OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS
Biggest Firms Combine For $570M, Up 13%
Orange County’s insurance brokers grew for the fifth straight year, notching a 13% increase in combined revenue last year.
Midsize Companies Make Up Nearly Half of Total, Take in $2.4B
The 71 fastest-growing private companies in Orange County with revenues between $10 million and $99.9 million combined to grow their top line by 84% over two years for an estimated $2.4 billion.
65 Combine for 94% Gain on Revenue
The 65 companies featured on this week’s list of fastest-growing small private companies based in Orange County can claim a big achievement on a collective basis: They’ve combined to nearly double revenue over the past two years to an estimated $310 million.
Any Number Could Follow Glaukos’ Path
Orange County has its share of private medical device and drug companies that could eventually become initial public offering candidates within the next couple of years.
35 Biggest Employed 16,629, Up By 316
The largest medical device makers based in Orange County or with large operations here held serve on the jobs front over the past 12 months.
Allergan, Which Cut The Most, Still No. 1 On List
Orange County’s top 10 drugmakers lost jobs during the past 12 months, primarily because of the acquisition and reorganization of longtime market leader Allergan PLC, previously Allergan Inc.
Free Program One of Batch Designed for the Young Set
Ten-year-old Dillon had a dream: to learn to play the guitar. At least that’s what he said in the application video he sent in to be considered for Casa Romantica’s free Music Festival and Academy.
Combined to Donate $145M, Increased OC Giving 22.8%
Private foundations based in Orange County spent more money in their own backyard last year as they trimmed their overall giving.
36 Active in OC Donate $1.2B, $21M+ of it Local
Corporate foundations active in Orange County marked their fifth year of yearly increases in total cash contributions and cash contributions to OC charities.
The Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana celebrated the grand opening of its 60,000-square-foot dance, music and science center on Aug. 16 with more than 600 Orange County community and business leaders.
Much of Play Devoted To Blizzard’s Game Fare
Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment Inc. and Kingston Technology Inc. in Fountain Valley are at the forefront of one of the hottest trends in the technology industry that’s attracting stadium-size crowds to venues across the globe and millions of online viewers.
Players Do What They Love for Big Cash, Fame
Sean Gares is getting ready to leave his Tustin apartment to catch a 2 p.m. flight out of LAX to Germany.
18 Biggest Companies Add Just Nine Employees
Employment at the county’s largest contract electronics makers was flat over the past 12 months, despite steady sales growth in the industry worldwide.
Various Alternatives Can Riff Off Local Hotels
Corporate meetings are commonly held at hotels and resorts, but independent OC event spaces with no formal ties to hotels have opened this year or increased efforts to offer a change of scenery for out-of-town guests or to tap local businesses that aren’t looking for an overnight stay.
Orange County hotels and resorts this year have followed technological trends in the industry to enhance meetings and conventions offerings.
Orange County hotels and resorts this year have followed technological trends in the industry to enhance meetings and conventions offerings. Wider hospitality choices are aimed at better operations and the experience guests have when staying at a property—from moving operations to the cloud and internal apps that bring employees to where they’re needed. The “Internet of Things,” encourages guests to post live videos or “selfies” to their social media accounts, and giving them the ability to text the valet to retrieve their cars. Smartphone technology allows guests to pay bills and open hotel room doors. A recent industry conference guided executives to advise hoteliers to think of themselves in part as technology companies. A hotel in Cupertino—of course—has used robots to deliver items to rooms, and another has tried out the devices to sort luggage. The Business Journal’s Paul Hughes asked local hotels and resorts about technology they’ve added this year in general and specifically for meetings and conventions. Edited excerpts of their responses follow: