February 9, 2022
Chamber News and Events
Celebrate 13 Anaheim Business Leaders
at the Anaheim Business Awards 
Meet this year’s Anaheim Business Award recipients by joining us at the Anaheim Business Awards, Wednesday, March 16th at Hilton Anaheim. Share the day with deserving businesses and hear some inspiring success stories among these leaders in Anaheim!
Award Spotlight #1
Restaurant of the Year - Casa Garcia 
Congratulations to Restaurant of the Year - La Casa Garcia! Despite being temporarily closed, the owner of La Casa Garcia Restaurant in Anaheim opened up his kitchen and heart to donate 1,000 meals to front-line health care workers, first responders, essential workers, and homeless people. 

The restaurant is celebrating more than 46 years of the community. Its owner, Frank Garcia, is no stranger to being generous to people and families in need. He and his staff cook warm meals for homeless individuals every holidays season. 
Award Spotlight #2
Business of The Year - Grove of Anaheim
Nederlander Concerts launched the Drive-In OC concert series at City National Grove of Anaheim and offered a steady lineup of entertainment in 2020 and 2021.

They’ve hosted about 60 concerts and comedy shows with nearly every performance selling out.

If you would like to attend the event on March 16th honoring Frank Garcia or the City National Grove, register below.

Join Us for Networking in March
Join us for Networking in March! Our events will be Good Morning Anaheim Breakfast on Friday March 4th followed by Leads Lunch on Wednesday March 9th! RSVP is required.
Good Morning Anaheim

Friday, March 4th
7:30 AM
Anaheim Chamber of Commerce
Leads Lunch

Wednesday, March 9th
11:30 AM
at Roxy'z by Zov's

Exciting Upcoming Events
Mark Your Calendars
Angels Baseball Luncheon
May 20th 
 State of the City | July 27th

2022 Economic and Financial Update
Free Webinar
The Anaheim Chamber is pleased to partner with the Newport Beach Chamber and 20 other Chambers to bring you the 2022 Economic and Financial Forecast. In this free webinar Christopher Schwarz, UCI Professor, will provide an update on the Economy, Financial Markets, and Real Estate after a volatile start to 2022.

Orange County Employment Fair
Looking for a new job? Swing by the Virtual Orange County Employment Fair this Friday, February 11th from 10:00 AM -2:00 PM.

This event will include participants from numerous local companies.
Omicron Surge Policies to Expire
As COVID-19 conditions continue to improve across California and the Omicron surge subsides, temporary measures the state had put in place will expire in the coming weeks. Definitions for indoor and outdoor mega-events will return to pre-surge guidance (from 500 to 1,000 attendees for indoor events, and 5,000 to 10,000 attendees for outdoor events) after February 15.  The indoor masking requirement will also expire on this day, reverting to the previous guidance which requires masking for unvaccinated individuals in all indoor public settings and required masking for all individuals regardless of vaccination status in higher-risk settings like public transit and congregate living. Workplaces will continue to follow the COVID-19 prevention standards set by CalOSHA. 

The state is continuing to work with education, public health, and community leaders to update masking requirements at schools to adapt to changing conditions and ensure the safety of kids, teachers, and staff. 

Additional adjustments to the state's policies will be shared in the coming week. 
Anaheim 13th MEU Semper 5K & 10K Run
The Anaheim Semper 5K & 10K is proudly sponsored by the Anaheim 13th MEU Adoption Committee. On May 21st, at 8 AM, come out and support Anaheim's only Adopted Unit The 'Fighting 13TH' - 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit based out of Camp Pendleton. All event proceeds directly benefit the Marines, Sailors of families of the 13th MEU. With the generous support of our runners and sponsors, they are able to provide emergency relief funds as needs may arise, subsidize holiday events, provide Welcome Home Bags upon return from deployment, and host the Welcome Home festivities for the families.
CSUF Career Service Opportunities
Cal State Fullerton’s Career Center offers employers the opportunity to post internships and jobs via Symplicity aka Titan Connection.

If you are interested in participating in a CSUF Career Fair, visit their website which includes information on dates and registration for the entire Spring 2022 semester.  To create an account and begin posting, click here or call them at 657-278-3121 for more information.

Anaheim Public Utilities is Sponsoring
an Electric Vehicle Workshop
Electric vehicles, known as EVs for short, are gaining use and popularity, which is good for our environment. 

If you're looking to get more information about charging an EV at your home or business, Anaheim Public Utilities is here to help. 

Join them on Wednesday, Feb. 16, for a workshop on EV technology, charging options and electrical panel considerations. 

The New Anaheim Magazine
Anaheim magazine is back and better than ever, after being on hold for two years due to the coronavirus crisis. 

The winter 2022 edition includes a new and improved design with a more modern look and feel. 

Inside, you can find stories about:
• Anaheim’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic
•   Anaheim's bright future and recovery
•   The 42nd annual OC Black History Parade
•   Be Well OC in Anaheim
•   And much more!
Micro-Business Grants
Beginning February 14, 2022, at 9:00 am until March 15, 2022, at 5:00 pm, eligible microbusiness owners can apply for Orange County Microbusiness Grants.

The County will provide one-time $2,500 grants to microbusinesses facing barriers to accessing capital. Small businesses owners, including women, veterans, minorities, individuals without documentation, and individuals with limited English proficiency, are encouraged to apply.

New State Law Requires COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Retroactive to January 1
Earlier today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 114 into law after it passed both houses of the Legislature earlier this week. It requires businesses that employ 26 or more people to provide 80 hours of COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave to full-time employees, retroactive to January 1, 2022, and expiring on September 30, 2022. Part-time employees are entitled to a pro-rated amount of COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave.

  • Employees may use COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave to:
  • Isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19
  • Seek a COVID-19 test while symptomatic
  • Obtain or recover from the COVID-19 vaccine (subject to time limitations noted below)
  • Care for a family member who is isolating or quarantining due to COVID-19
  • Care for a family member obtaining or recovering from the COVID-19 vaccine (subject to time limitations noted below)

The California Chamber of Commerce and a coalition of business groups were able to win an anti-fraud concession that employers may require proof of a positive COVID-19 test before an employee can use more than 40 hours of COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave. The coalition also gained a limitation on the amount of time employees can use to attend a vaccine/booster appointment or recover from vaccine/booster side effects, capping the number of hours to 24 business hours (three business days) unless a health care provider verifies that the employee needs more time due to symptoms; these hours are included within the 80-hour COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave amount (not in addition to).

SB 114 does not include any tax credits, deductions, or other direct assistance for employers. However, the Governor and the Legislature did approve SB 113, which restored the net operating loss tax deduction effective January 1, 2022, for corporate and individual taxpayers with business income of $1 million or more, who had temporarily lost this deduction beginning in 2020. SB 113 also removes the $5 million cap on business tax credits that had been imposed beginning in 2020. SB 113 also conforms California with federal tax law by granting an income tax exemption for money received from federal restaurant revitalization grants and federal shuttered venue operator grants.
New Member Welcome
DCW & Associates
At DCW & Associates, they strive to achieve the best possible outcome on behalf of every client. Their dedicated and compassionate team, comprised of former law enforcement, expert witnesses, and private investigators, is highly motivated. With decades of experience and superior research and investigative skills.

Their Areas of Focus are:
Litigation Services, Research Services, Asset Checks, Business Intelligence, Executive Protection, Insurance Services, and Workplace Injury
Member Spotlight
The Westin Anaheim Resort Announces New
Key Leadership Appointments
The Westin Anaheim Resort plans to elevate the luxury scene in Anaheim with the appointment of three new executives to lead the hotel team. The team is already gearing up for incredible growth that will take this AAA Four-Diamond hotel to greater heights in 2022.

New Leaders at The Westin Anaheim Resort
General Manager
Nicholas Price
Executive Chef
Kenneth Williams
Gema Maleki
Visit Anaheim
How to Pregame for the Big Game in Anaheim!
Just north of Anaheim, football fans will gather at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on February 13, 2022. Before you watch your favorite team head to the big game, maximize your pregame festivities with a visit to Anaheim. Here are just some of the reasons you should touch down in Anaheim ahead of the big game.
Small Business Administration & SCORE Upcoming Events
What Makes A Great Website 
by Stu Atkins

Tuesday February 15th |10:00 AM to 11:00 AM 
The foundation of your digital marketing strategy is your website. Without a great website, you’re building a marketing house on digital sand. Make sure your website attracts, holds, and converts new visitors and customers. After this session, you will never see websites the same again.
Pathways to Entrepreneurship 
by Page Nicol

Monday February 14th | 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM 
This presentation called “Pathways to Entrepreneurship” is about all the different ways to go into business (i.e. Startup, Consulting, Buying an existing business, Franchising). The presentation includes the pros/cons of each along with what characteristics make a good entrepreneur. We also discuss financing and using SCORE as a support option for starting any kind of business, with how to open a business during a pandemic. 
LinkedIn for Beginners
by Roni Ramos

Thursday February 10th | 1:00PM to 2:00PM 
Connections, Video, A Great First Impression, we’ll talk about all of it! These days connection is more important than ever for your brand/business or products. This is why I LOVE LinkedIn. It’s literally made for connection!

If you are looking to connect with other business owners this is the platform for you.
LinkedIn has evolved to a more energetic and engaging platform and yep, video works great here!

This webinar is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, LinkedIn.
Business Event Roundup Webinars
Events on Wednesday, February 9:
Events on Friday, February 11:
Member Discounts
Office Depot And OfficeMax

Anaheim Chamber members can save up to 55% off every time they shop at Office Depot. That means you get more of what you 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.