OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Drones Give Tourism Promoters New Perspective

Destination Marketing By Drone Earns Its Wings

Sometimes a city looks its best from the air. Orange County tourism marketers say drones tap true avian-level elevations to produce compelling footage for video uses, from social media and city promotions to cable TV travel shows and news broadcasts.

Area Hospitality Steady in Rooms, Trends, Money

List Hotels Have Few, But Key Room Modifications

Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel shuttered six of its 290 rooms last year, but it had a very good reason—the move helped make way for about 150 more in a new tower that’s scheduled to open in September.

Mother, Daughter Immersed in 40-Year Labor of Love

Swimwear Maker Moves In Market In Its Own Way

Felicia Madrigal sees Laguna Beach-based Merrilee’s Swimwear returning to shelves at popular retail chains, including PacSun and Nordstrom.

Allegro Team Believes Third Time’s the Charm

Allegro Targets Third-Phase Clinical Trial Early 2018

Father and son Hampar and Vicken Karageozian plan to take their company to the exit sans venture capital. San Juan Capistrano-based Allegro Ophthalmics LLC, which develops drugs for vitreoretinal diseases—those that affect the back part of the eye, such as diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration—is the third company that Hampar Karageozian have co-founded. Previous endeavors include eye drugmakers Vitreoretinal Technologies Inc. in Irvine and ISTA Pharmaceuticals Inc., founded in 1999 and 2000, respectively.

Glass Company Breaks With Traditions to Thrive

3rd-Gen Owner Nabs Big Accounts; Markets Online

Greg Wingert took the time to hear out the Mater Dei High School guidance counselor’s push for college, but the senior’s mind was already set on joining the family business.

Katella Ave. Developers Go West to Cypress, Los Al

60 Acres in Play for New Homes, Retail Projects

A roughly two-mile stretch of land along Katella Avenue in Anaheim could well be considered the hub of infill redevelopment in Orange County.

OC 50

Our Annual Inventory of Influence

The Business Journal compiles roughly 60 lists a year using various factors to rank local companies—growth pace, employee count, and in some cases, annual revenue. The OC 50—published since 1992—sorts entries alphabetically, so rather than a list, think of it as an always-evolving collective of local influencers. The 50 entries—some made up of two or three people instead of one—are vetted somewhat subjectively by the size of the businesses they own or run, their community involvement or political clout, and the significance they have in their industries. This year’s OC 50 edition features 57 names, six of the entries made up of several executives closely bound by professional circumstances or family ties.

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Santa Ana Lender Thrives Where Banks Fear to Tread

Equipment Leases, Loans Translate to High Cash Flow

Peter Ribeiro decided to start US Business Funding a month before the financial markets collapsed in September 2008 to provide loans to small companies.

More is More for Home-Focused Franchiser in Orange

Multiconcept Company Supports Entrepreneurs

If it’s good-to-great to run a business, think what it’s like when yours helps a thousand other people run theirs.

Local Motion

HFC’s work taps its OC home base in more ways than one.

Home Economics

Data from Entrepreneur magazine in Irvine and franchise disclosure documents show HFC’s three concepts combined have about 1,300 franchises: 84% are Budget Blinds, 14% Tailored Living, 2% Concrete Craft.

SBA Loan Value Soars 40% at 30 Largest Lenders

Number of Loans Grows At Slower, 2% Pace

Small Business Administration lending in Orange County grew at a torrid 40% pace in a recent six-month period while the number of loans climbed at a slower 2.4% pace, based on two lists published in this week’s Business Journal.

Businesswoman Thrives in Male-Dominated Realms

Julie Hill Combined Drive, Dream to Defy Naysayers

“Pretty little girls like you become bitches-on-wheels if you go into business.”

Mom’s Love for Baby Inspired Specialized Line

LulyBoo Creator’s Naiveté Powered Her Through Snags

They say that what you don’t know won’t hurt you, or in Pazit Benezri’s case, stifle her entrepreneurial spirit.

Q&A

Lawyers are watching policy changes and new initiatives that might affect their practices as the Trump administration’s direction takes early shape, and many say they already see areas likely to create new work.