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State Economy Draws Strength from Trade

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

As the Trump administration and the 115th Congress now are into their second year, the California Chamber of Commerce continues to communicate its international trade...
Voting Season Begins Today; Key Dates to Remember

Monday, May 07, 2018

Today is the first day to vote by mail in California’s primary election. CalChamber Positions Proposition 68 Authorizes Bonds Funding Parks, Natural Resources Protection, Climate Adaptation, Water Quality...
Let Your Voice be Heard – Register to Vote

Friday, May 04, 2018

In an ongoing effort to promote voter registration and participation, the City of Irvine encourages all eligible residents who are not registered to vote to...
CalChamber-Supported Regulatory Reform Bills Pass Committee

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Three California Chamber of Commerce-supported regulatory reform bills passed the Assembly Accountability and Administrative Review Committee yesterday with bipartisan support. AB 2087 (Waldron; R-Escondido) enhances California’s ability to...
Nominate an Outstanding Small Business Leader

Friday, April 06, 2018

The California Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its annual Small Business Advocate of the Year Award. The award recognizes small business owners who have...
Small Biz Week

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Greater Irvine Chamber partners U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE Association will host a free, 3-Day Virtual Conference during National Small Business Week. The conference...
Chapman's Rinker Health Science Campus earns WaterStar Certification

Monday, April 02, 2018

The Rinker Health Science Campus, ideally located in the Irvine Spectrum technological hub to provide cutting-edge health-science education, recently earned WaterStar Certification for installing water-efficient plumbing fixtures throughout campus buildings and making drought-friendly landscape changes.
City of Hope coming to Great Park Neighborhoods

Friday, March 30, 2018

City of Hope, a world-renowned independent cancer research and treatment center, and Five Point Holdings, LLC (NYSE: FPH), the largest owner and developer of mixed-use,...
CalChamber to Offer Live Webinar on Hiring

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Source: CalChamber Recruiting, interviewing and hiring new employees involves significant legal risks if not handled properly. In fact, California has stricter protections for job applicants than...
High Court Decisions Leave Employers with Uncertainty

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Source: CalChamber Labor Law Standards Subject to Interpretation California employers are once again left with uncertainty regarding the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) Enforcement Policies and Interpretations...
Aluminum and Steel Duty Update

Monday, March 26, 2018

Source: Pisani & Roll LLP With the March 23 effective date for additional 10 percent duties on aluminum and 25 percent duties on steel now having passed,...
High Court Decisions Leave Employers with Uncertainty

Friday, March 23, 2018

Source: CalChamber California employers are once again left with uncertainty regarding the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) Enforcement Policies and Interpretations Manual following a California Supreme Court...
Six Wins as KORUS Turns Six

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

As we reach the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement’s sixth anniversary of entry into force today, it is useful to once again take stock of this...
Celebrate Irvine 2018 Set for June 20

Monday, March 19, 2018

Celebrate Irvine, the Greater Irvine Chamber’s annual luncheon, will recognize outstanding achievements in Irvine's business and nonprofit community along with the success of Irvine's Master Plan. The event...
Hoag Takes on PGA Tournament Sponsorship

Monday, March 12, 2018

The Orange County Business Journal has reported that Greater Irvine Chamber Leaders Circle member Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian has assumed the title sponsorship of Orange...
Irvine Featured in The Via Blog

Monday, March 12, 2018

Irvine is included in The Via Blog spring round-up "4 Places for a Beachside Spring Break."  The round-up features Orange County and highlights The Great...
Seventh Round of NAFTA Negotiations Concludes

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Source: CalChamber The seventh round of negotiations have concluded in Mexico City, Mexico, and the negotiators report closing three additional chapters of the North America Free...
Guidance for Employers on Immigration Enforcement Actions

Monday, February 26, 2018

Source: CalChamber Earlier this week, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Labor Commissioner Julie Su issued two documents for California employers dealing with California’s Immigrant Worker...
Trade Report: California Exports Finish Strong in 2017

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Source: CalChamber California’s merchandise export trade soared in December, according to a Beacon Economics analysis of U.S. trade statistics released February 6 by the U.S. Census Bureau. Foreign shipments...
NAFTA Negotiations Make Real Headway

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Source: CalChamber The sixth round of negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) made real headway, according to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. The latest...
Opposition Stops More Holdover Job Killer Bills

Monday, January 29, 2018

Sourcee: CalChamber Two job killer bills that remained eligible for consideration this year failed to advance in the Assembly this month. Held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee...
Reminder: Post Form 300A Starting February 1

Friday, January 26, 2018

Source: CalChamber Don’t forget that you need to post the Form 300A summary of job-related injuries and illnesses from 2017 at your place of business from February 1...
SBA Small Business Certifications (Federal)

Friday, January 05, 2018

Learn How to Get 8(a), HUBZone, EDWOSB, and WOSB Certified. Small business certifications are like professional certifications: they document a special capability or status that help...
Social Security Revises 2018 Taxable Wage Base

Friday, January 05, 2018

Source: CalChamber For 2018, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that the Social Security taxable wage base will be $128, 400. This is the maximum amount of earnings...
OC Leads in Cross-County Worker Inflow

Monday, December 18, 2017

Recent research by Greater Irvine Chamber partner Jones Lang LaSalle IP, Inc. shows that Orange County leads in worker inflow from neighboring counties. Located at the...
Affordable Housing Barriers

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Source: CAJobKillers Barrier to Housing and Economic Development — Creates significant uncertainty for developers by requiring the Office of Planning and Research (OPR) to amend the California...
WaterStar: Where Star-Quality Efficiency is Rewarded

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Irvine Ranch Water District’s WaterStar Business Recognition Program helps companies improve water efficiency, obtain financial incentives for efficiency improvements, and save money on water bills. The...
One Month Left to Apply for SBA Disaster Loans

Friday, November 17, 2017

Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West on Nove. 17 reminded California private nonprofit organizations of the Dec. 18, 2017, deadline to...
Trade Report: California Exports Edge Upwards

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Source: CalChamber California’s export trade grew in September, according to a Beacon Economics analysis of U.S. trade statistics released November 3 by the U.S. Census Bureau. Foreign shipments...
Irvine was Born for Amazon

Monday, October 30, 2017

A letter to editorial board of the Orange County Register-10-28-17. While the New York Times and other outlets initially failed to mention California—let alone Irvine—in the list...
You can Find Anything on Amazon — Even Our Future

Friday, September 29, 2017

Published in the Daily Pilot, Sept. 29, 2017  | By Bryan Starr, President & CEO, Greater Irvine Chamber, Economic Development, Destination Irvine         When Amazon announced it was looking...
Irvine Among Best US Cities to Raise a Family

Monday, September 25, 2017

Neighborhoods.com has reported a WalletHub survey of the 150 largest cities in America to determine the best and worst places to raise a family. The study looked...
Orange County Has What Amazon Wants

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Source article: Orange County Register, by Jim Doti, Lucy Dunn and Brian Calle When Amazon announced its plans for a second North American headquarters, cities throughout...
Innovating for Women Business Challenge

Friday, May 19, 2017

The U.S. Small Business Administration is looking for innovative products and services that help impact and empower the lives of women and families. Our workforce looks...
$17 Million Available to Spur Regional Innovation

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) today published the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for its 2017 Regional Innovations Strategies (RIS) program. The...
Greater Irvine Chamber Goes to Washington, D.C.

Friday, May 05, 2017

The Greater Irvine Chamber’s Director of Government Affairs, Whit Peterson, joined a group of more than 30 representatives from organizations and businesses throughout Orange County...
California Leads the Way in Innovation

Friday, April 21, 2017

Policymakers are constantly searching for the source of the jobs of the future, and a crystal ball would certainly help them plan ahead to support...
Optimism Soars for Midsize Businesses

Monday, March 27, 2017

Midsize businesses are a critical component of our economy, providing nearly 40 million jobs and 40 percent of America’s GDP. They are yesterday’s small businesses...
Allergan acquires Irvine-based Chase Pharmaceuticals for $125M

Thursday, December 01, 2016

(Source: Orange County Register)  Allergan has acquired Irvine-based Chase Pharmaceuticals for $125 million, the company announced last week. Chase is a clinical stage company focusing on drugs to combat Alzheimer’s...
Edwards in $340M Mitral Device Deal

Thursday, December 01, 2016

(Source: Orange County Business Journal)   Edwards Lifesciences Corp. in Irvine will buy Valtech Cardio Ltd in Or Yehuda, Israel, for $340 million in cash and...
Test Market Opportunity in Hong Kong

Thursday, December 01, 2016

California Corner at Yue Hwa HKG Test Market Program California STEP (State Trade Expansion Program), in cooperation with the U.S. Commercial Service and the Yue Hwa Chinese...
Manufacturing can be a pathway to economic development

Friday, October 14, 2016

Manufacturing — Solano County’s answer to economic growth and job development. Such was the implication at Wednesday’s breakfast gathering of the Solano Economic Development Corporation for...
Wound Device Maker gets $5M

Friday, October 14, 2016

Harbor MedTech Inc. in Irvine raised $5 million in equity funding from three investors as part of an unfinished $8.5 million effort, a regulatory filing...
Consultancy Names Interim CEO

Friday, October 14, 2016

Irvine-based Resources Connection, Inc. named Kate Duchene interim chief executive after the unexpected retirement of Tony Cherbak due to health issues. The company released the...
Irvine Lender’s First Marketing Head

Friday, October 14, 2016

Quick Bridge Funding in Irvine named Lisa Reickerd its first marketing director. Quick Bridge provides short-term loans of up to $200,000 to small and midsized businesses. Reickerd...
First Foundation Buys Branches

Friday, October 14, 2016

Irvine-based First Foundation Inc. has agreed to acquire two Pacific Western Bank branches, located in Laguna Hills and Seal Beach. No loans will transfer to First...
119 OC Firms Make Inc. 5000

Friday, August 26, 2016

(Source: Orange County Business Journal) Orange County placed 119 companies on the Inc. 5000 ranking of the fastest-growing U.S. private companies. A dozen of the firms made...
Irvine-based Lantronix Narrows Loss

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

(Source: Orange County Business Journal)  Irvine-based Lantronix Inc. reported lower net losses in its most recent quarter and year; shares rose 15% after-hours Tuesday but declined...
OCTANe’s Accelerator Program Shows its Chops

Monday, August 22, 2016

(Source: MedCity News) Startups have a burning need to raise money; investors want the best possible returns. The trick is connecting these two groups. In Orange...
Electronics Maker Makes Buy

Monday, August 15, 2016

Infinite RF Holdings Inc. in Irvine bought on undisclosed terms L-Com Inc., a maker of custom computer networking equipment in North Andover, Mass. Infinite RF supplies...
OCTANe in Med Device Pact

Friday, August 05, 2016

(Source: Orange County Business Journal) Aliso Viejo-based OCTANe and the Boston-based Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council will work together to build awareness of emerging med-tech companies...
Venture Captial Investments Rebound in Q2

Thursday, August 04, 2016

(Source: Orange County Business Journal) Venture capital investors plunked down more than $229 million for Orange County high-tech companies in the second quarter, according to a...
Irvine Gets Google Fiber

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

(Orange County Business Journal) Irvine will become the latest U.S. city to feature Google Inc.’s new super-speedy Internet service for businesses and residents—with a caveat: The...
Vizio in $2 Billion Deal

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

(Orange County Business Journal) Irvine-based Vizio Inc. has been acquired for $2 billion by LeEco, a conglomerate based in China. The transaction, expected to close in the...
Edwards Beats Expectations for Q2

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

(Orange County Business Journal) Irvine-based Edwards Lifesciences Corp. surpassed analysts' expectations on second-quarter revenue and profit and hiked its 2016 forecast in a report issued after...
SpaceX Leases Office Space in Irvine

Friday, July 08, 2016

(Source: Daily Breeze) Hawthorne-based SpaceX, Elon Musk’s reusable rocket company, is exploring a new realm as part of its quest to build and launch advanced spacecraft:...
BREXIT: What's It Mean?

Monday, June 27, 2016

By Linda DiMario, Vice President, Irvine Chamber Economic Development & Toursim In an effort to help our businesses understand, manage and mitigate the ripple effects of...
California Economy Third Best In U.S.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

(California Association for Local Economic Development: Excerpted from Boston Business Journal) California’s economy is the third-best in the country, according to a new report from personal...
JWA Traffic Up 8 Percent in April

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

John Wayne Airport passenger traffic increased about 8% in April compared with the same month last year. It served about 891,000 passengers—up from about 826,000 in...
CoreLogic Names New CFO

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Irvine-based CoreLogic Inc. said James Balas is its new Chief Financial Officer. Balas was promoted from controller and principal accounting officer and will replace Frank Martell...
Chapman to Start Comm School

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Chapman University will establish a School of Communication on June 1. The school will be headed by Lisa Sparks, who was appointed inaugural dean by...
Chamber Member Opportunities!

Friday, April 01, 2016

Help a Student Win a Scholarship or Recognize an Irvine/Orange County Company April 15 is more than the traditional tax day. It is also the deadline...
Eureka’s Moment

Monday, March 28, 2016

DEIRDRE NEWMAN - OCBJ  - Entrepreneur Jennifer Bell left a “very toxic relationship” in the middle of a December night in 2014, she said. It was the first...
Freedom to Go to Digital First

Monday, March 21, 2016

MEDIHA DIMARTINO, JERRY SULLIVAN – OCBJ  A bankruptcy judge in Santa Ana this morning approved the sale of Freedom Communications Inc. and its Orange County Register...
Building Engagement for the College of the Future

Monday, March 07, 2016

I've been involved with the Advanced Technology % Education Park (ATEP), a South Orange County Community College District (SOCCD) satellite campus for almost 17 years. The entire process of transitioning part of an aging military base to cilivian.
Career Edge: Tackling the “Soft Skills” Gap

Monday, February 29, 2016

Responding to the expressed needs of our Irvine businesses, the Irvine Chamber, in partnership with University of California Irvine Extension (UCI-EX) and Irvine Valley College (IVC) officially launched Career Edge to help better prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs.
Irvine Mayor Steven S. Choi, Ph.D., Delivers his Fourth State of the City Address

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Mayor Steven S. Choi, Ph.D., delivered his fourth State of the City Address. Topics included the  688 acres at the Orange County Great Park that are being developed, the strong financial position of the City of Irvine; a robust business economy; a newly formed tech advisory group; and renewed City Council direct financial support of Irvine public schools.
Software Maker Plans to Hire 200

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Smart Utility Systems today announced plans to add 200 workers this year at its new headquarters in Irvine and an international expansion plan with new offices in Asia.
$3M Grant for CSUF

Monday, January 25, 2016

Cal State Fullerton has been awarded a $3 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to continue its scholar program in stem cell research and regenerative medicine.
Mazda Set To Relocate North American Headquarters in 2017

Monday, January 11, 2016

Effective February, 2017 MNAO will continue its 30-year residency in Irvine, Calif. as it looks to move to an all-new state-of-the-art facility at 200 Spectrum Center Drive, as a result of a 10-year lease announced today.
Tallia Hart Named to Executive Position!

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Tallia Hart, president and CEO of the Chamber, was selected to serve as vice chair on the executive committee of the Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.) for the 2016 program year and chair of the 2017 W.A.C.E. annual conference to be held in LA.  In addition, Hart was named....
OCTANe Announces Expanded Scope of LaunchPad™ SBDC Program

Thursday, November 05, 2015

OCTANe, the Orange County business development accelerator dedicated to driving technology industry growth and innovation by connecting ideas and people with resources and capital, today announced at its Medical Device & Investor Forum (MDIF) the expansion of its LaunchPad program to further OCTANe-­supported companies’ growth through operational execution.
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Thursday, October 06, 2016

JWA Traffic Up 8 Percent in April

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

John Wayne Airport passenger traffic increased about 8% in April compared with the same month last year. It served about 891,000 passengers—up from about 826,000 in...
Irvine's Economic Success Story

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

“Irvine has a healthy economic ecosystem, which is something every city needs in order to continue to thrive,” says Tallia Hart, President and CEO of...