Orange County Business Journal


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Riding Out Storms Together

Family Steers Fishing, Whale-Watching Company Through Rough Waters

Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching was the first business that opened its doors at then-sleepy Dana Point Harbor in 1971.

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They’re Juiced

Couple Puts Juice Chain on Growth Fast Track

Keep it simple.

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Investors, Brokers Differ on Office Market’s Condition

Buyers Hope Rents Start to Jibe With Big Sales Spurt

Investors and tenant brokers appear to be of two different minds when gauging the health of Orange County’s office market heading into 2014.

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County’s Office Market Experiences Modest Activity, Confidence Up


Orange County’s office market remained steady in the third quarter, posting small gains in rental rates, vacancy and absorption.

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Industrial Vacancies Shrink to Lowest Since Q2 of 2008


The downward trend of Orange County industrial vacancy rates continued through the third quarter

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Q&A - Banking

Financial institutions focus on mortgage alternatives.

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Local Banks Notch Third Year of Asset, Profit Growth

Opus Again Tops, With $3.2B in Assets, Up 29%

The largest Orange County-based banks picked up the pace of growing their assets over the past year. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST OC-BASED COMMERCIAL BANKS list for download (pdf)

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Credit Unions’ Growth Is More Evenly Spread

SchoolsFirst Federal’s Role Diminishes As Others Rise

Growth was visible on several fronts for Orange County’s credit unions over the past year. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST CREDIT UNIONS list for download (pdf)

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New Pace for Fast Growers

3 Categories Combine for $90B in Revenue, 24.3% Growth Rate

The fastest-growing public companies in Orange County followed divergent paths over the past year. Includes the 2013 OC's FASTEST-GROWING PUBLIC COs list for download (pdf)

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Questcor Rises

Sales Gains Continue, Up-and-Down Shares Mostly Up These Days

Anaheim-based Questcor Pharmaceuticals Inc. has used one major drug to fire up revenue growth.

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Banc Shot!

Big Growth, New Name, Move to Costa Mesa HQ in Works

Managing fast growth has been just as important to Banc of California Inc. as making it happen in the first place.

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‘Pipeline in a Pill’

Nuedexta Led Avanir to Increase of 1,088%

Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc. has ridden its “pipeline in a pill” to rapid growth over the past two years.

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That’s How He Rolls

MINT Produces ‘Super Luxury’ in Costa Mesa, Markets to World

Alex Palanjian is the first to say no one needs a custom set of wheels.

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Dean of Clean

Earth Friendly Started OC Production in 1977, Seeks Bigger Factory

It’s a good problem for a manufacturing company when its 90,000-square-foot facility starts to look too small.

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Santa Ana’s Shoemaker

Old-Style Cobbler Keeps Father’s Vision of Factory Alive As He Hand-Makes Shoes

Alex Aldana makes shoes by hand, using the same methods his father brought to Orange County decades ago.