Central Orange County business has grown immensely from its early days of selling farming tools – though the industry is still a facet of its current commerce base. Now, the county’s diversified economy is filled with businesses of all kinds, ranging from manufacturers, tourist destinations and an array of retailers to major medical facilities, aerospace firms and institutions of education.
The prosperous economy is coupled with an ideal location in proximity to five major highways and a rail system, making transport of goods simple. Local business has aided in the desirable quality of life Orange County residents have come to enjoy through providing its more than 1.6-million-person available workforce with ample job opportunities.
The area’s well-educated, hard-working labor base plays a significant role in the success of Central Orange County businesses. Through the existence of several higher learning options in the greater area, workers have access to two- and four-year degrees, certificates, continuing education classes and workforce training offerings.
The great support of local, statewide and nationwide business organizations are a further advantage for businesses located or looking to locate to Central Orange County. All of this and more sets the Orange County economic sector apart from many U.S. cities and places it in excellent position for a continually progressive future.
ORANGE CHAMBER OF COMERCE
Established in 1921, the Orange Chamber of Commerce was designed as a not-for-profit voluntary membership organization hailing as the voice of Orange County business at-large. Advocating for a prosperous, local economic environment, providing opportunities for networking, representing local business on the government forum, offering a wealth of useful resources and creating a unity between business and community are some of the aims of the Chamber.
Becoming a member of the Orange Chamber of Commerce affords businesses endless opportunities for success for both established and new ventures in the area. Members can expect to be part of a variety of networking and special events and the Chamber’s membership directory, as well as enjoy additional benefits such as advertising possibilities, educational workshops and lectures, and receiving valuable information through its monthly newspaper – the Orange Business News – and its weekly e-newsletter – “The Inside Slice” – among other great values.
Through the support of local endeavors, the Chamber’s current members have played large roles in not only the business aspect of the area, but the entire community of Orange. Assisting area organizations and fellow enterprises has become a prominent aim for member businesses, which will in turn contribute greatly to the overall standard of life in Orange. Visit www.orangechamber.com.
ORANGE PUBLIC LIBRARY & HISTORY CENTER
Orange Public Library is located in the City of Orange, California. It was founded in 1885, making it one of the oldest public libraries in Orange County. Postmaster Robert E. Tener donated his collection of about 300 books and ran the library as a private organization, using dues from the members to build and maintain the collection. The library itself was housed in the Post Office Building on South Glassell. It remained as a private organization until 1894 when it was turned over to the city. In 1905, the collection needed a new building and was granted a Carnegie building to house the library on the corner of Center and Chapman, where the Main Library is still located today. In 1961, the original Carnegie building was demolished and the current 17,000-square-foot building was erected, increasing in size to provide service to an anticipated population of 40,000. An expanded new Orange Public Library & History Center reopened on April 21, 2007. At 45,000 square feet, the new library building includes a Children’s Library, Teen Zone, Homework Center and a History Center.
Further business resources in the Orange County area include:
Better Business Bureau Serving Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties 315 North La Cadena Drive Colton, CA 92324 Phone: (909) 825-7280 www.bbb.org
California Chamber of Commerce
California State Board of Equalization
California Employment Development Department
California Franchise Tax Board
California Alcohol Beverage Control Department
California Environmental Protection Agency
OC Community Development
Orange Chamber of Commerce
Small Business Administration
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Internal Revenue Services
Regional One Stop Center