The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                      Wednesday, November 5, 2014
OCBC INDICATOR: SPECIAL ELECTION EDITION!

CLICK HERE for Orange County Register's election coverage for complete results. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

OCBC DELIVERS ANOTHER SIDE-SPLITTING ELECTION DAY LUNCH

Nothing was off limits yesterday as over 200 business, government, and community leaders gathered after hitting the polls for OCBC's Election Day Lunch at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Right off the bat, OCBC's Lucy Dunn promised guests that the program's speakers would set out to deliver side-splitting laughs while offending everyone in the room. From Rep. Linda Sanchez hilariously comparing herself to her sister Rep. Loretta Sanchez, to Fmr. Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle's take on political hashtags, to Fmr. OCBC VP Kate Klimow's interpretive dance using a scene from Footloose to explain the unexplainable ballot propositions, attendees were treated to an afternoon of well-meaning political humor. "Killer" comedy came from Fmr. Huntington Beach Mayor Don Hansen's takeoff of Tosh.0, "Voter Vortex" interviews from Santa Margarita Water District's Jim Leach, and of course, "Best of Political Mail" by Fmr. Costa Mesa Mayor Peter Buffa. You missed the BEST ONE EVER if you weren't in the room! For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.  

OCBC'S INTERNATIONAL TRADE FORUM AND TURNING RED TAPE INTO RED CARPET - NOV. 20

Join OCBC for the 2014 OCBC Economic Development Conference, featuring two signature events:

 

International Trade Forum:

The first segment of the conference features the International Trade Forum, featuring global companies representing Orange County's international trade opportunities and challenges. Hear from keynote speaker Francisco Sanchez, former Undersecretary for International Trade with the U.S. Department of Commerce. Also gain insight from Western Digital, UPS, and international leaders. OCBC's Chief Economic Advisor Dr. Wallace Walrod will also present the latest export data and international trade workforce trends.

 

WHEN: Thursday, November 20, 2014

WHERE: Irvine Marriott  I  18000 Von Karman Ave.  I  Irvine, CA

TIME: 2:30 p.m. Registration  I  3:00 p.m. Program  I  5:00 p.m. Adjourn

TICKETS (single event): Member $85  I  Non-member $110  I  Sponsorships available

   

 

4th Annual Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards and Reception:

OCBC's groundbreaking awards program honors outstanding public agencies for implementing policies and programs that cut through red tape, eliminate barriers to economic growth and open the door to private sector jobs creation. Winners and nominees will be recognized at the 4th Annual Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards and Reception.

 

WHEN: Thursday, November 20, 2014

WHERE: Irvine Marriott  I  18000 Von Karman Ave.  I  Irvine, CA

TIME: 5:00 Registration  I  5:30 p.m. Reception  I  7:30 p.m. Adjourn

TICKETS (single event): Member $85  I  Non-member $110  I  Award Nominees Complimentary  I  Sponsorships available

 

For information on attending both events, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager. 

OCBC COMMENDS GOV. BROWN FOR HIS CALL TO LET PROP 30 EXPIRE ON SCHEDULE

Gov. Jerry Brown announced last week that he will not seek to renew Prop 30 sales and income tax increases that are due to expire at the end of 2016. The taxes were promoted as a temporary way to alleviate deficits in public school funding after years of budget cuts. However, the taxes are no longer necessary as California's economy and fiscal stability strengthen. OCBC thanks Gov. Brown for keeping his promise that Prop. 30 was a temporary measure and announcing to not seek renewal. For more info, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

2014 ECONOMIC FORECAST: GLOBAL COMPETITORS ARE 'STARVING FOR YOUR JOB'

Over 850 of Orange County's business and community leaders attended the sold out 2014 Economic Forecast Conference October 23 at Hotel Irvine, hosted by OCBC and the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at Cal State Fullerton, and presented by U.S. Bank. The featured speakers included Anil Puri, Ph.D., Dean of Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, CSUF; Mira Farka, Ph.D., Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting, CSUF; and Emile Haddad, President and CEO, FivePoint Communities as the keynote. Haddad offered insight into the changing global economy, stressing that the U.S. must focus on investing in education and innovative ideas in order to maintain its status as an international economic leader. "My parents used to say, 'Eat your food, children in Asia and India are starving,'" Haddad said. "Now I tell my children 'Do your homework because people in India and China are starving for your job.'" CLICK HERE to read more. CLICK HERE for the 2015 Economic Forecast Report and HERE to view an infographic overview. CLICK HERE for photos of the event. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.

CALIFORNIANS MUST CONTINUE TO CONSERVE WATER!

Even with the successful passage of the $7.2 billion Water Bond yesterday, it remains critical for Californians to consciously continue saving water wherever possible as we are not out of the drought yet. Water Use It Wisely is a website that offers a variety of educational and practical resources for users, such as its 100+ Ways to Conserve Water page. It provides tips from learning how to use your water meter to check for leaks, to suggestions on landscape maintenance such as using a broom rather than a hose to clean patios, sidewalks and driveways. While the water bond provides badly needed investment funding in the state's water infrastructure to aid in fending off future droughts, California continues to struggle with the worst drought in recorded history. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager. 

OC RANKED 15 IN NATION FOR TECH VENTURE CAPITAL INVESTMENT
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According to a recent report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association, Orange County ranked 15 out of the top 20 metropolitan areas in the nation when it came to venture capital funding for tech startups so far this year. Through the first three quarters of 2014, Orange County tech startups received $212 million in venture capital funding off of 46 deals. This latest news helps bolster OC's position as a top area in the nation for the high tech industry. To learn more about OC's high tech industry cluster, visit LocationOC.com. For more info, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development. 

OCBC WELCOMES NEW INVESTORS EMULEX, ADVANCED EQUIPMENT CORPORATION

OCBC is proud to welcome new investors Emulex and Advanced Equipment Corporation. Emulex  is a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management, and provides hardware and software solutions for global networks that support enterprise, cloud, government and telecommunications. Advanced Equipment Corporation is a Washington-based company and is a designer, manufacturer and installer of operable walls. The company offers superior, field-tested products. For more info, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

LOU CORREA: COLLABORATION FOR A BRIGHTER TOMORROW
The following article appears as it was originally published in the Orange County Register on October 29, 2014. 

 

"For the past 14 years as a representative of the California State Legislature, my core mission has remained the same: to enhance the quality of life of Californians, specifically the Orange County residents of the 34th District. Critical to this mission is ensuring that our Orange County students receive the education they need and deserve to succeed. Today's students have a difficult task ahead from a young age. Not only do they need to work hard to get good grades and be accepted into college, they also need to obtain specialized training and education to be able to access many of the jobs of tomorrow - those in fields like science, technology, engineering and math. A growing percentage of jobs at Orange County's largest employers, such as the Boeing Company, Chevron and Edison International, are highly technical and require thorough training in STEM-related subjects." CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 

LOOKING BACK 20 YEARS: OC STUDENTS MAKING PROGRESS, BUT KIDS SUFFERING ECONOMICALLY

The recently released 20th annual Conditions of Children in Orange County looks back 20 years at trends in the health, safety, academic and economic status of children and teens. While the report indicates that Orange County children are getting out of gangs, staying in school and posting better marks on standardized tests - the region remains one of "the most inaccessible places to live for low and moderate earners." While significant progress in academic achievement is apparent, 250,408 schoolchildren - or about half of the county's schoolchildren - receive federally subsidized lunch, a program that requires a family of four to earn less than $43,568 annually to qualify. Also, homelessness among children is about eight times as high as it was a decade ago, a condition that threatens educational achievement. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 

For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.

COMMUNITY EVENTS    

Fifth Annual Celebrate Leadership - Friday, November 7

Celebrate Leadership with Girl Scouts of Orange County 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 7, 2014 at the Island Hotel. The event will host over 400 guests and raise critical resources to support Girl Scouts of Orange County and its leadership development programs for more than 22,000 Orange County Girl Scouts and nearly 15, 000 dedicated volunteers and adult members who lead them. CLICK HERE for more information.

 

10th Annual Women's Leadership Fullerton Forum - Thursday, November 13

Join Jennifer Fitzgerald, Jan Flory, and The Woman's Club of Fullerton 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 13, 2014 at the Fullerton Community Center Grand Hall for the 10th Annual Women's Leadership Forum. The program includes honoring local leaders in the achievement categories of Business, Education, Judicial, and Community. CLICK HERE for more information.  

 

Generational Divides in the Workforce - Wednesday, November 19

The Orange County Forum presents Scott Zimmer of Bridgeworks, a generational expert and Gen Xer who clearly illustrates the stress points between generations and provides clear solutions to help relieve tension andencourage better understanding and collaboration across generational divides -- particularly applicable in our current work environment.  CLICK HERE for more information.

 

Microsoft Store Grand Opening - Saturday, November 22

Microsoft is excited to be a part of the Los Cerritos Center community and is holding a grand opening celebration all day Saturday, November 22, 2014. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony takes place at 10:30 a.m., which is then followed by an exclusive Kelly Clarkson performance at 7 p.m. CLICK HERE for more information and to RSVP.

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: NOVEMBER

Economic Development Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 I 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

 

Latino Educational Attainment Committee Meeting

Thursday, November 13 I 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

 

Infrastructure Committee Meeting

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 I 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

 

Workforce Development Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 I 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 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 Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

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

Pacific Chorale, the resident choir of Segerstrom Center for the Arts, has joined the OCBC as a Community Partner - and is offering a 20% discount on subscriptions to its 2014-2015 concert season.  The season starts November 2nd; the final concert is May 17.  For the best seats, visit the OCBC exclusive Community Partner subscription page:  Or call, 714/662-2345. CLICK HERE for more pricing information. 

 

 

WHAT IS A CLOUD, AND HOW DOES IT HELP YOUR BUSINESS?
This event is an educational seminar that will help explain the "Cloud" and its key business applications. Many businesses today are confused as to what the term Cloud means. Each technology company seems to have a different spin on term We will cover and discuss the 4 basic forms of the Cloud, why they work for your business and what to look for when choosing Cloud products. Join Microsoft from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 20, 2014 at the Microsoft Technology Center Irvine. CLICK HERE for more information. 

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.

OPEN A CD WITH F&M BANK TODAY!

F&M Bank is offering an exclusive 13 month CD special at 0.70% APY. Funds must come from a financial institution other than F&M Bank, requires a minimum opening deposit of $5,000 and maximum of $250,000. Take advantage of this offer by October 31, 2014. CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

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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Do you tweet? Have a Facebook page or surf YouTube? Then follow the latest news and information from OCBCsocial media online. Follow us on Twitter. Like our Facebook page. Tune into our YouTube channel. Check out OCBC's blogs: Dunn and Done and CaliforniaSquirrel. Or visit our newest website, LocationOC.com.

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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