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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

FISKER SHARES DESIGN AND INNOVATION SECRETS RIGHT HERE IN THE OC!

This morning OCBC and a sold out crowd of 130 business and community leaders welcomed Alex Klatt, VP of Global Design at Fisker Automotive, for OCBC's fourth Chairman's Leadership Breakfast, hosted by Tom Phelps of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, and co-sponsored by AT&T and Wells Fargo. Though originally scheduled to feature Henrik Fisker, the company's Executive Chairman, Klatt did a splendid job filling in as a last minute replacement for Fisker, who was called out of town on business.

 

Klatt shared the challenges he faced in high school as a highly creative individual, the subsequent advantages he has enjoyed in the business world as an engineer with a designers mind, and the innovative strategies that enabled Fisker Automotive--based in Orange County--to become a world leader in luxury electric vehicles. A highlight of the breakfast was the selection of luxury Fisker automobiles on display at the Center Club, featuring solar panel roofs and sleek interior styling. CLICK HERE for photos from the event. CLICK HERE for video from the event. CLICK HERE and HERE for an interview with Klatt. The next Chairman's Leadership Breakfast will take place on September 20, and features CSU Presidents Dr. F. King Alexander and Dr. Mildred Garcia. CLICK HERE to register. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

WHAT DOES BUSINESS THINK ABOUT CALIFORNIA?

OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn spoke as the keynote Friday at the "Governing California - A Symposium on Solutions for the 21st Century," held by Concordia University's Center for Public Policy. Dunn shared with guests the business community's perspective on issues and governance in California, highlighting the vast disconnect between business and government that is a roadblock to economic growth from San Francisco to San Diego.

 

"Business is intrigued by California, but recently have been subject to a lot of mixed messages," Dunn said. "Over the past many decades, business and economic development just presumed to grow and there didn't seem to be any concerted effort or thought on how that was happening. Then the rules and regulations piled on." CLICK HERE to watch Lucy's talk about business challenges in California. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

GOVERNOR BROWN SUPPORTS BAY DELTA PLAN--WATER FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

OCBC commends Governor Brown for demonstrating proactive leadership in an announcement on Wednesday, July 25, releasing details of proposed revisions to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) intended to move the project forward. The governor, along with Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Assistant Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), stressed that California's existing water system is unsustainable both economically and environmentally. The announcement marks an important movement toward implementation of the BDCP, which provides necessary infrastructure and environmental improvements needed to achieve California's co-equal goals of water reliability and restoration of delta habitat. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor.

HUNTINGTON BEACH IS HOME TO BOEING'S LATEST INNOVATION

On July 17 The Boeing Company opened a state-of-the-art Information Security Innovation Lab in Huntington Beach that will be used to prototype innovative cybersecurity technologies using live networks in a secure yet real-world environment. The lab's Wide Area Network backbone, coupled with Boeing Information Solutions' Cyber Range-in-a-Box (CRIAB), allows modeling and simulation of complex missions and advanced threats to create resilient security solutions. CRIAB is a compact, portable system used to support the development, test and experimentation of cyber tools and techniques, as well as to train today's network defenders.

 

"This Innovation Lab demonstrates the tremendous breadth and depth of talent that exists at our Huntington Beach site," said Alex Lopez, Huntington Beach site executive and vice president of Advanced Network & Space Systems. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs.

MANDATES, REGULATIONS, FEES--WHO IS CUTTING THROUGH THE RED TAPE?

We know there are many local governments throughout Orange County working tirelessly on programs and policies that cut through red tape and help business succeed in a tough economy--and we need you to tell us about them! Nominate a local government for OCBC's second annual Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet awards competition, sponsored by Chase, to recognize 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. NEW THIS YEAR: Award winners will be featured in an exclusive spread in OC METRO Business Magazine, in partnership with Churm Media

 

Nominations are due by September 4, 2012. Complete applications online at www.ocbc.org/redcarpet or mail to OCBC, 2 Park Plaza, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92614. Award winners will be recognized at a reception on November 29. For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development.
LABOR AND BIZ AGREE: JOB CREATION IS JOB ONE!

On Tuesday, July 24 business and labor joined forces to encourage the Anaheim City Council to "stay the course" and support its previous public votes for innovative financing to create jobs and new hotels at the Anaheim GardenWalk. LA/OC Building Trades Council's Jim Adams, OCBC's Lucy Dunn, and other business and labor leaders spoke to a cheering crowd of hundreds of construction and trades workers about the need for job creation in Anaheim, where the 10.2% unemployment rate is higher than most cities in Orange County. CLICK HERE to watch Lucy Dunn rally the crowd.

For more than ten years, Anaheim councilmembers, including Mayor Tom Tait, voted for transient occupancy tax (TOT) financing support to encourage economic activity in Anaheim. Economic development provides opportunities for job creation and must be a priority in Anaheim. With the loss of redevelopment, cities are faced with fewer options for economic recovery. Compounded by a lack of leadership from Sacramento, cities must use all the tools in their local toolbox to tackle jobs creation head on and lead economic recovery at the local level. The agenda item was ultimately tabled for a future meeting, due to pressing public safety concerns. For more information, contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs.
CALIFORNIA HIGH SPEED RAIL SIGNED BY GOVERNOR BROWN

On July 18 at Los Angeles' Union Station Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1029, writing into law a funding mechanism for the start of construction on California's High Speed Rail line. The bill appropriates $4.7 billion in state bonds for regional rail improvements, including $2.6 billion that will be matched by federal funds for the initial construction of HSR in the Central Valley. Brown said the investments "will create thousands of new jobs in California by modernizing regional transportation systems and linking them to the state's future high-speed rail line." Thanks to the efforts of Senator Lou Correa and Assemblyman Jose Solorio, the bill also includes $4.3 million for rail improvements to the proposed LA-Anaheim segment of the system.

High Speed Rail is projected to create 990,000 new jobs over the 15 year life span of the project. In addition to the economic benefits, HSR is believed to become an environmentally-friendly transportation alternative. On Friday, a sustainability study co-authored by engineers from Arizona State University and the University of California, Berkeley suggest that HSR will win out over traditional modes of transportation like automobiles and air travel in terms of environmental benefits. CLICK HERE to read more about the study. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs.
EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE REALITIES IN A 21ST CENTURY GLOBAL ECONOMY

Business, government, nonprofit and academia - we've got the information you need on today's workforce. Join Orange County Business Council and the Orange County Workforce Investment Board at the 2012 Workforce Development Conference, sponsored by Union Bank. The conference will unveil the 2012/2013 Workforce Indicators Report, with OCBC Chief Economic Advisor Dr. Wallace Walrod analyzing the county's economic and labor force trends. Get your copy by attending! 

 

When: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 I 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Where: Hyatt Regency Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Rd., Irvine 

Cost: OCBC Member: $95  I  Non-Member: $125

    

Thank you to the conference sponsors Union Bank, AT&T, Michael Brandman Associates, Chevron, Southern California Edison, OCSTEM, Wells Fargo Foundation, and The Boeing Company. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.

EXPLORING PROSPECTS FOR GROWTH IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

Join OCBC and the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at Cal State Fullerton for the 18th Annual Economic Forecast Conference, where economic experts Dr. Mira Farka and Dr. Anil Puri will share the latest opportunities for business growth; whether through expansion, hiring, or increasing revenues, the information provided will help all businesses plan for their future. Andrew Cecere, Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer for US Bank, will keynote the event, sharing his insights as a global financial leader.

When: Thursday, October 25, 2012  I  11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Where: Hyatt Regency Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Rd., Irvine
Cost: Individual: $150  I  Table of Ten: $1,250
 
Thank you to conference sponsor US Bank. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information contact Leslie Dods at 949.794.7241.
OCBC PRESENTS...DOING BUSINESS IN CHINA - SEPTEMBER 25

SAVE THE DATE! OCBC presents Doing Business in China, a breakfast program sponsored by Chase and UPS, taking place Tuesday, September 25 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Center Club in Costa Mesa. The breakfast will feature a panel of industry experts discussing opportunities for doing business with China. Topics include:

  • Impact of Asia's growth on US and OC businesses
  • Business opportunities for OC businesses in China and Asia
  • Complexities of doing business in China and Asia
  • Trade compliance
  • Protecting intellectual property

Tickets are $25. For more information contact  Matt Petteruto at 949.794.7209. 

COUNTY OF ORANGE SEEKS PERFORMANCE AUDIT DIRECTOR

County of Orange LogoThe County of Orange is seeking an executive with performance auditing expertise to be the focal point for conducting objective performance audits and systematic assessments of County department programs, functions and/or activities in order to help the County Board of Supervisors and CEO improve overall operational efficiency, effectiveness and accountability. The position reports directly to the Board of Supervisors. Depending on experience and qualifications a salary up to approximately $165,000 annually plus a comprehensive benefits package. To be considered for this opportunity, submit your resume at www.ocgov.com. The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 3. For more information contact Marguerite Adams at 714.834.6199 or Ann Barlow at 714.834.7357. 

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 
NEWS YOU CAN USE: STOP TEXTING AND START FLEXING!

Here are some apps to help keep you active and healthy with your busy work schedule:

 

Daily Burn: Offers variety of features for entering foods, tracking your weight loss and monitoring your exercise program.

Sports Tracker: Turns your iPhone into an interactive exercise diary which you can share with friends for bragging rights.

Yoga STRETCH: Achieve perfect physical and mental balance without leaving home.

MotionTraxx Radio: Podcast offering a huge selection of walking, running and fitness workouts set to dance music at different BPMs.

 

For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.   

ORANGE IS THE NEW GREEN: BOEING SOARS TO NEW HEIGHTS OF SUSTAINABILITY

orange globeIn the past five years Boeing has become a role model for environmentally friendly transportation. Boeing's forward thinking approach called Design for Environment includes analyzing a product's environmental footprint over its operational life cycle. Boeing flies annual demonstrator airplanes to accelerate emerging technologies designed to increase fuel efficiency, reduce noise and assess sustainable materials. Boeing has also taken a leading role in accelerating the development of sustainable biofuels. As a participant of the Carbon Disclosure Project since 2006, Boeing was recognized for the third consecutive year as the 2011 Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index. Boeing has received environment awards and recognition from a number of local, national and international organizations. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

POLITICAL CORNER
Business CAN Make a Difference in November!
Donate today to ChamberPAC, to help them focus on electing pro-business, pro-economic recovery, pro-jobs candidates to office. CLICK HERE to watch a video from CalChamber on the importance of electing pro-business representatives. CLICK HERE to contribute.

ACCPAC Fundraiser - Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Join the Anaheim Chamber Political Action Committee for burgers and beer on Tuesday, July 31 at Straub Distributing Company, 4633 E. La Palma Ave. in Anaheim. Gain access to the exclusive Straub Distributing Cmopany showroom as the ACCPAC showcases its 2012 endorsed candidates. To RSVP, contact Taryn Taddeo at Taryn@anaheimchamber.org or 714.758.0222, ext. 216. CLICK HERE to register online.

Breakfast with Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg - Thursday, September 13 
SAVE THE DATE! Join the Trustees of BIZPAC at a breakfast event with Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Thursday, September 13, 2012 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach. For more information, please contact Leslie Dods at 949.794.7241 or ldods@ocbc.org.

 

These events and notices are listed for informational purposes only. No OCBC endorsement is implied.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

27th Annual Honor a Hero, Hire a Vet Job and Resource Fair - Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Orange County Veterans Employment Committee and Employment Development Department invite you to the 27th annual Honor a Hero, Hire a Vet Job and Resource Fair on August 2nd from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Santa Ana. The event is Veteran focused, but open to all job seekers. The event raises much-needed funds to support those Veteran men and women who have served to defend the country proudly. CLICK HERE for more information.    

 

City of Lake Forest Promotes Local Businesses with 2nd Annual Shop & Dine Lake Forest Week- Aug. 12 - 19 

Over 220 Lake Forest businesses will participate in Shop & Dine Lake Forest Week and offer special deals on food, clothing, and various items from August 12 to 19. The celebration kicks off with the Taste of Lake Forest on Sunday, August 12 at the Foothill Ranch Towne Centre Food Festival where attendees can sample delicious food from over 20 participating Lake Forest restaurants for only $5.00 and vote for their favorite. Over 17 of the City's largest employers and companies are sponsoring this citywide shop local program www.ShopandDineLakeForest.com.   

 

Affordable Homes Initiative Strategic Communication and Marketing Services RFP - Wednesday, August 15 

Mission Hospital Community Benefit  is pleased to announce the Affordable Homes Initiative Strategic Communication and Marketing Services RFP to increase local support for affordable homes in south Orange County. Your organization is invited to submit an Interest Proposal to best achieve these goals. Proposals should be received by August 15, 2012. Individuals/groups/organizations determined to be in consideration will be invited to an interview where the proposal can be further discussed. Interviews are anticipated to be scheduled during the month of August and September 2012, with a decision about the proposals in October 2012. For more information, contact Eduardo Moreno at (949) 499-1311 ext: 7540, or eduardo.morenocerezo@stjoe.org.

 

NetworkOC - OC's Ultimate Business Mixer - Thursday, August 30, 2012

Hosted by the Irvine Chamber since 2001, Network Orange County has become a must-attend signature event for Orange County professionals. Teaming up with other local chambers and organizations they bring about one of the county's largest business mixers. If new leads, new customers, strengthened alliances and immeasurable exposure to an Orange County business audience is what your business needs to boost your customer base, Network OC is where you need to be. Taking place August 30 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Irvine Marriott. CLICK HERE to register.

 

Small Business ADA Compliance Workshop - Thursday, September 6, 2012

Hosted by State Senator Mimi Walters, this event will feature ADA lawsuit expert and attorney David W. Peters, who will teach you how to avoid expensive ADA lawsuits. Peters specializes in defending businesses against ADA lawsuits and has consulted in more than 900 cases throughout the US. Thursday, September 6, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m., Tustin Community Center, 300 Centennial Way, Tustin. RSVP by August 31 by calling Senator Walters' office at 949.457.7333. 

  

PBS So Cal Links for Learning Golf Outing - Thursday, September 13, 2012

PBS SoCal helps prepare children for success in school and life offering 6 literacy series and 11 series on science, technology, engineering and math. Sign up now to reserve your spot in the 3rd Annual PBS SoCaL Links for Learning Golf Outing, taking place at the Tustin Ranch Golf Club, and help children learn reading, math and other essential skills. PBS SoCaL is Southern California's largest classroom. CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

 

2012 Internet Marketing Association Conference - September 20-22, 2012

The three-day 2012 IMA Conference and Awards will kick off with a special evening welcome reception. Then, in a single day, Internet marketing professionals will hear two special keynote addresses, choose from nine in-depth breakout sessions with the industry's leading experts and experience the 2012 IMA Impact Awards dinner. The following morning, a farewell brunch will offer an opportunity to discuss what's been learned and strengthen connections. The 2012 IMA Conference will take place in Las Vegas at the Aria Resort and Casino. CLICK HERE for more information.   

 

Forum on Healthcare 2012 - Monday, October 15, 2012

The Forum on Healthcare 2012, presented by Hoag Hospital Foundation, provides Orange County business leaders with access to industry experts on the leading edge of the changes in healthcare. The Forum will focus on what's needed from all stakeholders to improve access and quality while managing costs. Distinguished speakers include David Lansky, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH), Richard Afable, M.D., president and CEO, Hoag, and Michael A. Mussallem, chairman of the board and CEO, Edwards Lifesciences. Monday, October 15, 7:00 - 10:00 a.m., Hyatt, Irvine, www.forumbyhoag.com. For more information, please contact Stacy Hunt at (949) 764-7205 or foruminfo@hoag.org.

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: AUGUST  

Economic Development Committee Meeting

Monday, August 6, 2012 I 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

 

Latino Educational Attainment Committee Meeting

Thursday, August 9, 2012 I 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

 

Infrastructure Committee Meeting

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 I 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.    

 

Workforce Development Committee Meeting

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 I 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

  

Health Care Task Force Meeting

Thursday, August 16, 2012 I 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

 

Economic Forecast Conference Committee Meeting

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 I 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

 

Community College Working Group Meeting

Thursday, August 23, 2012 I 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.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 2012 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 CONCERTS UNDER THE STARS  

Join Pacific Symphony this summer at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre for concerts under the starts. OCBC members receive a 20% discount on all tickets purchased through the affinity program. Mention Orange County Business Council when booking your tickets with Sheri Mitchell at 714-876-2384 or groups@pacificsymphony.org. Note: You are not required to purchase 10 tickets in order to receive the discount. CLICK HERE for the summer concert flier. 

 

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.
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