Orange County Business Journal

OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Hotel Room Count Stable; Renovations Take Stage

Jobs Up 1.1% To 13,789 at Top 50

The number of rooms at the biggest hotels in Orange County hardly changed over the past year, but a significant portion of them got new looks, thanks to renovations at several of the market’s best-known establishments.

Spec Office Developers Take Varied Approaches

Low-Rise, Creative Re-Use Planned Alongside Towers

Orange County developers are taking varied approaches to speculative office developments in the improving local economy, including a cautious approach on ground-up projects.

Office Market Gets Healthier in Q1

The Orange County office market, paced by the accelerating Greater Airport Area, is returning to prerecession peaks by all key measures.

Industrial Market Shows Strength

The Orange County industrial market got off to a good start this year after experiencing a sluggish year-end, posting positive net absorption of 690,726 square feet following a sluggish finish to 2014.

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Protein Powers Sales as Meal-Substitute Demand Grows

Several Inspired By Desire For Healthier Products

Fitness-focused small business abounds in Orange County, and protein is a particular emphasis.

Ex-Franchised Burger Joint Catches Wave as Indie

Mom-and-Pop Shop Serves Basics Like the Big Guys

You’ve heard about the entrepreneur who buys a franchise and grows a business as part of a larger system.

Security Bigger Part of CFO Role as Big Data Grows

Trend Affects Company Image, Viability, Execs Say

Chief financial officers are increasingly becoming an essential part of the conversation about data security, a topic much discussed today as businesses rely more on collection and analysis of “big data” for various aspects of their operations.

Q&A

The Business Journal’s Jane Yu asked a group of local chief financial officers how they perceive their roles in building corporate culture. The CFOs also discuss factors about Orange County that have an impact on the development of culture. Edited excerpts of their responses follow.

Ad Agencies Top $1 Billion, Led by Gains at Top

Newcomers Help Boost List’s Total, Account for 40%

Orange County’s largest advertising agencies posted an estimated 9% gain in revenue last year, enough to push the group over the $1 billion benchmark.

Printers Reach Beyond Paper, Ink for Revenue Gains

Use of Data to Help Clients Refine Targets One Key

The largest commercial printers based in Orange County combined for $585 million in revenue last year, a 7.5% increase from their total in 2013.