OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Chapman: Engineering School to Be Business Boon

Commitment Over Beer Helped Make It Happen

Chapman University alumnus Dale Fowler and his wife, Sarah Ann, were hosting Chapman President Daniele Struppa and his wife, Lisa Sparks, dean of the university’s School of Communication, at Lismore Castle in southern Ireland in July 2016. While sitting in the ancient rooms in the shadow of portraits of esteemed scientists, such as Robert Boyle, the couples shared a pint of Guinness as they talked about Chapman’s future.

Program to Help Grads Help Firms Lead on Innovation

UCI Retools MBA Courses To Answer Disruption Trend

Disruptive innovation has been called the most influential business idea of the early 21st century.

Concordia Classroom Configuration Addresses Trend

Ed Classes’ Flex Seating Mirrors Real World

Walk into one particular School of Education classroom at Concordia University Irvine, and this is what you’ll see: individual student seats that have six wheels on a wide, round base, a type of seating that allows them to swivel and be arranged in various configurations. It’s key in what’s known as an active-learning classroom.

Total SoCal MBA Enrollees Down Slightly

Competition for Students Results in Fewer Applications

Southern California schools with MBA programs showed a slight decrease in the number of Southern California enrollees, down about 2% from a year ago, based on the Business Journal’s annual survey. The number of enrollees dropped from 12,418 in September 2016 to 12,171 last month. It was a smaller drop than that reflected on last year’s list, when there was an approximate 6% change from September 2015 to September 2016.

At the Top of a Not-So-Boring Billion-Dollar Business

Alliant Now 12th Largest Insurance Broker in World

Tom Corbett says people often consider his business dull.

Insurance Brokers Average 7.8% Rise in OC Revenue

25 Firms Report Strong Growth for Fifth Year

Orange County’s largest insurance brokerages continued solid growth as local revenue climbed above 7% for the fifth straight year.

Alliant CEO Talks Rate Hikes, Other Insurance Issues

The recent hurricanes that hit Texas and Florida may cause a 5% to 10% bump in premiums during the next 18 months, predicted Tom Corbett, chief executive of Alliant Insurance Services Inc., the biggest insurance broker in Orange County.

Architecture Firms Finding Work Outside of OC

Firmwide Billings Climb At Faster Pace than Local

Orange County’s architecture firms reported they’re growing their business faster outside the county.

Engineering Firms’ Local Billings Increase 6.2%

AECOM, Arcadis, Jacobs Experience Good Years

Orange County’s top engineering firms reported a 6.2% rise in OC billings to $1.6 billion.

Downey’s Flying High Again After C&D Aerospace

AEROSPACE: EnCore Group ‘has that same flavor’

The seat-manufacturing unit of Huntington Beach-based EnCore Group has lined up three launch customers as it awaits clearance for one of the toughest certification approvals in aviation.

What a Difference a Year Makes at Agency Rauxa

MARKETING: New clients, innovations help double sales

Rauxa is rising. The Costa Mesa-based tech-driven marketing agency—reporting a 90% jump in revenue over 2015—debuted at No. 5 on this year’s Business Journal list of the fastest-growing large private companies in Orange County. Quite the leap, especially for an 18-year-old company.

Private Cos. Grow 2-Year Sales 90%, Top $19B

This Year’s Ranks Led by the ‘Big As’ Grew Jobs 30%

In life, in lists, it’s rough to do apples-to-apples comparisons. In culling our weekly lists of every business silo and subsilo, of firms of all ownership forms and makeups, we have several goals: to compile as comprehensive and accurate a roster as possible; to produce features on the best and the brazen; and to analyze beyond a comparison of numbers. As an editor wrote one sentence ago, “It’s very difficult to do apples-to-apples comparisons.”

Medical Wearables Converge With Consumer Products

Patient-Centered Approach Drives Mobility Surge

Last year’s wearable-technology market was valued at just over $13.2 billion, according to healthcare research firm Kalorama Information, a division of Market Research Group LLC in Rockville, Md. That’s projected to triple by 2020.

OC-Based Drugmakers Increase Employment 3%

Allergan Still No. 1; Dendreon Joins List

The biggest drugmakers with headquarters or significant operations in Orange County employed 2,861 here at the close of the year ended July 30, up nearly 3% from a year earlier.

Adoptee Inspired to Help Nonprofit Groups Succeed

Gratitude Channeled Into Money-Saving Enterprise

It’s a story that could have had an entirely different ending.