Irvine Is the 3rd Best City for Veterans – WalletHub Study

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Irvine was named the 3rd Best City for Veterans in a recent study from the leading personal finance outlet WalletHub.com.

 

In honor of our former military service people, WalletHub ranked 100 of the most populated cities in the U.S. based on 19 key metrics. The data set includes such metrics as the percentage of military skill-related jobs, the availability of VA health facilities and rankings of the percentage of veterans living below the poverty line.

 

Veteran Living in Irvine (1=Best; 50=Avg.)

6th – % of Military Skill-Related Jobs
6th – Veteran Unemployment Rate
2nd – Rate of Veteran Wage Growth
4th – Veteran-Owned Businesses per Veteran Population
9th – % of Veterans Living Below Poverty Line

 

Read the full study on WalletHub.com.

Irvine Chamber Supporting ‘Small Business Saturday’ to Drive Shoppers to Irvine Small Businesses

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Small Business Saturday

 

The Irvine Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce announced its participation in this year’s Small Business Saturday, taking place on November 29, 2014. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to strengthening the community by supporting local small businesses.

 

Now in its fifth year, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for small businesses across the United States. In 2013, nearly 1,500 Neighborhood Champions rallied local businesses and created events and activities to drive shopping at small businesses around the country. The day was also championed by elected officials in all 50 states and Washington D.C., including President Obama who took his daughters shopping at a local bookstore.

 

The Irvine Chamber of Commerce recognizes the importance of supporting small business in Irvine, the jobs they help create and the culture they instill in local communities. According to the U.S. Small Businesses Administration, as of 2012, small businesses nationwide accounted for 64% of net new private-sector jobs created and represented 99.7% of all employer firms.1

 

Merchants and consumers can learn more about Small Business Saturday and how to get involved by visiting ShopSmall.com and the official Small Business Saturday Facebook page.

 

ABOUT SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
Nov 29 marks the fifth annual Small Business Saturday, a day to support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. Small Business Saturday was created in 2010 in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: more customers. To date, more than 3.3 million Facebook users “liked” the Small Business Saturday page2. Just last year, 370+ advocacy organizations, 160+ corporations, and elected officials in all 50 states and Washington D.C. declared their support for Small Business Saturday.

 

1 Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy Frequently Asked Questions, September 2012
2 According to Facebook Insights, the Small Business Saturday page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/#!/SmallBusinessSaturday received 3,316,569 “Likes” as of 5/20/2014

Destination Irvine Hosts the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association for a Progressive Lunch

Friday, November 21st, 2014

 

On November 18th, Destination Irvine hosted 10 writers from the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association for a progressive lunch at Diamond Jamboree in Irvine.

 

This progressive lunch was intended to bring awareness to Irvine’s unique diverse culinary offerings.

Read what others are saying about Irvine as a travel destination.

Enter to Win a Ticket to Business Outlook 2015

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Enter to win a ticket to Business Outlook 2015 by participating in some social media activities! Click on the ‘Giveaway‘ tab on our Facebook page or on this link.

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Destination Irvine Winner in the 2014 Marcom Awards Competition

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Organization Recognized for Official Visitors Guide

Irvine, Calif. November 10, 2014 – Destination Irvine received a Gold Award in the MarCom 2014 Competition for the organization’s 2014-2015 Official Visitors Guide.

The MarCom Awards is an international creative competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by marketing and communication professionals. Entries come from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, design shops, production companies and freelancers. Over 6,500 entries from throughout the United States, Canada and 15 other countries were submitted for the 20143 competition.

“This is the fourth year our Irvine Visitor Guide has received a Gold MarCom Award,” said Wendy Haase, Director of Tourism Marketing, Destination Irvine. “To continually be recognized for our marketing efforts is a true honor.”

Winners range in size from individual communicators to media conglomerates and Fortune 500 companies. A complete list of Gold Winners can be found on the MarCom Awards website at www.marcomawards.com.

To request a copy of the Irvine Visitors Guide visit www.destinationirvine.com.

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.

November/December Issue of Business Connection Magazine Published

Friday, November 7th, 2014

November/December Issue Business Connection

The new issue of the Business Connection magazine was mailed out this week! This issue’s theme is aptly centered around philanthropy and has some great examples of our members doing great volunteer work in Orange County.

 

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

 

New for this issue, we’ve uploaded a digital flip version of the Business Connection for you to read on your computer or mobile device. On this electronic version, you can read, take notes, print, click through the links and share the articles. We hope you enjoy this new option of keeping up with the Irvine Chamber!

 

Our next issue of the Business Connection magazine is due to be published the first week of January.

 

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

 

Irvine Chamber of Commerce Hosts Fall Business Outreach Rally

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

IRVINE, Calif.—Nov. 3, 2014—The Irvine Chamber of Commerce successfully concluded its Business Outreach Rally Fall 2014, a city-wide outreach and survey of more than 450 local businesses facilitated by the Chamber’s Economic Vitality Council’s (EVC) Business Attraction & Retention (BAR) Committee. Chamber members led “street teams,” taking a hands-on approach to meet and engage face-to-face with local companies, and gather insights into the key issues affecting their business. With the goal of further strengthening the local economic climate, the Rally provides an interactive opportunity to meet with company owners and executives, to understand their challenges and respond with resources for collaboration and support.

Irvine Mayor Dr. Steven Choi also participated in the Rally—the second one held within the year—and personally met with numerous business leaders.

“Thanks to the hard work of our Economic Vitality Council and support of the business community, the Fall Business Outreach Rally was a great success and continues the momentum ignited at our inaugural spring event,” said Tallia Hart, president and CEO of the Irvine Chamber. “Irvine is a leading business city and the insights gathered along with the connections made from the Rally will help us identify how to positively influence the overall economic vitality of the region.”

Members of the task force and EVC are currently studying the survey responses and use of the data to address and respond to pertinent needs by leveraging Chamber influence and resources, including marketing tools, networking and referrals, and legislative action.

BOR Oct 2014

The Business Outreach Rally is spearheaded by the Chamber’s Economic Vitality Council’s Business Attraction & Retention (BAR) Committee. Chamber member Brian Andersen of Fusion Communications, led the Business outreach Rally as Task Force Leader along with an enthusiastic group of Chamber business member volunteers who invested months in planning and preparation. Chamber members were tapped to participate in the street teams because of their deep understanding of local connections and resources available to extend to the community.

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 www.irvinechamber.com. For more information about the Economic Vitality Council visit http://www.irvineecondev.com.

Irvine Chamber of Commerce Announces Results of Skills Gap Analysis for Local Business

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Research Reveals Demand for Greater Communication, Leadership and Other Soft Skills in Today’s Workforce

 

The Irvine Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Vitality Council (EVC), announced the findings from a skills ‘gap’ analysis designed to identify what training and skills are needed for future workers to compete for jobs within Irvine’s advanced manufacturing sector. According to the study, HR and recruiting executives from local companies — ranging from aerospace, mechanical engineering, pharmaceutical to software design — revealed the top factors in the gap between what the candidate brings to the job and what the position requires.

The survey identified that the lack of candidates’ practical real-life job experience and soft skills, including communication, team work, project management, problem solving and leadership traits, make open positions more challenging to fill. The majority of companies interviewed stated that most of the jobs require at least a four-year degree with accompanying, relevant technical training. Between 80 to 100 percent of positions require technical skills, and respondents cited that their ideal candidate will have three to seven years of hands-on experience. Yet, only half of the responding companies said they have internships or apprenticeship programs in place or connections with colleges and universities.

“The Irvine Chamber of Commerce is extremely interested in helping Irvine businesses flourish, and a key factor in achieving this is ensuring that workers are prepared for the jobs that are available,” said Linda DiMario, senior director, Economic Development & Tourism of the Irvine Chamber of Commerce. “The skills gap analysis being conducted by the EVC and its Economic & Workforce Development Committee is helping to explore specific hiring needs and gain understanding of expectations of workforce candidates. This information will be highly useful as we work towards advancing the region’s competitiveness in a global business economy and fostering collaboration between companies and Orange County’s higher education institutions to properly prepare the emerging workforce.”

PREPARING THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

Respondents were asked what their ideal candidate would look like. Their responses revealed consensus around the following highly desirable attributes: strong communicator, team player, project management, good problem solver and presentation skills. Conversely, they reported that similar skills are often lacking from workforce candidates.
The analysis also revealed the toughest jobs to fill for manufacturing businesses. These careers include key roles in: product development, manufacturing, software engineering, leadership, chemistry, regulatory affairs, service technicians and quality assurance specialists. In addition, interviewees revealed their preference to fill open positions locally rather than relocating talent from outside the region.

STUDY PARAMETERS

Research was directed by the EVC’s Economic & Workforce Development Committee, which conducted interviews with human resources and recruiting executives from Irvine manufacturing businesses. This study marks the first of several skills gap surveys planned for key industry clusters in the community.

“The Economic & Workforce Development Committee is focused on developing programs and initiatives that help close the skills gap, continued DiMario. “This first local business study represents the forward-thinking approach of the Committee and is dedicated to aligning synergies with K-12, community college, technical and four-year university institutions.”

For more information about the Economic Vitality Council visit http://www.irvineecondev.com.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Christine Welch
714-573-0899 x225
christine@echomediapr.com

GF Piping Systems and GF Machining Solutions Celebrate Continuing Growth at New Irvine Facility Grand Opening

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
GF Piping Systems and GF Machining Solutions

Georg Fischer Irvine facility ribbon-cutting ceremony

 

Georg Fischer LLC, Irvine, CA, and GF Machining Solutions LLC, Lincolnshire, IL, both part of Switzerland-based Georg Fischer Ltd., welcomed more than 150 guests including many city and state officials, at the Grand Opening of their new Irvine facilities on Oct. 9. The event featured a formal ribbon cutting ceremony followed by refreshments and guided tours, product tradeshow displays, machine demonstrations, keynote speakers and raffle.

 

The 105,000 square-foot Irvine campus includes 23,000 square feet of office, engineering, technical support and training space; 82,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space; and more than 100 employees. The manufacturing/fabrication area is capable of producing 3,000 different kinds of valves assembled to specific customer requirements and can cut large pipe diameters up to 42” in size.

 

Hosting the official ceremonies were James Jackson, Head of Business Unit Americas for GF Piping Systems; Glynn Fletcher, President GF Machining Solutions Americas; and Pietro Lori, President of GF Piping Systems & Member of the Executive Committee of Georg Fischer in Switzerland. Local and state dignitaries offering opening remarks included State Assembly Republican Member Donald P. Wagner (68th Assembly District); Cody Eckert, representative from State Republican Senator Mimi Walters office (37th District); Irvine Mayor Steven S. Choi, Ph.D.; and from the Chamber of Commerce, Gladys Rojas, Membership Services and Danni Remington, Vice Chair of the Irvine Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

 

Included in the new GF Piping Systems’ facility is a product demonstration room with life-like settings that simulate how the company’s piping systems are used for water, chemical, and refrigeration distribution applications.. Among the life-like settings is a 1,100 gallon saltwater aquarium, custom designed specifically to show how the company’s piping, valves & instruments are used to monitor water clarity, water level, and water turbidity primarily for industrial water treatment applications, with the fish tank being used as a representative example. Other life-like settings include a grocery store refrigerator case used in the food industry, a high-purity water system for the microelectronics industry, a cruise ship lavatory compartment for the marine industry, and a chemical plant tank for the chemical processing industry.

 

Read the full news article at GFPS.com.

Irvine Chamber Announces Fall Business Outreach Rally

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

IRVINE, Calif.—Oct. 16, 2014—The Irvine Chamber of Commerce today announced the Business Outreach Rally Fall 2014, a city-wide outreach and survey of local businesses facilitated by the Chamber’s Economic Vitality Council’s (EVC) Business Attraction & Retention (BAR) Committee, will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 29. In line with the EVC’s mission to retain and help grow Irvine businesses, on rally day Chamber members will lead  “street teams” to proactively engage with local companies, gather insights into the key issues affecting their business and respond with Chamber resources for support and collaboration. Chamber members are tapped to participate in the street teams because of their deep understanding of local connections and resources available to extend to the community.

“The Business Outreach Rally is designed to effectively reach local company leaders—in one of California’s most dynamic business regions—to understand their challenges and provide solutions to help propel their future growth,”said Tallia Hart, president and CEO of the Irvine Chamber. “Following on the heels of our successful spring rally, we look forward to another impactful event, where we connect with hundreds of business owners about key issues and share available support resources to create a stronger Irvine economic climate.”

On Oct. 29, rally street teams will meet back at the Irvine Chamber to discuss what they learned and submit survey information. Members of the Task Force and EVC will study the insights gathered and use the data to respond to pertinent needs by leveraging Chamber influence and resources, including marketing tools, networking and referrals and legislative action.

The Business Outreach Rally is spearheaded by the Chamber’s Economic Vitality Council’s Business Attraction & Retention (BAR) Committee. Chamber member Brian Andersen is leading the Business outreach Rally as Task Force Leader along with an enthusiastic group of Chamber business member volunteers who have invested months in planning and preparation.

“The Business Outreach Rally exemplifies one of several progressive initiatives the Chamber has launched to create a leading Irvine business community,” said Massis Chahbazian, co-chair of the BAR Committee. “On rally day we have the opportunity to visit with some of the region’s most groundbreaking and upcoming companies to better understand their challenges and share with them solutions for future growth and retention.”

The Business Outreach Rally kicks off at 8 a.m. on Oct. 29 at the Irvine Chamber. Morning, afternoon and all-day shifts are available. All Chamber volunteers will be provided with training and materials needed to be successful. Meals including with breakfast and lunch on rally day are also offered. For more information or to register or become a Chamber member visit: http://business.irvinechamber.com/events/details/business-outreach-blitz-6372 or contact Anthony Crouch at acrouch@irvinechamber.com.

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 www.irvinechamber.com. For more information about the Economic Vitality Council visit http://www.irvineecondev.com.