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Join us on August 4 for the 2022 Health Care Forum!
The 2022 Health Care Forum “Embracing Change in Health Care,” will feature a candid conversation with Orange County’s health care leaders as they discuss embracing change in the industry and innovations in patient wellness. Scheduled for Thursday, August 4, the panel of health care experts will be moderated by City of Hope, Orange County President Annette Walker. Panelists include:
  • Barry Arbuckle, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, MemorialCare
  • Dr. Susan Huang, Chief Medical Officer, Providence Southern California
  • Kathy Azeez-Narain, Vice President and Chief Digital Officer, Hoag
  • Dr. Todd Newton, Medical Director, and Chief of Staff, Southern California Permanente Medical Group of Orange County
  • Tatyana Popkova, Chief Strategy Officer, UCI Health
Vice President, Chief Advocacy and Public Policy Officer for CHOC Children's and immediate past Chair of OCBC's Board of Directors Jena Jensen will serve as emcee. The forum, will be held at Lido House, Autograph Collection in Newport Beach, CA. For details and registration, visit A special thank you to title sponsor City of Hope, Orange County. Gold sponsors include Hoag, Kaiser Permanente, MemorialCare, and UCI Health. Silver sponsor is Providence Southern California.
Photo courtesy of iStock.
Nothing says summer like the Orange County Fair
It’s summer and the annual Orange County Fair returns this Friday, July 15 through August 14, 2022 at the OC Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa. This year’s theme, “Feel the Sunshine,” features a 23-day run of concerts, rides, unique fair food, competitions, a petting zoo, baby pigs at Centennial Farm, the return of the demolition derby at the Action Sports Arena, shopping, and more. OC Fair has a major economic impact on the local economy generating $300 million in revenue and creating over 2,500 jobs with approximately $100 million in labor income. Attendance is limited to 45,000 people a day and tickets must be purchased in advance at In 2021, 16 of 23 days of the fair were sold out! In addition to hosting the highly anticipated annual OC Fair and a STEAM education event Imaginology, the Orange County Fair and Event Center hosts 150 year-round events, including concerts at the Pacific Amphitheatre, one of the top-rated concert venues in the country. The Council’s Chief Operating Officer, Natalie Rubalcava, is a Governor-appointed member of the OC Fair Board of Directors and served as Chair of the Board in 2021 when the annual fair successfully retuned after being canceled in 2020 due to Covid.
Photo courtesy of Natalie Rubalcava.
Dr. Al Mijares receives high honors
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Al Mijares of the Orange County Department of Education, a Council investor, has been named as a 2022 Junior Achievement Champion Honoree. Recognized for his contributions to youth in the community through leadership, funding and volunteerism, Mijares will be honored later this month by the Costa Mesa-based non-profit that helps prepares K-12 students for work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship.
Photo courtesy of JA Orange County.
Congratulations Phil Washington!
Former LA Metro CEO and Mobility21 Board Member Phil Washington has been nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, the agency overseeing the safety and efficiency of air transportation nationwide. Congratulations to Phil, a longtime partner of the Business Council with a thorough understanding of Southern California's transportation needs.
Photo courtesy of Washington Post.
Disneyland Resort and Girl Scouts of Orange County collaborate to encourage the next generation of leaders
Two Business Council investors, Disneyland Resort and Girl Scouts of Orange County have teamed up to support everyone's favorite cookie entrepreneurs! As part of the collaboration with Girl Scouts of Orange County, the Disneyland Resort provides support for career exploration events such as “Dreams to Reality,” which allows Disney VoluntEARS and volunteers from other Orange County employers to sit with Girl Scouts of Orange County to discuss career paths and offer mentorship and guidance. Keep up the great work!
Photo courtesy of Disney Cast Life Blog.
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2022 Washington, D.C.
Virtual Advocacy Summit
Join us virtually and make the voice of business heard as we advocate for Orange County's competitive edge and continue to advance economic development, workforce and quality of life priorities for the nation's sixth largest county. Registration opening soon.
2022-2023 Orange County Community
Indicators Report and Rollout
Save the date for the 2022-2023 OC Community Indicators Report and Rollout Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 11 a.m. at the Westin Anaheim Resort. The annual assessment, presented in partnership with CalOptima, Orange County Community Foundation, First 5 and United Way, serves as a tool for business, academia and government to understand the growth of the nation's sixth largest county. Appreciation goes to title sponsor Amazon, platinum sponsor City of Hope Orange County, gold sponsor Kaiser Permanente and silver sponsors SoCalGas, SDG&E and Wells Fargo for making the event possible.
28th Annual Economic Forecast Conference
October 27, 2022 | 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Join the 28th Annual Economic Forecast Conference presented in conjunction with Council member CSUF College of Business and Economics on Thursday, October 27, 2022 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. Director of the CSUF Woods Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting Anil Puri, Ph.D. and Co-Director Mira Farka, Ph.D. will lead a conversation around critical economic indicators impacting Orange County and the region.
12th Annual Turning Red Tape into
Red Carpet Awards and Reception
Nomination applications for the Council’s 12th Annual Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet Awards and Reception will open soon. Now in its twelfth year, the Council’s groundbreaking county-wide awards program honors outstanding public agencies for implementing policies and programs that cut through red tape, eliminate barriers to economic growth and open the door to private sector jobs creation.
Committee meetings are an exclusive benefit offered to The Business Council's investors.
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  • Did you know that Orange County is home to the largest population of Vietnamese residents outside of Vietnam? Join the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam on July 11 for the 2022 Vietnam-U.S. Business Forum in Los Angeles. Dean Ian Williamson of the Paul Merage School of Business at UCI, a Council investor, will be moderating a panel. Learn about investment opportunities and meet the delegation; registration is required.
  • Join the Business Council's team as the new Business Initiative Specialist and support programs and initiatives designed to create measurable change in Orange County's economy. If interested in applying, contact Jesse Ben-Ron, Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development at
Join Orange County Business Council 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, The Business Council's Chief Operating Officer.