OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Hotel Construction Mostly Small World for Meetings

Properties Coming Soon For Smaller, Local ClientsLocal data show at least eight Orange County hotel projects are under way, several that are scheduled to open in the next six months, and most notable for something they’ll have in smaller amounts than just about any property in OC: meeting space.

Downey’s Flying High Again After C&D Aerospace

AEROSPACE: EnCore Group ‘has that same flavor’

The seat-manufacturing unit of Huntington Beach-based EnCore Group has lined up three launch customers as it awaits clearance for one of the toughest certification approvals in aviation.

What a Difference a Year Makes at Agency Rauxa

MARKETING: New clients, innovations help double sales

Rauxa is rising. The Costa Mesa-based tech-driven marketing agency—reporting a 90% jump in revenue over 2015—debuted at No. 5 on this year’s Business Journal list of the fastest-growing large private companies in Orange County. Quite the leap, especially for an 18-year-old company.

Private Cos. Grow 2-Year Sales 90%, Top $19B

This Year’s Ranks Led by the ‘Big As’ Grew Jobs 30%

In life, in lists, it’s rough to do apples-to-apples comparisons. In culling our weekly lists of every business silo and subsilo, of firms of all ownership forms and makeups, we have several goals: to compile as comprehensive and accurate a roster as possible; to produce features on the best and the brazen; and to analyze beyond a comparison of numbers. As an editor wrote one sentence ago, “It’s very difficult to do apples-to-apples comparisons.”

Medical Wearables Converge With Consumer Products

Patient-Centered Approach Drives Mobility Surge

Last year’s wearable-technology market was valued at just over $13.2 billion, according to healthcare research firm Kalorama Information, a division of Market Research Group LLC in Rockville, Md. That’s projected to triple by 2020.

OC-Based Drugmakers Increase Employment 3%

Allergan Still No. 1; Dendreon Joins List

The biggest drugmakers with headquarters or significant operations in Orange County employed 2,861 here at the close of the year ended July 30, up nearly 3% from a year earlier.

Adoptee Inspired to Help Nonprofit Groups Succeed

Gratitude Channeled Into Money-Saving Enterprise

It’s a story that could have had an entirely different ending.

Expanded Offices Help Bar Group Serve More Kids

Also Wants To Raise Cash For Expanded Programs

The Orange County Bar Foundation began nearly 50 years ago with the sole purpose of raising funds for a law library. It evolved into a way for the business and law communities to help at-risk youth, and a new building it acquired this year is enabling it to serve more of them.

New Rankings Based on OC Charitable Giving

Argyros Tops Privates, Wells Fargo Corporate

For this year’s philanthropy lists, the Business Journal ranked both corporate and private foundations by the amounts they gave to Orange County charities, instead of by total giving. The criteria include that the foundation is either headquartered here in OC, focuses a significant amount of its giving on OC charities, or that a principal lives here. Giving, in and of itself, can be volatile and fluctuate from year to year.

Charity-Company Connector Helps Firms Give Back

OneOC Aligns Their Values With Complementary Causes

Nestled on a tree-lined street in an unassuming 1970s-era building in Santa Ana resides Orange County’s most prolific matchmaker.

PHILANTHROPY

More than 700 supporters gathered on July 13 at the Free Wheelchair Mission’s annual Miracle of Mobility gala. The evening netted more than $1.5 million.

Startups Build OC Into Front in Cybersecurity War

Obsidian, Veracity, Others Step Into Breach for Firms

Early this year, Glenn Chisholm was contemplating leaving the chief technology officer role at security software maker Cylance Inc. in Irvine.

OC’s Top Software Firms Added Jobs, Grew Ranks

Six List Newcomers in Hot Spaces: AI, Gaming

A mix of new and established companies helped Orange County post solid job growth in the software sector for the second consecutive year.

Garden Grove Plots Ambitious Hotel Growth Plan

Projects Could Grow Bed Taxes by 21% in 5 Years

Garden Grove economic development officials promote their city in marketing materials as “Southern California’s undiscovered jewel.”

Startups See Room for Improvement in Office Sector

Say Tech Streamlines, Increases Buys, Sales

Two Orange County tech startups are helping lead the way in bringing the small-business segment of the commercial real estate industry into the modern age.

Landlords Own Office Market But Rate Hikes Should Ease

Orange County office market favors landlords due to the low availability rate. Though strong employment growth here had been a boon for leasing for much of the cycle, it recently tapered significantly due to low unemployment rates.

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