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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

IT'S ELECTION SEASON! OCBC'S GOT THE BEST ENDORSEMENTS RIGHT HERE!

OCBC is pleased to announce the endorsement of the following candidates in the November election, who have each demonstrated a commitment to OCBC's key initiatives to enhance infrastructure investment, increase the supply of workforce housing, continue the economic development of Orange County, and promote solid education programs to ensure a skilled 21st century workforce.
  • Steve Lodge for Anaheim City Council - CLICK HERE to read more. 
  • Colin McCarthy for Costa Mesa City Council - CLICK HERE to read more. 
  • The Honorable Gary Monahan for Costa Mesa City Council - CLICK HERE to read more.
  • The Honorable Steve Mensinger for Costa Mesa City Council - CLICK HERE to read more.
  • Barbara Delgleize for Huntington Beach City Council - CLICK HERE to read more. 
  • The Honorable Frank Ury for Mission Viejo City Council - CLICK HERE to read more.
  • Wendy Bucknum for Mission Viejo City Council - CLICK HERE to read more.   
For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs.
OCBC POLICY WIN: BANNING RANCH PLAN GETS APPROVAL FROM CITY COUNCIL
After months of public hearings and meetings, the Newport Beach Banning Ranch Plan has been approved by the City Council. OCBC has been a firm supporter of the project since the beginning, which will convert nearly a quarter of the 401-acre property into a 1,375 home residential and commercial development. The remaining 75% of the land, except for an additional 290 acres of consolidated oil operations, will be set aside as open space and wildlife habitat. Over 70 speakers commented on the project, with the council echoing the sentiments of many of the speakers and OCBC's view, that this project is a win-win for residents. The project will allow the unused space to become useable, while also providing local residents with parks, trails and outdoor sporting venues. The project now must pass through several resource agencies as well as the California Coastal Commission. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs.
LAST CALL FOR NOMINATIONS!

Nominations are due September 4, 2012! Don't miss your chance to nominate a local government whose policies and programs are cutting through red tape! OCBC's second annual Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet awards competition, sponsored by Chase, recognizes outstanding public agencies that are proactively eliminating barriers to economic growth and opening the door to private sector jobs creation. Award winners will be featured in an exclusive spread in OC METRO Business Magazine, in partnership with Churm Media

  

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 at The Center Club in Costa Mesa. For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development.
MICROSOFT'S MICHAEL ROBINSON TALKS BIZ AND EDUCATION AT WORKFORCE CONFERENCE

OCBC is pleased to announce Michael D. Robinson, General Manager, U.S. Health and Lifesciences at Microsoft as the featured speaker at the 2012 Workforce Development Conference: Education and Workforce Realities in a 21st Century Global Economy. Presented by OCBC and the Orange County Workforce Investment Board, and sponsored by Union Bank, the conference will also unveil the 2012/2013 Workforce Indicators Report, with OCBC Chief Economic Advisor Dr. Wallace Walrod analyzing the county's economic and labor force trends. 

 

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, Southern California Gas Company, Wells Fargo Foundation, and The Boeing Company. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.

AROUND THE COMMUNITY--FROM SANTA ANA TO WASHINGTON, D.C.
On Wednesday, August 8 Orange County LAFCO held its annual strategic planning meeting in Santa Ana under the leadership of Joyce Crosthwaite, Executive Director. OCBC Past Chair Eddie Northen, Vice President of Finance - West Region, UPS, was present to speak about public private partnerships and shared services. He shared with attendees the business perspective on government, and ways that government and business can work together to advance common goals. CLICK HERE for a copy of his presentation.

On July 31 OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn participated in a roundtable discussion with US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geither and 15 other business leaders, including Mickey Kanter, former US Secretary of Commerce, and Maria Contreras Sweet, former California Business, Transportation and Housing Secretary. Key points raised at the meeting include the disappointing growth in the US economy, the impact of the European economic crisis on the US, the importance of high tech to the country's economic recovery, and the challenges of coalition building on infrastructure investment.
KATE KLIMOW TO JOIN UCI'S EDUCATION TEAM.
Join OCBC in congratulating Kate Klimow who is leaving OCBC as Vice President of Government and Community Affairs to join UCI under Gregory R. Leet, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, where she will continue her good work in advocacy for education.

Kate has been an invaluable resource at OCBC and helped grow both the government affairs program and BIZPAC to new levels of success, and graciously hosted multiple delegation trips to Sacramento and Washington, D.C. to advocate for business interests. But Kate isn't totally gone from OCBC--she will join OCBC's Government Affairs Committee as a voting member representing the education community.

Congratulations Kate, and best wishes!
CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST FEATURES CSU PRESIDENT'S PANEL - SEPT. 20

OCBC's fifth Chairman's Leadership Breakfast of 2012 features a CSU Presidents Panel with Dr. F. King Alexander, President of Cal State Long Beach, and Dr. Mildred Garcia, President of Cal State Fullerton. Don't miss this timely discussion, hosted by Tom Phelps of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, as guests gain an insiders perspective on each speaker's tools for success.

 

When: Thursday, September 20, 2012

Where: Center Club, 650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

Time: 7:30am - Breakfast, 8:00am - Program, 9:00am - Adjourn

   

Thank you to CLB sponsors Wells Fargo and AT&T. For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager. 

CROSS-CULTURAL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND AT OCBC

OCBC hosted a delegation from the Tianjin Hi-Tech Holding Group from Tianjin, China. A sister city to Orange County since 1997, Tianjin is China's sixth-largest city and has seen dramatic growth in its hi-tech, life sciences, and clean tech industries. OCBC Vice President of Economic Development Matt Petteruto provided the delegation with an overview on the benefits of doing business in Orange County, highlighted by the county's continued growth in international trade. Orange County's geographic location provides it with very distinct advantages regarding international trade including its proximity to the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, a well-connected freeway and road system for trucking, rail lines providing national trade linkages, proximity to Los Angeles International Airport, Santa Ana's John Wayne Airport, and a large and growing presence of an ethnically diverse population providing key contacts for international linkages. For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DOING BUSINESS IN CHINA - SEPT. 25

OCBC invites you to 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. 

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 MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 
NEWS YOU CAN USE: BACK TO SCHOOL

It's time for school again! Go back with the right apps:

 

myHomework - Track your classes, homework, and tests dates all in one easy application.

SparkNotes - Get today's most popular study guides for literature, poetry, philosophy, and drama. 

Your Teacher - Get the math lessons you need from your own personal math teacher with over 400 math lessons covering Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Geometry.

Blackboard - Blackboard mobile allows you to connect with your existing blackboard account, which is used by many universities to connect their professors and students.

Flashcards+ - An app designed to optimize learning with easily creating flashcards you can review from your phone.

 

For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.   

ORANGE IS THE NEW GREEN: NUTRILITE: BEST OF NATURE. BEST OF SCIENCE.

Nutrilite puts its passion into manufacturing products that keep you healthy--and the environment too. Nutrilite's Agricultural Research Farm in Lakeview, California, is the primary location where farm researchers work to improve existing Nutrilite products as well as identify nutrients and active ingredients for new products and the development of organic farming practices.

 

The Lakeview farm is located across 111 acres of a prehistoric farm bed, which accumulated nutrient-rich sediment, contributing to the fertile topsoil. By feeding the soil with compost and by using carefully tested farming practices, Nutrilite creates a better soil structure--supplying crops with a vast array of nutrients. Nutrilite holds themselves to an 8-point basis that can be concluded as complete sustainable farming systems for all their farms throughout the United States. To learn more about Nutrilite's farming systems or products, CLICK HERE. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. 

POLITICAL CORNER
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.

Fundraiser for State Senate Candidate Jeff Miller - Wednesday, September 19
Please join BIZPAC, Curt Pringle, Lucy Dunn, and Host Committee at a reception in support of State Senate Candidate Jeff Miller, Wednesday, September 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Catch Restaurant, 2100 E. Katella Ave., Suite 104, Anaheim. CLICK HERE for the contribution form.

 

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

COMMUNITY EVENTS

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. For more information, contact Eduardo Moreno at (949) 499-1311 ext: 7540, or eduardo.morenocerezo@stjoe.org.

 

Black Chamber's 21st Annual Awards Banquet - Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Black Chamber of Orange County will host its 21st Annual Awards Banquet at the Grove of Anaheim on Thursday August 23, 2012 from 5:30pm until 10:00pm. "Veterans and Business" is the theme this year and will highlight and salute those businesses that support Housing, Employment, Health, and Education for Veterans and their families.  Tickets are $150 per person and are available on the website, or call 714-547-2646. Sponsorship packages are still available.

 

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.   

 

OC United Way Invites Community to "Be Part of the Change" Through Online Survey

Orange County United Way (OCUW) recently launched a strategic planning process to develop 5 to 10 year community-level aspirational goals centered around the "Building Blocks" for a good quality life: Education, Income, Health, and possibly housing. OCUW is inviting the community to "be part of the change" and help identify the issues that are creating barriers to self-sufficiency for Orange County residents. These community-level goals will become the pillars of OCUW's work in support of their mission. To join the conversation, click here to take a brief survey. It will be active until Thursday, August 30.

 

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.    

 

Employment Law & Workers' Compensation Seminars

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 seminars on the latest issues in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation and invites you to click on the link below to learn more and register. Seating is limited. CLICK HERE for more information.

 

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.

 

Strut Your Stuff! Life and Leadership Women's Conference - Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Orange Chamber of Commerce invites you to the first annual Strut Your Stuff Women's Conference, featuring special guest emcee Gaddi Vasquez, Senior VP, Public Affairs, Southern California Edison. The event includes a luncheon and keynote address, vendor displays, book signings, and breakout sessions. Sponsorship opportunities are available. CLICK HERE for the registration form.  

 

ConnecTA 2012 - Monday, September 17, 2012

On September 17, the California Turkish American Chamber of Commerce will hold the 3rd Annual ConnecTA networking event at the Costa Mesa Hilton. ConnecTA will enable attendees to learn more about business opportunities in Turkey - currently the world's 17th largest, and fastest growing economy - while providing an invaluable opportunity to meet significant businesspeople both locally and from Turkey.  For more information and to register, CLICK HERE.


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.

 

Girl Scouts of Orange County Celebrate Leadership Gala - Friday, October 26, 2012

Save the Date for the Girl Scouts of Orange County Celebrate Leadership Gala, taking place October 26 at The Island Hotel in Newport Beach. The 3rd annual celebration will commemorate Girl Scouting's 100th anniversary. CLICK HERE for more information. 

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: AUGUST  

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 30, 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:   

 

NEW! DISCOUNTED RATE FOR INTERNET MARKETING ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE IN LAS VEGAS  

OCBC invites you to the 2012 Internet Marketing Association Conference and Impact Awards, taking place September 20-22 in Las Vegas. The IMA has put together a world-class event that is centered on content, the latest business intelligence and revenue-generating networking--all for the benefit of attendees and their companies. IMA is providing OCBC members a 50% reduction (only $195) on conference fee, including food and beverage for 3 days at Aria Convention Center. Please use coupon code IMA50 and CLICK HERE. The Conference will include breakout sessions, main stage keynote presentations, an exhibitor showcase featuring over 100 sponsoring companies, and the Impact Awards to honor your achievements. The Impact Awards are a powerful way for you to share with your peers and industry experts the innovative Internet marketing programs you've built this past year, and a chance to garner prestigious recognition for your work. CLICK HERE to see the categories. Deadline for entries is August 17, 2012.


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. 

 

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 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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