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Join us on June 15 for the 2022 Energy Forum!
THIS WEEK! Don't miss the chance to learn from our top local energy experts on the status and implications of California's climate goals, emerging technology that could revolutionize the power industry, what practices businesses can implement to satisfy both climate goals and energy needs, and more topics impacting Orange County businesses!
Hear from expert panelists from Southern California Edison, SoCalGas, UCI, Clean Energy Fuels, Western States Petroleum Association and Bloom Energy. Thank you to Business Council Board Members, Rick Nogueira of JPMorgan Chase and Jodi Duva of Cox Business for moderating these important discussions.

A special thank you to title sponsor Southern California Edison, gold sponsor SoCalGas and silver sponsors AT&T, OCERI and Verizon. Register today!
Photo courtesy of iStock images.
Disneyland Resort Commits Additional $1 million to Workforce Development
Disneyland Resort has committed an additional $1 million to its community workforce development initiative, bringing the total to $5 million. These funds support local nonprofits such as Orange County United Way, which provides career enrichment experiences for high schools in the Anaheim Union School District.

Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog.
The Business Council Needs Your Help – UI Fund Debt Threatens to Tax All Businesses
California’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) Fund debt is at a record $20B due to COVID-19 shutdowns. While these shutdowns were deemed essential to public health during the height of the pandemic, the resulting debt increase was not caused by business. Despite this, state leaders seem intent on letting businesses of all sizes foot the bill. This would mean higher per-employee taxes starting in 2023—$21 per employee, increasing by $21 each year thereafter. Taxes will soar to $1B by 2025 and $2B by 2028 impacting competitiveness and the ability for employers to provide good-paying jobs. Business leaders are calling for the 2023-24 budget to include a minimum of $1B of immediate tax relief to cover business tax increases for the next two years, and at least $3 billion to pay down a portion of outstanding debt. Employers are strongly encouraged to contact their state legislators and ask them to not leave businesses on the hook for the UI debt. For talking points, click here.
Reader Survey Coming Soon
We value your feedback! Look for OCBC’s reader survey coming soon here in e-news. We want to know how we can make this newsletter better for you! 
Share Your Non-Profit Story
The Business Council is grateful for all of its non-profit investors and the impact they're making in our communities. If you’re a non-profit member and would like us to highlight your stories. Please send your stories to the Communications Team for consideration.
South County Outreach Recognized for Service
South County Outreach, a Business Council investor and local nonprofit serving low-income individuals and families in crisis in South Orange County, was recently recognized by fellow Business Council investor Pacific Life as the recipient of the Walter B. Gerken award on behalf of the Pacific Life Foundation. The annual award, selected by the Pacific Life team, is based on merit, relationships, and mission-work.
Photo courtesy of South County Outreach.
2022 Health Care Forum
Embracing Change in Health Care
Don’t miss a candid conversation with Orange County’s health care leaders discussing how they are embracing change and innovations in patient wellness. Featured panel announced soon.

A special thank you to title sponsor City of Hope Orange County and gold sponsors Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, Kaiser Permanente and MemorialCare and silver sponsor Providence Southern California.
2022 Washington D.C.
Virtual Advocacy Summit
Help make the voice of business heard and advance Orange County’s competitive advantage even further! Join us virtually for targeted meetings with legislators and federal agency leaders to advocate for Orange County’s priorities and gain unparalleled access to elected officials. Registration opening soon. 
Committee meetings are an exclusive benefit offered to The Business Council's investors.
Click the committee meeting link to learn more about the specific topics and issues that will be covered and any special guest speakers.
  • Are you an employer looking to recruit cloud-ready talent? Join Business Council investor Amazon Web Services (AWS) at its Virtual Job Fair on June 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will bring together candidates who have completed training in AWS and various cloud computing and technology programs. In past events, participants have been hired in roles such as Cloud Associate, Cloud Engineer, Data Center Technician, IT Support Engineer, Solutions Architect, Software Development Engineer, Cloud Technical Account Manager, and more. The virtual job fair will give you the chance to remotely engage, screen, and recruit candidates at no cost! For information on how to get connected, please contact Jesse Ben-Ron at
  • The Coalition of California Chambers-Orange County (CCCOC) and the U.S. Chamber are hosting a Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C. on July 26-29. Speakers include America’s Small Business Development Center President and CEO Tee Rowe, National Taxpayers Union Foundation President Pete Sepp, and U.S. Chamber Vice President of Small Business Policy Tom Sullivan. For more information, email
  • 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
  • Business Council investor Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is reimagining OC bus service to better connect residents, workers and visitors to their destinations. Public input is critical to providing efficient public transit service. That’s why OCTA is launching a series of in-person and virtual community meetings and a survey beginning June 14.
  • Join Gospel Voices of OC on June 19 at Chapman University for a Juneteenth concert celebrating the diverse and multi-generational accomplishments of African Americans through the lens of music and dance.
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.