. The deal reduces some of the cuts Governor Newsom proposed in May and focuses on funding education and social safety net programs. The budget compromise will help allow the state to close the multibillion-dollar deficit that has emerged as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. OCBC will be tracking budget developments closely. Read More.

OCBC HELPS KILL BILL FORCING RENT-FREE COMMERCIAL SPACE: 
  • OCBC opposed SB 939 was held in the Senate Appropriations Committee and will not reach the Senate floor. While OCBC understands that many businesses need support, this bill would have devastated CA’s economy even further by allowing commercial space lessees to withhold rent for an extended and indeterminate amount of time. OCBC is proud to join business leaders statewide in stopping this economically disastrous legislation. Read more.

CA BIZ COMMUNITY RALLIES AGAINST BUDGET LANGUAGE HARMING SMALL BUSINESSES:
  • OCBC and business organizations statewide are calling on all legislators to OPPOSE the Paid Family Leave Trailer Bill Language currently proposed in the state budget, which would require all employers in the state to provide 12 weeks of protected leave annually. This is not limited to just COVID-19. OCBC encourages you to contact your state legislators and ask them to reject this language and keep businesses open. Read the coalition letter to the Senate Budget Committee HERE.

U.S. CHAMBER RECOGNIZES MEMBERS OF CONGRESS FOR PRO-BUSINESS VOTES:
  • Congratulations Harley Rouda, Congressman, CA-48th and Lou Correa, Congressman, CA-34th, recipients of the Spirit of Enterprise Award

BUSINESS RESOURCES :
TOURISM IN CALIFORNIA OFFERS A PATH TO RECOVERY:
  • The COVID-19 crisis has snuffed out 10 years of economic growth in California’s travel and tourism industry. The fallout from this crisis is estimated to cost the state $72.1 billion in visitor spending this year and 613,000 tourism jobs last month alone. However, the tourism industry offers a path to economic prosperity, continue reading.

SBA RELEASES NEW GUIDELINES THAT PROVIDE FLEXIBILITY FOR SMALL BUSINESSES:
  • Last week, SBA and the Treasury Department issued a revised loan forgiveness application in response to the changes brought by the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act. The law gives employers much needed flexibility, such as giving the borrower more time to use the PPP funds. Review application.

U.S. CHAMBER RELEASES UPDATED GUIDE TO PPP LOAN FORGIVENESS
  • The U.S. Chamber published an updated version of the previously shared Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness. The updates reflect the changes made following the passage of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act—which eases rules around how small businesses can use their loan funds—earlier this month. Click here to view the U.S. Chamber's updated Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness.

ARE YOU HIRING?
  • OCBC supports the Orange County Development Board by helping job seekers land jobs. OCBC will create a custom job flyer for your open positions that is then circulated across the county. To view a previous flyer, click here. If your business is hiring, contact Jesse Ben-Ron, OCBC VP of Workforce and Economic Development.

WEBINAR- "UNDERSTANDING CERTIFICATION, CONTRACTING, & PROCUREMENT SERIES”: 
  • Join America’s Small Business Development Center in a four-part series to discuss available contracts for small businesses and how to utilize government contracts to build company revenue. Wednesday, June 24 at 11:00 a.m. Register here.

WEBINAR- "THINK LIKE AN INTERNATIONAL SALES EXPERT”: 
  • Hear from U.S. Commercial Service Trade Specialist on how to succeed in global markets and make your next export sale on Thursday, June 25 at 2:00 p.m. Register here.

WEBINAR- "CA WOMEN LEAD ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION ON RACISM & VIOLENCE AGAINST THE BLACK COMMUNITY":
  • California Women Lead will host a complimentary round table discussion on the issues of systematic racism and how to incite national change. This event takes place on Friday, June 26, from 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Featuring moderator, Board Member, Dr. Diandra Bremond and guest speakers: Board of Equalization Chair, Malia Cohen, Assembly member Sydney Kamlager-Dove, and others. Register here. 

SMALL BIZ RESOURCES:
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS:
OCBC PROUD TO PARTNER WITH OC BUSINESS JOURNAL & OC BLACK CHAMBER: 
  • Thank you Orange County Business Journal for providing OCBC and OC Black Chamber an opportunity to showcase black owned businesses, organizations and leaders in Orange County. Learn more here.

PACIFIC SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES SUMMER ARTS PROGRAM FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS:
  • This summer, Pacific Symphony will host the Symphony’s AXP@Home program from June 22- July 17. A two-week, virtual music program that immerses middle school students in the fine arts and to creatively connect with peers. Register here.

MESA WATER DISTRICT RANKS MOST EFFICIENT WATER PROVIDER IN 2020 REPORT:
  • Mesa water provides water for 110,000 residents in the city of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. Recent reports indicate that Mesa Water is one of the best water providers in the county. With its use of nano filtration technology, Mesa Water meets and succeeds all state and federal drinking water standards. Review the report.

VERIZON LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE, GREATER LOS ANGELES TECH FUTURE :
  • Greater Los Angeles Tech Future is a community-focused initiative that partners with the greater LA community to educate the public on how technology is permanently changing our environments. The website will highlight how these technologies will and are providing people with better access to healthcare, education, jobs, economic development, social activism and entertainment. Visit the website.

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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 COVID-19 Relief Fund - Matching donations up to $25K!
Donate, Volunteer or Host a Virtual Food Bank 
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  -  COVID-19 Emergency Response 
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