September 8th, 2021
Chamber Events
Anaheim Mayors Prayer Breakfast
Featuring Rod Carew
Join us for a very special Anaheim Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast with the baseball Hall of Famer and hometown great Rod Carew.

All of us know Rod Carew as one of the greatest hitters in the history of baseball. During the course of his 19-year career with the Minnesota Twins and California Angels, he won seven battle titles – the second most in baseball history behind the legendary Ty Cobb – and racked up 3,053 career hits and a .328 lifetime batting average.

Less well-known is Carew’s deeply spiritual side, which he discusses like never before in his new book, “Tough Out: Fighting Off Life’s Curveballs.” You’ll have the opportunity to hear Rod talk about his unique faith journey, and share about how his close personal relationship with God bore him up through a lifetime of adversity, deep sorrow, and “curveballs,” and formed the foundation of his success in baseball, and in life.

Please join us on October 27 at the Anaheim Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast and take inspiration from Rod Carew’s remarkable faith journey.
Pandemic Unemployment Benefits End
Under the federal CARES Act, recipients receiving jobless benefits were entitled to a weekly supplement which started at $600 per week and later reduced to $300 per week. These key pandemic-era unemployment benefits programs expired on Sept. 4th.
Prop. 13 Saves California Taxpayers $2.4B Each Year
Had Prop. 13 not been in effect over the past decade, California taxpayers would have been paying $2.4 billion more each year.

A report examining California’s local ballot measures that raised taxes found hundreds of initiatives passed over the past decade, costing taxpayers billions of dollars every year.

Local taxes or tax increases require voter approval in California, making any attempt to increase government revenue politically difficult.

The California Taxpayers Association (CalTax) tabulated not only successful ballot initiatives passed from 2010 to 2020 in its report, but also the measures that failed, finding an estimated $8.8 billion in annual tax hikes imposed.
Enter Anaheim's Public Utility Video Contest
Do you drive an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle?

Enter Anaheim’s video contest for a chance to win an eBike!

Anaheim Public Utilities is looking for EV drivers to submit a short video showing the best parts of going electric.

Emission-free transportation helps keep our city green, and we want to spread the word about how awesome it is to drive an EV.

Submit your video online by Oct.3. They'll choose a winner on Oct. 5.

All entries will be entered to win a gift card to a local store or restaurant, and one grand prize winner will get a new eBike.

Click here to enter the We Drive EVs video contest now.
California Relief Grant Program
The California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program provides competitive micro-grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to eligible small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 and the related health and safety restrictions. On 7/14, Governor Newsom signed into law the largest economic recovery package in state history. The additional $1.5 billion expansion, for a total of $4 billion, makes California’s small business relief program the largest in the country. The funding will support small businesses and nonprofits that have been highly impacted by COVID-19.

The dates for the new funding rounds are below:

Round 7: Waitlisted applicants from certain previous rounds

Selection Window: Tuesday, August 3rd through Thursday, September 16th

Eligible applicants: This is a closed round and only available to eligible applicants who were waitlisted in certain previous rounds – only existing waitlisted applicants will be selected to move forward in the validation and verification review process. Selection does not guarantee approval or an award. If you were waitlisted, you do not need to reapply. New applications will not be accepted in this round.

Eligible grant award: $5,000 to $25,000

Details: This is a closed funding round; no new applications will be accepted

Round 9: New Applicants and Waitlisted applicants from certain previous rounds

Application window: Thursday, September 9th through Thursday, September 30th

Eligible applicants: current waitlisted applicants from certain previous rounds and new applicants that meet eligibility criteria found at

Eligible grant award: $5,000 – $25,000
EDD Reforms Sent to Governor
The Anaheim Chamber supports AB 110, passed unanimously by the State Senate and Assembly. The bill requires the Employment Development Department (EDD) to cross-check incarceration records with the CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to prevent paying fraudulent benefits. EDD has failed to detect and prevent as much as $31 billion in fraud by inmates ineligible for unemployment benefits. AB 110 helps curtail organized fraud schemes.
Member Spotlight
You Could Win a Family Getaway to Anaheim!
Win a family getaway to Anaheim! Enter via the link below for your chance to win the following:

2 nights at the JW Marriott, Anaheim Resort on 9/24 and 9/25.

4 tickets to the Gold Over America tour, featuring Simone Biles,
at Honda Center on 9/24.

4 tickets to see the Angels take on the Mariners at Angel Stadium on 9/25.
Visit Anaheim
Visit Anaheim Destination Update with Jay Burress
Upcoming Events at the Honda Center
This week’s Destination Update takes you to the Honda Center! On September 3, after 561 days Honda Center will be hosting its first concert since February 2020! Tune in to learn more about the exciting lineup they have in store for this month.
Small Business Administration & SCORE
Generate New & Repeat Business on Autopilot
with Email Marketing
by Victoria Byrne
Friday September 10 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT
Small businesses thrive on bringing in sales from new and existing customers. Wouldn’t it be great if you could bring in those sales more frequently without having to spend a lot of time doing so? We’ll show you some simple ways to use automation to repeatedly reach customers with email marketing.

Autoresponder email campaigns do what YOU wish you had the time to do! Use them to follow up, inform, entertain, & provide incentives for action & engagement - they work automatically while you focus on your business. This webinar will help you:

  • Learn the difference between automated messages and autoresponder campaigns
  • Decide where autoresponders can help you do better marketing communications
  • Understand key actions that trigger emails to be sent
  • Identify what steps to take to design an effective autoresponder campaign
  • Design the “evergreen content” that works best for your audiences
Veteran Webinar Series
Registration is Now Available for Sessions 3 & 4
Session 3. Millennial Veteran Entrepreneurs
Post-9/11 veteran entrepreneurs are the next generation of veterans to continue the growth of veteran-owned businesses.

The purpose of this webinar is to learn more about this group of entrepreneurs and the barriers they may encounter in starting their own businesses, and the resources available through the SBA.

During the webinar, Zoe Jacobson from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Breanna Wakar from Insight Policy Research will present the data on how millennial veteran entrepreneurs differ from their non-veteran peers and veterans of previous generations.

We will also hear from Alex Salas, Business Development Specialist from the SBA OC/IE District Office, who will present the resources available from the SBA to start a business as a veteran.

* A Q&A will be available for the participants. 
Session 4. Funding and Business Ideas for Veterans
Many veterans transitioning back into civilian life consider starting a business.
The purpose of this webinar is to inform of the funding opportunities for veteran entrepreneurs and to present the top businesses that veterans have traditionally excelled in, such as franchises. Franchising is a popular business model, and it accounts for nearly 7.6 million direct jobs and 2.5% of US GDP. Matt Wiggins, Associate Manager from Vet Fran, is joining us to explain why veterans and franchising are a perfect fit.

Also participating in the webinar is Craig Russom, an SBDC Business Consultant, who will present the funding opportunities available from the SBA to start your business or take it to the next level.

In addition, Wendy Klug, the Director of the VBOC of the Dakotas, will introduce us to Julie Sattoff, a successful Veteran Business Owner who opened the first indoor swimming facility in North Dakota, Rocket Dogs K-9 Aquatics & Wellness.

* A Q&A will be available for the participants.
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.