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
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.
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.
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 www.irvinebusinessoutlook.com 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 http://merage.uci.edu/
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.
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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
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
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
This progressive lunch was intended to bring awareness to Irvine’s unique diverse culinary offerings.
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”
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.