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VOTE FOR MICHELLE STEEL FOR OC BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, DISTRICT 2- NOV. 4!

OCBC endorses Michelle Steel for Orange County Board of Supervisors, District 2, in the November 4 California General Election. Steel is a member of the California Board of Equalization and has impressive credentials as a business leader and taxpayer advocate. During the June 3 Primary, she out raised her opponents three to 1 and drew a large list of supporters including over 50 elected officials, California Republican Assembly, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Apartment Association of Orange County PAC, California Women Leadership Association, Orange County Young Republicans, and the Orange County Taxpayers Association. Steel is running against Assemblymember Allan Mansoor. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.

DUNN AND DONE: DON'T MESS WITH EX-IM SUCCESS!

Question:  What 80-year old government entity helps U.S. businesses create jobs, compete globally, and make a profit for taxpayers? Answer:  "Ex-Im"-the biggest little competitive advantage you may have never heard of. "Ex-Im" stands for The Export-Import Bank of the United States.  It is the official export credit agency that assists in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international customers.  Ex-Im does not compete with private lending institutions but provides export financing tools like financing, credit insurance, and loan guarantees that fill in the gaps the private sector isn't serving.  Ex-Im assumes credit and country risks and helps level the playing field for U.S. exporters by matching the financing foreign governments provide to their own folks.  Ex-Im helps both large and small business, but more than 85 percent of its transactions directly benefit small U.S. businesses. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development. 

CA LEGISLATURE PASSES RECORD $108 BILLION BUDGET
The California legislature approved a record $108 billion budget Sunday that includes $10.6 billion to pay down old debts, and $130 million to the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program.This year's budget will also begin to pay down the $74 billion shortfall in the teacher's retirement pension, which has been the subject much controversy since the Great Recession began in 2007. In addition, the state will set $1.6 billion aside for a rainy-day fund, which OCBC has long supported. Other key deals struck in the final days of the budget negotiations include financing preschool for all low-income 4-year-olds costing $264 million; and overtime pay for in-home aides who care for the elderly and disabled. Total spending on public schools is set to rise $5.6 billion - a 10 percent increase over last year. Overall, the spending blueprint for the fiscal year beginning July 1 is $7.2 billion larger than last year's general fund budget. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.


CLICK HERE for the complete list of the candidates OCBC endorsed for the June 3 California Direct Primary Election. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OCBJ'S 20TH ANNUAL 'WOMEN IN BUSINESS' AWARD RECIPIENTS!
Congratulations to all the award nominees and winners at Orange County Business Journal's 20th annual "Women in Business" awards and luncheon held today at Hotel Irvine. OCBC members represented a handful of those exceptional women nominated, including award winners Dr. Karen Smith of Allergan and Deborah Proctor of St. Joseph Health. Other award winners recognized include Alexis Schulze of Nektar Juice Bar, Jerri Rosen of Working Wardrobes, Cheryl Osborn of Casco Contractors, and lifetime achievement honoree Zee Allred of Pool Water Products. CLICK HERE for a list of all the nominees. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager. 
ANOTHER REASON TO MODERNIZE CEQA - STOP CREATIVE NEW INTERPRETATIONS
The following was written by Rick McNeil, Partner, Snell & Wilmer, in response to an article he recently co-authored in the Orange County Business Journal.

 

As set forth in the article "CEQA-in-Reverse" Case Headed for the California Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court is poised to decide this fall whether to approve an unprecedented and expansive interpretation of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) that would certainly cost Orange County businesses millions of dollars in increased project costs and lost business opportunities. The issue involves project approvals under CEQA and the case at hand - decided by the Court of Appeal in San Francisco - would mean that the necessary environmental review for projects would include not only the impact of the project on the environment but also the impact of the environment on the project.  A number of prominent business organizations, including OCBC, the Building Industry Legal Defense Fund and the Bay Area Council (OCBC's counterpart in San Francisco) signed on to an amicus curiae brief last month strongly urging the Supreme Court to reject this expansive interpretation of CEQA.  OCBC signed the amicus brief because the Court of Appeal's decision potentially has statewide application and would threaten the viability of urban infill and transportation projects, among other things. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

GET OUT ON THE GREEN! OCBC'S EXECUTIVE INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT - JULY 24
OCBC's 2014 Executive Invitational Golf Tournament, presented by Kaiser Permanente, is fast approaching! The all-day event will take place Thursday, July 24 at Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point. Join OC's top executives for the county's premier networking event! The tournament will feature a hole-in-one contest, putting contest, opportunity drawings, horse race classic, and a driving range! Sponsorship opportunities are available.  

 

WHEN: Thursday, July 24, 2014  I  12 p.m. Shotgun Scramble

WHERE: Monarch Beach Golf Links

COST: Corporate Foursome: $2,200  I  Individual OCBC Member: $550  I  Individual Non-member: $650 

  

For more information, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager. 

GOING BROKE IN RETIREMENT IS THE LEADING FEAR AMONG OC RESIDENTS
New research from Merrill Edge shows that going broke in retirement is the number one fear for many Orange County residents - beating out other stress-inducing situations. Yet, despite the prospect of not having enough money to live on later in life, more of Orange County's mass affluent -- those individuals with $50,000 to $250,000 in investable assets -- prioritize living comfortably today over saving more for the future. In trying to understand how the growing group of mass affluent Americans weigh finances against other concerns, the report suggests that running out of cash in retirement far exceeds many common fears such as flying in an airplane, losing one's job, and weight gain. However, fear doesn't seem to be driving behavior change. It turns out that the main trigger to get people to save/invest Orange County for retirement is pretty simple - offer them a 401k. CLICK HERE to read more. CLICK HERE to read the full report. For more information, contact Delaine MooreCommunications Manager.
STAYING A STEP AHEAD - SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ARTS & MATH - JULY 24 FORUM
What skills do today's students need for success in a highly competitive, global economy? Join OCBC's Workforce Development Committee for an on-site meeting at Microsoft in Irvine on Wednesday, July 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. for a S.T.E.A.M. Forum. The forum will feature a presentation by Microsoft focusing on technology and skills needed in the workforce for a global 21st century economy. A tour will also be provided.

 

WHEN: Thursday, July 16, 2014  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 

WHERE: Microsoft, 3 Park Plaza, 16th Floor, Irvine, Ca. 92614

 

  

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

OCBC WELCOMES NEW INVESTORS

OCBC is proud to welcome three new investors, including  Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, Farmers and Merchants Bank of Central California (F&M Bank), and Orange County STEM InitiativeAtkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo is a full-service law firm with over 30 years of uncompromising commitment to high quality legal work. The firm represents both private and public sector clients, with emphasis in the areas of employment, labor, construction, education, real estate, general business and business litigation, corporate, taxation, bankruptcy and immigration. F&M Bank has provided financial services to individuals and businesses in California since 1916. The locally owned and operated bank provides a complete range of products and services that help bring growth and prosperity to each of the communities it serves throughout California, from Sacramento to Merced. OC STEM Initiative's mission is to partner with community stakeholders such as students, parents, teachers, businesses, and funders who are invested in the improvement of the quality and outcome of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning in Orange County to develop the critical thinking, creative and innovative leaders of tomorrow. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

OCBC AROUND THE COMMUNITY

Successful Appointment Training Workshop for Women 

OCBC's President and CEO Lucy Dunn spoke June 6 at California Women Lead's Appointment Training Workshop for Women, along with other female community leaders and executives. The workshop illuminated the process one should take to be appointed to a board, commission, or committee at the local and state level. Dunn discussed her experience as an appointee to the California Transportation Commission and has welcomed the change of seeing more women appointed and adding local voices and local experience to the process.  Assemblyman Tom Daly will host a follow up seminar in the fall. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. CLICK HERE for more photos of the event. 

 

OCBC's Matt Petteruto Appointed to 2016 AQMP Passenger Transportation White Paper  

As an alternate to OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn on the 2016 Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP), Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development, has been named to the 2016 AQMP Passenger Transportation White Paper working group. This specific topic will include vehicle technology and operational efficiency opportunities, programs for accelerated vehicle turnover, infrastructure needs, public and private funding needs/opportunities, and job opportunities including education/training needs. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development. 

 

OCBC's Larry Brose joins Alzheimer's Family Services Center's Board of Directors

Alzheimer's Family Services Center (AFSC) elected Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development, to its distinguished Board of Directors. AFSC is affiliated with the Hoag Neurosciences Institute and is an independent nonprofit agency. It is the only Alzheimer's Day Care Resource Center in Orange County and works to improve the quality of life for families challenged by Alzheimer's disease or other dementia. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development.  

 

OC Forum's "Housing Outlook" Luncheon  

On June 11, OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn served as the emcee and moderator at OC Forum's "Housing Outlook" Luncheon, featuring FivePoint Communities' Emile Haddad, OC United Way's Max Gardner, and New Home Company's Larry Webb. With housing prices climbing 19 percent in Orange County in the last year, available housing that is affordable to the workforce remains a critical issue in Orange County. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager. 

ADDRESSING THE SKILLS GAP FACED BY TODAY'S WORKFORCE- OCT. 7 CONFERENCE

Register today for the 2014 Workforce Development Conference, hosted by OCBC and the Orange County Workforce Investment Board, presented by Union Bank. The conference will feature Ken McNeely, President, AT&T California, who will address the current skills gap companies face with incoming employees and what is needed to prepare a workforce for a competitive, 21st century global economy. The conference will also unveil the 2014 Workforce Indicators Report with OCBC Chief Economic Advisor Dr. Wallace Walrod analyzing the county's economic and workforce trends. Thank you event sponsors Kaiser Permanente, The Boeing Company, Chevron, AT&T, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company, and Wells Fargo

 

WHEN: Thursday, October 7 2014  I  11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  I  Sponsorships: $5,000  I  $2,500 

WHERE: Hotel Irvine

COST: Member: $125  I  Non-member: $150  

 

For more information, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager. 

WHAT IS ON THE HORIZON FOR OC'S ECONOMY? ECONOMIC FORECAST CONFERENCE - OCT.23

Join OCBC and California State University, Fullerton for the 20th Annual Economic Forecast Conference, presented by US Bank, on October 23, 2014 at Hotel Irvine. The conference features a forecast of Orange County's economic climate by Dr. Anil Puri, Dean of the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, CSUF; and Dr. Mira Farka, Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting, CSUF. And will also feature keynote speaker Emile Haddad, President and CEO, FivePoint Communities. Join hundreds of Orange County business leaders for the county's premier economic conference and learn the latest opportunities for business growth and how to plan for the future.

 

WHEN: Thursday, October, 23, 2014  I  11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

WHERE: Hotel Irvine

COST: Individual: $160  I  Table of Ten: $1,500  I  Sponsorships: $7,500  I  $3,500

 

For more information, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager. 

WHAT IS ON THE HORIZON FOR OC'S ECONOMY? ECONOMIC FORECAST CONFERENCE - OCT.23

In efforts to promote sustainability and technological innovation, Union Bank and Tesla banded together to install the first Supercharger station in Orange County. Stationed at a Union Bank branch in San Juan Capistrano, owners of the Tesla Model S sedan are able to mobilize for free. In one 20-minute charge, Model S owners can mobilize for 265 miles, making it easier to travel between Los Angeles and San Diego without frequently stopping. Union Bank and Tesla executives are thrilled to team up to offer this new and innovative service to their customers and hope to continue to make an eco-friendly push to a greener county. 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: BUDGET TRACKING APPS

Spendbook: An app that tracks and manages your expenses and income. With its multiple account and currencies feature, International Travelers are able switch balances and currencies at ease.

Cashish: Cashish is a quick and easy tool to keep on your cash spending.This app allows you to enter and track funds in a simple and efficient way.

Receipts: Receipts is a user friendly app that keeps track of vital receipts.This app is the ideal solution for business users by minimizing the loss of expense receipts.

Dollarbird: Dollarbird is for anyone who wants to keep a closer eye on their cash flow. The app helps users categorize their expenses, plan and project how much money he/she will have in the future, and gets reminded on upcoming bills.

Spendee: Spendee is not only appealing to the eyes, but manages personal finances on the go. Users are able to snap photos of their bills or personal notes, and add them onto the app.  

For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.  

COMMUNITY EVENTS    

IMPACT14: Internet Marketing Reimagined - September 24 through 26

Registration is now open for IMPACT14, which is the IMA Conference and Awards focusing on the internet marketing industry from, September 24 through 26, 2014 at Aria Resort, CityCenter, Las Vegas, Nev. This extraordinary event focusing on innovation, education and recognition, and hosts distinguished keynote speakers on vital internet marketing topics, a series of breakout sessions presented by the industry's leading experts, and the 2014 IMPACT Awards recognition and celebration.  CLICK HERE for a video about the event. CLICK HERE for more information.

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: JULY

Infrastructure Committee Meeting

Tuesday, June 8, 2014 I 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

 

Workforce Development Committee Meeting

Wednesday, July 16, 2014  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:30 am. (STEAM Forum at Microsoft) 

 

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

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.
GET CONNECTED ONLINE WITH OCBC 
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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