Orange County Business Journal

OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

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Local Banks Notch Third Year of Asset, Profit Growth

Opus Again Tops, With $3.2B in Assets, Up 29%

The largest Orange County-based banks picked up the pace of growing their assets over the past year. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST OC-BASED COMMERCIAL BANKS list for download (pdf)

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Credit Unions’ Growth Is More Evenly Spread

SchoolsFirst Federal’s Role Diminishes As Others Rise

Growth was visible on several fronts for Orange County’s credit unions over the past year. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST CREDIT UNIONS list for download (pdf)

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New Pace for Fast Growers

3 Categories Combine for $90B in Revenue, 24.3% Growth Rate

The fastest-growing public companies in Orange County followed divergent paths over the past year. Includes the 2013 OC's FASTEST-GROWING PUBLIC COs list for download (pdf)

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Questcor Rises

Sales Gains Continue, Up-and-Down Shares Mostly Up These Days

Anaheim-based Questcor Pharmaceuticals Inc. has used one major drug to fire up revenue growth.

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Banc Shot!

Big Growth, New Name, Move to Costa Mesa HQ in Works

Managing fast growth has been just as important to Banc of California Inc. as making it happen in the first place.

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‘Pipeline in a Pill’

Nuedexta Led Avanir to Increase of 1,088%

Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc. has ridden its “pipeline in a pill” to rapid growth over the past two years.

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That’s How He Rolls

MINT Produces ‘Super Luxury’ in Costa Mesa, Markets to World

Alex Palanjian is the first to say no one needs a custom set of wheels.

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Dean of Clean

Earth Friendly Started OC Production in 1977, Seeks Bigger Factory

It’s a good problem for a manufacturing company when its 90,000-square-foot facility starts to look too small.

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Santa Ana’s Shoemaker

Old-Style Cobbler Keeps Father’s Vision of Factory Alive As He Hand-Makes Shoes

Alex Aldana makes shoes by hand, using the same methods his father brought to Orange County decades ago.

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Local Schools Experiment With a Developing Trend

MBA Programs Debate Merits of Open Learning Classes

More than 45,000 students are taking Peter Navarro’s economics class

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MBA Programs End Streak of Enrollment Declines

Programs Inch Up In Number From Year Earlier

Enrollment in master of business administration programs serving Orange County is up by nearly 1%. Includes the 2013 OC's DIRECTORY OF MBA SCHOOLS list for download (pdf)

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Whittier Law’s Hands-On Classes Aim for New Market

Law Firm Clients Now Require Real Experience

Whittier Law School is working on closing the practice-readiness gap

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More Companies Beefing Up Benefits to Lure Talent

Post-Recession Market Is Getting More Competitive

Growing competition among employers to attract and retain highly technical and professional talent is driving local executives to improve their employee benefits as they face uncertainties over the potential effects of healthcare reform.

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Q&A - Insurance Brokers

Executives in the brokerage business tell us about what risks they, as agents working between the insurer and the insured, are facing in today’s economy.

Insurance brokers, who helped clients manage risk during the recession, are now adapting to the different risks in a post-recession economy

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Projects Stalled By Recession Back On for Local Firms

Architecture, Engineering Work Rises in Recovery

A rekindling of once-dormant development projects has been a boon to Orange County’s architecture and engineering firms