Orange County Business Journal


More is More for Home-Focused Franchiser in Orange

If it’s good-to-great to run a business, think what it’s like when yours helps a thousand other people run theirs.

By Paul Hughes May 1, 2017 midnight share »

Local Motion

HFC’s work taps its OC home base in more ways than one.

May 1, 2017 midnight share »

Home Economics

Data from Entrepreneur magazine in Irvine and franchise disclosure documents show HFC’s three concepts combined have about 1,300 franchises: 84% are Budget Blinds, 14% Tailored Living, 2% Concrete Craft.

May 1, 2017 midnight share »

SBA Loan Value Soars 40% at 30 Largest Lenders

Small Business Administration lending in Orange County grew at a torrid 40% pace in a recent six-month period while the number of loans climbed at a slower 2.4% pace, based on two lists published in this week’s Business Journal.

By Peter J. Brennan May 1, 2017 midnight share »

Businesswoman Thrives in Male-Dominated Realms

“Pretty little girls like you become bitches-on-wheels if you go into business.”

By Deirdre Newman April 17, 2017 midnight share »

Mom’s Love for Baby Inspired Specialized Line

They say that what you don’t know won’t hurt you, or in Pazit Benezri’s case, stifle her entrepreneurial spirit.

By Mediha DiMartino April 17, 2017 midnight share »


Lawyers are watching policy changes and new initiatives that might affect their practices as the Trump administration’s direction takes early shape, and many say they already see areas likely to create new work.

By Deirdre Newman March 20, 2017 midnight share »

Industry Still Grapples With Dearth of Minority Lawyers

The general counsel of Palo Alto-based HP Inc. recently put its outside law firms on notice that the company could withhold up to 10% of all amounts invoiced by law firms that don’t meet or exceed its minimal staffing requirements regarding diversity.

By Deirdre Newman March 20, 2017 midnight share »

Law Firm’s Patronage Puts Marketing in New Gear

When Ellen Noble pedaled to first place in the Under 23 division of the European World Cup Series—the equivalent of the Tour de France for cyclo-cross, or cross-country cycling—the logo of Irvine-based Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP law firm was prominently visible on her shoulders.

By Deirdre Newman March 20, 2017 midnight share »

Firms Hold Back on Attorney Hires for Second Year

Law firms in Orange County held attorney counts steady over the past year for the second year in a row after two years of modest gains.

By Deirdre Newman March 20, 2017 midnight share »

Offices Now Investments for Area’s Ultra-Wealthy

High-net-worth investors in some areas of the country are known for collecting an assortment of fancy cars, jewelry, mansions and other luxury items.

By Mark Mueller March 13, 2017 midnight share »

Title Insurers Seek More Buys in Face of Rate Hikes

Orange County’s largest title insurance providers are looking at acquisitions both inside and outside their core business lines to help them grow operations and improve efficiencies in a climate of interest rate hikes likely to cut into their refinancing work.

By Mark Mueller March 13, 2017 midnight share »

Food Dreams on Okinawa Unfold at South Coast Plaza

This is a story of a little boy in Japan who knew what he wanted to be when he grew up, and us food lovers are all the better for it.

By Fifi Chao March 6, 2017 midnight share »

Dine Around the World One Tasty Plate at a Time

Orange County keeps getting richer and richer with dining possibilities. We are lucky to have so many family-owned, individual places interspersed with the big, fancy restaurants.

By Fifi Chao March 6, 2017 midnight share »


Some industries anticipate changes in business regulations as a result of the November elections and President Donald Trump’s promises of changes that could help spur business activity.

By The Business Journal February 27, 2017 midnight share »