Bred for the Business, Russ Bendel’s on a Roll

Neighbors Make Eateries ‘Weekly Places to Go’How do you grow a local restaurant empire? For Russ Bendel, one restaurant and one community at a time.

Regulatory Filings Reveal Hidden Legal Stories

Publicly traded corporations are often involved in lawsuits that stay under the radar, yet involve large amounts of money, not to mention the time of well-compensated executives.

Editor’s Note: Civic 50 Cos. Set OC Community Stewardship Standard

For the second year, the Business Journal in partnership with OneOC presents the Civic 50 Orange County, recognizing the 50 most community-minded small, medium and large companies here. The honorees provide a local standard for corporate social citizenship and a roadmap for turning good intentions into sound business practices.

50 Honorees, 8 Awards on 2nd Civic 50 OC

Giving Works in Many Ways—Witness These

Young Carson Kropfl recently spoke at my Chapman University journalism class. You may know Carson; when the San Clemente resident was 11, he created and later patented a nonfolding skateboard that fits into a school locker and snugly into a backpack—a good enough market and message that Richard Branson had to outbid Mark Cuban on “Shark Tank” to buy 20% of Carson’s company, Locker Board.

BofA’s Outreach Based on Connection

Encourages Employees To Take the Lead on Projects

Bank of America’s Orange County community outreach efforts are so vast that it’s hard to encapsulate them in a concise way. You’ll find it simultaneously delivering financial education to military veterans while also committing billions to help accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy and making sure people with disabilities have access to advocacy, employment and support.

Employee Purpose at PIMCO: Give, Act, Advocate

Efforts Help Many Causes Achieve Max Optimization

In 2014, the Boys & Girls Club of Central Orange Coast created pilot program College Bound to introduce club members to the idea of attending college. Many came from families whose idea of a college education was a dream rather than a given. They were smart, though, hard-working and capable. With the right support, including one-on-one case management, there might be no stopping them.

Firm Demonstrates Its Values Through Action

KPMG Programs Seek To Boost Youth, Their Places

Poet Maya Angelou wrote that, “When people show you who they are, believe them.” What better way to show the world who you are than through action?

EY Employees Use Skills to Build Better World

Firm Treats Recipients Of Its Aid Like Clients

Helping solve the world’s complex challenges is at the heart of Ernst & Young LLP’s approach to corporate responsibility.

Law Firm Leverages Experience for Those in Need

Philanthropic Work Goes Beyond Just Pro-Bono

O’Melveny & Myers LLP might seem at first blush like a law firm a Netflix show could be centered on, with plotlines of interoffice dealings and palace intrigue. It’s in one of the best spots in Orange County—a Newport Beach tower next to the Fashion Island mall granting views of the ocean—and is filled with dynamic people whose energy is palpable the minute a visitor arrives.

Clearinghouse Operates Business of Doing Good

B Corp Lender Must Give Back to Maintain Its Cert.

In essay “In the ‘People Business’: A Call for Interdependence” Clearinghouse CDFI President and Chief Executive Doug Bystry wrote as his final point, “What we build in our minds is just as important as what we build with our hands.”

Good Citizens, Good Co. Make Great Community

Founding Father Set Giving-Back Philosophy

One of the commonalities among companies with a philanthropic perspective seems to be that they place employee well-being at the top of their priorities, particularly their purpose and fulfillment. Fluidmaster Inc. says it’s embraced that idea since its 1957 inception.

College Admissions Counselor Reaches for More

Post-Buy, Looks Overseas; Invests in M. Obama Cause

Collegewise is reaching higher one year after being acquired by Singapore-based A-Star Education Holdings, formerly ChangedEDU Holdings, for an undisclosed sum.

Local MBA Enrollment Reflects US Decline

6.5% Drop Steeper As Intl. Schools Take Share

Enrollment in area schools MBA programs fell in the 12 months ended Sept. 30.

Vanguard Sows Seeds of ‘Greatness’ With Expansion

Christian School Starts Building Out Master Plan

Nearly 300 people gathered on Vanguard University’s 40-acre campus for the recent groundbreaking of its $10.4 million student center, which will take on the Spanish Mission-style look of its newer buildings and replace an existing cafe and bookstore.

First Community Colleges List Shows Flat Enrollment

About 230K Students At Schools on Directory

This year marks the debut of the Business Journal’s list of OC community colleges, which features enrollment in the 12 months ending on Sept. 30.

How Much Will Local Insurance Premiums Rise?

Employers Seek More Benefits to Lure Talent

Employers are beefing up benefits, such as expanded life insurance and improved disability and supplemental benefits for critical illnesses, disabilities and even identify theft.