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  • March 11, 2021 11:44 AM | Rachel Coan (Administrator)

    Cox Enables Customers with Physical Disabilities to Control Contour Video Guide with Eyes 

    ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. – (March 11, 2021) – Cox today unveiled a new feature that empowers people with disabilities to control their TV with their eyes. The Accessible Web Remote for Contour gives those who have lost fine motor skills – whether from degenerative conditions or paralysis – the ability to browse the video guide with a glance. 

    Specifically, a free web-based remote control is navigable using various assistive technologies owned by customers, including eye gaze hardware and software, switch controls, and sip-and-puff systems, which the user controls by gently blowing into a tube. 

    Eye-tracking technology gives people living with conditions like paraplegia, Parkinson’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) the same access to their TVs as customers with the latest edition of Contour. 

    “Innovative technology like this gives people with disabilities an added level of independence,” said Steve Gleason, founder of Team Gleason and former New Orleans Saints football player who has been living with ALS since 2011. “We appreciate that companies like Cox continue to empower their users by adopting products like the Accessible Web Remote, which allows every customer to do something most people take for granted, like controlling their TV.” 

    According to the Bureau of Internet Accessibility, approximately 16% of people in the United States have difficulties with their physical functioning, making things like using a traditional TV remote either a challenge or impossible, depending on the condition. Throughout the last three years, Cox has partnered with organizations like Team Gleason to ensure accessible design and development of its products, increase awareness and education, and improve processes and procedures focusing on disability inclusion. 

    “Cox is proud to partner with Team Gleason because we believe in its mission to improve life for people living with conditions such as ALS,” said Sam Attisha, Senior Vice President and Region Manager for Cox Communications in California. “We will continue to create products and solutions with accessibility built in, so all Cox customers can use our products.” 

    Customers can now visit to sync their device and begin changing channels, set a recording, search for programming within the Contour guide, and access integrated streaming apps all with a glance of their eyes. 

    To learn more about accessibility, please visit 

    About Cox Communications 

    Cox Communications is committed to creating meaningful moments of human connection through technology. The largest private broadband company in America, we proudly serve six and a half million homes and businesses across 18 states. We're dedicated to empowering others to build a better future and celebrate diverse products, people, suppliers, communities and the characteristics that make each one unique. Cox Communications is the largest division of Cox Enterprises, a family-owned business founded in1898 by Governor James M. Cox. 

    About Team Gleason 

    Team Gleason Foundation was founded by former New Orleans Saints player, Steve Gleason, after his diagnosis with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in 2011. Team Gleason’s mission is to improve life for people living with ALS by delivering innovative technology and equipment, as well as providing and empowering an improved life experience. For more information on how to help people living with ALS have the resources and the opportunities to not only continue living, but continue living productive, purposeful, and meaningful lives, please visit 

  • September 17, 2020 1:06 PM | Rachel Coan (Administrator)

    Applied Medical, a Rancho Santa Margarita-based company that designs, develops and manufactures medical devices, is now offering face shields direct to non-medical professionals who need protection during the pandemic. At the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, the company utilized its local manufacturing capabilities to design and develop face shields for healthcare professionals on the front linesThe medical-grade face shields are now available for purchase by not only medical but also non-medical professionals serving the RSM community. To learn more, visit

  • August 26, 2020 2:33 PM | Rachel Coan (Administrator)

    A Message From The City

    The City of Rancho Santa Margarita is offering a business assistance grant program to assist small- and micro-businesses, including home-based business, impacted by COVID-19. A small number of grants, at a maximum grant amount of $7,500 each, will be awarded to eligible businesses. Funds must be used to prevent, prepare for, or respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and must assist in creating or retaining jobs held by low- or moderate-income workers.

    Click Here To Learn More

  • June 16, 2020 8:59 AM | Rachel Coan (Administrator)

    Small Business Grant Relief Program

    Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District, Orange County

    The Small Business Grant Relief Program will support small businesses and community organizations impacted by COVID-19 in Orange County Supervisorial District Five. Grants of up to $10,000 will be available to eligible small businesses and non-profits within the district.

    Supervisor Lisa Bartlett serves as Fifth District Supervisor for the County of Orange representing the 650,000 residents in south Orange County.

    The Fifth District encompasses the cities of Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, portions of Irvine, as well as the unincorporated areas of Coto de Caza, Emerald Bay, Ladera Ranch, Las Flores, Rancho Mission Viejo, Stonecliffe and Wagon Wheel.

    Grant Selection: The randomized selection will be broken down by city, within the Fifth Supervisorial district, with one allocation to account for the portions of Irvine and unincorporated communities. The total value of grant awards will be based on the percentage of population of each city/unincorporated area. Grant disbursements will be based on an 80% for-profit and 20% non-profit basis.

  • March 18, 2020 12:46 PM | Anonymous

    Good Afternoon All,

    Please review the below Orange County Emergency Center's Press Release regarding a new Public Health Order. After reviewing this document, please refer to the next PDF below for clarification on some gray areas of the first Press Release. The main point they wanted to convey is that this is not a shelter in place. 

    As you may have seen via email, the Chamber has suspended all meetings until our May 1st reevaluation. We greatly appreciate your patience and wish you and your family good health.

    EOC Press Release 7 - Public Health Order.pdf


  • August 16, 2019 8:40 AM | Rachel Coan (Administrator)

    A Note From Damian Mendoza With SoCal IT Support

    Cybersecurity is Important

    Ever thought “that won’t happen to me” in the face of bad news? Many businesses think they’re invulnerable to cyberattacks or data breaches: “we’re too small to be a target”, or “we don’t have anything cybercriminals want to access.” Yet cybersecurity needs to be a top priority for everyone.

    What is a Cybersecurity Assessment?

    A Cybersecurity Assessment can be compared to an annual wellness check-up for your health, this assessment aims to diagnose potential risks before something serious happens. This proactive assessment aims to detect or identify any system, network, software, device, physical and other threats or vulnerabilities. The assessment findings help your business plan what it will do to respond to and manage the risk. The depth and breadth of a cybersecurity assessment can depend on your business size, industry, risk threshold, timeline, and budget. Still, there are several signs suggesting your business needs to schedule a cybersecurity assessment soon.

    Why Do I Need a Cybersecurity Assessment?

    There are many reasons for needing a detailed assessment of your organization’s cybersecurity, here are just a couple reasons to schedule a cybersecurity assessment:

    1. Compliance Requirements

    Your business may need to meet regulatory requirements. For instance, there are many rules about testing for cyber exposure in financial, healthcare, energy, and educational settings. Compliance starts with a comprehensive cyber risk assessment. In the healthcare industry, SoCal IT Support can help your organization comply with HIPAA.

    2. Your Technology Hasn’t Been Updated

    Old software or operating systems are more likely to expose you to cyber risk. Once software reaches a certain age, the provider stops supporting that solution. Microsoft, for example, is phasing out security patches and updates for Windows 7. Don’t plod along with decades-old technology, thinking you’re safe because there hasn’t been a failure or crash. The bigger danger is the small, unnoticed openings you don’t know about, but cybercriminals do.

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  • December 06, 2018 6:40 PM | Rachel Coan (Administrator)

    Finding a Job in Rancho Santa Margarita (1=Best; 127=Avg.)

    • 1st – Unemployment Rate for Residents with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher
    • 60th – Housing Affordability
    • 44th – Full-Time Employment
    • 1st – Disability-Friendliness of Employers
    • 24th – Access to Employee Benefits
    • 33rd – Annual Transportation Costs
    • 2nd – Safety
    • 1st – Unemployment Rate for High School Graduates
    • 11th – Median Annual Income

    Things are looking good for job seekers in California. This past September, the Golden State added 339,600 new jobs, the third largest increase among thirty-seven states that saw their employment numbers go up. And the state’s come a long way since the financial crisis. California’s unemployment rate peaked at 12.2 percent — the highest point in nearly seven decades and far exceeding the national average of 9.7 percent at the time — but has declined to a healthy 4.1 percent today.

    Since that precarious time in its history, California has experienced much growth in the technology sector and other high-wage industries. Altogether, the state boasts a $2.6 trillion economy which is larger than the individual economies of all but five countries.

    That bodes well for California wages. Time cites the median household income in California as $64,500 in 2018. Prospective workers nonetheless should balance their job-hunting efforts with cost of living considerations, especially rising housing costs that have made living in the Golden State increasingly unaffordable for low-income earners.

    To help California residents and prospective job hunters find the best cities for employment, WalletHub compared 254 cities in the state across 16 key metrics. Our data set ranges from monthly median starting salary to employment growth to housing and transportation costs. You can find the results, a detailed methodology and additional expert commentary below.

    To continue reading, click here

  • July 28, 2018 10:32 AM | Rachel Coan (Administrator)

    We hope you had a blast at our July mixer hosted by RSM Honda! Thanks for coming and we'll see you at the next event. JOIN. CONNECT. GROW.


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