March 3, 2021
Anaheim First
Anaheim First is happy to provide a platform to help local businesses and Anaheim locals alike. They want to know what makes YOU glad to live in Anaheim - check out March Gladness launching today! You could win a gift card to your favorite Dine Drink Shop Local merchant.
News and Events
Conversation with Platinum HR:
Human Resource Changes and Compliance in the 2021 Workplace
Thursday, March 4 at 1 PM
Topics to be discussed:
COVID-19 new legal requirements
Leaves of Absence
Telecommuting
Minimum wage changes
Diversity and Harassment
Employee Handbooks

A Touch of Disney Food Event
A Touch of Disney will open on March 18 at Disney California Adventure and run through April 5 with additional dates to be added on a rolling basis. Ticket sales begin Thursday, March 4. The limited-time, advance reservation event will feature food and beverage favorites from Disneyland and Disney California Adventure along with “unique, carefully crafted” entertainment.
Anaheim to Give $20 Million
in Rental Assistance
The city of Anaheim is providing $20 million in assistance to families and landlords struggling with rent debt due to the pandemic. Renters and landlords impacted by COVID-19 can get help with unpaid rent from the past year. Applications opened on March 1 and will be due by March 31.
New eBay Program Offering Free
eCommerce Training for Small Businesses
The California Office of the Small Business Advocate has partnered with eBay to announce the launch of the Up & Running California program. Through the program, up to 300 California, small businesses will be selected to participate in this six-week interactive eCommerce training program designed to help them get and grow online. Applications are open until 11:59 p.m. PT on Thursday, March 11, 2021.
15th Annual “Bridges of Hope” Virtual Gala
Seeking Sponsors and Auction Items
Grandmas House of Hope is excited to announce its largest fundraising event of the year: the 15th Annual “Bridges of Hope” Virtual Gala on Saturday, May 22, 2021.
 
They are raising funds to help provide emergency, bridge, and healing housing, food, education, and trauma-informed services for unstably housed individuals
 
Please consider supporting their mission to "Empower the Invisible Populations of Orange County," as an official gala sponsor or by donating a product or service for their online auction.
 
Contact Tammy Johnson, Director of Development at tammy@grandmashouseofhope.org or (281) 850-3566 for more details.

Advocacy
CalChamber Calls for
Legislative Action to Promote Economic Recovery
The California Chamber of Commerce is leading a coalition of more than 75 allied groups in urging Governor Gavin Newsom and California Legislators to pass measures to promote economic recovery in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Legislators Urge End to Business Tax Increase
A bi-partisan group of 25 California Legislators led by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Campbell) is urging Assembly Budget leadership to immediately end a tax increase enacted on California employers last year and restore the net operating loss (NOL) deduction and business incentive tax credits as part of this year’s budget.
Call To Action
Tell Your State Legislators to Oppose AB 84/SB 95
The State Legislature is considering a new COVID-19 paid sick leave mandate under budget bills AB 84/SB 95. The mandate would require businesses of all sizes to provide an additional 80 hours of paid leave to employees for eight different COVID-related reasons. There are no tax credits or other financial relief to offset the cost of the leave. Click the link below to let your legislators know you oppose these bills.
COVID-19 News
Vaccines: Super POD at Anaheim Convention Center
Mayor Harry Sidhu and Councilmember Avelino Valencia provide an update on the Super POD at Anaheim Convention Center, which has provided more than 20,000 vaccines since opening last week.
Reconfiguration of the Disneyland Super POD
The Disneyland Super POD will close on Thursday, March 4 to be reconfigured for ADA lanes/in-car vaccinations starting on Monday, March 8. Site will be able to serve eligible individuals w/disabilities w/appointments with appropriate vehicle placards or license plates.
 
The State has opened eligibility to Phase 1B and requires local health departments to dedicate a specific allocation to this group. On March 1, Covid 19 Vaccinations were made available to TK-12 school employees in Orange County at specialized Points of Dispensing – Operated by the Orange County Department of Education in partnership with local school districts.

Orange County is Close to Reaching the Red Tier
After weeks of falling positive case rates and increased ICU capacity, Orange County is on the cusp of moving into the less restrictive red tier. All three of a county's metrics must fall within a certain range to advance. We anticipate moving into the red tier on March 9th.

Allowable activities in the Red Tier include:

  • Hair salons: open indoors with modifications
  • Retail: open indoors at 50% capacity
  • Malls: open indoors at 50% capacity and limited food courts
  • Nail salons: open indoors with modifications
  • Electrolysis: open indoors with modifications
  • Personal care services (body waxing, etc.): open indoor with modifications
  • Tattooing and piercing: open indoors with modifications
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums: open indoors at 25% capacity
  • Places of worship: open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
  • Movie theaters: open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
  • Hotels: open with modifications, plus fitness centers can open at 10% capacity
  • Gyms: open indoors at 10% capacity
  • Restaurants: open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
  • Wineries: outdoor only
  • Bars and breweries: closed
  • Family entertainment centers: outdoor only, like mini-golf, batting cages, and go-kart racing
  • Cardrooms: outdoor only
  • Non-essential offices: remote work only
  • Professional sports: no live audiences
  • Schools: can reopen for in-person instruction after five days out of the purple tier
  • Theme parks: must stay closed
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
StretchLab in Anaheim Hills is Now Hiring!
Stretch Labs in Anaheim Hills is looking to grow its team of Flexologist. They are looking for:

An individual who holds a certification and at least one year of experience in a bodywork field (Licensed Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer, Certified Yoga Instructor, etc).

If you think you know someone who would make a great addition to their team please respond o anaheimhills@stretchlab.com with details! They appreciate your assistance in helping them find the perfect candidate to join their StretchLab Family.


The Toll Roads Cattle Grazing Begins at
Live Oak Plaza Conservation Area
The Transportation Corridor Agencies) last week kicked off a pilot program in which cattle graze the land at the Agencies’ Live Oak Plaza Conservation Area in Trabuco Canyon. The first grazing period will continue for approximately two to three weeks. The program, approved by the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency Board of Directors last year, helps to mitigate wildfire risk and promote native vegetation in and around Anaheim Hills.
Visit Anaheim
This Week's Destination Update
In this week’s update, Jay is at the Anaheim Convention Center ― which is now Anaheim's second COVID-19 vaccination super POD. This episode also includes information on Visit Anaheim’s new virtual experience tool for meeting professionals and shares new legislation that could accelerate the safe reopening of Disneyland® Resort.
SBA Resources
2021 SBA Emerging Leaders program
The Emerging Leaders Initiative a.k.a. Streetwise 'MBA', is a FREE intensive executive-level series intended to accelerate the growth of high-potential small businesses in America’s underserved cities. 

During the seven-month course, participants are given the opportunity to work ONLINE with experienced mentors, join specialized workshops and develop connections with their peers, city leaders, and the financial community.

The application deadline is March 17, 2021
Wedding Industry's Road to Recovery & Rebuilding
SBA Orange County/Inland Empire is holding 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.
Learn How to Get 8(a), HUBZone, and WOSB Certified
During this informational webinar, we review three of the certification programs within Federal contracting - the Woman-Owned Small Business Set-Aside Program, the HUBZone Program, and the 8(a) Business Development Program. For all three programs, we discuss the eligibility criteria; the programmatic benefits for participants; and the process to pursue the certification.
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

March 4: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST
March 9: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST
March 10: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST

Click 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.