Orange County Business Journal

OCBJ WEEKLY LISTS

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Homebuilders Post 90% Jump, Most Sales Since ’04

Orange County homebuilders last year posted their best year for sales since 2004, buoyed by the opening of several masterplanned communities, as well as continued strong sales on the Irvine Ranch. Includes the 2014 OC's LARGEST HOMEBUILDERS list for download (pdf)

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Hospitals Have Mixed Year as Profits for Some Dip

Profits of 30 Biggest Drop 7%, Revenue Up

Orange County’s largest hospitals posted mixed results on the profit side over the past year or so. Includes the 2014 OC's HOSPITALS list for download (pdf)

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Bank Deposits Rise Sharply After 3 Slow-Growth Years

Majority of Banks With OC Presence Post Gains

Commercial banks in Orange County grew local deposits by nearly 8% last year after three straight years of gains averaging 2.6% a year.

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Foreign-Owned Companies Top Overall Picture on Hires

ECONOMY: 5% increase to more than 30,000 workers here

The foreign-owned companies with operations in Orange County combined to employ 30,042 workers here in 2013, up 5% from a year earlier. Includes the 2014 OC's LARGEST FOREIGN-OWNED COMPANIES list for download (pdf)

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Firms Continue Attorney Cutbacks, Combine for 2% Dip

30 of Largest Firms Trim Their Orange County Ranks

Orange County’s largest law firms trimmed their workforces last year, marking the second straight year of modest cuts in the number of lawyers here. Includes the 2014 OC's LARGEST LAW FIRMS list for download (pdf)

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Hoteliers, Meeting Venues Regain Advantage in Upturn

Hold More Leverage in Negotiations on Rates

The outlook for the hotel and meetings business continues to shine bright into the new year. Includes the 2014 OC's HOTEL MEETING ROOM SPACE list for download (pdf)

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OC Retail Up Again, Offers New Mix for Holidays

RETAIL: 4th-straight year of growth among biggest here

Orange County’s largest shopping centers have this going for them as the holiday outlook at a lot of mall-based retailers gets shaky: They already have a fourth-straight year of growth under their belts, according to this week’s Business Journal list. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST SHOPPING CENTERS list for download (pdf)

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Fisker’s Full Circle Brings 12% Jobs Dip at Automakers

Other Brands Still Account for Nearly 3,000 Jobs Here

Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive Inc. led a 5.8% gain in worker counts among local automakers last year as hopes remained high for its hybrid luxury sports car. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST AUTOMAKERS list for download (pdf)

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Auto Dealers Pick Up Pace, Extend Streak on Sales

Top Franchises in Orange County Combine for $4.3B

The top 34 franchised car dealers in Orange County reported more than $4.3 billion in sales last year, an 11.7% increase that marked the third annual gain in the wake of the recession. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST AUTO DEALERS list for download (pdf)

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Nonprofit Organizations Grow Along With Economy

Combine for 9% revenue jump and 6% employment increase

Orange County’s largest nonprofit organizations grew over a recent 12-month stretch as they combined to increase revenue by 9% to roughly $2.2 billion. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST NONPROFITS list for download (pdf)

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Home Cooking on New Hires

ECONOMY: OC-based firms fuel gain by biggest employers

Orange County’s largest employers combined to add 3,562 new hires over the past year, continuing a string of modest job gains in recent years. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST EMPLOYERS list for download (pdf)

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Chipmakers End Streak With Slight Dip to 4,800 Jobs Here

Softer Demand, BK in Mix; 2 Newcomers Make List

Orange County’s largest chipmakers combined for a slight drop in jobs over the last 12 months as the local industry was hit by restructurings, a bankruptcy and generally soft demand. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST CHIPMAKERS list for download (pdf)

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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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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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Insurance Brokers Continue Revenue Gains With 7% Hike

Just Three Had Declines, Jobs Add Up to 2,059

Orange County’s top insurance brokers continued to see stronger business last year. Includes the 2013 OC's TOP INSURANCE BROKERS list for download (pdf)

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Architecture Firms Boost Billings by 13% In Recovery

35 Combine for 2% Employment Increase to 2,226 Positions

Orange County’s architecture firms rode the momentum of strengthening business opportunities through the past year. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST ARCHITECTURAL FIRMS list for download (pdf)

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Engineering Firms Post Modest Gain on Local Billings

Good Year Is Industry’s Third in a Row After Declines

Orange County’s largest engineering firms saw increased business for a third year in a row. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST ENGINEERING FIRMS list for download (pdf)

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Highest Marks for Fastest Growers

ECONOMY: Tops on total revenue, number of companies

Orange County’s fastest-growing private companies combined for an average increase of 40% on sales. Includes the 2013 OC's FASTEST GROWING PRIVATE COs list for download (pdf)

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Medical Device Makers Face Tougher Time in Europe

More Transparency, But Small Ones Could Spend More

Medical device makers are on the verge of facing a more challenging regulatory environment.

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Biggest Local Drug Makers’ About Steady on Jobs Here

Most Flat; Allergan Takes No. 1 Spot Again

Perennial No. 1 Allergan Inc. once again topped the Business Journal’s annual list of drug makers based in Orange County. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST DRUG MAKERS list for download (pdf)

OC Cities Add Hires to Reverse Trends of Recession

GOVERNMENT: Combine for 13,916 on payrolls

Orange County’s cities grew modestly last year. Gains were seen on several fronts—population, general fund revenues and city employees. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST CITIES list for download (pdf)

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HMOs Show Orange County Membership Jump

PPOs Have More Modest Gain Over Last Year

Health maintenance organizations grew at a steady pace over the past year in Orange County. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST HMOs, PPOs list for download (pdf)

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Dental Health Plans See Modest Growth in Past Year

Fourteen Biggest Plans Add 2% to Their Memberships

Managed dental care plans grew slowly during the past year. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST HMOs, PPOs list for download (pdf)

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OC’s Wealthiest-er

Strong Runs for Stocks, Real Estate Boost Rich List Across Board

Orange County’s richest have reached new highs in terms of combined wealth and billionaires.

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100 Pass ‘Best’ Test

Employees Give Record Number of Local Companies Nods in 3 Categories

This week’s Business Journal lists includes 100 companies that earned the distinction, the highest number yet for the annual compilation, which started in 2009 with 40 companies. Includes the 2013 OC's BEST PLACES TO WORK list for download (pdf)

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How Best Companies Make Lists

The Business Journal’s Best Places to Work lists are the result of months of surveying workers and management at local employers. Includes the 2013 OC's BEST PLACES TO WORK list for download (pdf)

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Fixer-Upper Contractors Post Biggest Gain in Decade

Increase Concentrated at the Biggest Companies

Orange County’s largest tenant improvement contractors last year had their busiest year for billings in more than a decade. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST TENANT IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTORS list for download (pdf)

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Accounting Firms Keep Adding Up New Employees

Those in OC Continue Hiring Trend After Cuts

SPECIAL REPORT - ACCOUNTING: Orange County accounting offices continue to grow, expanding employment for a second year in a row after a three-year string of job cuts during the recession. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST ACCOUNTING FIRMS list for download (pdf)

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Firms Manage to Grow Along With Their Clients

Management Consultants Gain From Others’ Spending

SPECIAL REPORT - ACCOUNTING: The largest management consulting firms in Orange County collectively grew local employment over the past year. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS list for download (pdf)

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Restaurant Chains Accelerate Out of the Downturn

RESTAURANTS: Combine for 5.9% sales increase to $13.5B

Orange County-based restaurant operators sped past the recession and focused on growth last year. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST RESTAURANT CHAINS list for download (pdf)

Completed Projects Up But More Room for Growth

Developers Between Old and New Construction Jobs

COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT: Orange County saw an uptick in grand-opening ceremonies last year, but commercial developers are waiting for many of the area’s biggest projects. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST COMMERCIAL DEVELOPERS list for download (pdf)

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Exec Shifts, 5% Gain on Jobs at Apparel Companies

Mainstays Hold Steady, Joined By 11 Newcomers

Change has been the one constant so far this year for Orange County’s apparel industry. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST APPAREL COMPANIES list for download (pdf)

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Employment Agencies Post Smaller Gain Amid Job Growth

THE LIST: Combined revenue up for 3rd year; Select Staffing No. 1

Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES list for download (pdf)

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Biggest SBA Lenders Give OC Borrowers $161.3M

San Diego Nonprofit Again Tops List, Despite 11% Drop in Loans

SPECIAL REPORT - SMALL BUSINESS: Biggest SBA lenders post increase. Includes the 2013 OC's BIGGEST SBA LENDERS list for download (pdf)

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Computer Product Makers Shrank Following Job Gains

Restructurings and Consolidation Continue Longer-Term Cutbacks

The county’s largest computer product makers shed jobs at a modest clip in the past year, reversing two straight years of employment gains. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST COMPUTER PRODUCTS COs list for download (pdf)

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Blizzard Once Again OC’s Biggest Software Employer

Adds 100 Workers, Overtakes IBM, Continues Hiring

Blizzard regains title as OC’s largest software employer. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST SOFTWARE COMPANIES list for download (pdf)

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Aerospace, Defense Contractors Steady on OC Jobs

Boeing Still No. 1 Despite Cuts; Commercial Side Up

Aerospace, defense contractors steady on employment here. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST AEROSPACE & DEFENSE CONTRACTORS list for download (pdf)

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Ad Agencies Post 5.2% Gain on Capitalized Billings

Digital Work, Hispanic Accounts Key to Rebound

SPECIAL ISSUE - ADVERTISING, PRINTING & GRAPHICS: Ad agencies see gains. Includes the 2013 OC's TOP ADVERTISING AGENCIES list for download (pdf)

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Printers Post Gain

Recovery, Consolidation Trend Help

SPECIAL ISSUE - ADVERTISING, PRINTING & GRAPHICS: Printers also up. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST COMMERCIAL PRINTERS list for download (pdf)

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Value Line on Top Public Cos.: $115B

Biggest Here Combine for Gains on Market Cap, Sales, Profits

SPECIAL ISSUE: PUBLIC COMPANIES - Value line on top public companies: $115 billion. Includes the 2013 OC's TOP PUBLIC COMPANIES list for download (pdf)

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Real Estate Brokers Continue Gains

Third Sales Uptick in a Row Centers on Apartments

SPECIAL REPORT - COMMERCIAL LEASING GUIDE: Apartment deals power gains for brokers. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE BROKERS list for download (pdf)

A Mixed Year in Commercial Property Management

Continued Lack of Development Causes Modest Portfolio Dips

SPECIAL REPORT - COMMERCIAL LEASING GUIDE: Property managers steady in 2012. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST COMMERCIAL PROPERTY MANAGERS list for download (pdf)

Title Insurers Ride Refi Wave to 44% Jump in 2012

Local Employment Up 7%; Fidelity Ranks No. 1 Again

SPECIAL REPORT - TOP REAL ESTATE DEALS: Title insurers ride refi wave to 44% jump in 2012. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST TITLE INSURERS list for download (pdf)

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Minority-Owned Businesses Near $11B in Annual Revenue

45 Biggest Combine for More Than 8,000 Jobs Here

Minority-owned businesses near $11 billion in annual revenue. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESSES list for download (pdf)

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More Buyers Than Sellers as Locals Top 300 Deals

Deals Range Across Industries; Steady Pace Picked Up in Q4

Overview of last year’s action. Includes the 2013 OC's TOP OC BUYERS & SELLERS list for download (pdf)

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Homebuilders Up 3%, Still Well Shy of Peak Years

Irvine Pacific No.1 for Second-Straight Year

SPECIAL REPORT - RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE: Homebuilders up 3%. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST HOMEBUILDERS list for download (pdf)

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Commercial Banks Continue Gains on OC Deposits

More Make List, Combine for $70.9 Billion; Jobs Steady

SPECIAL REPORT - BANKING: Commercial banks in Orange County continued a steady pace of growth last year. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST COMMERCIAL BANKS list for download (pdf)

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Environmental Consultants Up 2.2% on OC Billings

CH2M holds on for No. 1 spot; list sees 3 newcomers

Environmental consultants up 2.2% on OC billings. Includes the 2013 OC's TOP ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS COs list for download (pdf)

Foreign-Owned Cos. at Home on OC Hires

Biggest Here Outpace Countywide Jobs Gain in 2012

Local hiring among the largest foreign-owned companies in OC bounced back in 2012 after near freeze in ’11. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST FOREIGN-OWNED COs list for download (pdf)

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Firms Steady on Attorney Hires; Gain on Support Staff

2-Year Streak of Gains Over; Knobbe Retains No. 1 Position

Firms steady on hires of attorneys; gains on support staff. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST LAW FIRMS list for download (pdf)

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Hotels Get Lift With Meeting Space Steady for Biggest Here

Hilton Anaheim Moves Into Top Spot With Catalina Room

A standstill in construction of new meeting room space should help hotels continue their recovery into this year. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST HOTEL MEETING SPACE list for download (pdf)

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Organizations’ Revenue Nears $1 Billion on 4% Gain

NONPROFITS: Also mark 3% increase in paid positions

ABOUT THE LIST: NONPROFITS - Organizations’ revenue nears $1 billion on 4% gain. Includes the 2012 OC's LARGEST NONPROFITS list for download (pdf)

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Biggest Employers Manage 1% Gain

ECONOMY: Uptick lags countywide increase this year

ABOUT THE LIST: OC’s biggest employers grew their collective work force by 1% in the last 12 months. Includes the 2012 OC's LARGEST EMPLOYERS list for download (pdf)

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OC Chipmakers Extend Streak With 3% Jobs Gain

TECHNOLOGY: Demand for mobile trumps sluggish economy

The largest chipmakers based in Orange County saw local employment rise at a 3% clip in the last 12 months. Includes the 2012 OC's LARGEST CHIPMAKERS list for download (pdf)

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OC Banks’ Assets Rise by 4%; Hiring Surges 28%

Industry’s Gains Less Sizable Than Year-Earlier Increases

SPECIAL REPORT: Orange County banks’ assets rise by 4%; hiring surges 28%. Includes the 2012 OC's LARGEST COMMERCIAL BANKS list for download (pdf)

OC Credit Unions Post 6% Assets Climb to $15.43B

Annual Surge Biggest in 4 Years But Less Than Prerecession

SPECIAL REPORT: OC-based credit unions remained in growth mode during a 12-month span through June. Includes the 2012 OC-BASED CREDIT UNIONS list for download (pdf)

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Public Fastest-Growers Up 27%;

Combine for $85B in Sales, 20,000 Jobs Here

Public fastest-growers up 27%. Includes the 2012 OC's FASTEST GROWING PUBLIC COs list for download (pdf)

About the Fastest-Growing Public Companies List

About the fastest-growing public companies list. Includes the 2012 OC's FASTEST GROWING PUBLIC COs list for download (pdf)

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Broker Adds Employees to Boost Morale, Business

INSURANCE: “Best” small company calm amid reforms

SPECIAL REPORT: BEST PLACES TO WORK - Staying positive and hiring sensibly helped lift employee morale at Burnham. Includes the 2012 OC's BEST PLACES TO WORK list for download (pdf)

80 Go for Extra Credit on Additional Questions

SPECIAL REPORT: BEST PLACES TO WORK - The Business Journal added a few questions for the companies that applied for this year’s Best Places to Work lists. Includes the 2012 OC's BEST PLACES TO WORK list for download (pdf)

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How Companies Make Our List

SPECIAL REPORT: BEST PLACES TO WORK - How companies make our lists. Includes the 2012 OC's BEST PLACES TO WORK list for download (pdf)

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Financial Advisory Firms Add Brokers for 3rd Year

But overall employment dips after year-earlier increase

Financial advisory firms add brokers for third year. Includes the 2012 OC FINANCIAL ADVISORS list for download (pdf)

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OC Cities Pick Up Pace on Job Cuts

GOVERNMENT: 34 combined for 13% reduction

Most of OC’s cities cut jobs amid modest population and revenue growth last year.

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MBA Enrollment Slides for Third-Consecutive Year

Trident University’s Troubles Account for Decline

SPECIAL REPORT - EDUCATION: MBA enrollment slides for third-consecutive year. Includes the 2012 OC TOP MBA PROGRAMS list for download (pdf)

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Fastest Growers Get Faster

Sales up 37% to $23.3B; 15,400 jobs

OC’s fastest-growing private companies saw sales rise 37% in the past two years to more than $23.3B. Includes the 2012 OC FASTEST-GROWING PRIVATE COs list for download (pdf)

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About the Annual Fastest-Growing Private Companies List

SPECIAL REPORT - FASTEST-GROWING PRIVATE COMPANIES: About the annual fastest-growing private companies list. Includes the 2012 OC FASTEST-GROWING PRIVATE COs list for download (pdf)

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Architects Post 2nd Yearly Increase in Local Billings

Professional hiring, total employment each climb 2%

SPECIAL REPORT: ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING - Architects post second yearly increase in local billings. Includes the 2012 OC ARCHITECTURE FIRMS list for download (pdf)

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Engineering Firms Post 5% Increase in Billings

Employment dips a bit; Fluor Corp. keeps top spot on list

SPECIAL REPORT: ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING - Engineering firms post 5% increase in billings.

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Medical Device Companies Add 442 Jobs in OC

Edwards Lifesciences heads list amid industrywide uptick of 3%

Heart-valve maker Edwards Lifesciences once again is the largest employer in OC’s medical device industry. Includes the 2012 OC MEDICAL DEVICE COMPANIES list for download (pdf)

Drug Makers Continue to Add Local Employees

Industry up 4%; Allergan again tops list with 3,979 OC workers

The county’s largest drug makers continued to add local jobs during the past year. Includes the 2012 OC's LARGEST DRUG MAKERS list for download (pdf)

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Restaurant Operators Regain Appetite for Sales Growth

RESTAURANTS: Post 2% gain, 1% uptick for employment

ABOUT THE LIST: Revenue, hiring rose slightly last year for OC’s largest restaurant operators, mirroring the national trend. Includes the 2012 OC-based RESTAURANTS list for download (pdf)

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Private Foundations’ Giving Even With Year Earlier

37 Individual, Family Groups Had $1.52 Billion in Donations

Private foundations’ giving about flat from year earlier to $139.3 million. Includes the 2012 OC's LARGEST PRIVATE FOUNDATIONS COs list for download (pdf)

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Corporate Donations Up 5% to $123 Million in OC

UPS Foundation tops first-time ranking of annual listing

Donations from corporate foundations were up 5% to $123 million. Includes the 2012 OC's LARGEST CORPORATE FOUNDATIONS COs list for download (pdf)

4% Hiring Uptick First for Telecoms in Six Years

TELECOM: AT&T repeats atop local sector employment rankings

4% hiring uptick first for telecoms in six years. Includes the 2012 OC's LARGEST TELECOMMUNICATION COs list for download (pdf)

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Dental HMOs, PPOs Rise 2% to 2.1 Million Members

Delta Dental has topped list rankings since 2007

Dental HMOs, PPOs rise about 2% to 2.1 million members. Includes the 2012 OC's LARGEST DENTAL HMO/PPOs list for download (pdf)

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HMO Membership Roughly Even With Year Earlier

Kaiser again tops HMOs list; PPOs mark 4% yearly uptick

HMO membership roughly even with year-ago figure. Includes the 2012 OC's LARGEST HMOs list for download (pdf)

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Rebound Means 8% Employment Uptick at PR Firms

MARKETING: Gains come via new business, expanded accounts

Rebound means 8% employment uptick at public relations firms. Includes the 2012 OC's PUBLIC RELATIONS FIRMS list for download (pdf)

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New Math on OC’s Wealthiest

ECONOMY: More entries, big giveaway factors this year

New Math on OC’s Wealthiest—more entries, big giveaway factors this year. Includes the 2012 OC's WEALTHIEST list for download (pdf)

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OC's WEALTHIEST 1-10

SPECIAL REPORT: Profiles of Orange County’s Wealthiest - 1-10

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Brokers Post 13% Revenue Rise, 18% Surge in Jobs

Second Year of Sales Growth After Consecutive Downticks

ABOUT THE LIST - Business better last year for Orange County’s largest insurance brokers. Includes the 2012 OC's LARGEST INSURANCE BROKERS list for download (pdf)

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Tenant Improvement Work Dips on Smaller Field

20 largest see $440M in business as construction remains sluggish

ABOUT THE LIST: Lack of new commercial real estate construction in OC puts damper on area’s volume of tenant improvement work. Includes the 2012 OC's LARGEST TENANT IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTORS list for download (pdf)

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Accounting Firms Post 4.7% Increase in Local Jobs

Uptick follows three years of declines in OC employment

ABOUT THE LIST: Accounting firms post almost 5% increase in jobs.

Consultants Post First Uptick in Hires Since 2008

Firms’ OC operations size up, as clients’ fortunes stabilize

ABOUT THE LIST: Management consultants boost hires. Includes the 2012 OC's LARGEST MANAGEMENT CONSULTING FIRMS list for download (pdf)

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Women-Owned Businesses Post 4% Sales Increase

Local employment rises by 5%; In-N-Out tops revenue rankings

ABOUT THE LIST: Thirty largest women-owned businesses in Orange County collectively see increase in revenue, number of employees. Includes the 2012 OC's LARGEST WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES list for download (pdf)

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Electronics Makers’ Local Jobs Hold About Steady

MANUFACTURING: Pace falls off after 4.7% gain last year

ABOUT THE LIST: Contract electronics makers hold about steady on local jobs. Includes the 2012 OC's LARGEST ELECTRONICS MAKERS list for download (pdf)

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Revenue, Jobs Rise for Private Cos.

THE LIST: 6% sales increase to $60 billion

ABOUT THE LIST: Fragile economy wasn’t enough to keep OC’s largest private companies from posting a third consecutive year of gains. Includes the 2012 OC's LARGEST PRIVATE COMPANIES list for download (pdf)

Aerospace Companies Took Flight During Past Year

Panasonic Avionics added 1,620 workers to bolster segment data

ABOUT THE LIST: OC’s largest aerospace and defense contractors add 1,600-plus jobs during 12 months through May. Includes the 2012 OC's LARGEST AEROSPACE & DEFENSE CONTRACTORS list for download (pdf)

By the Numbers - OC PRIVATE COMPANIES (250+ EMPLOYEES)

There are 172 privately owned companies in Orange County that have 250 or more employees.

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Slow Commercial Progress in 2011 at 251,000 SF

Caps three-year stretch of sluggish project development

SPECIAL REPORT: OC sees slow commercial progress in 2011 at 251,000 square feet. Includes the 2012 OC's LARGEST COMMERCIAL DEVELOPERS list for download (pdf)

Construction Cos. Report 1% Uptick for Second Year

Modest upticks follow prior consecutive annual declines

SPECIAL REPORT: Construction companies report 1% uptick for second year. Includes the 2012 OC's LARGEST CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES list for download (pdf)

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VC Firms Boosted OC Investments by 71% in 2011

Big new commitments by Sail, Versant fuel yearly increase

Local venture capital investments increased in 2011 after falling two years in a row. Includes the 2012 OC's LARGEST VENTURE CAPITAL FIRMS list for download (pdf)

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Apparel Cos.’ Employment Dips on Sector Caution

List expanded to include urban, contemporary, footwear brands

ABOUT THE LIST: Apparel companies’ employment dips on sector caution. Includes the 2012 OC's LARGEST APPAREL COMPANIES list for download (pdf)

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OC Hotels Mark Higher Occupancies, Room Rates

Cars Land attractions expected to boost business in wide area

Business looks good for Orange County’s hotel industry. Includes the 2012 OC's LARGEST HOTELS list for download (pdf)

Staffing Firms Notch Second Straight Revenue Rise

SERVICES: Jumped 7% in ’11; agencies own hiring rose 4%

ABOUT THE LIST - Staffing firms notch second-straight revenue rise. Includes the 2012 OC's LARGEST EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES list for download (pdf)

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SBA Lending Down Compared With Record Year

Dip traces to elapsed fee waivers; some lenders still saw upticks

ABOUT THE LIST: SBA lending down compared with biggest year ever. Includes the 2012 OC's LARGEST SBA LENDERS list for download (pdf)

Computer-Product Makers Post 5% Employment Increase

Mobile tech, cloud computing lift tally to 6,519 workers

ABOUT THE LIST: Computer-product makers post 5% employment increase. Includes the 2012 OC's LARGEST COMPUTER-PRODUCT MAKERS list for download (pdf)

Software Makers Mark Hiring Uptick, Despite Consolidation

Work forces grew by 2.7% for a total 8,014 area employees

ABOUT THE LIST: Employment at Orange County’s largest software makers grew modestly in the past year. Includes the 2012 OC's LARGEST SOFTWARE MAKERS list for download (pdf)

Printers Add Services, Revenue in Return to Growth

Diversification trend spurs some to revise brands

ABOUT THE LIST: Printers add services, revenue in annual uptick. Includes the 2012 OC's TOP COMMERCIAL PRINTERS list for download (pdf)