Greater Irvine Chamber Primary Research Affirms City’s Business Strength

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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Conducting primary research on behalf of the Greater Irvine Chamber, 57 Chamber member volunteers visited more than 300 Irvine businesses during the April Business Outreach Rally. The volunteers conducted a survey to identify challenges that Irvine businesses face, and provided copies of the Business Outreach Resource Guide, which features information about support resources offered through the Chamber and its partner organizations.

Out of the businesses surveyed, a majority reported that they either exceeded or met their business performance goals. The top two challenges that the surveyed businesses face are talent attraction and sales. Of the businesses surveyed, more than 65 percent are headquartered in Irvine.

April’s Business Outreach Rally was led in activity by volunteer team Scott Jackson, Joe Alvarez, and Mathew Sipes who submitted the most surveys.

April 24, 2018 Business Outreach Rally volunteers:

Gary Abraham, Aspect Real Estate Partners, Inc.

Joe Alvarez, Cybersecurity & Cost Management Group

Jeannine Arrington, LegalShield

Vivian Atkinson, Express Employment Professionals

Cynthia Barry, CBE Office Solutions 

Giselle Baumet, Aspect Real Estate Partners, Inc.

Dan Biedscheid, Umpqua Bank

David Blair, Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast

Tara Bokosky, Tax and Financial Group

Jamie Cansler, Council on Aging Southern California

Tom Choi, Edward Jones

Joanna Correa, Merrill Lynch MGC Group

Cindy Denkins, Webster University

Rina Durfee, Express Employment Professionals

Ailene Dewar, Oasis, A Paychex Company

Lorie Eber, Lorie Eber Wellness Coaching

Emma Evans, City of Irvine

Ben Farzaneh, National Tax Aid

Ray Ghamsari, California Diversified Insurance Services

David Girty, Aspect Real Estate Partners, Inc.

Sara Hashimi, Kyocera

Gene Hsu, EME China Consultants

Scott Jackson, CPS Employer Benefits

Sharon Jakubecy, Klehm Alexander Technique OC

Kathy Jimenez, Advantis Insurance Services

Saeed Kameli, Aspect Real Estate Partners, Inc.

Geoff Lau, Beyond - Business Tools & Services

Daniel Lee, U.S. Congresswoman Katie Porter’s Office

Nina Li, Nina Li Realty

Jessica Long, Merrill Lynch MGC Group

Thomas Lotts, The Lotts Agency

Erika Mendez, Virscend University

Alyssa Mize, DoubleTree by Hilton Irvine Spectrum

Wafa (Alex) Moses, WME Int'l Inc. Part of Elite Group of Companies

Karen Nelson, TAD Travel Services

Ken Nguyen, GYMGUYZ Irvine Spectrum

Elizabeth Park, AC Hotel Irvine

Cappi Pidwell, Mindset Mastery

Ana Pineda, AC Hotel Irvine

Willie Pyle, Aspect Real Estate Partners, Inc.

Claudia Rajo, Express Employment Professionals

Rob Rowan, Orange County Commercial Real Estate

Sabrina Schroeter, DoubleTree by Hilton Irvine Spec

Eric Shurter, Virscend University

Larry Sims, Providential Enterprise

Matthew Sipes, Enterprise Data Solutions

Bryan Starr, Greater Irvine Chamber

John Styskal, Kinley & Styskal

Dave Stassel, Aspect Real Estate Partners, Inc.

Johnny Tai, Mueller Prost

Aaron Trimble, Smile Ventures, LLC.

Sixto Villacorta, Umpqua Bank

Steve Watson, Enterprise Data Solutions

Angela Wise, Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire

Dr. Janet Woods, Irvine Rotary Club

Steve Zaldin, Kyocera

Wenjia Zong, LIMVI Studio

Over the past four years, the award-winning Business Outreach Rally has introduced more than 2,500 Irvine businesses to resources available through the Greater Irvine Chamber, thanks to dedicated Chamber member volunteers.

For more information about Business Outreach Rally, contact Pepper Russell

Category: Chamber News, Economic News, Business News