Orange County Business Journal

OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Visitor Groups Rebrand for Business, Leisure, More

Changes Mirror National Trends, Cast Wider NetWhat’s in a name? A lot more than before for Orange County business and tourist groups.

By Paul Hughes August 11, 2014 midnight   $$ Share

Manufacturers That Survived Storm on Path of Growth

Expanding Local Plants, Adding Training Facilities

Manufacturing in Orange County is in growth mode, with many local companies—those that have weathered the recession and managed to notch consistent business gains—making investments in facility expansions and upgrading their training resources.

Companies Look to New Generation for Future

Recovery Growth, Offshore Jobs Return, Spur Hunt

Manufacturing companies and industry organizations are aggressively searching for young talent, with schools and businesses coming together to showcase advanced technologies and provide opportunities for hands-on work experience.

MBA Programs Combine To Post 11% Decrease

Trend Comes With Economic Recovery

Enrollment in master of business administration programs serving Orange County fell 11% over the past year while the number of graduations was up at some schools.

Colleges Increasingly Engage Companies on Business

Research Meets Real Life In Industry Applications

The ivory tower is lowering the drawbridge as Orange County’s college campuses more directly connect their research and education efforts with business concerns.

Higher Ed Nonprofit Efforts Span County, Globe

EDUCATION: Research, Charity, Social Change Programs Up

Some of the smaller colleges and universities in Orange County are increasing nonprofit work, ranging from research and study—already within the scope of a school—to local charitable efforts and global social change.

OC Law Schools Up ABA Ante, Raise Bar on Skills

Further Integrate ‘Practice Ready’ Trend in Training

The “practice-ready” trend in law schools that began taking shape locally last year heated up this summer when the American Bar Association House of Delegates revised its Standard 303 to increase the number of credit hours.

Insurance Brokers Notch 8.6% Revenue Jump in 2013

Firms Benefit From Brighter Economy’s Boost to Clients

Orange County’s top insurance brokers picked up the pace in growing their revenues last year, benefiting in part from a generally improved economy that helped boost business prospects for their clients.

Rebranding Puts Consulting Firm on Path of Growth

Says Unique Identity Makes It Stand Out From Crowd

Stantec Consulting Services Inc. was able to put its best foot forward when competing for business this year, thanks to a major rebranding effort initiated by its parent, Stantec Inc. in Edmonton, Canada.

Focus on Wireless Networks Looks Like Good Call

Rome & Associates Built On Telecommunications Work

Jeffrey Rome never thought when he got his degree in architecture that he’d spend most of his time designing wireless networks. Now, some 24 years later, 90% of billings at his Jeffrey Rome & Associates Inc. firm come from projects for major telecommunications companies such as AT&T, Crown Castle International Corp. and Verizon.

Architecture Firms’ Billings Up, Jobs About Flat

Combine For 1% Jump To $417 Million Locally

Orange County’s architecture firms combined for a 1.6% increase in local billings, modest growth after last year’s 13% surge.

Engineering Firms’ Revenues Drop After 3-Year Jump

39 Bring in $2.8 Billion In OC-Generated Billings

The top engineering firms with headquarters or significant operations in Orange County ended a three-year streak of gains with a 1.5% drop in local billings during the 12-month period ending June 30.

Conditions Drove Contractor’s Meteoric Trajectory

Driver Urban’s Revenue Jumped 25,402% to $131.3M

Driver Urban had three things working for it in 2012 when it spun off from a large construction company—it entered the marketplace at the right time, at the right price, and with the right expertise.

Growth By Design

Alternative Lender Translates Conditions Into 2,236% Revenue Jump

Growth for Quick Bridge Funding LLC was fast but not too fast.

Serial Entrepreneur Went Big With Equipment Rentals

BigRentz.com on 1,268% Growth Spurt to $15M

Starting BigRentz.com was a no-brainer for Chief Executive Dallas Imbimbo.

Little Big List

$4.3B Revenue Increase Spread Over 13 Largest Fast Growers

Far fewer but much bigger. That’s one way to sum up the biggest of the fastest-growing private companies based in Orange County—13 companies that combined for $16.1 billion in revenue, a 37% jump.