March 10, 2021
News and Events
Disneyland Resort Reopening Webinar
On Tuesday, March 9th, Visit Anaheim and the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce hosted a webinar Responsible Recovery Together - Reopening of Disneyland 2021

Featuring Disney Executives:
Mary Niven, SVP, Experience and Integration
Clark Jones, VP Finance
Carrie Nocella, Director, External Affairs

California Okay's Reopening of Ballparks, Disneyland
California has cleared a path for fans to hit the stands at opening-day baseball games and return to the Disneyland Resort and other amusement parks next month.
Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will reopen in late April. 10,000 furloughed employees will rejoin the workforce after a year of closure. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are eager to have staff safely back in action.
Convention, Hospitality Sector Pressures
Gov. Gavin Newsom for Reopening Guidelines
Under the umbrella of the California Convention Center Coalition and California Travel Association, 134 tourism officials, business owners, and labor groups signed a letter sent to Governor Newsom and released it to the public Thursday, March 4. Signatories include the Anaheim/Orange County Hotel & Lodging Association, the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Los Angeles Convention Center, the San Diego Tourism Authority, Visit Pasadena and others.
City of Anaheim Emprendedor@s Program - April 1, 2021
Join the City of Anaheim Emprendedor@s Program via Zoom on April 1st. 2021, this will be the 3rd Generation of this program. The Emprendedor@s Program is focused on providing entrepreneurship education to City of Anaheim residents only. It is a FREE program presented in Spanish. 

Únase al programa Emprendedor @ s de la ciudad de Anaheim a través de Zoom el 1 de abril. 2021, esta será la tercera generación de este programa. El programa Emprendedor @ s se centra en brindar educación empresarial únicamente a los residentes de la ciudad de Anaheim. Es un programa GRATUITO presentado en español.

El programa Emprendedor@s educa, motiva, empodera y te ayuda a desarrollar tus habilidades de liderazgo y negocios. El Programa Emprendedor@s consta de 8 semanas consecutivas los días Jueves.
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American Rescue Plan Act to be Signed by the President by Friday
On Saturday, March 6, the Senate approved an amended version of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. On Wednesday, March 10, the House approved the Senate’s version and sent it to President Biden for his signature. Among other things, the $1.9 trillion plan includes:

  • $25 billion for grants to restaurants and bars
  • Additional $15 billion to the Emergency Injury Disaster Loan 
  • Additional $7 billion for the Payment Protection Program (PPP)
  • Tax credits for businesses that decide to provide paid sick and family leave tax through October 1
  • $20 billion to state and local governments to help low-income households cover back rent, rent assistance, and utility bills
  • $10 billion to help struggling homeowners pay their mortgages, utilities, and property taxes
  • $5 billion to state and local governments to help people at risk of homelessness
  • $5 billion in housing vouchers for the homeless
  • $20 billion for COVID vaccines
  • $50 billion for COVID testing 
  • $195 billion for state governments
  • $130 billion for county and city governments
  • $125 billion for public school reopening and $2.75 billion for private school reopening
  • $1,400 stimulus checks for individuals making up to $75,000 and $2,800 stimulus checks for couples making up to $150,000
  • $300 weekly extra unemployment insurance has been renewed through September 6
  • 2021 child tax credit has been increased from $1,000 per child to $3,000 per child aged 6+ and $3,600 per child under 6
  • 15% increase in food stamp benefits through September
  • $0.88 billion for Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

New Rounds of California Small Business and Non Profit
COVID-19 Relief Grant Program
California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate, part of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), announced on March 3rd, four new funding rounds for the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program following Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a comprehensive package of immediate actions that speeds much-needed relief to individuals, families, and businesses suffering the most significant economic hardship due to COVID-19.

Anaheim First
It's a brand new month, Spring is on the way and we're deeming the next 10 days March Gladness! What makes you glad to live right here in sunny Anaheim? We're giving away EIGHT $50 gift cards to ANAHEI'M FIRST Dine, Drink & Shop merchants to share why we're glad you're a subscriber to our program!

The giveaway ends on 3/12, winners will be notified by DM. This giveaway is in no way sponsored by, endorsed by or affiliated with Facebook. For gift cards to brewery and winery merchants, proof of age (21+) must be provided.
Now, we all love beer, but we all especially love $1 off pints of beer!

Anaheim Brewery offers $1 off a pint to Dine, Drink & Shop subscribers. @ocpinkboots via Instagram.

*Offers subject to change.

CalChamber Issues Statement Following Governor’s
State of the State Address
California Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Allan Zaremberg issued the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s State of the State address on March 9 :

“We appreciate the Governor’s focus on the importance of vaccines and safely re-opening California’s economy and our schools as quickly as possible. The Governor’s previous actions to provide economic relief to our small businesses will certainly help provide an economic bridge as we wait for California’s economy to recover. As we move toward that recovery, we encourage Governor Newsom to use the billions of dollars California is likely to receive in federal relief to replenish the unemployment insurance fund rather than burdening small businesses with tax increases to repay billions in federal government loans.”
COVID-19 News
Orange County will move
to more relaxed red tier next week
Current COVID-19 positivity rates have continued to decline, placing OC on track to reopen early next week.

Orange County Vaccine PODs - Update
Pending vaccine supply, individuals notified to schedule an appointment through Othena can select the vaccine type to receive (Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson). Vaccine selection depends on which vaccines are available on open appointment dates.
The Disneyland Super POD is now dispensing vaccines only through Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lanes/in-car vaccinations. The site will have less capacity than the County’s other POD sites and is intended to serve people who require an ADA-accessible option. The Anaheim Convention Center began dispensing the Johnson and Johnson vaccine on Tuesday.
Individuals who lack access to technology can call the HCA hotline at (714) 834-2000 for assistance with Othena registration and support.

CDC releases first set of guidelines for fully vaccinated people
The CDC’s website says a person is considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series, for the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after they have received a single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

Fully vaccinated and in non-healthcare settings can participate in the following: 

  • Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic

Even though they are considered fully vaccinated, the CDC still recommends people continue to do the following:

  • Take precautions in public like wearing a well-fitted mask and physical distancing
  • Wear masks, practice physical distancing, and adhere to other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease
  • Wear masks, maintain physical distance, and practice other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households
  • Avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings
COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance Released for the Workplace
On March 4, 2021, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing updated its COVID-19 guidance, addressing several vaccination-related questions.
Volunteering Clinic Could Get You a Vaccine
California launched a new program that gives residents the opportunity to get vaccinated by volunteering to help get others inoculated at sites across the state.
Where To Get Covid19 Testing in Orange County
·     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.
Member Spotlight
Save the Date: Chrysalis Night In on May 13!
Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us all, but the way our community has come together to support each other has been truly inspirational. You have helped Chrysalis keep the virtual Success Bell ringing, and for that, they are so grateful. And as we move toward recovery, the need for employment-focused services and transitional jobs will only increase in the months ahead, making the work of Chrysalis more critical than ever.

On Thursday, May 13, Chrysalis champions from around the globe will be gathering for an exciting virtual event to support their programs and services!

Join them for their second Chrysalis Night In - a private online event featuring musical performances, celebrity appearances, comedy, and exclusive auction items. Secure your ticket today and stay tuned for updates on the night's line-up!
Bob Hart - CEO, TruAmerica Multifamily
Demi Weitz - Co-Creator, RWQuarantunes
Richard Weitz - Partner, WME & Co-Creator, RWQuarantunes

Event Chairs
Kerry Brown
Rebecca Gayheart Dane
Rick Hess
Josh Lieberman
Stacey Sher
Richard Weitz
Thursday, May 13 | 7 to 8:30 p.m. PT
Tickets are $50 per household.
Visit Anaheim
This Week's Destination Update
Visit Anaheim, CEO, Jay Burress is at the Anaheim White House because if there was ever a time to celebrate restaurants, it's now! We hope you will join us in Anaheim during Orange County Restaurant Week from March 7 through March 13. During this week, you can leave the cooking and the dishes to our restaurants. There are three Anaheim locations participating in Restaurant Week with special dine-in or takeout options.
SBA Resources
SBA Orange County/Inland Empire will hold a 5-week webinar series on the wedding industry’s road to recovery and rebuilding. Industry experts will be covering topics specific to the wedding and events industry that small businesses can apply during the pandemic.
Don't Miss Out! Still Time to Register for 8(a), HUBZone, and WOSB Certification Webinar
The SBA Orange County/Inland Empire District Office will be conducting a webinar focused on the benefits and application process of the SBA's Federal Certification Programs
New Application Forms for Schedule C Filers Now Available
SBA’s new PPP application forms and Interim Final Rule for Schedule C filers are now posted on The new forms (First and Second Draw) allow Schedule C filers (e.g. sole proprietors, independent contractors). to use line 7 (Gross Income) vs. line 31 (Net Profit/Loss) as the basis for their loan amount. This will likely result in a significantly higher PPP loan amount.   
Paycheck Protection Program
The SBA’s Orange County / Inland Empire District office, in collaboration with SCORE, invites you to join us to learn more about the Economic Aid Act and the PPP Relaunch. In this webinar, we will cover the application process, required forms and guidance, and conduct a Q&A session for attendees.
Please Join Us

March 16: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST
March 17: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST
March 18: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST

Click on a date above to register now.
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.