Orange County Business Journal


More Deals, Smaller Checks on Local VC Landscape

100% Hike in Dollar Volume, 60% Increase Last Year

The biggest venture capital firms in Orange County continued to increase their investments in local companies, though the pace of growth slowed compared with a year earlier.


Every year, the Business Journal makes its best effort to compile a list of the local offices of banks and lenders, in addition to investment banks. A few changes this year include 1st Enterprise Bank now operating as California United Bank since its merger on Nov. 30. Previously listed Independence Bank was acquired by Pacific Premier Bancorp Inc. on Jan. 27.

Next Big Tourism Thing: Millennials’ Little Siblings?

‘Generation Z’ Emerges As Local Travel Market

Today’s teens are following hard on the heels of Millennials in terms of tourism.

Hotel Room Count Stable; Renovations Take Stage

Jobs Up 1.1% To 13,789 at Top 50

The number of rooms at the biggest hotels in Orange County hardly changed over the past year, but a significant portion of them got new looks, thanks to renovations at several of the market’s best-known establishments.

Spec Office Developers Take Varied Approaches

Low-Rise, Creative Re-Use Planned Alongside Towers

Orange County developers are taking varied approaches to speculative office developments in the improving local economy, including a cautious approach on ground-up projects.

Office Market Gets Healthier in Q1

The Orange County office market, paced by the accelerating Greater Airport Area, is returning to prerecession peaks by all key measures.

Industrial Market Shows Strength

The Orange County industrial market got off to a good start this year after experiencing a sluggish year-end, posting positive net absorption of 690,726 square feet following a sluggish finish to 2014.

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Protein Powers Sales as Meal-Substitute Demand Grows

Several Inspired By Desire For Healthier Products

Fitness-focused small business abounds in Orange County, and protein is a particular emphasis.

Ex-Franchised Burger Joint Catches Wave as Indie

Mom-and-Pop Shop Serves Basics Like the Big Guys

You’ve heard about the entrepreneur who buys a franchise and grows a business as part of a larger system.

Security Bigger Part of CFO Role as Big Data Grows

Trend Affects Company Image, Viability, Execs Say

Chief financial officers are increasingly becoming an essential part of the conversation about data security, a topic much discussed today as businesses rely more on collection and analysis of “big data” for various aspects of their operations.