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CA'S STAY OPEN SAFELY REQUIREMENTS, ICYMI! OCBC'S CEO TO RETIRE, ETHNIC STUDIES KEY TO LEARNING, IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND MORE!
HOT OFF THE PRESS
CA’S STATE WORKERS NEW VACCINATION OR TEST REQUIREMENT:   
  • Yesterday, the State of California announced that state employees and all health care workers will be required to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or get tested weekly. Even though CA leads the nation in vaccinations, there is a rising number of infections, mainly among the unvaccinated. With the highly contagious Delta variant, all businesses should encourage vaccine verification or implement regular testing as "good health is good business". Read more.  

ICYMI! OCBC'S LUCY DUNN ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT:
OCBC's President and CEO, Lucy Dunn, recently announced her intention to retire effective December 31, 2021, after 16 years at the helm of the organization. “Orange County is one of the most dynamic marketplaces in the world. It has been an honor to help shape and champion the policies and initiatives that have been instrumental in making this one of the great places to do business,” Dunn said. Read the full news release and keep up with the buzz below:

OC PREPARES FOR 2021 REDISTRICTING – PROVIDE YOUR INPUT!: 

OC SUPERINTENDENTS VIEW ETHNIC STUDIES ESSENTIAL TO LEARNING: 
  • OCDE recently hosted an online forum where superintendents agreed that students, and society, benefit by studying versions of American history and culture that incorporate multicultural points of view. Many questions were answered on the benefits of inclusivity and social justice application. Read more

EXPLORE THE REAL WORLD IMPACTS OF SOCIAL MEDIA:  
  • Join OC Forum on July 29 at noon for the kickoff of their Social Media Predicament series focused on free speech and political activism. Learn how to move forward in a world where social media is the new communication standard. Register today! 

OCBC NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR TURNING RED TAPE INTO RED CARPET AWARDS: 
  • Do you know of a public agency policy, program or leader that is cutting through red tape, eliminating barriers to economic growth and supporting a resilient OC? OCBC can honor them at the 11th Annual Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards on November 4! The Awards recognize tireless work of local agencies and governments, including cities, special districts, educational institutions and more. Learn more and submit your nomination. For questions, please contact Connor Medina.
BUSINESS RESOURCES
TODAY! EDA AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN PROGRAM WEBINAR: 
  • U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo recently announced six programs, that include grants to support tourism, economic development and local governments. Join the EDA 101 American Rescue Plan Funding Opportunities today at 3 p.m. and July 29 to learn more. 
  
SAVE ENERGY AND MONEY WITH SCE:  
  • SCE's Strategic Energy Management (SEM) program helps enterprise customers do business more efficiently and create cost savings in the process. Learn more on how your business can work with SCE to identify cost savings and reduce energy usage. 

APPLY NOW FOR CA COMPETES TAX CREDIT:  
  • CA Competes Tax Credit application window opens today, with $150 million in tax credits available. Any business that wants to locate in CA or stay and grow in CA can apply

SOLAR FOR SMALL BUSINESSES:  
  • Join SCE’s free workshop on Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to learn how to maximize the benefits of solar with energy storage, and understand how the new energy bill will impact your small business. Register.  
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
ANAHEIM TURNS TO ELECTRIC BUSES:  
  • City of Anaheim and Anaheim Transportation Network (ATN) will use a $2 million federal grant to buy five Arrival 40-foot electric models to replace units in its fleet powered by liquefied natural gas. The new electric buses will be utilized for transit services to and from Disneyland. Read more. 

AT&T'S DISASTER RECOVERY:
  • AT&T is committed to keeping customers connected even in the wake of unpredictable, catastrophic events. AT&T's Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) program rapidly restores communications to areas affected by disasters. Learn more.
ADVOCACY
OCBC SECURES LEGISLATIVE VICTORIES, WITH WORK LEFT TO DO: 
OCBC is hard at work championing pro-business bills and stopping initiatives harmful to the economy. There’s still a long way to go this session, but business was effective at killing many bad bills (check out how many CalChamber Job Killers were halted this year). Below are major bills OCBC and the statewide business community defeated: 

  • SB 12 threatened homebuilders’ ability to add needed housing on vast swaths of land statewide. OCBC’s vocal opposition was key to defeating this anti-housing legislation. 
  • AB 71 would have imposed an unnecessary $2.4B tax increase on businesses to create a new homelessness fund, despite the state budget surplus. 
  • SB 213 targeted healthcare employers with astronomical workers compensation costs unnecessarily. 
  • AB 95AB 995AB 1119, and AB 1192 each would have placed onerous mandates on employers, from expanding leave to reporting wage and hour data. 

To learn more about OCBC's priority bills still moving in the Legislature, click here
COMMUNITY RESOURCES
SECOND DISTRICT ARTS GRANT PROGRAM:  
  • Art-related small businesses and non-profits can now apply for grants valued at up to $20,000. Application deadline is Aug. 6. View eligibility requirements. 

CSUF’S CAREER EXPO: 

CA COMMUNITY COLLEGES BUSINESS WORKSHOP:  
  • Summit Series of Innovation is a series of free business and entrepreneurship workshops on Friday's from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Register for this week's, 'When to Ascend: Assessing Your Environment' featuring Cara Raffele, founder and CEO, Altalunas.  
UPCOMING EVENTS AND MEETINGS
EVENTS
Health Care Forum
August 17 | 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Join OCBC in person or virtually for insights on the resilience and transformation of health care as a result of the pandemic. Don’t miss hearing from OC’s leading health care experts! Special thanks to title sponsor, City of Hope Orange County! Thank you to all our incredible sponsors: Providence, MemorialCare, UCI Health, Ontario International Airport, and West Coast University.
Register today to secure your seat! For more information contact Lauren Martin, OCBC Events Manager.

LEA Reception
August 31 | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Formerly “Latino Educational Attainment,” LEA is now “Leading Educational Attainment for Families” as the program has expanded to meet the needs of Orange County’s ever-growing ethnic diversity. LEA changes the lives of hundreds of families every year by educating and empowering them to be active in their child’s educational attainment. Join OCBC virtually on August 31 to celebrate 17 years of helping these families succeed! Register for free here. Thank you title sponsor, SoCalGas.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS*
August 4 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Hear from major employers in Orange County on how to construct a DE&I plan and how to hold yourself accountable through metrics and benchmarks. 
OCBC members, register here.

August 11 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Featuring a discussion with Ian Williamson, Dean of UCI Paul Merage School of Business and Sridhar Sundaram, Dean of CSUF College of Business and Economics.
OCBC members, register here.

*OCBC Committee meetings are an exclusive benefit offered to OCBC members.
NOT AN OCBC MEMBER? JOIN TODAY!
Join OCBC and connect with the most influential companies and top executives actively engaged in creating a pro-business environment and prosperous economy. Hundreds of Orange County's leading businesses, cities and non-profit organizations represent an elite group from every industry cluster. But we need YOUR VOICE! For more info, contact Natalie Rubalcava, OCBC Chief Operating Officer.