Orange County Business Journal

OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

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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.

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2013 Year In Review: Technology

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

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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.

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Home Cooking on New Hires

ECONOMY: OC-based firms fuel gain by biggest employers

Orange County’s largest employers combined to add 3,562 new hires over the past year, continuing a string of modest job gains in recent years. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST EMPLOYERS list for download (pdf)

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China Entry in Global Aircraft Market Buys Office in Newport

REAL ESTATE: $19.9M cash for 68,425 square feet near JWA

China’s entry in the market of commercial jet manufacturing has bought one of the better-known offices in the Koll Center Newport Beach business park.

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Hoag Commits to New Outpatient Center Next to Irvine Hospital

HEALTHCARE: Lease deal to add 150,000 SF to presence at Spectrum

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian plans a major expansion of its operations in Irvine after inking a lease for a new medical office complex that will be built along Sand Canyon Avenue.

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Cat’s Pajamas?

Sleepwear Maker Starts Home Ware Line as Part of Growth Bid

Peter Burke thinks people should look good even when they sleep.

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A Family’s Passion

Teen’s Interests Grow Into Film Maker With a Cause

Barbara and Greg MacGillivray met in a math class at Newport Harbor High School.

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Oceanside Oasis

Roger’s Gardens Has Plenty of Plants, Sets Self Apart With Uniqueness

Roger’s Gardens is the Disneyland of all things home and garden.

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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

OFFICE SPACE

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

INDUSTRIAL SPACE

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.