September 16, 2020
News and Events

The Anaheim Chamber Hosts ReOpen OC Now Press Conference
Calls for Governor to Issue Theme Park Guidelines for ReOpening
This morning Chamber President Todd Ament led a press conference this morning with Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu, Buena Park Mayor Fred Smith and Garden Grove Mayor Steve Jones. They were joined by tourism industry, small business and labor leaders. The media event's focus was to highlight the region's economic impacts as Disneyland enters its six-month closure. Speakers called for Governor Newsom to release theme park guidelines so the Resort and other theme parks can prepare to reopen. The six month closure of the Resort has resulted in a $1.3 billion economic impact to the county in total loss revenue. This call to action comes as the City of Anaheim experiences a $100 million budget deficit. 

The Anaheim Chamber encourages you to use the link below to write a brief email to the Governor asking for the release of theme park guidelines. 

Please go to and TAKE ACTION To ReOpen OC NOW by sharing your thoughts with the Governor’s Office.
Anaheim, Garden Grove and Buena Park
Call to Reopen California Theme Parks
OC Register - Photo Credit
OC Register - The mayors of Anaheim, Buena Park and Garden Grove called on Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday, Sept. 16 to issue COVID-19 guidelines that would allow Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and other California theme parks to safely reopen.
Largest U.S. Theme Parks Report
No COVID-19 Outbreaks Since Reopening
From the (OC Register), there have been no reports of COVID-19 outbreaks at the 20 largest amusement parks in the United States as California theme parks continue to await reopening guidelines from the state after six months of coronavirus closures.

No COVID-19 outbreaks have been reported at Disney, Universal, SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Six Flags, Legoland and Cedar Fair parks in Florida, Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Virginia and Michigan, according to state health agencies and theme park officials.
Anaheim Chamber Legislative Committee Hosts
Gary Brown, President of PDI
Friday, September 18
Join us this Friday, September 18th via Zoom, as welcome Gary Brown, President of Political Data, Inc a leading political technology and data firm.

Gary will join us to look at the results of the March Primary Election from a data point of view, talk about who turned out and who didn’t and in what numbers, and what these trends could signal for the November General Election not only locally in Anaheim, but statewide and across the country.

Please join us for what will no doubt be a very informative look at this November’s election.
Blake's Place - Real BBQ at its Best
Conversation with Mayor Pro Tem Steve Faessel
Blake's Place Café & Catering is committed to give the highest quality food and friendly service at a great value. Beef Brisket, Baby Back & Pork Spare Ribs, Chicken, Turkey, Pork, Salmon, Yellowtail are some of the many foods that are slow cooked in a wood smoke atmosphere. Enjoy Mayor Pro Tem Steve Faessel's visit to this wonderful Anaheim cafe.
Center City Corridors Hosts Virtual Community Meeting
The City of Anaheim has completed a Vision Plan based on community outreach and input. The Vision Plan is the basis of the Center City Corridor Specific Plan. This plan will be used to establish more detailed policies and guidance for future land use, placemaking, mobility, community services and amenities and infrastructure decisions.

Join the City of Anaheim for a virtual community meeting on Sept. 23 at 5:30 p.m.
Tracking coronavirus: New Expanded Testing Hours
 Anaheim Convention Center
No-cost COVID-19 will now be available on weekday evenings at Anaheim Convention Center. Starting Sept. 22, testing will be available Tuesdays through Fridays from noon to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The change in hours is an effort to make testing more accessible to those who may have children doing online learning at home or those who work during the daytime hours.
Business Resources
Evolving Legal Responsibilities During The Pandemic
Employer responsibilities have evolved significantly during the pandemic. From pivoting to remote work and the legal challenges that arise, to keeping up to date with legal changes on a daily basis that affect employees and their families. Employers are often left wondering where the most up to date information is and what policies and procedures need to be updated or changed to comply with these new laws. Some of the most costly areas of employment law have been amended this past week and we have your resources straight from the source.
Workshops To Help Small Business
The California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) is launching a Grow with Google initiative, which includes a series of free webinars designed to build resilience with online tools to help small businesses adapt to the new marketplace. The four-part small business workshop takes place September 22 - October 7, 2020.
SBA Announces Registration for National Small Business Week 
Virtual Conference September 22-24
As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration and cosponsors will host all virtual events September 22-24, 2020. This year’s National Small Business Week activities will include numerous educational panels providing retooling and innovative practices for entrepreneurs as our nation’s small businesses look to pivot and recover, contributing to a stronger economy. The event will recognize the national award winners, including the naming of the National Small Business Person of the Year.
US Chamber Recognizes OC Leaders
Young Kim
This week the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced its endorsement of Young Kim to represent California’s 39th Congressional District. The U.S. Chamber is proud to endorse Young Kim, in efforts to promote free enterprise and job-creating policies for businesses across all regions and sectors.
Visit Anaheim
Visit Anaheim Destination Update #5 with Jay Burress
This week’s Visit Anaheim Destination Update takes you to Anaheim Brewery where they are partnering with local restaurants to bring the community together for a good meal and a cold beer. From there, Jay Burress highlights Visit Anaheim’s new sales incentives, provides updates on our local airports and discusses local employment opportunities.
Small Business Development Center Online Events
Wednesday, September 16
Thursday, September 17
Friday, September 18
Saturday, September 19
Member Spotlight
Samuel Johnson Named
Chief Executive Officer of Transportation Corridor Agencies
The Transportation Corridor Agencies’ has announced that interim CEO Samuel Johnson will retain the CEO. Congratulations Mr. Johnson. We look forward to working with you!
Create A Smile Virtual Gala
Join their FUN Virtual Gala
Saturday, October 10, 2020
2PM - 4PM
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.