Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Presented by Economic Vitality Council and the International Outreach Task Force with Champion Sponsor UPS, Event Will Focus on Impact of International Trade in Orange County




The Irvine Chamber of Commerce will host Orange County’s first-ever World Trade Week Breakfast & Forum on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at the Irvine Hilton. The World Trade Week forum will bring together Orange County’s International-American chambers and business associations, public sector and private trade organizations, and members of business community to grow awareness of the impact of international trade and export in Orange County.


“The unique collaboration among local international chambers and business associations is an exciting way for Orange County businesses to leverage something we all share and hope to build – the growth of global trade and import/export in our communities,” said Dan Han, owner of Ignite Payment and International Outreach Task Force Leader.

“Under the auspices of the Chamber’s Economic Vitality Council, The Irvine Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the Orange County World Trade Week Breakfast and Forum as a step towards increasing the power of trade and export to grow and expand opportunities for local businesses.”


Leading Economic Development and Investment Consultant to Present Keynote


The event keynote will be delivered by Mark O’Connell, CEO of OCO Global, one of Europe’s leading economic development and investment consultancies with over 50 staff across six countries. OCO advises governments and companies such as Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Invest Hong Kong, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTD), International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA) on international trade and investment strategies. O’Connell will speak on how to successfully develop and implement international expansion and foreign direct investment strategies for the Irvine and Orange County business community.


Attendees will also hear an overview of trade and export in Orange County from Jim Mayfield, U.S. Commercial Service, Department of Commerce and take part in an interactive session with local business owners who are successfully exporting their products and services around the globe including Natalie Plain, owner of Billion Dollar Brows; Lynae Chang, vice president of Boscogen, Inc. and winner of the Presidential “E” Award for advancing U.S. exports; and Bob Bowen, associate general counsel for the global giant, Western Digital.


In addition to UPS, Edwards Lifesciences and the Hong Kong Association of Southern California are Advocate Sponsors of this event, joined by Supporter Sponsors Taiwan External Trade Development Council and the Port of Los Angeles.


“As a global leader in logistics, UPS is a strong supporter of growing international trade and helping businesses gain access to tools and services to more efficiently manage the world of business,” said Luke Mauricio, small business segment marketing manager of UPS. “We admire and appreciate the initiative by the Irvine Chamber of Commerce to bring World Trade Week to the Orange County business community and are proud to serve as the event’s Champion Sponsor.”


Trade Week Forum Brings Together International-American Chambers and Business Associations, Public Sector and Private Trade Organizations


Participating international chambers and event partners include: the U.S. Commercial Services, Orange County; Southern California District Export Council; U.S. Small Business Administration; Small Business Development Centers; Orange County Center for International Trade and Development; Women in International Trade OC; Irvine Valley College; American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee; Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County; Korean American Chamber of Commerce Orange County; Nashashibi International Consultants, LLC; and Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.


Two special announcements will be made at the forum: the honoree for Exporter of the Year, as designated by the Irvine Chamber, local international chambers and business associations, and the inaugural winner of the newly established John Colvin Memorial Scholarship. Networking and one-on-one consultations with trade and business organizations will be available for attendees following the program.


Event details are as follows:
World Trade Week Breakfast & Forum
Thursday, May 14, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Irvine Hilton (18800 MacArthur Blvd, Irvine, CA 92612)
Tickets $50 each; $400 for a table of eight (includes breakfast and parking)
Space is limited and registration is open immediately at


About the Irvine Chamber of Commerce


The Irvine Chamber of Commerce is one of the most influential Chambers in Orange County, representing more than 800 businesses in the area. Our mission is to promote an economic climate that strengthens the competitiveness of local businesses while offering members a wide range of benefits, services, programs and information. The organization serves as a catalyst for local economic growth by: promoting the city as a dynamic business and tourism destination; providing valuable training and networking opportunities; and advocating for the interests of the business community with federal, state and local officials.


The Irvine Chamber is funded by member businesses, signature events, advertising and a Hotel Improvement District voluntary assessment on sold hotel rooms. The Irvine Chamber does not receive any City funding, any portion of the 8% Transient Occupancy Tax collected or any resident-funded tax. The Irvine Chamber is one of the most innovative in the nation, and has received a Four Star Accreditation with the United States Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit

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Tourism Industry Supports Irvine’s Economy in a Big Way

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Visitors Contribute More Than a Half Billion Dollars to the Local Economy in 2014


Destination Irvine released statistics from the 2014 Visitor Impact Report conducted specifically for Irvine. In 2014, traveler expenditures for Irvine came to an estimated $522 million, an increase of .5 percent over 2013. The travel industry contributed $29.3 million in local and state taxes.


“The impact of the multi-million dollar Irvine travel industry extends well beyond the hospitality sector. Many businesses that primarily serve local residents, such as those in arts, entertainment, recreation, and retail, also benefit from visitor spending,” said Bill Klein, Project Manager, Dean Runyan Associates, Inc. “This spending generates jobs for local residents and tax revenue for the city.”


The travel industry supported 5,480 Irvine jobs and was responsible for adding $192 million in wages to the local economy. It is estimated that without visitor spending, resident households in Irvine would each pay $350 more a year in state and local taxes.


Irvine’s major visitor spending categories are as follows:


Spending Categories

Percent of Total Spending

Spending in Irvine

($ Millions)

Food & Beverage Services


 $      144



 $       133

Arts, Entertainment & Recreation


 $       110



 $       96



 $       40

Total Spending in 2014


 $       522

“Destination Irvine’s sales and marketing goals are designed to enhance the economy of the city through sustained growth in tourism spending, resulting in an increase in economic impact,” said Scott McCoy, General Manager, Irvine Marriott and chair of the Irvine Hotel Improvement District. “Our hotel partners with the organization to aid in the branding and promotion of the city as a preferred overnight destination for groups, sports events, leisure visitors and business travelers. Their goals help reinforce the hotel’s core values.”


Statewide, California’s tourism industry contributed $117.5 billion to the state’s economy with Orange County visitors spending $10.8 billion.
These numbers are estimates from the Irvine Visitor Impact Report, Calendar Year 2014, a tourism economic impact study conducted by Dean Runyan Associates. Dean Runyan Associates also conducts the California Travel Impacts by County reports for Visit California.


The full report can be viewed at


About Destination Irvine

Under the Irvine Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit 501(c)6, Destination Irvine, funded by a self-imposed assessment through a Hotel Improvement District (H.I.D.), positions Irvine as a destination for visitors, meetings and groups. Destination Irvine through direct sales efforts including database marketing, lead generation, trade show participation, and familiarization tours, sells the destination. In addition, Destination Irvine promotes Irvine through marketing, advertising and public relations efforts.


Wendy Haase, Director of Tourism Marketing
Destination Irvine


Irvine Chamber of Commerce’s Women of Influence to Host Six Influential Businesswomen

Friday, March 13th, 2015


The Irvine Chamber of Commerce is showcasing six women business leaders for one of its most popular annual events – Women of Influence Forum. Held on March 27, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Hilton Irvine, this premier event inspires women to lead and succeed in their lives, businesses and communities.


Women of Influence is a half-day event, includes breakfast and lunch, and will be led by some of Orange County’s most powerful and influential women sharing their personal stories, challenges, triumphs and tools for career growth. The keynote speaker is Cheryl Osborn, President and Founder of CASCO Contractors, Inc. Additional event speakers include:

• Olivia Albrecht, Senior Vice President and Product Manager, PIMCO
• Linda Landers, Founder and CEO, Girlpower Marketing
• Ann McIndoo, Founder and CEO, So, You Want to Write
• Michelle Patterson, President, California Women’s Conference
• Natalie Plain, Co-Founder and CEO, Billion Dollar Brows

“Women of Influence is one of the best ways for women to connect and be inspired by other businesswomen,” said Tallia Hart, President and CEO of Irvine Chamber of Commerce. “In addition to the incredible speakers, attendees enjoy networking and visiting the expo tables, in a dynamic and supportive environment.”


One of the themes of March is ‘women.’ Women represent one of the fastest growing segments of entrepreneurs in this country and are integral to the future of small business. In fact, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, about 30 percent of small businesses in the U.S. are owned by women. “These business leaders, and those participating in the chamber’s Women of Influence event have blazed the trail for future business women and I can’t wait to be inspired and learn from the great lessons they will share.” said Joseph Mishriki, President of Wells Fargo’s Inland Orange County Hills division.


Registration for Women of Influence 2015

Ticket prices start at $80. A limited number of seats and table sponsorships are available. For more information or to register, visit or call (949) 502-4115.


Women of Influence Presenting Sponsor – Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.6 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,700 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet (, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 29 on Fortune’s 2014 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.


About the Irvine Chamber of Commerce


The Irvine Chamber of Commerce is one of the most influential Chambers in Orange County, representing more than 800 businesses in the area. The Irvine Chamber’s mission is to promote an economic climate that strengthens the competitiveness of local businesses while offering members a wide range of benefits, services, programs and information. The organization serves as a catalyst for local economic growth by: promoting the city as a dynamic business and tourism destination; providing valuable training and networking opportunities; and advocating for the interests of the business community with federal, state and local officials. The Irvine Chamber remains the largest business organization in Orange County and one of the most innovative in the nation, and has received a Four Star Accreditation with the United States Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google +, LinkedIn, YouTube; #womenofinfluence, #IrvineChamber, #IrvineBusiness.



Irvine Chamber Wins Five Awards at Annual Conference for Chamber Executives

Friday, February 27th, 2015

The Irvine Chamber of Commerce was recently awarded five prestigious awards at the Western Association of Chamber Executives’ annual conference held at the Disneyland Hotel, February 4 – 6, 2015. The W.A.C.E. Conference had over 500 participants and over 850 total members from chambers of commerce across the Western United States and Canada.


WACE 2015 Awards
Photo: Irvine Chamber Staff (L to R) – Kim Sherman (Membership), Jessica Welch (Programs), Tallia Hart (President & CEO), Lindy Neubauer (Communications), Tyler Gentry (Advocacy)


The Irvine Chamber of Commerce were Honored with the following W.A.C.E. awards:

  • Core Competency – recognizing the Economic Development’s Business Outreach Rally.
  • Outstanding Communications Achievement – based on an excellent overall communications program, encompassing membership sales packet, website, magazine, e-newsletter and social media.
  • Website – First Place for
  • Chamber Video – First Place for “We Connect You” video that tells the Chamber’s story and communicates value.
  • Magazine/Newsletter – Honorable Mention for the Business Connection magazine.


Business Outreach Rally Award
Photo: The Business Outreach Rally staff and volunteer leadership (L to R)- David Hammers (Irvine Chamber), Massis Chahbazian (Co-Chair of Business Attraction and Retention Committee), Anthony Crouch (Irvine Chamber), Linda DiMario (Irvine Chamber), David White (Co-Chair of Business Attraction and Retention Committee), David Anduri (Chair of Economic Vitality Council).


“The success of the Business Outreach Rally can be attributed to great volunteer leadership and the unselfish commitment of over one hundred, hard-working Chamber members,” said Linda DiMario, Senior Director of Economic Development and Tourism at the Irvine Chamber of Commerce. “Imagine fielding an army of volunteers, fully employed or company owners, who enthusiastically spend a whole or half day calling on Irvine businesses. Their trust and confidence exponentially extended the Chamber’s capacity to outreach to the Irvine business community and share valuable resources designed to help them grow their business. Almost 1,000 businesses heard that message. And an inspiring volunteer corp delivered it more powerfully than any marketing the Chamber could do. “


About the Business Outreach Rally

The Chamber’s Economic Vitality Council initiated a twice yearly, member-driven business outreach program to help improve business retention in Irvine, identify challenges and offer businesses resources to help them grow. Chamber volunteers were trained and directed to area buildings and office parks armed with a three question survey, a Business Resource Guide and a free admission to the Business Exchange networking event. It benefited the Irvine Chamber, the volunteer making the outreach and the business that was contacted.


“These awards are a great testament to the dedication of our staff, volunteer and partners,” said Tallia Hart, President and CEO of the Irvine Chamber of Commerce. “They work tirelessly throughout the year to accomplish our mission and serve the Irvine business community. We are proud to receive this recognition and be an example of excellence in our industry.”


About the Western Association of Chamber Executives

W.A.C.E. is the premier association of chamber of commerce executives and staff professionals with members in 20 Western states and Canada. The association’s mission is to promote and enhance professional development of chamber of commerce executives. With approximately 860 members, W.A.C.E. is the largest state or regional association of chamber of commerce executives in the United States.


About the Irvine Chamber of Commerce

The Irvine Chamber of Commerce is one of the most influential Chambers in Orange County, representing more than 800 businesses in the area. The Irvine Chamber’s mission is to promote an economic climate that strengthens the competitiveness of local businesses while offering members a wide range of benefits, services, programs and information. The organization serves as a catalyst for local economic growth by: promoting the city as a dynamic business and tourism destination; providing valuable training and networking opportunities; and advocating for the interests of the business community with federal, state and local officials. The Irvine Chamber remains the largest business organization in Orange County and one of the most innovative in the nation, and has received a Four Star Accreditation with the United States Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit


Social Media:  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google +, LinkedIn, YouTube;, #IrvineChamber, #IrvineBusiness, #WACE15.



The Irvine Chamber Announces March Irvine Builds Businesses Live Webinars

Friday, February 27th, 2015

The Irvine Chamber offers a robust series of free, online webinars to help businesses grow and prosper, explore new markets and strategies and navigate the world of trade and export. Initiated several years ago, these webinars now serve the interests of hundreds of member and non-member businesses every year. Interactive by design, participants are encouraged to ask their questions, share their comments and engage with the facilitator and the speaker(s) during the webinar.

On March 5, 2015 at 12:05pm, join Robert Coleman, president of the Pacific Venture Club and Catherine Marshall, an expert adviser to nonprofits and entrepreneurs, for a discussion on “How to Market Your Business by Working with Nonprofits”. The Irvine Chamber webinar program can be accessed from the Irvine Chamber Economic Development Website. Catherine Marshall is the author of Field Building: Your Blueprint for Creating an Effective and Powerful Social Movement and an independent consultant specializing in coalition building strategies for nonprofits and microenterprise entities. Catherine Marshall, an expert adviser to nonprofits and entrepreneurs for more than twenty years, will show how the two worlds of for-profit and nonprofit enterprises are closer to one another than many think. Catherine will cover how to “cross the divide” between for-profit and nonprofit organizational entities and how to form alliances with nonprofits that can lead to marketing and revenue opportunities.

Identify Theft and the IRS: Keep yourself SAFE!” will be the topic on the March 12 webinar. Identity theft and fraud are big businesses these days. Not only have you read about it, you probably know somebody yourself who has been the victim of identity theft or may even have experienced it yourself. However, what you may not be aware of is that identity theft extends far beyond others using your credit card accounts or running up bank charges in your name. Criminals are now filing taxes for others fraudulently, stealing their tax refunds, and creating havoc with their credit reports. Fortunately, the IRS knows that tax-related identity theft is a frustrating process for victims and is committed to working with you. Join this webinar presented by Neki Cox of IRS Communications Outreach Systems and Solutions and she will show you how to protect your identity from criminal breaches and the warning signs of potential identity theft.

On March 19, 2015 at 12:05pm, “Five Steps to Reduce the Risk of Cybercrime in Your Business” will be the topic of this free live webinar. Do you know what threats exist in this day and age targeting your business?  After this webinar presented by Sherman Crancer of, you’ll be able to see what threats are out there and how to protect your business from nefarious attacks.  Sherman will cover 5 key steps to take to reduce the risk of cybercrime.  The world is changing, and so too is the threat landscape.  The growth in information technology is attracting more and more cyber criminals looking to steal the valuable corporate data produced and consumed with this technology. From intellectual property to protected health information, from digital financial assets to trade secrets shared within the corporate network, attacks to the vital information that drives our businesses are becoming more commonplace, and the associated risks also increase as cyber-crime becomes more profitable and prevalent. This program is being presented in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration located in Santa Ana, CA.

“Virtual Reality and Small Business Opportunities” with presenterBen Delaney, the Founder and CEO of CyberEdge will be featured on the March 26 Irvine Builds Businesses Webinar Program.

You may have already heard about the technology of Virtual Reality: immersive, interactive, three-dimensional experiences which participants can enter worlds from the privacy of their own homes or offices. You may have seen or even tried on a Head-Mounted Display, the viewing device that immerses users in virtual worlds.

What you may not know is that virtual reality products and services have been available for more than twenty years. New, lower-cost options will soon create a bonanza of follow-on support products that will include everything from specialized websites to entertainment and education products, to product design services. Industry giants such as Microsoft, Facebook, Samsung and Google are leading the charge to affordable, accessible VR. Imagine being able to design a motor in 3D, walking through your dream home and being able to look around you from a thousand miles away, or being able to watch a sports event as though you really ARE there. These and many other virtual reality applications are available today, and at surprisingly affordable prices.

Could you be a part of this? Join author and virtual reality expert Ben Delaney to understand what Virtual Reality is, and a quick look at the first golden age of Virtual Reality.


Indisputable Possibilities & Boundless Energy

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

By Linda DiMario Starting a new year is full of possibilities and this high energy,
well-connected Chamber of Commerce, and its Economic
Development and Destination Irvine work, is already kick
starting this action plan for 2015. New initiatives, next stage
projects and the continued support of the smartest, most
dedicated Chamber volunteers who ever powered an agenda
is how we do it!
Everything is happening under the auspices of the Economic
Vitality Council (EVC), chaired by David Anduri, Citizens
Business Bank. The EVC and over 100 Chamber members
are re-inventing what it means to influence the economic
vitality of a community. And, while they are busy making
Irvine a better place to do business, they are also burnishing
their reputations, increasing exposure for their businesses,
expanding their knowledge base and extending their
networks and connections.
This win-win approach has launched and sustained so many
new initiatives that “kick starting” almost seems to be an
Take the Business Outreach Rally. Together, Ed Linck,
Eberle Company, followed by Brian Andersen, Fusion
Communications, Inc. led a Task Force that executed not one,
but two, very successful business outreach rallies in April
and October, 2014. Over 100 Chamber members unselfishly
donated over 600 hours contacting almost 1,000 Irvine
businesses. Their mission was simple but compelling: ask
the businesses how the Chamber can help them grow their
business and share our impressive resources with them. So,
how is this Task Force going to celebrate the New Year?
Kick Start: They are planning now to make the next
Business Outreach Rally in April, 2015 even better, bigger
and more effective.
Take International Outreach. This tenacious Task
Force, led by Dan Han, Ignite Payments Agape, took on the
challenge of connecting with every international chamber
and business association in Orange County. Their goal was to
identify ways to work together and leverage our considerable
assets to a common purpose: increase Irvine’s awareness as a
magnet for international business location, trade and export.
Their success was rewarded and the Chamber hosted this
prestigious group of organizations in July at which these goals
were affirmed. So, how is this Task Force moving forward?
Kick Start: By planning the first collaborative International
Trade Week event in May 2015 to celebrate our partnerships,
build awareness for trade and export opportunities and
help our businesses expand into new markets.
Take Start-Ups. Led by Seema Ali, Financial Advisor, this
Task Force took on the big challenge of trying to identify and
assemble all the people, organizations, moving parts and
elements that compose Orange County and Irvine’s business
start-up and entrepreneurial eco-system. Our expectation is
that we could better communicate Irvine’s strength as fertile
ground for start-ups if we collaborated, shared and leveraged
existing assets to create and sustain a stronger eco-system. So,
with this eclectic group assembled in November and amazing
synergies cultivated, how is this Task Force going to welcome
the New Year?
Kick Start: They will spend 2015 optimizing these
impressive connections and resources to help the Chamber
develop the best Start-Up web pages, create a “brand” for
Irvine’s start-up outreach and organize these impressive
resources to build a bigger, better start-up eco-system.
Take Entrepreneurial Education. When the Chamber
thought about investing in a high school based entrepreneur
program, Alie Gaffen, Pacifica Hotels, and her task force
members went to work. Surveying the existing programs,
uncovering new ones and identifying the Chamber’s best
opportunities was achieved. And now, it is all about making
the connections.
Kick Start: Having identified and recommended a
particularly well-matched entrepreneur program for
Chamber support, we are now preparing to connect the
Chamber members with the right talents to help mentor
these eager students. Stay tuned…
Take the Middle School Financial Workshop. Led
by the intrepid and inspiring Peter Chan, Prudential, and
ably assisted by Wes Rowlands, National Youth Mentoring
Association, this task force of Chamber member facilitators
leads groups of 60 to 80 young people twice each year
through a financial knowledge and investment challenge.

These eager students participate on their own time and
with the support of their math teachers. They are amazingly
smart and it is influencing the lives of our students in a
very meaningful way.
Kick Start: Grow the program. Increase the number of
students we reach and continue to cultivate the support
of principals and teachers. Now that’s inspiring!
Take Career Pathways by Design. When Irvine Valley
College brought their Advanced Technology Education Park
to our attention, the Chamber embraced the opportunity
to work with them to create the 21st century learning and
practical experience environment. Now led by Corine
Doughty, Irvine Valley College, this business and education
collaboration is now ready to move into its next stage
fueled by an advanced manufacturing and life sciences
skills gap assessment and strong business engagement.
Their mission: to help Irvine attract and retain talent and
keep Irvine competitive into the future.
Kick Start: Explore other “learn and earn” models in
other states, meet with the businesses that will benefit
the most from a well-trained, skilled, job-ready talent
pool and begin to generate the collaborations required
to build this new educational experience. No small task
but the Chamber, IVC and all our partners are all-in.
Take our Hotel Partners. When we say: Irvine Hotel
Partners – fueling Irvine’s economic vitality – it is more
than a slogan. It is a fact. Our Irvine hotels collect a
Transient Occupancy Tax on every room sold to a business
traveler, meeting attendee or tourist. This revenue generates
millions of dollars for the City’s General Fund and supports
everything from city services to public safety. Residents
and the business community benefit from a clean safe
environment in which to live and do business. So, how
do we improve upon that? By launching more aggressive
meeting and visitor programs that will drive business to our
hotels and generate more revenue for them and the City.
Kick Start: Destination Irvine is poised to leverage
the growing economy for our hotel partners and
Irvine with another wave of incentives for corporate
meetings and an amazing, fully-loaded, Orange County
sweepstakes (airfare, hotel and attractions) running on
Trip Advisor and Expedia. Vacation time for some lucky
family is going to be particularly sweet.
These brief stories highlight the expansive scope of work
made possible by the talent and commitment of our staff
and members. Get the confetti, streamers and horns ready
because it promises to be another spectacular year!

Kim Sherman, IOM, Director of Membership at The Irvine Chamber of Commerce, Graduates from Institute for Organization Management

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

A Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Kim Sherman Graduation

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Kim Sherman, IOM, Director of Membership, at the Irvine Chamber of Commerce, has graduated from the program and has received the recognition of IOM. Awarded to all graduates of the Institute program, the IOM Graduate Recognition signifies the individual’s completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants can earn credit hours toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually.


“Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”


Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates. Institute’s curriculum consists of four weeklong sessions at five different university locations throughout the country. Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance, and membership, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to theirorganizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively.


Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. It is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.


About U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment. @IOMeducates


Irvine Chamber Communications Survey Launched

Friday, January 9th, 2015

We have recently developed a short, but comprehensive communications survey to help us assess and improve our Chamber communications initiatives.


If you are an Irvine Chamber member, please take a moment to complete our Communications Survey.


We will be giving away a gift basket (TBD) to a lucky respondent, selected at random.


Take the survey now.

“Jump Start 2015″ – New Business Connection Issue Published

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Business Connection January February 2015

The new issue of the Business Connection magazine, centering around ‘jump-starting the new year’ has been mailed out and is also online!


Extra copies of the Business Connection have been distributed to key places throughout Irvine as well as the Irvine Chamber of Commerce office.


Our next issue of the Business Connection magazine will be published the first week of March.


Please let us know your feedback on the Business Connection magazine by emailing our Communications Department.


Also, please be sure to complete our new Communications Survey so we can better gauge our communications initiatives.

Irvine Set to Open Next Phase of Jeffrey Open Space Trail

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Once completed, the trail will connect Irvine’s Open Space Preserve to a larger
trail network from the mountains to the sea


IRVINE, CA (December 15, 2014):  The City of Irvine, in partnership with Irvine Company, will commemorate the opening of the next phase of the Jeffrey Open Space Trail (JOST) with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 10. The 3.5-mile walking, jogging and bicycle trail, located along Jeffrey Road between the I-5 and Portola Parkway, will mark another important addition to the City’s vast permanent open space program.


The new section of the JOST features an 11-foot-wide paved and a separate 5-foot-wide decomposed granite trail, three pedestrian bridges and two undercrossings, providing for uninterrupted biking and walking connectivity through the Villages of Cypress, Woodbury and Stonegate. The trail also depicts the history of Irvine with timelines, plaques and monuments along the route.


The ribbon cutting will take place at Cypress Community Park; located at 255 Visions, Irvine. The event is free and the public is invited to attend; no RSVP is required. Following the ceremony, attendees are welcome to walk, run or bike the trail plus participate in a variety of trail activities, including a scavenger hunt and giveaways.


For more information, visit or call 949-724-6606.



Since its incorporation in 1971, Irvine has become a nationally recognized city, with a population of 242,651, spans 66 square miles and is recognized as one of America’s safest and most successful master-planned urban communities. Top-rated educational institutions, an enterprising business atmosphere, sound environmental stewardship, and respect for diversity all contribute to Irvine’s enviable quality of life. This family-friendly city features more than 16,000 acres of parks, sports fields and dedicated open space and is the home of the Orange County Great Park – the first great metropolitan park of the 21st century.  For more information, please visit  

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