The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                      Tuesday, January 14, 2014
JUST IN! GEORGE WILL AS KEYNOTE AT OCBC'S 2014 ANNUAL DINNER - FEB.20

OCBC SEEKING STAKEHOLDERS FOR ALTERNATIVE FUEL AND VEHICLE GRANT PROJECT

As part of its ongoing effort to identify and promote the growth of key and emerging industry clusters, OCBC is seeking out companies who are interested in participating as an industry stakeholder as part of the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Grant Project.  With this unique grant, OCBC is seeking regional partners who have an interest in advancing the competitive position of companies within the alternative fuel and vehicle regional clusters.  Areas addressed in the grant project include analysis of regional demand for alternative fuel and vehicle technology, as well as the identification of strategies deployed in other regions to grow this cluster of opportunity.  For more information on getting involved in the grant project, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development. 

GOVERNOR BROWN PROPOSES 2014-2015 BUDGET

Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a balanced budget January 9 that pays off more than $11 billion in debt, invests $6 billion that had been deferred to public schools, and expands health care coverage for millions. The budget also addresses Proposition 98 on the November 2014 ballot to strengthen the rainy day fund by $1.6 billion to protect against future downturns. CLICK HERE for a full summary of the governor's budget proposal. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

OCBC'S ADVOCACY TRIPS ARE JUST AROUND THE CORNER...

Help make the voice of business heard and advance Orange County's competitive advantage by joining OCBC and the Association of California Cities--Orange County, for the annual One Voice, Two Capitols Advocacy Trips to Sacramento and Washington, D.C.

Sacramento, CA - February 24 -25, 2014
Sheraton Grand Sacramento


Washington, D.C. - May 19-21, 2014
St. Regis Washington, D.C.


For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

TOURISTS FLOCK TO ORANGE COUNTY
Disneyland

Tourism is a major factor in Orange County's recovery out of the recession, and hospitality industry leaders expect this to continue in 2014. Preliminary numbers show 44.3 million visitors coming to the county in 2013, which is 500,000 more than in 2012, said Jay Burress, Chief Executive of the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau. Orange County is benefiting from the improving economy, growing consumer confidence and hotel developers. The Disneyland Resort delivered record attendance in revenue and profitability, said CEO Bob Iger. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development. 

YOUR BUSINESS MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR A NEW EMPLOYMENT CREDIT

As part of Gov. Jerry Brown's Economic Development Initiative, California businesses located in census tracts with the highest share of both unemployment and poverty in the state are now eligible for a New Employment Credit (NEC).  The NEC also applies to businesses located within former Enterprise Zone boundaries, excluding wealthy areas. CLICK HERE to determine whether your company is located within these designated areas with the Franchise Tax Board's interactive map. CLICK HERE for additional details on how the NEC works. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development. 

FEINSTEIN URGES LA TO HELP REVIVE ONTARIO AIRPORT, INLAND EMPIRE ECONOMY 

Senator Dianne Feinstein is urging cooperation between Los Angeles and Inland Empire leaders to restore the economic health of Ontario International Airport (ONT). In a letter to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Feinstein indicated that between 2007 and 2012, ONT lost 49 percent of its flights, causing gates to shut down, concessions to leave and significant job losses. Feinstein was prompted to write the letter by business and community leaders voicing concerns about the economic impact of the declining airport. Feinstein suggested local business leaders, transit agencies, and local governments work with the airport to put plans together to improve transportation access, reach out to new carriers, waive fees and offer other incentives to attract international service, and market the strengths of their facilities. CLICK HERE to read the full letter. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

REPORT SHOWS HOMELESSNESS DECREASED IN OC SINCE 2009

The County of Orange released the Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness Status Update in December 2013.The plan provides oversight and accountability for the implementation of the goals and strategies necessary for the Commission to End Homelessness. The report indicates that the number of homeless decreased from 6,929 in 2011 to 4,251 in 2013. OCBC applauds Karen Roper, Director of Orange County Community Services, and the commission on the effective strategies to address the critical issue of homelessness in Orange County. CLICK HERE to read the full status report. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

2013 CALIFORNIA ECONOMIC SUMMIT REPORT RELEASED

The 2013 California Economic Summit in Los Angeles brought together 450 business, labor, government, and nonprofit leaders from across the state to discuss how to best drive sustainable economic growth in California.The 2013 California Economic Summit summary report lays out the background behind the summit and gives a roundup of the summit commitments. CLICK HERE to download the report. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.

REGISTER TODAY! 2014 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRAINING SYMPOSIUM

Join OCBC, the Orange County Economic Development Working Group and the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED), for the 2014 Southern California Economic Development Training Symposium.  Topics will include economic development financing tools, social media marketing as an economic development tool, creating an economic development strategy, and inside tips for business retention and expansion. CLICK HERE to register.

 

When: Wednesday, February 5, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Anaheim Convention Center  I  800 West Katella Ave., Anaheim

Cost: $50 and includes continental breakfast, lunch, and parking on site.

 

For additional information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.

ROUNDTABLE SERIES TO PREPARE FUTURE BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERS

OCBC and the College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) at Cal State Fullerton invite executives, engineering directors, project managers and human resource professionals in biomedical industries to the first of a series of biomedical industry roundtables and consultations. To reserve a seat at the roundtable, please RSVP to Hart Roussel at 657.278.5429 by Thursday, January 23. Registrants will receive additional information about the roundtable, including a brief questionnaire to help focus the discussion. CLICK HERE to read more. 

 

What: ECS Biomedical Engineering Industry Roundtable

When:  Thursday, February 6, 2014, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where: OCBC Conference Center, Ste. 125, 2 Park Plaza, Irvine

 

For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 

ORANGE IS THE "NEW" GREEN: INSIDE THE OUTDOORS WITH OC DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Inside the Outdoors is a unique, hands-on environmental education program administered by the Orange County Department of Education. Their mission is to empower students, teachers, parents, and the community to explore natural areas and expand their knowledge of the environment. Each year, Inside the Outdoors provides full and partial scholarships to approximately 55,000 low-income students. The program offers traveling scientists who visit schools and use story-telling, live animals and science labs to support traditional classroom learning. The program includes exploratory field trips that take students out of the classroom and into the natural world at more than a dozen field sites ranging from wetlands to wilderness. The Outdoor Science School offers four- and five-day science and nature immersion programs. The experiential programs serve more than 125,000 Southern California students annually.For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager. 

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 

For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: APPS FOR THE NEW YEAR!

Lose it!: Lose It! helps you set a daily calorie budget, track your food and exercise, and stay motivated to make smarter choices and achieve your goal. We think it's the best, most seamless weight loss system available.

Breath2Rela: Breathe2Relax is a portable stress management tool which provides detailed information on the effects of stress on the body and instructions and practice exercises to help users learn the stress management skill called diaphragmatic breathing.

LIVESTRONG MyQuit Coach: Through a physician approved, interactive and easy to use app, you'll evaluate your current status, set attainable goals and adjust preferences according to your needs.

Balanced Goals & Habits: This app allows you to feel rewarded and motivated, stay in control, and become more mindful with daily helpful reminders. 

Sleep Cycle: Waking up made easy. An intelligent alarm clock that analyzes your sleep and wakes you in the lightest sleep phase - the natural way to wake up feeling rested and relaxed. 

For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.  

POLITICAL CORNER  

Political events are for information purposes and are not necessarily endorsed by OCBC. 

 

Dr. Al Mijares OC Superintendent of Schools Reception - Tuesday, January 21

Join a reception for Dr. Al Mijares January 21, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at The Vintage Rose located at 1160 North Tustin Street, Orange, CA. To make a contribution, please contact Brenda Chabot at (909)-559-9096 or Brenda@ChabotStrategies.com.

Assemblymember Tom Daly Re-election Campaign Kick-Off Reception - Thursday, February 13

Join friends and supporters for the Assemblymember Tom Daly for his Re-election Campaign Kick-Off Reception February 13, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at La Casa Garcia located at 531 W. Chapman Ave., Tustin, CA. To RSVP or for more information, please call (714)-495-4075.

COMMUNITY EVENTS    

Violin Master Class with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg - Saturday, January 11

Come to the Orange County's Pacific Symphony for a free violin master class with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg Saturday, January 11 from 2 to 4 p. m. at the Samueli Theater. Participating students and audience members alike have the opportunity to learn from a world-class violinist during this multi-generational master class. CLICK HERE for more information.

 

From the Top Live with Host Christopher O'Riley - Saturday, January 18

Join the Pacific Symphony Saturday, January 18 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for a live taping of NPR's popular show, From the Top, which celebrates the talents and personal stories of the nation's top young classical musicians. Each taping of From the Top includes five high-caliber performances along with interviews, sketches and games to show off the performers' unique personalities. CLICK HERE for more information.

 

OneOC Board Connection Training - Tuesday, January 21

There are currently 60 nonprofits in Orange County looking for willing and passionate board members to serve right now.  OneOC wants to help connect you to the right one, join Board Connection training and learn how you can serve your community! Following the seminar, OneOC will help connect you with a nonprofit in Orange County in need of board members.  CLICK HERE to learn more and register.

 

Nominate Your Corporate-Nonprofit Partnership - Tuesday, January 21

Nominate your Corporate-Nonprofit Partnership for the 2014 Giving is Living Award! The Winning Partnership will be honored at the 38th Annual Spirit of Volunteerism Awards Luncheon April 9, 2014 at the Disneyland Hotel.The nonprofit and business will receive announcements in  the Orange County Register, the opportunity to speak in front of 1,100 community leaders in attendance at the luncheon, and more! CLICK HERE to nominate your business.

 

Electricity Outlook 2014 - Wednesday, January 22

Orange County Forum invites you to Electricity Outlook 2014: The Future of Energy in Southern California January 22, 2014 at Hotel Irvine. Ted Craver, CEO, Edison International is the featured speaker. The reception is at 11:30 a.m. and the luncheon begins at noon. CLICK HERE to register. 

 

Opportunities & Challenges: The Business Climate of Orange County - Friday, January 24

Join Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva's hearing to learn from businesses about the challenges they face and to discuss current state programs that assist new and existing businesses. Wallace Walrod, OCBC's Chief Economic Advisor will be a panelist. The hearing will take place Friday, January 24 at 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Buena Park City Hall located at 6650 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA. CLICK HERE for event flier or call (714)-526-7272 for more information. 

 

PIMCO Executive to Discuss Factors Driving Global Growth - Friday, January 24

Join Roger O. Nieves, executive vice president of PIMCO, as he shares his insights about the factors driving global growth and possible risks to the country's economic recovery January 24 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. for a breakfast forum sponsored by the Executive Council of Cal State Fullerton's Mihaylo College of Business and Economics. CLICK HERE to register.

 

College Career Readiness and Success: How Orange County Can Lead the Nation - January, 27

Join Dr. Al Mijares, Ph.D. for the panel discussion College Career Readiness and Success: How Orange County Can Lead the Nation 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. January 27, 2014 at Irvine Marriot. David T. Conley, Ph.D. is the featured speaker. Call 714.966.4336 for event details. CLICK HERE to register. 

 

Irvine Chamber Joins IEDC in Hosting 2014 Leadership Summit- February 2 - 4, 2014

Join the Irvine Chamber of Commerce and International Economic Development Council for the 2014 Leadership Summit, February 2 - 4, 2014. The 2014 Leadership Summit will focus on the economic development industry's transition into the global economy. The conference will identify the skills that leaders in the profession must have to excel within international business models. CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

Cox Cares Scholarship - Monday, February 3

The 2014 Cox Cares Scholarship Application is now live! Across Southern California, Cox will award a total of $110,000 in college scholarships. Scholarships are specific to residents who live in a Cox CA service area and who are pursuing higher education. The deadline to apply is February 3. CLICK HERE for additional criteria and the application link. 

 

Community Ensembles Festival - Saturday, February 8

Join the Pacific Symphony for the Community Ensembles Festival where community ensembles from throughout Orange County have the unique opportunity to perform on the concert hall stage and receive feedback from Pacific Symphony musicians. This all-day event, from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., will feature community ensembles from throughout the county performing on the RenĂ©e and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall stage. CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

CSUF Fast Pitch Competition - Saturday, February 8

Join California State University of Fullerton's Center for Entrepreneurship's first annual Fast Pitch Competition, bringing together students from universities and high schools from across Orange County to pitch their promising business ideas and network. They are currently searching for local businesses to sponsor this unique event. For more information, please contact the CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship at (657)-278-3464 or Trev77@csu.fullerton.edu.

 

Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership Living Ethics Every Day Seminar - Thursday, February 27

Join the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership Living Ethics Every Day seminar on February 27, 2014 from 7:15 to 9:45 a.m.  for a breakfast seminar featuring Mohamed El-Erian, CEO and Co-CIO of PIMCO, as the keynote speaker.CLICK HERE to register. 

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: JANUARY
Workforce Development Committee Meeting
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 I 7:30 am. to 9:00 a.m.

Economic Development Committee Meeting 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 I 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
 
Committee meetings are open to OCBC members and invited guests only. All committee meetings are held at the OCBC offices unless otherwise specified. For more information on upcoming committee meetings for 2014 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact Leslie Dods at (949) 794-7241 orldods@ocbc.org.
IN THIS ECONOMY, YOU NEED ALL THE HELP YOU CAN GET!

SPECIAL DISCOUNTS FOR OCBC MEMBERS. One of the many benefits of being a part of the Orange County Business Council is the ability to leverage our member relationships to improve your business. Take advantage of our new offers:    

NEW! SUPPORT PACIFIC CHORALE AND ENJOY SHOWS AND SOIREES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Vivace is a new social-oriented support group of the Pacific Chorale, creating opportunities for music lovers to engage by attending concerts and interacting socially with the Pacific Chorale family. Vivace membership includes concert tickets, special soirees, and discounts and other offers at restaurants and hotels. For more information contact Liana Schwind at 714.662.2345 or liana@pacificchorale.org

 

PACIFIC SYMPHONY GROUP DISCOUNTS

Gather a group for live music and a great evening out with Pacific Symphony at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater this summer. From the music of Neil Diamond to Beethoven to the soundtrack of your favorite Pixar Movies; there's something for everyone this summer. These concerts are perfect for staff events, clients, partner organizations, groups of friends, and family. Groups of 10 or more save 20% or special seating in 3rd tier Upper Terrace at just $20 for groups only. Visit PacificSymphony.org for complete schedule, seating charts and concert information. Group discounts are available only through Group Sales at (714) 876-2384 or by email to Groups@PacificSymphony.org.

 

SAVE MONEY AND ELECTRICITY BY GOING SOLAR WITH SUNPOWER 

Have you considered solar for your home?  The world's leading solar manufacturer, SunPower Corporation, has joined OCBC and is offering OCBC investors (and their employees) a special discount on solar for your home.  Beyond a generous discount for us all, SunPower is also making a donation to STEM Education in Orange County for each residential system purchased through this program.  This is a great way to save costs on electricity and to support the local community at the same time. CLICK HERE to sign up for a free solar home evaluation and for more information on this special offer. 

 

SPECIAL DISCOUNTS FROM TOSHIBA  

OCBC members receive special discounts on Toshiba LCD televisions, laptop computers and accessories. CLICK HERE for the discount website or call 1-800-405-3704 and reference PROGRAM ID: PAOB.

 

DISCOUNTED SHIPPING RATES
Through the UPS Discount Program, OCBC members can save up to 28% on international, air and ground shipping. Whether you need a shipment to arrive the same day, the next day or in a few days, UPS will get your package there on time - guaranteed. Visit http://savewithups.com/ocbc/ or call 714.502.2577.
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If you have questions on how to get connected with OCBC online, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager, at 949.794.7220 or dmoore@ocbc.org.
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