February 24, 2021
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News and Events
California Apartment Association Donates
Plexiglass Protective Shields to Higher Ground
Last Friday the Anaheim Chamber joined Mayor Pro Tem Stephen Faessel and Victor Cao from the California Apartment Association which donated several dozen plexiglass protective shields to the Higher Ground facility at Lincoln Park.
 
Higher Ground has recently expanded their footprint at the park and its founder, Joe Baldo, showed us the new classrooms. Facilities for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Baseball and Soccer, Healthy Meals, After School Programs, Self Esteem, and even Gardening are offered.
In light of the Covid-19 restrictions and safety protocols, the new shields were a welcomed addition. Thanks again to the Apartment Association for supporting this work.
Live Webinar for PPP Relief Round II and PPP Forgiveness
The Small Business Administration has opened the Paycheck Protection Program for First and Second Draw applications.

Mark your calendar for Thursday, February 25th at 2:00 PM to join the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce as experts from the American Lending Center discuss the basics of the 2nd Round of Paycheck Protection Program loans and forgiveness. We will provide essential information for securing funds in the latest round of the CARES Act program including:

  • Updated regulations for new borrowers
  • Changes for existing PPP borrowers
  • Qualifying for a "Second Draw" Loan
  • How to Apply and Forgiveness

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. It's FREE, so register now!
Anaheim to Offer $20 Million More in Rent Help for Residents
With a new infusion of state and federal dollars, Anaheim is about to launch another round of rent assistance – this time offering to pay up to 80% of unpaid rent for the past year for tenants who qualify.
46th Annual Americana Awards
Reunion Year (Cypress College Foundation)
On Saturday, February 27, the Cypress College Foundation will host the 46th Annual Americana Awards, Reunion Year via Live Stream Gala. The 2021 Americana Awards is “The Reunion Year” where they will recognize all former Citizens and Men and Women of the Year. They will also highlight the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Garden Grove, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, and Stanton.
 
This special night will include a virtual silent and live auction. Guests will enjoy Celebration Packages delivered to locations of their choice within the Orange County area.
Advocacy
State Leaders Approve New Relief Package
This week, the Legislature and Governor approved a $7.6 billion relief package for Californians experiencing pandemic hardship. The package includes:

  • $3.8 billion in Golden State Stimulus direct payments at $600 - $1200 to low-income individuals and families
  • $2.2 billion for small businesses, nonprofits, and cultural institutions for grants up to $25,000
  • $1.6 billion in aid to community college students, childcare providers, food and diaper banks, and other essential services, and to restore cuts made last year to UC and CSU

COVID-19 News
Mass Vaccination Site at Anaheim
Convention Center will be Anaheim's 2nd
Orange County has launched its third mass vaccination Super POD, at the Anaheim Convention Center, opening a new front in the county’s campaign to protect millions of residents from the coronavirus. The convention center will serve as both a COVID-19 testing and immunization site.

Work Opportunity Tax Credit Extended Through 2025
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit —an incentive for employers to broaden their job applicant pools and hire from certain groups of people who may need assistance finding jobs—has been reauthorized and extended through the end of 2025.
State Launches SaferAtWork Business Compliance Page
The website is a one-stop-shop for up to date COVID-19 compliance information.
Lack of Vaccine Supply
Cause Temporary Closures at OC Vaccine Sites
Disneyland will be open today (February 24) to dispense a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine only to those eligible individuals with appointments. The Disneyland site will close on Thursday, February 25 due to forecasted high winds and will reopen on Friday, February 26, weather permitting.

The Anaheim Convention Center opened yesterday for those with appointments to receive their second dose of the Moderna vaccine.

The State is currently allowing vaccines for Phase 1A and 1B. OC Health will continue scheduling appointments for people eligible under Phase 1A and 1B when the vaccine supply is confirmed. Phase 1A consists of Seniors over the age of 65, healthcare workers, and long-term care residents. Phase 1B consists of food workers, educators, and child care providers.
Where to Get COVID-19 Testing in OC
·     Anaheim Convention Center Test Site: Appointments Required.
·     Testing Basics: COVID-19 Test Options.
·     Free testing in OC: How to access.
·     DO IT! Where to get tested in OC: Find a testing site near you
·     OC Testing Sites: Appointment & walk-in resources.
·     Public & private sector testing: Contact your provider today.
·     COVID-19 Hotline: For general questions & information call: (714)-834-2000.
·     OC Health Care Agency: Data Dashboard featuring confirmed COVID-19 cases.
·     At-Home Testing: Order a Free Kit
Member Spotlight
Congratulations to our Chamber Member NOVA Kitchen & Bar for being on Yelp's Top 100 Places to Eat 2021.

First Tee Orange County Appoints Six New Members to its Board of Directors
First Tee Orange County, a nonprofit that utilizes the platform of golf to provide innovative and life skills learning opportunities for young people, announced on February 23rd the appointment of six new members to its board of directors. New Members include from left to right:

  • John Von Der Ahe, Senior Advisor at Bowermaster and Associates Insurance Agency
  • Jon Schmidt, Labor and Employment Attorney for Jackson Lewis P.C.
  • Miguel Espinosa, Business Technology Leader for Johnson and Johnson’s Cardiovascular & Specialty Solutions
  • Robert Burbach, Vice President/Chief Security Officer at Ingram Micro
  • TJ Gamble, President of Picay Capital
  • Jeff Manley, Senior Managing Director at Savills US
New Members Welcome
GenesisCare Center for Radiation Oncology
GenesisCare, formerly 21st Century Oncology, offers multidisciplinary personalized cancer treatments based on individual patient needs.

Learn about the GenesisCare radiation therapy cancer clinic at the Anaheim Regional Medical Center, located at 1211 W. La Palma Avenue, Suite 100, Anaheim, California 92801.
Anytime Hawaiian
Anytime Hawaiian has been serving Authentic Local Hawaiian Food since 1969. They are delighted to be sharing the gift of Hawai'i, one plate lunch at a time! 

Located at 1650 S Harbor Blvd., #C, Anaheim, CA 92802. Phone 714-844-2789.
Poppy + Seed
Inspired by Chef Michael Reed and his garden, Poppy & Seed is coming this March to the Anaheim Packing District! The new greenhouse restaurant will feature chef-driven American small plates with a unique, elevated twist, seasonal menu, and farm-fresh ingredients. They're excited to have you taste their dishes, pour you a cocktail, and have you experience American "comfort food" like never before! 

Coming Soon to 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805.
Home Decor Furniture
Home Decor Furniture is completely new and fresh, please come in and see for yourself that they care deeply about their customers, their needs, safety regarding COVID guidelines, and great prices and selection. They stand by their high standards, and will always give you the absolute best and honest service.

Located at 95 E. Orangethorpe Ave., Anaheim, CA 92801.
Frame 2000
Custom Picture Framing, Fine Art Printing, Hanging Services, Frames for all budgets. Frame 2000 has served Southern California with fine custom art framing and interior design services for commercial and residential clients- now at a NEW location! 

1142 E Elm Ave, B Fullerton, CA 92831
Visit Anaheim
Visit Anaheim Destination Update with Jay Burress
Jay Burress is at Hyatt Orange County this week for an episode all about Anaheim's incredible hotels – from renovations to work from home packages to grand openings – there’s plenty of news to share.
SBA Resources
Learn More About the Economic Aid Act, PPP Relaunch,
EIDL, & Shuttered Venues Operator Grant!
The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to help
businesses recover from declared disasters.
The SBA’s Orange County / Inland Empire District Office, in collaboration with SCORE, invites you to join them to learn more about the Economic Aid Act and the PPP Relaunch. In this webinar, they will cover the application process, required forms and guidance, and conduct a Q&A session for attendees.
Please Join Us

February 25: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST (Focus will be on PPP & PPP Forgiveness)

Click above to register now.
Empowering Black American Businesses
The SBA Orange County/Inland Empire office cordially invites you to honor and celebrate Black History Month in a special event aimed towards connecting and empowering Black Owned Businesses.
 
Date & Time: February 25th, 5pm
Small Business Administration
Member Discounts
Office Depot and OfficeMax

Our members can save up to 55% off every time they shop Office Depot. That means they get more of what they need and love, for a lot less! Make sure you're signed up to take advantage of this incredible program, too. Your Mobile Member Code is AnaheimCard OR text the code to 844-446-6358 to receive the card on your phone.
UPS Discounts

Anaheim Chamber of Commerce is proud to bring you valuable discounts on the products and services you need. Make the most out of your membership and take advantage of competitive rates on UPS shipping services. Plus, with the UPS one-driver advantage and more than 60,000 drop off points, there's no need to sort your air and ground shipments.