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.

Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright, Mostly Oil at Midnight

Mortgage Broker Plans Offerings for a Lifetime

One old entrepreneur story has it that someone who knows nothing about an industry launches a venture, buys a fictitious-business name filing published in a favorite local business journal, and with some unsexy stuff in-between, is eventually visited by success, snagging a slew of small-business honors, buying a Revero, then doing it all over again. Alex Chen is doing it all wrong.

Cornering Groceries: Cut-Rate Food Stuff of Opportunity

Selling Entrepreneurs On ‘Extreme Discount’

“I’d rather work a hundred hours for myself than 40 hours for someone else,” says Ryan Stack.

Surge in Hotel Renovations Hits Meetings, Events

From New Towers to New Tastes, Hotels Spruce Up

Renovation has come to the fore among local hotels as construction slowed last year and several prominent redo projects concluded or are scheduled to debut.


The Business Journal’s Paul Hughes asked local hoteliers to talk about something in the meetings and conventions arena that they chose not to pursue last year due to limited time, talent or resources—and about those projects that they did pursue to enhance events.

Events Put Heads in Beds, Restaurants, Cars, Semis

Growth Headed to OC Will ‘Touch ‘em All’

It’s a hospitality industry truism: heads in beds.

Little Change in Meeting Space Last Year, Lots in Focus

Events Digs Make Splash as SF Up 2.1%

Meeting space is what the community of business is, at least for the 52 hotels on this week’s list.

Local CFOs Weigh in on New Tax Law

While much of the rest of the U.S. business community is celebrating the new tax law, owners and executives at certain California businesses are groaning and scrambling to talk to their tax experts.

A CPA’s Advice for CFOs

Vic Hausmaninger, founding partner of HBLA CPAs Inc. of Irvine, talked often last year with Business Journal Financial Editor Peter J. Brennan about the proposed tax bill. Hausmaninger wrote the following on what chief financial officers and other C-level executives should consider:

Nonprofit CFO Looks for Assets With Potential

Community Foundation Different Than a Business

On a recent weekday in December, Tracy Branson visited a home in Huntington Beach to prep it for sale and look for a real estate agent. She estimated the house would fetch between $600,000 and $700,000.

Tustin Legacy Takes Center Stage

Office, Retail, Other Projects Could Top 3M SF

If you pull up a map of Orange County on Google Earth and zoom into the region’s center, you’ll find yourself staring at the Tustin Legacy development.

Office Rents Grow With New Properties, Upgrades

New product and reinvestments made to existing buildings drove rental rate growth in the office market. As occupiers focus less on cost analyses and more on recruiting, labor retention and employee well-being, state-of-the-art and upgraded product is vital.

Retail Vacancy Shrinks With Robust Leasing

The Orange County region concluded the third quarter with overall favorable market fundamentals and strong retail demand, despite big-box changes and uncertainty in the retail climate.

Big Industrial Deals Offset Vacancy

Orange County’s industrial market hit the preverbal low point of the year with a handful of small but influential tenant vacancies negatively impacting occupancy gains. But they were softened by several other large deals, helping to keep activity on par with the previous quarter.


When businesses began budgeting for 2017 a year ago, few foresaw the dramatic economic effect of Donald Trump’s election to the White House.

Credit Unions Boom Again With 10% Asset Growth

Increase Tops 10% For First Time in Decade

Orange County’s credit unions are back to growing assets by double-digit percentages.