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Tuesday, April 9, 2013 

CONGRESSMAN JOHN CAMPBELL VISITS OCBC'S GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

On April 4, U.S. Representative John Campbell (R-CA 45) shared his insights before OCBC's Government Affairs Committee meeting, which was chaired by Lisa Haines of the Disneyland Resort. Rep. Campbell shared the latest information on topics from repeal of the onerous medical device impacting one of OC's top industry sectors, to the history behind sequestration (and how we will not go over a cliff based upon the budget cuts underway), to the unlikelihood of any major tax reform.  However, Rep. Campbell believed that the timing was right to secure major strides in immigration reform. Rep. Campbell chairs the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade. His subcommittee, new to the 113th Congress, considers legislation and conducts oversight of monetary policy, international financial institutions, non-domestic capital markets, international currency, multilateral developmental banks, economic stabilization programs, and domestic banking and payment infrastructure. He is also a member of the full House Committee on Financial Services and on the House Committee on the Budget. Check out Rep. Campbell's website for latest news: www.campbell.house.gov. For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.

OCBC HONORED BY PACIFIC SYMPHONY AT A SPECIAL CONCERT

On April 5, members of OCBC, including Ski Harrison, Rutan and Tucker, Dr. Michael Brandman, FirstCarbon Solutions, Reggie Gilyard, Chapman University, and Lucy Dunn, OCBC, attended a stunning concert at the beautiful Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. The Pacific Symphony, under the baton of guest conductor, Mei-Ann Chen, featured Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67 with the most famous opening four notes in all of classical music. But the audience also enjoyed a remarkable Butterfly Lovers Concerto by He Zhanhou and Chen Gang featuring the exceptional talent of George Gau on the erhu or two-stringed "Chinese violin."  Also joining OCBC and guests were Assemblymembers Alan Mansoor and Don Wagner. OCBC was honored by the Pacific Symphony with an award for dedicated service to Orange County and partnership with the Pacific Symphony. For more information on Pacific Symphony's concert season, CLICK HERE. For more information contact Larry Brose, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development.

MEDICAL DEVICE TAX: TIME NOW TO REPEAL THIS ILL-CONCEIVED BURDEN

A broad bipartisan coalition in both the US Senate and the House have worked together on independent 2014 budgets. OCBC is pleased to note that both versions included amendments to repeal the medical device tax that was passed in 2009. The Senate overwhelmingly supported the "Hatch Amendment" 79-20, a super majority unheard of in recent years. Though the budgets are non-binding, the bipartisan and bicameral support for repealing the tax is good news for independent legislative vehicles that are moving through Congress. These bills are H.R. 523, H.R. 1295, and S.232. For now, all tax bills are being held in the Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Finance Committee. Tax measures have been put on hold in case a comprehensive tax reform emerges.

 

Orange County is the leader in medical device manufacturing and this tax stunts innovation and future research and development of future products. Repealing the medical device tax is a key priority for OCBC. OCBC strongly encourages members of Congress to act on the stand alone bills to repeal the medical device tax in the 113th Congress. For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.

OCBC SUPPORTS STATE LEGISLATION TO BUILD AFFORDABLE HOUSING: SB 391

On April 9, OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn testified before the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee as the Representative of California's business community, in support of SB 391. OCBC, California Building Industry Association, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Los Angeles Business Council, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and Bay Area Council have joined together to support SB 391, also known as the California Homes and Jobs Act of 2013. Dunn said that the business community expects the bill to create 29,000 jobs annually and help businesses attract and retain the talent that fuels California's economy by building homes with rents and mortgages within reach of working families. In addition, the bill will leverage $2.78 billion in federal and local funding and bank loans to build affordable homes and create jobs, and then deploy these dollars in California communities through a successful public-private partnership model.

 

SB 391 will be funded by a modest fee on the recordation of real estate documents-excluding homes sales-which is a sustainable and self-renewing source of funding that will leverage billions in federal and local funding and bank loans. Most importantly, SB 391 helps California's budget live within its means, making funding available for the private sector and affordable home construction, but without creating new debt. OCBC will work with its coalition partners to advance the California Homes and Jobs Act this year. For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.

PART TWO: OCBC AND ACC-OC HEAD TO WASHINGTON, D.C.
Join OCBC and ACC-OC May 20-22 for part two of the One Voice, Two Capitols Advocacy Trip to Washington, DC to advocate on behalf of business interests and good public policy. Meet with lawmakers, members of the administration, and other decision makers on critical business issues including economic development, education, housing, transportation and water. Participants include representatives from Orange County's leading companies and cities. 

 

DATE:May 20-22 

LOCATION: The St. Regis Washington Hotel

COST: OCBC Member: $1,650  I  Non-Member: $1,850

Sponsorship opportunities are available. 

 

Program Highlights:

  • Accommodations included at 4-star hotel
  • High level meetings with the Obama Administration and Congressional Leadership
  • Dinner with Orange County's Congressional Delegation
  • Two Orange County issue breakfasts
  • Unparalleled business networking

For sponsorship or advocacy information, please contact Bryan Starr at 949.794.7210. For registration information, please contact Leslie Dods at 949.794.7241.
THE TIME FOR CEQA MODERNIZATION IS NOW!

The following op-ed was written by Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, Orange County Business Council, and originally appeared in the Orange County Register.

 

At a time when California is striving to encourage growth and job creation, updating the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is imperative. Modernizing CEQA to make it function in a way that promotes the economy, while protecting the environment, is just what California needs. It also sends a strong message to the rest of the U.S. (and all those "visiting" state Governors trying to steal California business) that we are, in fact, "open for business."

 

Senate President Darrell Steinberg began this process by introducing Senate Bill 731, legislation that lays out the initial framework for CEQA modernization discussions. SB 731 sets intent language that has the potential to ensure CEQA works to protect the environment, while stamping out abuses that stifle desirable projects and job growth. We commend Senator Steinberg for his leadership and commitment to accomplishing meaningful CEQA reform this session. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.

WE NEED YOUR VOICE! 2ND ANNUAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FORUM - MAY 10
OCBC invites you to make your voice heard at the 2nd Annual Orange County Economic Development Forum, featuring keynote speaker Chris Harrington, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Toshiba America Information Systems, and OCBC Economic Development Committee Co-Chair. More Speakers to be Announced! Focusing on the theme of Global Connectivity, forum participants--including YOU--will engage in the major policy requirements needed to create a solid regional and state-wide economic development strategy, aimed at advancing Orange County and California's economic competitiveness on a global scale. A continental breakfast will be served.

 

DATE: Friday, May 10 

TIME: 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

LOCATION: Hyatt Regency Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine 

 

For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development.

SHOULD CALIFORNIA ADOPT ONLINE EDUCATION? THE GOVERNOR THINKS SO.

Committee hearings have begun on Governor Brown's plan to expand online education programs and technology based instruction. Online education has seen large growth over the past few years, and many view it as the future of education. However, Governor Brown's plan would modify guidelines on independent study and permit school districts to collect state attendance funding for online courses, and is therefore being met with apprehension from the Legislature. The most important concerns that lawmakers and OCBC's business members have are over certifying that online learning will be held to the same high standards of those implemented in traditional classrooms; that there needs to be a way to accurately assess how these classes are working. Other concerns are how participation in these programs will translate to funding for school districts, how the state and schools would be able to implement these programs in a short time span, and how to gauge whether the program is working. OCBC will be tracking the proposed implementation in the coming weeks. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President of Workforce Development and Advocacy.

CELEBRATE 5 YEARS OF SUCCESS IN LATINO EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT - MAY 2

Join OCBC, alongside elected officials and community partners, for the 5th Annual Latino Educational Attainment Reception on Thursday, May 2 at the Discovery Science Center to celebrate the success of the LEA Initiative. Lowering the achievement gap amongst Orange County's Latino population has been LEA's priority for the last 5 years. Join OCBC as we reveal the results of these efforts in the first-ever LEA study, highlighting the impact LEA has had on Orange County's students. CLICK HERE for more information on OCBC's LEA Initiative.

 

WHEN: Thursday, May 2 

TIME: 5:30-7:30pm 

WHERE: Discovery Science Center, 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana

COST: Complimentary

Sponsorship opportunities are available.

 

For more information contact Leslie Dods, Director of Events. 

PRESERVING AN OC ICON
Lucy Dunn, OCBC President and CEO, asks Orange County's Catholics to support a campaign to renovate the new Christ Cathedral. Her story appears in the April edition of OCMetro Magazine, page 26.

It's no secret that I'm a practicing Catholic. A disciple of, "To sing is to pray twice," I lead my parish's congregational singing every Sunday. But I'm not one who readily verbalizes my faith; I come to it with a lot of quiet reflection and reading.

However, an O.C. movement now taking place has me sharing my faith in a new way: The For Christ Forever Capital Campaign. Orange County's 1.1 million Catholics are each being asked for participate; it's the first capital campaign in the 40-year history of the Diocese of Orange, since it separated from L.A. The $100 million campaign goal will support the faith, spirituality and ministries of a growing community, as well as the renovation of the Crystal Cathedral into the future Christ Cathedral. CLICK HERE and turn to page 26 to read more.
SIGN OF THE TIMES: HOUSING MARKET CONTINUES TO RECOVER

According to the OC Register, renters in Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside counties paid 2.2 percent more rent in February than a year earlier, marking the 30th consecutive month of year-over-year rent hikes, Consumer Price Index figures for the region show.  The CPI showed that rent stopped falling in August 2010, then began an unbroken streak of rent hikes over the next 2 years. CPI figures dating back to 1915 show that rents in the region have gone up 81 percent of the past 97 years, with hikes averaging 3.1 percent a year. In contrast, The Depression was the worst period for landlords with the worst year being 1933 with a 17 percent drop, the biggest in the past century.

 

On a national note, all segments of the home building industry should continue to grow in 2013, according to the NAHB Economics housing and economic forecast. Driven by demographic factors, the 55+ sector should witness growth comparable to that of single-family and multifamily building.

 

For the final quarter of 2012, home building added 0.36 percentage points to GDP, the second highest tally since the end of the Great Recession. NAHB expects this growth to continue. For single-families, there was a 24% increase in housing starts from 2011 to 2012, making the single-family construction rate up 74% from the market low in March 2009.  As for 2013, it is forecasted that single-family starts will grow 22% more.

 

Multifamily construction will continue expanding into 2013 partly because of the strong demand for rental properties with a forecasted growth rate of 22% in multifamily starts. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.

SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK OF ORANGE COUNTY NEEDS YOUR VOTE!

Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County is participating in Walmart and Feeding America's "Fighting Hunger Together" campaign, which will allocate $45,000 in grant money to 40 food banks across the U.S. Second Harvest has submitted an application requesting funds to help support a component of their Mobile Pantry program, called Kid's Cupboard. If funded, they will distribute healthy food to children and their families who are at-risk of going hungry at various school sites throughout Orange County. The 40 food banks that accumulate the most votes will receive $45,000. Voting takes place through the month of April and a person can vote once every day until April 30th. Will you help Second Harvest reach their goal? CLICK HERE to vote! For more information contact Larry Brose, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development.  

HEAR FROM CHOC'S CEO KIMBERLY CRIPE AT NEXT CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST - APRIL 30

OCBC's second Chairman's Leadership Breakfast of 2013 takes place Tuesday, April 30 and features Kimberly Cripe, President and CEO of CHOC Children's, one of the top pediatric healthcare systems in the country. Cripe was recently featured in OCMETRO Magazine (page 16), which followed a day in the life of this busy executive. Cripe will share her leadership expertise and discuss top healthcare issues. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from one of Orange County's top CEO's, hosted by CEO Leadership Caucus Chairman, Tom Phelps, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. Thanks to CLB sponsors Wells Fargo and AT&T.

 

WHEN: Tuesday, April 30 

TIME: 7:30am - Registration, 8:00am - Program, 9:00am - Adjourn 

WHERE: The Center Club, 650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa 

TICKETS: OCBC Members: $60, Non-Members: $125  

 

For more information contact Leslie Dods, Director of Events. 

EXCLUSIVE B4B CONFERENCE DISCOUNT FOR OCBC MEMBERS

OCBC Members: Exclusive discounted rates for B4B Conference and Exposition! There are countless reasons why companies should engage in corporate social responsibility (CSR). Harvard Business School research shows that companies with a CSR program significantly outperform their counterparts long-term. Additionally, CSR impacts talent retention, as employees are more committed to their organization. Find out how to develop your company's corporate community involvement on May 1 - 2 at www.business4better.org! Register NOW with promo code ADV for a $49 all-access pass ($200 savings). For more information contact Larry Brose, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development. 

NEWS YOU CAN USE: BUSINESS TRAVEL APPS   

Are you always on the go? Try these helpful travel apps to keep business running smoothly:

Hotel Tonight: Last minute deals on hotels.
Google Drive: Create, share and collaborate on the web with documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more, from any device, anywhere.
Fuel Finder: Locate gas stations near you at the cheapest price.
Kayak: Flight, car, and hotel searching and booking with full itinerary access.
XE Currency: Convert every world currency with this currency calculator.

For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS  

ORANGE IS THE "NEW" GREEN: HABITAT FOR HUMANITY BUILDS FOR THE FUTURE

Established in 2009, Habitat for Humanity of Orange County has helped build homes for the people of OC that are not only affordable, but environmentally green as well. With the support of staff and volunteers, HFH of Orange County has reduced energy consumption, waste stream to landfills, greenhouse gases, and uses less resources with engineered wood products. Working towards a world where everyone has a decent place to live, environmental sustainability is one of HFH's core values.

 

Habitat for Humanity's Green Team researches and develops new ways to keep housing substantially green. Tankless water heaters, motion sensing lighting switches, recycling 50% of what they do not use on construction sites, bio-swale drainage systems, vinyl double pane low "E" Argon gas filled windows, compact fluorescent light bulbs, passive groundwater recharge systems, pre-wiring for room ceiling fans rather than installing air conditioning systems, and on-demand hot water circulation systems are some of the green measures taken by Habitat for Humanity.

 

HFH also holds a booth in the Huntington Beach Green Expo each year advocating for environmentally savvy housing. The organization's commitment to going green has inspired Habitat's homeowners to maintain HFH's conservation efforts as well as spread the awareness to local neighborhoods. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Employment Law & Workers' Compensation Seminar - Wednesday, April 10 

Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith represents clients in all phases and types of employment litigation, counseling, training and collective bargaining. The firm is proud to present a seminar in Costa Mesa on the latest issues in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation, and invites you to register. Seating is limited. CLICK HERE for more information.

 

Tom Kelley: The Art of Innovation - Wednesday, April 10 

Arts Orange County presents the latest Creative Edge Lecture featuring Tom Kelley, Co-Founder of IDEO, who will present a 90-minute lecture about creativity that will dazzle and inspire audiences from business, education, parents, and community leaders. As the best-selling author of "The Art of Innovation" and "The Ten Faces of Innovation," Tom will describe how the human-centered approach of "design thinking" can help companies and schools reinforce their own unique cultures of innovation. CLICK HERE for more information and to buy tickets. 

 

Santa Ana River Watershed Conference - Thursday, April 11 

Learn about the importance of working together to achieve goals and develop effective solutions in the Santa Ana River Watershed at the 2013 annual Santa Ana River Watershed Conference. Speakers and panelists will discuss the potential that can be unlocked through effective partnerships. For more information about The Santa Ana River Watershed 2013: The Power of Partnerships, visit the conference website or contact Jean Nordmann at the Water Education Foundation at (916) 444-6240. The conference is convened by SAWPA and coordinated by the Water Education Foundation.

 

VIP Luncheon: Linking Business with Education: STEM and the Arts Career Showcase - Friday, April 12 

Join Vital Link at the VIP Luncheon featuring STEM and the Arts Career Showcase on Friday, April 12. The luncheon, sponsored by Irvine Valley College, will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at OC Fair and Event Center, Building #10. For more information or to RSVP contact Ruth Harrell at 949.646.2520. CLICK HERE for the event flier.   

 

World Affairs Council Dinner Featuring Dr. Helene Gayle - Monday, April 15 

The World Affairs Council of Orange County is hosting a dinner and speaker event at The Hilton, Irvine on Monday, April 15, at 6pm. President and CEO of CARE USA, a leading international humanitarian organization, Dr. Helene Gayle will deliver a keynote speech pertaining to the organization's commitment to empowering girls and women to bringing lasting changes to poor communities across the globe. Dr. Gayle will provide a greater understating of the long term impacts of policy and advocacy efforts and discuss the deep connections between poverty and the environment. CLICK HERE for more information.     

 

Center for Family Business Workshop - The Power of the Next Generation - Tuesday, April 16 

Center for Family Business is devoted to helping Family Businesses maintain healthy growth and to resolve problematic issues that arise frequently. We provide workshops and provide opportunities for fellow family business to interact and network to achieve their maximum potential. Our next workshop will be on April 16. Check out our website www.csuffamilybusiness.com to register for the April Workshop and to read more about our center.   

 

Education Summit on College and Workforce Readiness - Thursday, April 18

Senator Bob Huff is hosting an Education Summit at the Fullerton College Campus Theatre to discuss how schools can best prepare students for college and the workforce. The Summit will feature a keynote address by Dr. Vu Pham, President and Managing Partner, Spectrum Knowledge, and is open to the public. The panel discussion will involve questions from the audience. To RSVP or for more information, call 714.671.9474.   

 

Student Success Act of 2012 Symposium - Thursday, April 18

Hosted by the Career Technical Education Orange County the symposium aims its discussion on the Student Success Act of 2012 and its impact on students. Key discussion items include: student education plans, unit cap and enrollment management, curriculum alignment, and more! The event will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. held at Brandman University, 16355 Laguna Canyon Road, Irvine, CA. For more information or to RSVP contact Vital Link at 949.646.2520 or kathy@vitalink.com.  

 
International Colloquium on Environmentally Preferred Advanced Power Generation (ICEPAG) - April 23 - 25
ICEPAG, now in its 13th year, is a leading world forum for bringing together policymakers, engineers, educators, and students from around the world around the topics of sustainable energy and grid ramifications. Presentations given during a plenary session and sessions in four tracks 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. CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

OC Forum Presents a Luncheon Featuring The Honorable Darrell Steinberg - Friday, April 26

Join OC Forum on Friday, April 26 for a luncheon program featuring The Honorable Darrell Steinberg, President pro Tempore, California State Senate. Senator Steinberg is arguably the second most powerful elected official in California, whose party holds a two-thirds majority in both the Senate and Assembly. The luncheon will take place at the Hilton Irvine across from John Wayne Airport. The reception begins at 11:30am, and the lunch program begins at noon. CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

10th Annual Women's Philanthropy Fund - Wednesday, May 1  

Join Orange County United Way as we celebrate the power of women philanthropists at the 10th Annual Women's Philanthropy Fund Breakfast Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Irvine. Proceeds from the event support efforts to identify and address barriers to self-sufficiency for women and girls in Orange County. Tickets: $175. For more information visit WPFBreakfast.kintera.org. Co-Chairs: Mary "Muff" Tennyson, StashAll, and Renee Simonis, Community Volunteer. Sponsorship Opportunities are available by contacting Orange County United Way, 949.660.7600.

 

OC Human Relations 42nd Anniversary Celebration - Thursday, May 2 

Orange County Human Relations will be celebrating their 42nd anniversary at the City National Grove of Anaheim, and will be honoring outstanding people in Orange County schools, communities, and police departments for their exemplary contributions to human relations in the county. Sponsorships for this event are still available. For more information contact Barbara Hunt at 714-834-7181 or Barbara@ochumanrelations.org.  

 

Learning from the Masters - Friday, May 3

Cal State Fullerton's Center for Leadership presents this 4th Annual Conference on Friday, May 3, which features lessons about overcoming adversity from local business founders and CEOs, including OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn, Dr. Richard Afable, President and CEO, Covenant Health Network, Lacy Kelly, CEO, ACC-OC, Tom Phelps, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, and many more. The conference will take place at the Fairmont Newport Beach from 8am to 4:30pm. CLICK HERE for more information, email leadership@fullerton.edu or call 657-278-5170.   

 

5th Annual Tourism Conference - Wednesday, May 8 

Don't miss your opportunity to be one of a handful of exhibitors at this year's conference. Reach more than 300 local and regional executives as an exhibitor at the 5th annual Tourism Conference. This half day conference brings together numerous facets of the tourism industry. From hotels and attractions to destination marketing organizations and retail, promote your brand and services to decision makers at this very popular annual event. The cost to exhibitors is only $350 and includes one complimentary registration, a $95 value. To learn more about exhibitor opportunities, e-mail  lgaynes@lgaynes.com or call (916) 717-7959.

 

14th Annual Real Estate & Building Industry Mixer - Thursday, May 9 

Mix, Mingle, and celebrate the collective impact of the real estate community's efforts in partnership with Orange County United Way to be a force for change in advancing the Building Blocks for a good quality life: Education, Income, and Health at the 14th Annual Real Estate & Building Industry Mixer Thursday, May 9, 2013 at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort. Tickets: $225. For more information visit RealEstate2013.kintera.org. Co-Chairs: Kevin Baldridge, The Irvine Company and Bob Osbrink, Osbrink Group. Sponsorship Opportunities are available by contacting Kelley McGregor, Director, Major Gifts, Orange County United Way at 949.263.6161.

 

Irvine Public Schools Foundation 3rd Annual "Tee It Up for Education" Golf Tournament - Monday, May 13 

Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) is hosting its 3rd Annual Tee It Up for Education Golf Tournament and Dinner at Strawberry Farms Golf Club on Monday, May 13th, 2013. Proceeds from the event will benefit the 29,000 students of the Irvine Unified School District. This year's tournament is being presented by Union Bank with generous contributions from Strawberry Farms, Oakley and Honeybaked. Additional sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are still available. To register and find out more about the tournament and IPSF, please visit www.ipsf.net

 

5th Annual Walk United - Saturday, June 8 

Orange County United Way invites you to step up to the plate and participate in their 5th Annual WALK UNITED, Saturday, June 8 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The event is a family friendly 5K fun run/walk featuring local bands, a Kid-At-Heart Zone, and an Educational Resource Fair. Most importantly walkers will support United Way's mission to create a stronger Orange County by focusing on advancing the Building Blocks for a good quality life: Education, Income, and Health. For more information visit WalkUnited.com. Sponsorship Opportunities are available by contacting Robyn Brown, Manager, Development, Orange County United Way at 949.263.6106.

 

OC Great Park to Host 2013 Solar Decathalon - October 3-13
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO will take place October 3, 2013 to October 13, 2013 at the Orange County Great Park. This will be the first time the decathlon is held outside of the National Mall in Washington D.C. Teams representing the world's leading colleges and universities will compete in the 2013 decathlon to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. The homes will be on display in the Solar Village, forming the center-piece of the XPO, a world's fair of clean, renewable and efficient energy. CLICK HERE for more information.

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: APRIL
Latino Educational Attainment Committee Meeting

Thursday, April 11, 2013 I 9:00-10:30am

 

Workforce Development Committee Meeting

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 I 7:30-9:00am

 

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 2013 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:   

 

PACIFIC SYMPHONY GROUP DISCOUNTS

Gather a group for live music and a great evening out with Pacific Symphony. Stars from pops and and classical music join the orchestra in concerts perfect for staff events, clients, partner organizations and groups of friends. Groups receive special discounts for most concerts. 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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