Business & Workforce Development

Business Attraction & Retention Committee merges with Education & Workforce Development

Combining the strengths, assets and intellectual capital of the Business Attraction & Retention Committee with the Education & Workforce Development Committee generates greater synergies between the two core missions – attracting and retaining businesses depends upon a 21st century workforce and a 21st century workforce needs a robust economy and 21st century industry sectors! Working together, we anticipate that the outcomes will better support this essential economic development strategy. The Business & Workforce Development Committee meets every third Tuesday of the month, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Greater Irvine Chamber.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m. at the Chamber offices

                                                       Reception follows

                                      Economic Vitality Council Meeting -- RESCHEDULED


                                                                       Forward Focus

We need your help to align the work of our Business & Workforce Development and International Development Committees with several strategic areas so we can optimize our resources and outcomes. This is your opportunity to weigh in and shape our work moving forward.

Here are the topics we will be covering. Please take a look ahead of time so you are ready and armed with ideas and solutions for our August EVC!

 Question 1: Given that the Chamber has assembled and makes available many business resources online and offline (Business Outreach Resource Guide, websites, and cultural awareness training), how can we encourage more companies to:

  1. Take advantage of our cultural training resources?
  2. Outreach to small and medium-sized businesses that may need help the most?
  3. Help our companies manage the 21st century challenges in trade and cybersecurity arenas?

 Question 2: How can we best promote the wide range of life-science and technology sector job opportunities among our student population?

  1. How do we most effectively encourage and connect internships in companies with students and students with company internships?
  2. What role do you see the Chamber playing in this effort to acquaint students with career choices?
  3. How can the Chamber help influence career technical skill training for those less inclined to pursue four-year degrees?

 Question 3: Knowing the characteristics of our global life-science and technology companies, why do you believe a traditional job fair is the best solution to help companies attract and hire talent?

  1. What methodology should be employed to learn company hiring practices and gauge the interest in such an event?
  2. What information do we want from HR divisions that will best inform our choice of strategies to help companies recruit talent?
  3. Who are the most likely organizations that we can collaborate with to produce such an event?

 Question 4: Knowing that Irvine is already engaged in building new housing options (delayed by the recession) and knowing that our companies need housing options to attract and retain talent, what can the Chamber do to help companies manage and mitigate this challenge during recruitment?

  1. What could the Chamber do to help retain the talent being generated by our colleges and universities in Irvine/OC?
  2. How can we connect with company HR divisions to confirm the challenges and offer solutions?
  3. Assuming that our companies would actually deploy a resource developed by the Chamber to help people explore their housing options within a 20-mile radius of Irvine, what online and/or offline resources could be developed that would help HR divisions answer questions and help candidates make choices?


The Economic Vitality Council meets twice a year to share committee and task force work with Chamber membership and the community. EVC committees meet monthly to review and discuss progress reports and recommendations.

We will resume our normal schedule with our monthly meeting on September 18, 2018.




BAR Taskforces chart

Each bubble represents an area of focus for this committee.


Brian Anderson

Chair: Brian Andersen

Brian Dozer

Chair: Brian Dozer

Brian MontesVice Chair: Brian Montes, Committee Resources

Vice Chair: John Kurth,       Committee Membership


Business & Workforce Development Committee Mission Statement

The BWD Committee will work to educate, inform, retain, grow, and expand existing businesses in Irvine. The BWD Committee will create task forces that manage or mitigate business challenges and issues, support business development, and provide data, research, and information that informs and inspires business owners and managers and encourages start up businesses.