Orange County Business Journal

SPECIAL REPORTS

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Firm Expects Business Boost From Healthcare Reform

Boutwell Fay Specializes In Employee Benefits Law

Legal work related to healthcare reform has been taking up a growing share of business at Boutwell Fay LLP, an employee-benefits specialist whose partners said they expect the trend to strengthen through 2014 as various parts of the Affordable Care Act take effect.

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Firms Continue Attorney Cutbacks, Combine for 2% Dip

30 of Largest Firms Trim Their Orange County Ranks

Orange County’s largest law firms trimmed their workforces last year, marking the second straight year of modest cuts in the number of lawyers here. Includes the 2014 OC's LARGEST LAW FIRMS list for download (pdf)

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Visitor Bureau Head Builds Staff to Build Business

Prepares for New Hotels, Convention Center Growth

Jay Burress is just shy of a year on the job heading up the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau, but he’s already made a splash with a retool of its sales force.

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Q&A - Executives Talk Technology

Technology continues to change and improve, and everyone from meeting planners to hoteliers to destination marketing organizations is taking advantage of it to remain competitive, retain existing clients, or book new groups.

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Irvine’s Hotel Pipeline Fills Up in New Year

Its Hotel Room Count Could Grow By About 25%

A hotel development push in Irvine is under way as the city aims to grab a larger slice of Orange County’s business and tourism travel.

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Hoteliers, Meeting Venues Regain Advantage in Upturn

Hold More Leverage in Negotiations on Rates

The outlook for the hotel and meetings business continues to shine bright into the new year. Includes the 2014 OC's HOTEL MEETING ROOM SPACE list for download (pdf)

Will OC Economy Go From Good to Great?

ECONOMY: Potential for gain; post-recession mindset required

Orange County’s economy looks good as it heads into 2014.

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2014 Preview: TECHNOLOGY

Cloud spending, including services and data center infrastructure, will surge 25% in 2014, topping $100 billion.

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2014 Preview: REAL ESTATE

Developers involved with converting Orange County’s two big former military bases into commercial projects finally look likely to put the remnants of the last downturn behind them.

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2014 Preview: HOTELS & TOURISM

It should be a healthy year for Orange County hotels.

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2014 Preview: HEALTHCARE

Orange County’s 2014 healthcare news is likely to continue to have a hospital flavor as healthcare reform begins its first full year of operation.

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2014 Preview: FINANCE

Banks may face “fiercer” competition in 2014 as an improving economy fuels more business spending.

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2014 Preview: RETAIL & APPAREL

Cool logos on T-shirts helped shape many action-sports companies here—and that’s still big business—but pressures from street and fast-fashion brands will remain hurdles for companies looking to break out of the “core” market and compete globally.

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2014 Preview: RESTAURANTS

Fast casual.

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2014 Preview: MARKETING & MEDIA

Orange County marketers will no doubt continue to increase their focus on digital marketing to connect with consumers who are increasingly tethered to their smartphones.