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Tuesday, January 17, 2012    

SENATOR DIANNE FEINSTEIN DIALOGUES WITH OCBC LEADERS

Today, January 17, 2012, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-San Francisco) addressed 120 business, government and academia leaders at the Center Club in Costa Mesa at a luncheon led by OCBC Chair Julie Miller Phipps, Kaiser Permanente. On partisanship: Not only has Congress suffered legislative and policy gridlock, but dozens of federal appointments are held up. On intelligence: This is a bipartisan success story, streamlining processes, red teams and elimination of silos among intelligence agencies have produced excellent results. "We are definitely safer today than we were on 9-11," said the Senator. The number one threat to the nation's economy is cybersecurity - from general security systems, financial systems, electric grid, public works - this must be continuously addressed. On the nation's and state's economy: Two million homes are underwater in California out of 10 million nationally.  Congress is making legislative changes to help with low interest fixed rate mortgages and ease turning vacant homes into rental homes, but the California economy is dependent on homebuilding coming back, she said. CLICK HERE for the 2011 Projected Federal Outlays. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

OCBC BOARD STUDIES ECONOMY, APPROVES 2012 WORK PLAN

On January 13, 2012, OCBC Chair Julie Miller-Phipps of Kaiser Permanente led her 2012 Board of Directors in developing the year's activities, priorities and performance review. The meeting began with an economic overview by Dr. Wallace Walrod who shared the following findings: Slow and solid economic growth is what can be expected for 2012. Unemployment rates are expected to lower, high-tech industries will grow and housing prices will remain stabilized. And while the rest of the nation works to get onboard with this recovery, Orange County is, and will continue to lead the pack in economic growth and recovery. OCBC's 2012 theme, Nothing Rhymes with Orange, celebrates the unique innovation-driven culture that shapes the county. It is a county that has become famous for its tourist attractions and beautiful coastline, but is also a community thriving with pioneering, forward-thinking businesses. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor. 

NOTHING RHYMES WITH ORANGE ANNUAL DINNER TO BE A SHOWSTOPPER!

You do not want to miss this year's Annual Dinner, featuring keynote speaker Thomas Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. We can't reveal any secrets of the event - but trust us - this year is going to blow the roof off. The Annual Dinner, presented by Bentley Prince Street and Kaiser Permanente, will take place on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Irvine. Tickets are selling very quickly, so purchase your ticket or table soon before they sell out! 

 

The theme of the 2012 Annual Dinner is Nothing Rhymes with Orange. In keeping with this theme, Staggs will share his perspective on a unique Orange County success story that gave rise to a new concept in family entertainment that has been embraced around the world. The Walt Disney Company, like many global companies, has roots in Orange County and reflects the innovation and creativity that flourish in the region.  

     

During the Annual Dinner OCBC will recognize outgoing 2011 Chairman Eddie Northen of UPS, and install the 2012 Board of Directors, led by incoming Chair Julie Miller-Phipps, Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Kaiser Permanente Orange County. For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.

OC SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS GIVES SNEAK PEAK

On January 11, the Workforce Development Committee was honored to welcome Bill Habermehl, Orange County Department of Education Superintendent; to discuss the state of the county's education and the impending $73.5 million budget cut it's facing from the County Board of Supervisors. Habermehl addressed the need for the community to "Rethink, Restore and Restructure" the education system, in order to bring it up to par with the rest of the nation and many parts of the world. "The rest of the world is kicking our butts," Habermehl said.

 

Among resolutions to restore and restructure education, Habermehl previewed ideas he may present at his upcoming State of Education event, to be held February 23 at OCDE, including bold suggestions for investment and bold reforms to keep OC schools on top working with parents, educators and business. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce Development. 

IMPROVE DON'T MOVE! MISSION VIEJO GIVES HOMEOWNERS A BREAK

The City of Mission Viejo must have their eyes onworkforce housing a Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Award! The City Council recently approved a plan that would save taxpaying homeowners money by using surplus City funds to help them improve their homes. The program, "Improve Don't Move," the brainchild of Mayor Frank Ury, waves all building permit fees for Mission Viejo homeowners from January 1 through July 4, 2012.

The program evolved from the City's diligence in trimming its expenses over the past few years while maintaining services. Those proactive measures resulted in surplus money that was placed in reserves during the last budget year. The "Improve Don't Move" program will return a portion of that savings back to the taxpaying homeowners of Mission Viejo by removing barriers that may be in place for those wanting to improve their homes. The policy also allows homeowners who have unpermitted improvements to have their improvements permitted and inspected without penalty. Detailed information is available at www.cityofmissionviejo.org. Kudos to the City for this innovative program! Is your city Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet? We want to hear about it! Email your business-friendly programs to Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development.
2012 CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST SERIES FEATURES OC'S TOP EXECS

OCBC has lined up a stellar cast of CEOs for the CLB logo2012 Chairman's Leadership Breakfast Series. Get your tickets today and mark your calendars for these insightful and candid discussions with OC's top business executives, hosted by Tom Phelps, CEO Leadership Caucus Chair, and presented by Wells Fargo and AT&T:  

 

March 7 - Jim Mazzo, President, Abbot Medical Optics

May 17 - Michael Morhaime, President and CEO, Blizzard Entertainment  

June 6 - William Wang, CEO, Vizio

July 31 - Henrik Fisker, CEO, Fisker Automotive

September 20 - CSU Presidents Panel

October 30 - Dr. Benjamin Chu, Group President, Kaiser Permanente   

 

Chairman's Leadership Breakfasts take place at the Center Club, 650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. OCBC members receive discounted series and ticket prices. For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.     

OCBC AROUND THE COMMUNITY

On January 10, Lucy Dunn, OCBC President and CEO presented the current economic state of Orange County and a forecast for what's to come in 2012 at the National Association of Women Business Owners dinner. While the economic recovery will continue to be a long slog with only minimal, yet solid growth, Orange County is a leader for the state and nation in growth and recovery. Orange County is home to many leaders in the growing Biotech, Pharma and medical device industry, while also being a gateway to international trade with many international corporation headquarters located within the county. It is the sixth largest county by population in the U.S. and has a lower unemployment rate than the rest of the state or nation. As a region that boosts a pro-business environment, a highly-skilled labor force and well-developed infrastructure, it is not a "bedroom" community to L.A., and is not the "Southern Silicon Valley," but is a leader in growth and business.

 

On December 10 the Orange County community gathered at the Bowers Museum to pay tribute to retiring Cal State Fullerton President Dr. Milton Gordon, former member of the Orange County Business Council Board of Directors. OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn was on hand to serve as Mistress of Ceremonies, and delighted the audience with musical performances honoring Dr. Gordon's more than two decades of service to Cal State Fullerton and Orange County. Dr. Gordon's legacy was honored with highlights throughout the program, testimonials from elected officials, and the evening was topped off with performances from Grammy-award winning and CSUF music professor Bill Cunliffe, joined by singer Erin McNally.
BUSINESS LEADERS: APPLY FOR THIS COMMISSION!

The County of Orange is seeking applicants to County of Orange Logoserve on the Children and Families Commission, which oversees the allocation of funds from Proposition 10, which added a 50-cent tax on tobacco products sold in California. Funds help pay for education, health care and child development programs. The committee members meet the first Wednesday of each month. This is an excellent opportunity for the business community to get involved and engaged in local government. The Orange County Board of Supervisors has launched a countywide recruitment to fill three positions on the Children and Families Commission. The deadline to submit applications is February 6, 2012. To learn more about the Commission and the qualifications for the open positions click here. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

IF YOU'RE NOT ATTENDING OCBC'S COMMITTEES, YOU'RE MISSING OUT

OCBC's Action Committees provide members with a forum to learn, collaborate and take action on issues and initiatives important to Orange County. Join OCBC's Action Committees and let your voice be heard! CLICK HERE to view all of OCBC's committees. 

 

Advocacy and Government Affairs - Discusses and takes action on public policy issues that have a direct impact on the business community. Meets monthly. 

Workforce Development - Works to create a high quality workforce with particular emphasis on developing math and science skills needed by Orange County employers. Meets monthly. 

Workforce Housing - Discusses and takes action on housing and other real estate development issues that have a direct impact on the business community and Orange County's workforce. Meets bi-monthly. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager, at 949.794.7241.

$34 MILLION IN STATE GRANTS AVAILABLE TO BUILD HOUSING, GROW ECONOMY

The California Department of Housing and Community Development announced the availability of more than $34 million in Community Development Block Grant funds, allocated to the State from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Typical activities funded include business assistance projects and programs, Micro-enterprise assistance programs, housing rehabilitation programs and projects, homeownership assistance programs, housing acquisition projects, public infrastructure projects, public facility projects, public services programs, and planning and technical assistance grants. Applications are due to the Department of Housing and Community Development by 5:00pm on Friday, April 6, and awards will be announced in July. CLICK HERE for the Notice of Funding. CLICK HERE for the schedule of NOFA Application Workshops and Webinars. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: BANK OF AMERICA WANTS YOU!

Bank of AmericaGraduation is accepting applications for its Student Learners Program until January 25, 2012. Since its inception in 2004, the Student Leaders Program has recognized more than 1,600 exemplary high school juniors and seniors with a passion for improving their communities.  The program helps students gain a greater understanding of how nonprofits create impact in the community and helps develop them as the next generation of community leaders through two components:

  • A summer 2012 eight-week paid internship with selected nonprofit organizations designed to provide  opportunities for the students to develop and apply leadership skills through hands-on work experience, while raising their awareness of community issues addressed by their Host Organization.  
  • A week-long all-expense paid Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., July 15-20. Conducted in partnership with the Close Up Foundation, the Summit introduces students to aspects of civic, social and business leadership and provides them with knowledge and skills they will use throughout their life to create positive community change.
To learn more about the program, please visit www.bankofamerica.com/neistudentleaders.
NEW DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS FOR RETAILERS AND MANUFACTURERS

This article originally appeared at www.swlaw.com and was written by Katherine Lee Annuschat. Posted with the permission of Daily Journal Corp. (2011).

The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 will go into effect Jan. 1, 2012. This Act, which imposes disclosure requirements on retailers and manufacturers, will apply to many California businesses and non-California businesses alike. All business owners with connections to California should understand whether the Act applies to them, familiarize themselves with the requirements, and know how to best prepare for compliance. The Act applies to any business that: is a retail seller or manufacturer; does business in California; and has annual worldwide gross receipts that exceed $100 million.

Businesses should note that the annual gross receipts are measured worldwide, and not just in the state of California. If a business falls under the Act, it must make certain disclosures that show its efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from its direct supply chain as well as inform consumers on how to avoid indirectly supporting slavery and human trafficking. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.
ORANGE IS THE "NEW" GREEN: TOSHIBA COMMITTED TO A GREENER PLANET

Toshiba's commitment to protect the global environment is one of Environmentthe company's top priorities. Through their environmental management structure they are able to assess the impact of their business activities, products and services on the environment. In the U.S., Toshiba utilizes a multi-pronged approach to environmental management. Regular meetings with environmental management representatives and regulatory staff, dialogues with stakeholders, employee education and training, and environmental site audits help ensure that they meet their environmental commitments. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

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For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. 

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 
COMMUNITY EVENTS

Join Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Celebrations

Girl Scouts are celebrating their 100th anniversary, and have planned a year-long slate of activities that will make 2012 the 'Year of the Girl.' Orange County's 25,000 Girl Scouts will kick off the festivities with their Centennial Cookie Sale, January 29 -March 11. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the nation's most successful business skills and financial literacy program for girls (watch What Can A Cookie Do), and we hope you will support and encourage the girls when they come knocking at your door or you see them at a neighborhood store. We also invite you to mark your calendars for July 27 when Girl Scouts Rock the OC Fair with hundreds of exciting activities, demonstrations and stage performances. See you at the fair! For more information contact Linda Hartney-Purdy  at lhpurdy@girlscoutsoc.org.  

 

UC Irvine Paul Merage School Business Outlook - January 19, 2012

The economy is still building momentum. Will there be a recovery? How does this impact your business? The Irvine Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business will host this event to provide Orange County's business community with the information they need to succeed. Featuring Dr. Andrew Policano, Dean, Paul Merage School of Business, and Jennifer Granholm, former Governor of Michigan and expert on economic recovery. For more information visit http://www.irvinebusinessoutlook.com/ or contact Kathy Tavoularis at ktavoularis@irvinechamber.com or 949.660.9112 ext. 121. 

 

ULI'S "Best of the Best" Awards - January 31, 2012

ULI Orange County/Inland Empire is accepting applications for the 2nd annual "Best of the Best" Awards, which honors organizations for their sustainable community projects and practices in Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Companies, governmental entities, educational institutions and non-profit organizations may submit a project, program or policy for award consideration. Award categories include organizational leadership, achievement in community development and vision. The deadline for submitting an application is January 31, 2012.  Those interested in applying can find the application online at http://orangecounty.uli.org/.  

 

12th Annual Conference on Advanced Power Power Generation - February 7 - 9, 2012 

The focus of ICEPAG 2012 is Advanced Power Generation: Tens of Kilowatts to Thousands of Megawatts. Presentations by industry, government and academic leaders will address the technological, environmental, regulatory and market aspects of the featured technologies, including (1) emerging international activity, (2) development of international markets, and (3) the potential for collaboration among participating countries. To see the full program, click here.   

 

The State of Education in Orange County 2012 - February 23, 2012

The State of Education 2012 is designed to support educators, business and community members as they rethink how to best address the diverse needs of our students, restructure practices to ensure relevance in a global society, and rebound with renewed rigor to provide a world class education for every Orange County student. Taking place February 23 from 7:30am to 10:30am at the Orange County Department of Education, featuring Tom Torlakson, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Ronald Bennett, President and CEO of School Services of California, Bill Habermehl, County Superintendent of Schools, and Lucy Dunn, President and CEO of Orange County Business Council. Click here for more information and to register.    

OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: FEBRUARY  
Latino Educational Attainment Committee Meeting
Thursday, February 9, 2012  I  9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Government Affairs Committee Meeting

Friday, February 10, 2012  I  9:30 AM - 11:00 AM


Infrastructure Committee Meeting
Tuesday, February 14, 2012  I  7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Workforce Development Committee Meeting
 
Wednesday, February 22, 2012  I  7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Community College Working Group
Thursday, February 23, 2012  I  3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

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 2011 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact Leslie Dods at (949) 794-7241 or ldods@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:   

 

SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS DISCOUNTED TICKETS

Enjoy an exclusive discount offer for being a Segerstrom Center for the Arts preferred corporate partner! Receive a special discount for the Tuesday, January 17th performance of Cats. Just click on this link, enter promotion code 13862, and buy discount tickets online! You can pick your seats, print at home and avoid all service fees. It's fast, easy and a great benefit for preferred corporate partners.

 

USC OFFERS DISCOUNTED EXECUTIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM

In just two to four days, you can update your knowledge, improve your skills, advance your career, and impact your entire organization through USC Marshall Executive Education programs.OCBC members will receive a special 20% discount on this course. Use code "OCBCmem20" when registering. For a complete list of in-person and on-line course offerings, visit www.marshall.usc.edu/execed, or call (213) 740-8990.

 

DISCOUNTED SHIPPING RATESUPS
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 www.savewithups.com or call Kendra at 714.999.6351.

BACCHUS' SECRET CELLAR WINE BAR CAN HELP YOU!  Bacchus' is the perfect place for your business to turn to for all your holiday needs. Let our friendly staff and beautiful interior bring you and your guests a wine-country experience customized to your liking at a surprisingly affordable cost. Our retail shoppe is perfect for last-minute gifts including over 350 wines, charcuterie and artisan cheeses, wine accessories, food frills, and gift baskets tailored to your specifications. Please contact Garett Savage (garett@bacchussecretcellar.com) to reserve your holiday party today while there is still space.

SAVE AT MICROSOFT 
Don't miss this incredible deal to save up to 25% at Microsoft stores through December! Spend $100, get 15% off; Spend $500, get 20% off; Spend $1000, get 25% off. Offer is limited to 2 PCs, unless purchased with a valid Tax ID. Valid in-store on select products thru 1/2/2012. Offer not valid online availability and offer terms may vary. May not be combined with other offers or applied to prior purchases. Cannot be transferred or redeemed for cash. Excludes gift cards, pre-ordered products, carrier agreements, Office 365, and volume licenses. Limited to stock on hand. Discount applies before taxes, shipping and other applicable fees. Not valid for resellers. Quantity limits may apply. Please contact Steph Ramsey (stramsey@microsoft.com) for more information.
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