The following is a press release from an organization unaffiliated with Voice of OC. The views expressed here are not those of Voice of OC. Orange County Unveils FY 2016-17 Recommended Budget
Orange County’s Fiscal Year 2016-17 Recommended Budget has been released for review by the Board of Supervisors and the public. Public budget hearings will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14, and Wednesday, June 15, at the Hall of Administration Board Hearing Room, 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana. The budget is divided into seven sections or programs: I Public Protection; II Community Services; III Infrastructure and Environmental Resources; IV General Government Services; V Capital Improvements; VI Debt Service; and VII Insurance, Reserves and Miscellaneous.
The following is a press release from an organization unaffiliated with Voice of OC. The views expressed here are not those of Voice of OC
Release Date: April 1, 2016
Release Number: 16-05
Contact: Doug Dare (714) 560-7467 or
Christopher Lorenzana (714) 560-7453
Internet Address: http://www.sba.gov/news
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Robert V. “Bobby” McDonald Selected as 2016 Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year
Works with minority business associations, local chambers, educational institutions, and legislators to provide support and advocate for small business and veteran owned small business community
Santa Ana, CA – The U.S. Small Business Administration, Santa Ana District Office has selected Robert V. “Bobby” McDonald, President and Executive Director of the Black Chamber of Commerce of Orange County, as the 2016 Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year. McDonald, a resident of Anaheim Hills, was nominated for the award by Todd Spitzer, Chairman, Orange County Board of Supervisors. McDonald, who served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, has been involved in advocacy for veterans and small business owners for many years. He is a member of the Orange County Veterans Advisory Council, appointed by Supervisor Todd Spitzer. McDonald has supported legislative and regulatory action designed to help small businesses, through his efforts convening an Orange County Veterans Advisory Council ad hoc committee and meeting with local California Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Alliance members and personnel from the County of Orange Procurement Office regarding Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) procurement opportunities. McDonald, who was appointed to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors in 1998 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, is responsible for creating the Veterans Affairs Committee during his involvement there. In 2000, McDonald and Manuel Baca, a fellow board member and veteran, created the California Community College Veterans Summit, designed to share information and best practices for faculty, administrators and staff who work with student veterans on California Community College, California State University, and University of California campuses.
After decades of pressing public officials across Orange County, local veterans this month celebrated securing a countywide public veterans museum. Heroes Hall opens this November during the OC Fairgrounds annual Veterans Day event.
The development would provide affordable housing for 49 veterans , as well as support services like as job training, job placement, Veterans Affairs benefits assistance, and health and wellness, according to officials.
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The US Department of Veterans Affairs is holding a 2-Day Veterans Economic Communities Initiative Policy Academy in Orange County on September 29-30 at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa.