Orange County Business Journal

OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Tease photo

2014 Preview: HOTELS & TOURISM

It should be a healthy year for Orange County hotels.

Tease photo

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.

Tease photo

2014 Preview: FINANCE

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

Tease photo

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.

Tease photo

2014 Preview: RESTAURANTS

Fast casual.

Tease photo

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.

Tease photo

2013 Year in Review

New Energy Gets OC Back to Old Normal

Enough of all that talk about a “new normal” in the wake of the recent recession.

Tease photo

2013 Year In Review: Real Estate

It was a year of construction, home sales and political victories for Emile Haddad, developer of Great Park Neighborhoods in Irvine.

Tease photo

2013 Year In Review: Healthcare

Our pick of Richard Afable was stoked by the fact that he was starting a new job this year—becoming the initial president and chief executive of Covenant Health Network in Irvine.

Tease photo

2013 Year In Review: Finance

Steven Sugarman was named chief executive of First PacTrust Bancorp Inc. a year ago, a role he took on with the goal of growing and integrating the thrift company into a commercial bank.

Tease photo

2013 Year In Review: Retail

The drama surrounding the sale of Irvine-based Billabong USA’s Australian parent dragged on for a couple of years, and perhaps its greatest fallout came with the August departure of former Americas President Paul Naudé.

Tease photo

2013 Year In Review: Marketing/Media

We placed Irvine-based Specific Media LLC on our watch list last year as it prepared for the official relaunch of the social network Myspace, which the Irvine-based online advertising company bought for $35 million in 2011.

Tease photo

2013 Year In Review: Manufacturing

We put agriculture chemicals maker American Vanguard Corp. on the watch list for 2013, as U.S. farmers were coming off of a severe drought in 2012 that affected harvests for corn and soybeans.

Tease photo

2013 Year In Review: Technology

The Business Journal’s pick of Western Digital Corp. Chief Executive Steve Milligan hit the bull’s-eye.

Tease photo

Good Behavior

Cambodian Refugee Thrives as Autism Therapy Specialist

Garden Grove-based Behavioral Health Works has a made a growth market out of teaching people with autism how to change their conduct in an effort to improve their lives.