OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Stance Adds Fintech To Move Checkout Lines

APPAREL: Retailer puts ‘disruptive DNA’ into stores

Stance Inc. wants to make standing in line a distant memory at its retail shops.

Premier Business Centers Tops in Co-Working in OC

REAL ESTATE: Bascom unit has 15 OC sites, 277K SF

Premier Business Centers doesn’t have the Wall Street buzz WeWork Inc. does or brand-new locations in some of Orange County’s recently built or redesigned office developments like some other co-working peers, such as Spaces.

Industrial Market Gets Infusion of Needed New Blood

Industrial Pipeline Biggest It Has Been Here in Years

There are signs of life for development in Orange County’s aging industrial market.

Irvine Office Projects Dominate OC Development

4M SF of New Ones Opened Here in Past Year

Orange County’s commercial development community was buoyed over the year ended April 30 by a surge of office openings, primarily in Irvine, the country’s biggest office market.

Construction Firms Report Solid Gains; 10-Year High

$9.1B in Commercial Work By Local Offices

Orange County’s largest commercial construction companies defied some worrisome regional trends to post their best revenue year in a decade.

5 Offices in Aliso Viejo’s Summit Sell for $150M+

REAL ESTATE: 1st direct OC investment for Rockpoint

A deep-pocketed Boston-based real estate investor has bought five offices in Aliso Viejo in what looks to be the priciest commercial property transaction in Orange County so far this year.

Q & A

Advice from OC Financial Advisers

More than 1,000 financial advisers work in Orange County, spread across more than 100 financial firms. Some trade stock for broker dealers. Some provide advice, along with insurance. Some are registered investment advisers, also known as RIAs, providing only investment advice. And others offer a combination of all services.

What is an RIA?

The financial world is in an ongoing contentious debate—escalated by recently enacted regulations on fiduciaries—about the definition of a registered investment adviser versus an investment adviser who may also sell stocks and/or insurance.

OC, Home to Pimco, Has Hidden Money Managers

Some Firms Stay Under Radar as Assets Swell

Orange County is home to a number of famous financial firms, including Pacific Investment Management Co. and Pacific Alternate Asset Management Co.

Broker-Dealers Grow Representatives Staff 2.6%

Firms Adapt to Trends, Including Robo Rivals

While the talk on Wall Street is about a decline in the number of stockbrokers, Orange County’s largest broker-dealers are coping.

VC Firms Reduce OC Investments 22% to $65.1M

Execs Say They’re Still Bullish on Local Startups

Venture capital firms based in Orange County decreased their local investments last year by about 22%.

New Business Journal List Highlights RIAs

Independent Wealth Managers Surging

The Business Journal is introducing a new list this week showing large or better-known registered investment advisers, also known as RIAs.

Hospitality Guides: Hotels Help, Helped By, Schools

Irvine Co. Big Man On Training Campuses

No one sits at Pelican Hill—well, no one who works there does.

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Q & A

The Business Journal’s Paul Hughes asked hospitality companies and academic programs they work with about formal, systemic efforts properties take to recruit, hire, train and advance personnel—including technical staff, line workers and executives.

Economics, Expansion Drive Hotel Renovations

Still-Rising Tourism Tide Lifts OC Resorts’ Boats

Sometimes, it’s just time. Hotels and resorts refresh their looks about every seven to 10 years as styles change in “linens and lotions” and as food and beverage and design trends emerge, even in the kinds of cocktails crafted for travelers.