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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Fifth Annual Irvine Restaurant Week January 9-15, 2015

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Program Part of More Than 40 Cities Participating in Statewide California Restaurant Month



Irvine, CA, — More than 40 Irvine and surrounding area restaurants will celebrate Irvine Restaurant Week January 9-15, 2015.


“Irvine’s international community features restaurants offering a wide variety of foods from across the globe. Irvine Restaurant Week is an incredible opportunity to experience some of this diverse dining at a value you can’t get at any other time of the year,” Haase noted. “It’s a chance for both residents and visitors to dine around the world in just over 40 square miles.”


No passes, tickets or coupons are required to participate in Irvine Restaurant Week. Diners simply visit their favorite participating restaurants during the week of January 9th-15th to enjoy special prix fixe lunch and/or dinner menus. For more information on participating restaurants, check out:


Participating Restaurants: 90 Pacifica, Ah-Lien Hot Pot, Aioli, Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails, Avocado Café, The Balcony Grill & Bar, Bluewater Grill, Capital Seafood, Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, The Counter, Crystal Jade, Cucina Enoteca, Cumin, Curry House, Daily Grill, Del Frisco’s Grille, Eats Kitchen & Bar, Floe, Ha Long Vietnamese Cuisine, Ha’ Penny Pub, Il Fornaio, Lamppost Pizza, Las Fajitas Grill, Luna Rossa, LYFE Kitchen, The Melting Pot, Mokkoji Shabu Shabu Bar, Mother’s Market & Kitchen, O Fine Japanese Cuisine, Oak Creek Café, Paradise Restaurant, Paul Martin’s American Grill, Pho Saigon Pearl, Prego Ristorante, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Slater’s 50/50, Stonefire Grill, SWSH Shabu Shabu, TaiChi Cuisine, Tender Greens, Urban Plates and The Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar.


Irvine Restaurant Week is part of California Restaurant Month, designated by Visit California. Over 40 destinations across California, from the desert and coast to wine country and High Sierra, are hosting restaurant weeks and other value-driven food programming this January.


“Last year’s fourth annual California Restaurant Month was another success, with 40 participating destinations, 29 million paid media impressions and nearly 14 million earned media impressions. We’re thrilled to see the program grow so we can continue to tell California’s amazing culinary story,” said Caroline Beteta, Visit California president & CEO.


“California is the top U.S. destination for culinary travel – we have long been a leader in fresh produce and seafood, farm to fork dining, winemaking and more that any traveler will find a one-of-a-kind culinary experience here to suit any taste. California Restaurant Month gives visitors a chance to experience it all with special offers they won’t see at any other time of the year.”


Last year travelers in California spent $29.6 billion on food and beverages, more than for any other spending segment and constituting 29 percent of all visitor spending last year (Source: Dean Runyan Associates), Beteta said. For more information about California Restaurant Month, visit


Destination Irvine:

As the official Destination Marketing Organization for Irvine, the mission of Destination Irvine is to partner with the tourism and hospitality industry to brand and promote Irvine as a preferred overnight destination in Southern California for groups, sports events, leisure visitors and business travelers. Destination Irvine’s goals are designed to enhance the economy of the city of Irvine through sustained growth in tourism spending, resulting in an increase in economic impact.


Visit California is a non-profit organization with a mission to develop and maintain marketing programs – in partnership with the state’s travel industry – that keep California top-of-mind as a premier travel destination. According to Visit California, travel and tourism expenditures totaled over $106 billion in 2012 in California (20 percent of which was international), supported jobs for 917,000 Californians and generated $6.6 billion in state and local tax revenues. For more information about Visit California and for a free California Visitor’s Guide, go to

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Wendy Haase, Destination Irvine,

Irvine Chamber Hires Demea Metcalf to Drive Destination Irvine Sales

Monday, December 8th, 2014

New Director of Sales to Promote Irvine as a Preferred Overnight Destination in Southern California

 Demea Metcalf

Irvine, Calif. Dec. 5, 2014 – The Irvine Chamber of Commerce has hired Demea Metcalf as Director of Sales for Destination Irvine, the official destination marketing organization for Irvine. Metcalf will promote Irvine to domestic and international markets as a preferred overnight destination through a strategic program of sales initiatives that will reach meeting planners and travel buyers.


“Demea’s experience and engagement with the local business community and corporate market will widen the scope and impact of our programs,” said Linda DiMario, Sr. Director, Economic Development and Tourism, Irvine Chamber of Commerce. “She will be a great partner for our hotel sales teams.”


The Destination Irvine sales team is a one-stop resource, offering complimentary services for planning and service support to all groups holding conventions, trade shows, meetings, and public events in Irvine. Complimentary Event Service Programs include: RFP distribution, event planning assistance, site negotiations, site visits, contract negotiations, familiarization tours, off-site venue recommendations, referrals to area restaurants, shopping and attractions, and more.


Metcalf brings 12 years of experience in the hospitality industry to the organization. Most recently she served as a sales manager at the Embassy Suites Irvine. Prior to, she worked with the Hilton Sales Worldwide National Team in Dallas for more than seven years. She has a bachelor of science in information systems from California Baptist University and is currently working towards her master’s degree in education.


Demea Metcalf can be reached at or (949) 502-4127.


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

IVC President Glenn Roquemore Invited to Participate at White House College Opportunity Summit, December 4

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

On Thursday, December 4, Irvine Valley College (IVC) President Glenn R. Roquemore will join President Obama, the First Lady and Vice President Biden at the White House College Opportunity Summit. The Summit will bring together colleges and universities, business leaders, nonprofits and others that are committed to supporting more college opportunities for students across the country.


This year’s summit will focus on building sustainable collaborations in communities with strong K-12 and higher education partnerships to encourage college going, and supporting colleges to work together to dramatically improve persistence and increase college completion, especially for first generation, low-income, and underrepresented students. Read more about IVC’s commitment to expand college access.


Here’s how you can participate in the College Opportunity Summit on Thursday, December 4th:

Watch the entire summit live here, or at

Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram #CollegeOpportunity




All panels will be streamed live at

9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks
Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council and Secretary Arne Duncan, U.S. Department of Education

9:15 a.m. Panel Discussions I and II
Moderated by Cecilia Muñoz and Secretary Julian Castro, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

11:50 a.m. Remarks by THE PRESIDENT

2:45 p.m. Remarks by THE FIRST LADY

3:00 p.m. Remarks by THE VICE PRESIDENT


Media information:
For media information on the Summit – Press are directed to contact: and include “College Opportunity Summit Coverage” in the subject line.


Documents: Updates and Information about the summit will be posted by the White House at (note: this URL will be updated and the live stream will appear here).

Irvine Chamber of Commerce to Host Nearly 1,000 Local Business Leaders at Business Outlook 2015

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Keynote Speakers Include Christine Romans, CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent and Andrew J. Policano, UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business Academic Director of the Center for Investment and Wealth Management

Business Outlook 2015

IRVINE, Calif., (November 26, 2014) – The Irvine Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the keynote speakers for its most popular annual event – Business Outlook 2015. Held on January 30, 2015, it’s one of Orange County’s largest gatherings of business leaders. Helping to kick off the 2015 business economic year, Christine Romans, CNN’s chief business correspondent, along with the esteemed Andrew J. Policano, UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business, will address an key business executives and professionals to discuss the current economic climate and what 2015 will hold for local industries.

Christine Romans

Award winning keynote speaker Romans is the anchor of “Early Start” with John Berman, CNN’s chief business correspondent and the host of CNN Money, CNN’s Saturday business program. In addition, Romans reports on the economy, politics and international business for CNN’s morning shows. Her reporting is also regularly featured on CNN International. Romans is known as CNN’s explainer-in-chief of all things money, translating complicated international finance to kitchen table economics. She is the author of two books: “How to Speak Money” (Wiley 2011) and “Smart is the New Rich” (Wiley 2010). Romans’ coverage focuses on the latest breaking developments in the current economic crises and what they mean to Americans and their money.

Andrew J. Policano

Policano is the Dean’s Leadership Circle Endowed Professor of Economics/Public Policy and Academic Director of the Center for Investment and Wealth Management (CIWM) at The Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine. Policano previously served as Dean of the Merage School from 2004 to 2013. During the nine years he served as Dean of the Merage School, more than $55 million was pledged to support the School’s vision and mission. Highly recognized, the Merage School consistently ranks among the top five to 10 percent of accredited business schools in the world.


Recent reports in BusinessWeek, Financial Times and US News place the Merage School at number one in the U.S. for percentage of students employed at 90 days after graduation. Prior to arriving at UC Irvine, Policano was Dean of the School of Business at the University of Wisconsin, Madison for 10 years. He received his doctorate from Brown University in economics, and his work in macroeconomics has been widely published.


“Each year, the Business Outlook Breakfast brings together leading business professionals and educators to analyze key economic issues affecting our economic climate,” said Tallia Hart, President and CEO of the Irvine Chamber. “We look forward to another ‘must-attend’ event, where we connect with hundreds of business owners and share ideas to strengthen Orange County’s position as a global business hub.”


The Irvine Chamber Business Outlook Breakfast, held in partnership with the UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business, will take place at Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center on Thursday, January 30, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. This event, sponsored by Wells Fargo, brings together the top business executives and key influencers in Orange County for a lively discussion on the outlook of the economy and the impact on business in Orange County.


“Orange County is a diverse and innovative region that is driving economic growth in California and the nation. Whether you are from a multimillion dollar corporation or a small community business, this breakfast provides local and national economic information that will help you plan and make effective decisions for your business,” said Wells Fargo’s Orange County Regional President Ben Alvarado. “The event is well attended, giving you the opportunity to make and renew local connections.”


Registration for Business Outlook 2015

Ticket prices start at $55. A limited number of seats and table sponsorships are available for this annual event. For more information or to register for the event, visit or call (949) 502-4115.


About The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine

The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine offers four dynamic MBA programs – plus PhD, specialty masters and undergraduate business degrees – that graduate business leaders with the exceptional ability to help grow their organizations through strategic innovation, analytical decision-making, information technology and collaborative execution. While the Merage School is relatively young, it has quickly grown to consistently rank among the top 10 percent of all AACSB-accredited programs through exceptional student recruitment, world-class faculty, a strong alumni network and close relationships with both individual business executives and global corporations. Additional information is available 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. 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; #bizoutlook, #IrvineChamber, #IrvineBusiness.


Christine Welch
Echo Media Group
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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


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

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 and the official Small Business Saturday Facebook page.


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!/SmallBusinessSaturday received 3,316,569 “Likes” as of 5/20/2014