Greater Irvine Chamber Conducts Research to Assist Life Science Vertical

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

With 484 life science companies including Allergan, B. Braun Medical, Edwards Lifesciences, Masimo, and Pfizer to name a few, Irvine is the main driver of economic growth in this prominent industry cluster. In order to better understand the needs of the life sciences industry, the Greater Irvine Chamber has connected with decision makers throughout the business landscape and provided resources to help businesses thrive.

In its eighth Business Outreach Rally, the Chamber on Oct. 25 dispatched 38 member volunteers to visit 220 Irvine businesses with the goal of discovering the challenges they face and to provide the Business Outreach Resource Guide which features information about support resources offered through the Chamber and its partner organizations.

A majority of the businesses surveyed revealed they either met or exceeded expectations for this year’s business performance. However, based on the more than 100 surveys completed through this primary research, respondents indicated that their biggest challenges continue to be improving sales, competition, talent attraction and retention, regulations, taxes, and labor costs. Chamber staff will follow-up with respondents and offer specific resources to help them mitigate these challenges.

The Chamber’s Economic Vitality Council will do a deep dive and analyze the data to develop an action plan to assist the life science vertical.

Thanks to the commitment of Chamber members, over the past four years more than 2,000 Irvine businesses have been introduced to the business resources available through the Greater Irvine Chamber. October’s Business Outreach Rally was led in activity by two volunteer teams: Gary Abraham and Willie Pyle who made the most contacts with local businesses, and Kaylen Munier and Siegfried Kukier, who submitted the most surveys.

October 25, 2017 Business Outreach Rally volunteers:

Gary Abraham, Aspect Real Estate Partners, Inc.
Jesse Alunan, Better Outsource
Jeannine Arrington, Jeannine Arrington-Legal Shield
Cynthia Barry, CBE Office Solutions
Ken Beyers, SFIS
Josh Burkhart, Big Fish Payroll Services
Sharon Cellers, Farmers & Merchants Bank
Jennifer Cross, First Foundation Bank
Bill Cunningham, BERT/Emergalink
Rodrigo Dominguez, Rodrigo Dominguez-Marsh & McLennan Agency
Jacob Everts, Solar Box
Rina Durfee, Express Employment Professionals
Kelli Fontana, Cox Business
David Girty, Aspect Real Estate Partners, Inc.
Donn Grizzle, Credit Union of Southern California
Sarah Hashimi, SRIFS
Vanessa Hastings, H&R Block Tax Services
Spencer Ingram, Cushman & Wakefield
Sigfried Kukier, Siegfried Kukier-Kyocera Document Solutions
Andy Lee, Shulman Hodges & Bastian LLP
Dawna Lee, Wyndham Irvine
Thomas Lotts, The Lotts Agency
Karen Maldonado, IES Commercial
Kaylen Meunier, Kaylen Meunier-Keller Williams
Brian Montes, KEB Business Consultants
Leila Mozaffari, RSCCD
Jennifer Oswald, Eagle Home Mortgage
Roshni Patel, Atrium Hotel
Willie Pyle, Aspect Real Estate Partners, Inc.
Andrea Russell, Harvard Risk Management
Jacqueline Simpson, Keller Williams Realty Irvine
Gurkan Suzer, Trelodex
Jarrod Walters, Solar Box
Tanya Weinheimer, Insight Accounting LLP
Jonny Witkin, JWMS-Outsourced CFO
Nathaniel Wright, Farmers & Merchants Bank
Jessie Zhang, East & West Cupid

For more information about business outreach, contact Pepper Russell.

For more information about the Greater Irvine Chamber, visit

Category: Chamber News, Economic Development