Orange County Business Journal


Kids Get Gift of Music at Casa Romantica’s Academy

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.

Private Foundations Give More in OC, Less Overall

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.

Corporate Foundations Boost Giving in 2014 by 6.1%

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.

OC Companies Play Key Role as ESports Grow Up

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.

Gamer on Cloud 9 as He Rides Lucrative Whirlwind

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.

Electronics Makers See Flat Employment Pace

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.

Independent Spaces Span OC, Complement Hotel Lineup

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:

Cooperative Approach Leads to Pitch for ‘Anaheim Campus’

Visit Anaheim, Convention Center, 3 Hotels Together

Staff from Visit Anaheim, Anaheim Convention Center, and the city’s three biggest hotels within walking distance of the convention halls—Hilton Anaheim, Anaheim Marriott and Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort—have traveled four times in 90 days to bring convention business to the city and have scheduled two more jaunts for the fall.

NB Marriott Restaurant Event Draws Industry Insiders

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.

EVENTS Calendar

This list of conventions, trade and consumer shows, and other happenings includes events scheduled from Aug. 24, 2015, through July 31, 2016.

Local Mega Developers Take Show on the Road

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.

Industrial Market Demand Up in Q2

The Orange County industrial market continued to perform well, building on the positive momentum experienced earlier in the year.

Office Vacancies Continue Decline in Q2

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.