OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS
First of Four-Year Run For ‘Flavor Experience’
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa drew 500 restaurant and food service company executives in early August to The Flavor Experience conference in the inaugural year of a four-year stint at the property.
This list of conventions, trade and consumer shows, and other happenings includes events scheduled from Aug. 24, 2015, through July 31, 2016.
50M SF Planned in US, Fewer Options at Home
A handful of Orange County developers are at the forefront of a big push to build dozens of cutting-edge distribution and warehouse buildings across the country.
The Orange County industrial market continued to perform well, building on the positive momentum experienced earlier in the year.
The Orange County economy continues expanding, as most jobs lost during the economic downturn seem to have been recovered, and most sectors show healthy growth.
Bryan Cave’s Irvine Office Cultivates Mutual Regard
Bryan Cave LLP’s Irvine office projects a sense of elegance mingled with calm.
New Home Co. Starts With Foundation of Camaraderie
Joan Marcus-Colvin’s life irrevocably changed on June 17, 2014, when her husband of 27 years, John, was struck by a car and killed while riding his bicycle near their Laguna Beach home while training for an Ironman Triathlon.
Bisnar Chase Cultivates Respect, Appreciation
A plot was brewing at the law office of Bisnar Chase in Newport Beach.
The Business Journal’s Best Places to Work lists are the result of months of surveying workers and managers at local employers.
A diversity of business sectors, ample capital held by investor groups, and demographic factors are some key drivers behind a robust mergers-and-acquisitions scene in Orange County. The fast pace of M&A activity means professional services providers, such as accountants, are in high demand to carry out sound due-diligence procedures and provide guidance. The Business Journal’s Jane Yu asked local accounting firm executives to share their thoughts on M&A activity in Orange County, as well as to discuss expectations for future trends and client concerns. Here are edited excerpts of their responses:
Employment Up 4.4%, Top Spots Unchanged
Orange County’s largest accounting firms combined to grow the sector’s local workforce by about 4% over the past year, marking the fourth straight year of modest gains.
27 Firms Eke Out 1% Gain to 1,551 Jobs Here
The pace of employment growth at Orange County’s top management consulting firms slowed over the past year, driven primarily by job cuts at the biggest.
More Than $70M in Sales To A-List Customers
Priti Sharma moved to Chicago from India at age 16 and at the time had no idea that she would one day own a multimillion-dollar company.
Gift Card Concept Makes Giving to Charity Easier
Lori Jackson “lived scrip,” as she puts it. The mother of four children attending Serra Catholic School in Rancho Santa Margarita was retrieving gift cards worth thousands of dollars from their backpacks each month and distributing them to friends and family members around the county. The private school would get the cards at a discount, usually 1% to 13%, and resell them through students at face value to parents.