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.

Entry options include:

- Liking our Facebook page
- Following us on Twitter
- Sharing our Business Outlook 2015 message on Twitter: “Business Outlook 2015 Jan. 30th is the economic outlook your business can’t afford to miss! #bizoutlook”

Our Rafflecopter Giveaway

Good luck!

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.

OC Register Names New Publisher

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Mirman

New Register Publisher Richard Mirman
Photo Credit: Paul Bersebach, OC Register

Richard Mirman, a former executive at Harrah’s Entertainment known in Las Vegas for his talents in casino marketing, has been named interim publisher and chief executive of the Orange County Register.

Mirman took over Monday from Aaron Kushner, who remains the principal owner and chief executive of the Register’s parent company, Freedom Communications.

“My goal is to get the business on a trajectory of growth,” said Mirman, 48, in an interview.

Newsroom, advertising, marketing and circulation executives of the Register and the Freedom-owned Press-Enterprise in Riverside will report to Mirman, a Freedom investor who served in several executive marketing roles at Harrah’s from 1998 to 2007. Kushner will oversee the opinions department for both newspapers.

Read entire article at OCRegister.com.

ATEP Takes Center Stage

Friday, September 26th, 2014

At a recent Irvine Chamber Economic Vitality Council “Power Meeting”, the combined strengths of the business community and education community came together to begin the design of the next stage learning and business model.

The South Orange County Community College District’s Advanced Technology Education Park (Irvine Valley College) in partnership with the Irvine Chamber of Commerce is working to create a unique, integrated urban community that supports the “learn and earn” model.

The ATEP property is located on the former Tustin Marine Air Station, now the Tustin Legacy.  The Department of Navy and City of Tustin conveyed 62 acres of parcel to the SOCCCD to create a Hub for Global Innovation. The property is surrounded by housing, educational institutions, retail, dining and soon to be outdoor parks.

ATEP’s goal is to create a Regional Hub for Global Innovation that is fully integrated in the local culture, community, business, educational institutions, residential neighborhood, transportation corridors, retail, and hospitality establishments.  ATEP is and will continue to be a sustainable community that is nimble, flexible, fully integrated and designed for the next generation of innovators and students.

With 17 institutions of higher learning and Advanced Manufacturing and Bio-Medical Sciences thriving both internationally and in Orange County, ATEP is poised to be an essential component for education and employment.  The core principle underlying ATEP is a belief that businesses will be successful and profitable because employees will love coming to work and school to attain practical and real world experience in an engaging and vital community.

Dr. Glenn Roquemore, President of Irvine Valley College and Chair of the Chamber’s Economic & Workforce Development Committee, Co-Chair Cynthia Lenahan with Edwards Lifesciences, David Anduri, Chair of the Chamber’s Economic Vitality Council and the Chamber’s ED team agree that businesses can enhance their competitive positioning by strengthening their workforce pipeline and ability to attract and retain well-prepared employees. Identifying education and corporate synergies encourages a long term, integrated and effective approach to workforce development.

“Our mission is to leverage the expertise of the private sector and the education community to a common purpose: better preparing our current and future employees so that businesses are poised to compete more effectively in the 21st century global economy”, said Linda DiMario, Senior Director, Irvine Chamber Economic Development & Tourism.

For more information about this project or to post comments, suggestions or ideas, please visit www.irvineecondev.com/survey.

WNDE Named to INSIDE Public Accounting’s IPA 200 List

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Reflects Growth in Size, Scope of Services Offered

September 16, 2014, IRVINE, Calif. – National magazine INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA) has named White Nelson Diehl Evans LLP (WNDE) #154 on its IPA 200 list of the country’s top accounting firms, up from #158 in 2013.  IPA noted that many on the IPA 200 list, including WNDE, had been engaged in recent mergers and acquisitions to grow in size, scope and capability of their organizations.

“Our goal as a firm is to be substantial enough to offer the resources, CPA talent and wide range of services that our clients need, while retaining the high-touch service, communication and partner involvement attributes of a smaller firm,” remarked Dave Doran, Managing Partner.   “Being included on the IPA 200 list indicates that we have made progress in our efforts, and we will continue to develop new ways to deliver value as we serve our clients.”

INSIDE Public Accounting is a publication owned by The Platt Group in Indianapolis, and assists accounting firms nationwide in growing their businesses.  Mike Platt, principal of The Platt Group, notes that competition between accounting firms has grown significantly in recent years, necessitating that successful firms constantly reassess what services they offer to best serve their clients.  He added, “Successful firms need to continually demonstrate to clients that they are offering valued services, and not merely a competitive price.”

He continued, “Accounting firms’ traditional services of tax and audit don’t have the highest value in the eyes of their clients.  Instead they are asking, ‘How can I grow my business?  How can I set myself apart?’”

Decades ago, a typical accounting firm’s marketing plan involved “answering the phone,” he said.  Today, with fierce competition, firms have consolidated and grown to attract new talent, offer additional services, and “develop a bigger footprint in the region and in the country.”

Inclusion on the IPA 200 list is an indication that WNDE is headed in the right direction professionally, he added, “and is developing the services it needs to be successful in the marketplace.”

wnde

White Nelson Diehl Evans LLP represents over 2,000 business and 2,500 individual clients.  The firm provides a full range of accounting, tax and consulting services, including services for governmental and non-profit agencies.  With 130 staff members, it is one of the largest accounting firms headquartered in Orange County.  Address: 2875 Michelle Drive, Suite 300, Irvine, CA 92606.  Phone: (714) 978-1300.  Website: www.wndecpa.com.