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VACCINE COMING, MASKS: HOW TO PERSUADE, COVID RE-INFECTION?, COSTA MESA OUTDOOR PERMITS, OSO PARKWAY, AND MORE
HOT OFF THE PRESS:
U.S. PROMISES VACCINES WILL BE FREE OR CHEAP:*
  • Any COVID-19 vaccine sponsored by the U.S. government will be free or affordable for Americans, per U.S. Health and Human Services.

U.S. AND PFIZER TO PRODUCE VACCINE DOSES:*
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense announced an agreement with Pfizer for large-scale production and nationwide delivery of 100 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in the United States.

COX COMMUNICATIONS OFFERS TWO MONTHS OF FREE INTERNET:*
  • As back-to-school fast approaches, Cox has announced new customers that qualify will receive Connect2Compete, the company’s low-cost internet, for two months at no cost. New customers must sign up between July 21 and September 30 for free service, which also includes free technical support.

FBI HOSTAGE NEGOTIATOR: HOW TO PERSUADE PEOPLE TO WEAR MASKS:*
  • Hint: Shame and yelling don’t work. Gary Noesner, former chief of the FBI crisis negotiation advises people to encourage anti-maskers to #MaskUP with personal appeal and the use of an “I message.” The “I message” transfers the blame away from the non-mask wearer and onto you when vulnerability is shown.

CAN YOU GET COVID AGAIN? VERY UNLIKELY, EXPERTS SAY:*
  • Reports of second infections may be cases of drawn-out illness. A decline in antibodies is normal after a few weeks, and people are protected from the virus in other ways.

CHOC REPORTS JUMP IN COVID CASES AMONG CHILDREN:*

HOW HAS COVID-19 CHANGED YOUR EMPLOYEES’ TRANSPORTATION NEEDS —TAKE THE SURVEY!:*
  • For many employers, COVID-19 changed the way employees commute to work. Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) asks YOU to take a brief survey on behalf of your organization and help plan the future of transportation in OC.

HELP WRITE HISTORY FOR OUR FUTURE GENERATIONS:*
  • Mission Viejo Library and Cultural Arts department is capturing the county’s pandemic response. Submit photographs, images, artwork or other visual records that distinguish the impact of the pandemic here.

HOW TO TALK TO ANTI-MASKERS:*
  • When health advice changes, “We rarely admit that we are pulling a 180,” one expert said. “We don’t apologize. Instead, we cast judgments and say, ‘OK, you’re not wearing a mask now and you are irresponsible and a bad person.’ That destroys credibility, creates confusion, and it alienates people.”

THE BEST AND WORST CHOICES FOR A CLOTH FACE MASK:*
  • Choose tightly woven cotton, avoid bandannas and add extra layers with filters for more protection, experts suggest.

ANOTHER GREAT “STATE OF THE ECONOMY” BY UCI’S CHRIS SCHWARZ. REGISTER HERE.
  • Join Christopher Schwarz, UC Irvine Associate Professor of Finance and Faculty Director of the Center for Investment and Wealth Management, for the latest data, Q2 earnings, stimulus checks, and COVID-19 increases. Register today! Co-sponsored by OCBC.

GOOD HEALTH IS GOOD BUSINESS:
YMCA OF ORANGE COUNTY OFFERS IN PERSON CHILDCARE IN FALL:*
  • As OC schools go virtual in the Fall, working parents may enroll their Kindergarten through 8th grade children at the YMCA of OC for childcare, learning support, and physical education. Safety plans closely follow CDC and state guidelines for child care programs. The Fall childcare program is fee based with grants available to families in need of financial assistance. Register here.

HAVE FUN AND STAY ACTIVE WITH TUSTIN PARKS AND RECREATION!:*
  • Tustin Parks and Recreation Department’s Virtual Recreation Center has a robust collection of summer activities for all ages. Adults and teens can enjoy free virtual yoga, fitness, Nike training, and jazzercise classes. Along with family outdoor activities and online learning activities for children. Plan your summer fun!

HELP OC’S CHILD! ORANGE COUNTY UNITED WAY CALLS FOR SCHOOL DONATIONS:*
  • United Way’s mission is to have an Orange County where every kid receives a quality education. This mission is met with an Amazon wish list for remote learning tools and elementary and high school supplies. Donate here.

$600 MILLION IN HOMELESS HOUSING FUNDING AVAILABLE TO CITIES AND COUNTIES:

LOOKING FOR A WAY TO SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES IN IRVINE?:
  • Destination Irvine has prepared a list of restaurants in Irvine that are open for outdoor dining. View the list and make a reservation today!

WHERE TO GET TESTING IN OC:
ADVOCACY UPDATES:
FEDERAL POLICY CHANGE WOULD UNDERCOUNT CA CENSUS:
  • President Donald Trump issued an executive order aiming to exclude undocumented immigrants from being included in census results. This could undercount up to two million undocumented immigrants in California, resulting in a substantial reduction in federal dollars allocated to the state and the potential loss of a congressional seat. A census undercount threatens California’s competitive advantage. This policy will be challenged in court. Find your Representative here to let them know that you support a full and accurate census count.

BUSINESS RESOURCES:
TUSTIN ANNOUNCES TEMPORARY OUTDOOR EXPANSION GRANT PROGRAM:*

CITY OF COSTA MESA OFFERS OUTDOOR OPERATING PERMITS FOR ALL BUSINESSES:*

SHAPE THE FUTURE & COMPLETE THE US CENSUS 2020:*
  • All Census results determine how federal funds will be distributed into the states and communities, along with how many seats in Congress each state is allotted. In your response, count every person who lives in your household. Respond today!

DEADLINE EXTENDED - OC REGISTER 2020 TOP WORKPLACES:
  • Orange County Register is partnering with local business leaders to honor outstanding workplaces in Orange County for the 13th year in a row. This years theme is "Celebrate the Good," and "Extraordinary Times. Extraordinary Effort." The nomination period has been extended through Friday, August 7. Nominate an organization today!

SMALL BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE ENTREPRENEURSHIP TASK FORCE:*
  • Join the California Entrepreneurship Task Force for COVID-19 Rapid Response Virtual Sessions. Local businesses have the opportunity to seek resources for business growth and engage with fellow business leaders. Click here to apply for your partnership.

PODCAST- SHARING GOODWILL WITH YMCA OF ORANGE COUNTY:*
  • Nicole Suydam, President & CEO, of Goodwill of Orange County hosts Jeff McBride, President & CEO, of YMCA of Orange County on the podcast, “Sharing Goodwill” to discuss YMCA of Orange County’s leadership throughout the current pandemic. McBride shares his inspiration and vision for the future of YMCA of Orange County. Listen here. 

WEBINAR RECAP- PUTTING RACIAL JUSTICE WORDS INTO ACTION: BEST PRACTICES & STRATEGIES FOR CA BUSINESSES:
  • ChalChamber hosts a diversity and inclusion panel with top business leaders Cassandra Pye, Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, Lucas Public Affairs; Jonathan Mayes, ChalChamber Board Member & Senior Vice President of External Affairs & Chief Diversity Officer, Albertsons; Audra Bohannon, Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry; and Leland Jourdan, Chief Diversity Officer, Chevron Corporation. Learn the best practices on how to handle racism in the workplace, promotions, and education & management training resources. View recap.

PODCAST - CALCHAMBER DISCUSS PLANS FOR SCHOOL CLOSURES:
  • CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank host employment law experts Bianca Saad and Matthew Roberts on CalChamber’s The Workplace podcast, “COVID-19: Planning for School Closures” to discuss how schools can prepare for fall school closures and available leave options by affected school employees. Listen and view a written recap here.

NEED WORKFORCE TRAINING?
  • Is your workforce in need of training? Rancho Santiago Community College District and Saddleback college can provide customized and subsidized training opportunities to upskill or reskill your employees. For more information, contact Jesse Ben-Ron, OCBC VP of Workforce and Economic Development.

SMALL BIZ RESOURCES:
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS:
SIGNIFICANT CONSTRUCTION MILESTONE REACHED ON OSO PARKWAY BRIDGE PROJECT:*
  • All six lanes – three in each direction – of Oso Parkway at the 241 Toll Road are open to drivers, marking a significant construction milestone for the Oso Parkway Bridge Project. Sidewalks and dedicated bike lanes on both sides are also open. Read more!

CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS EXPANDS DISTRIBUTION OF BLACK NEWS CHANNEL:*
  • Charter Communications is one of the first TV providers to offer Black News Channel, the nation’s only 24/7 African American-focused news network. Black News Channel will be available in early September for Spectrum’s TV subscribers in its 41-state footprint. Black News Channel will be available at no additional cost for Spectrum TV Silver, Digital Tier Package 1, or Spectrum Lifestyle TV subscribers. 

CAL STATE FULLERTON RECEIVES APPROVAL FOR MASTERPLAN:*
  • As the largest CSU and home to 40,000 students, Cal State Fullerton’s masterplan has been approved through a unanimous vote by the CSU Board of Trustees. The approval includes the expansion of the Student Housing Phase 4 Project and to rename the research center in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics to the Nicholas and Lee Begovich Center for Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astronomy. The campus master plan’s mission is to build a future of increased opportunities for growth and shared resources throughout the campus. 

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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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