Orange County Business Journal

OCBJ WEEKLY LISTS

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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)

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Public Cos. Top $100B

Highest Sales Since ’05; Slower Pace on Profits

Orange County’s largest public companies posted a second straight year of sales gains in 2011

Post-Recession Result: CEO Changes

30% Turnover for Top 50 Public Companies Since ’07

ABOUT THIS LIST: Post-recession inventory: CEO changes. Includes the 2012 OC's LARGEST 100 PUBLIC COMPANIES list for download (pdf)

Who’s Not Here

Ten companies included on the Business Journal’s list of OC-based public companies last year were not on this year’s edition

By the Numbers - PUBLICLY TRADED COMPANIES IN OC

There are more than 106 publicly traded companies in Orange County.

Biggest Brokerages Combine for Second Consecutive Uptick

Top offices combine for 18% rise to $15.5B in sales, leases

ABOUT THE LIST - Biggest brokerages combine for second consecutive uptick. Includes the 2012 OC's TOP COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE BROKERS list for download (pdf)

Managers’ OC Portfolios Slim Down, Total Space Rises

CBRE, Irvine Co., Transwestern maintain top positions

ABOUT THE LIST: Managers’ OC portfolios slim, but their total space rises. Includes the 2012 OC's TOP COMMERCIAL PROPERTY MANAGERS list for download (pdf)

A Challenging Year for Those Blending the Investment Mix

Managers assessed risks, embraced opportunities

ABOUT THE LIST: Orange County’s top wealth managers gained new clients over the past year and are managing more money. Includes the 2012 OC's TOP WEALTH MANAGERS list for download (pdf)

Title Cos. Adjust Focus to Commercial Transactions

Shift comes as residential sees drop in new mortgages

ABOUT THE LIST: Title companies adjust focus to commercial transactions. Includes the 2012 OC's LARGEST TITLE INSURERS list for download (pdf)

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Minority-Owned Companies Add Jobs, Top $11B

ECONOMY: Dip in combined revenue tied to Kingston estimate

ABOUT THE LIST: Minority-owned companies add jobs, top $11 billion. Includes the 2012 OC's LARGEST MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESSES list for download (pdf)

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Automakers Add Jobs Overall; Some Cut Amid Sales Growth

AUTOS: Fisker makes difference; Hyundai still No. 1 with 977

Automakers add jobs overall; some cut amid sales growth. Includes the 2012 OC's LARGEST AUTOMAKERS list for download (pdf)

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Auto Dealers Shrug Off Challenges, Post Sales Gain

AUTOS: Overcome supply shortages, economic concerns

Auto dealers in Orange County overcame supply shortages and shaky consumer confidence to continue a comeback last year. Includes the 2012 OC's LARGEST AUTO DEALERS list for download (pdf)

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Home Sales Down Overall, Single-Family Up 21%

Change to tracking closings affects comparison to 2010

Orange County’s homebuilding industry turned in mixed results last year, with single-family up and condos dragging. Includes the 2012 OC's TOP HOMEBUILDERS list for download (pdf)

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Commercial Banks Up 2.5% on Deposits, S&Ls Post 9.1% Gain

BofA repeats atop local field; five S&Ls grow, four decline

ABOUT THE LIST: Deposits at OC commercial banks continued to grow at about the same pace as a year earlier, while S&Ls saw a slowing in rate of overall growth. Includes the 2012 OC's TOP COMMERCIAL BANKS, and TOP SAVINGS $ LOANS lists for download (pdf)

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12-Month Profit Picture Mixed at Area Hospitals

UCI Medical, CHOC up strongly, some others dip; hiring slides

ABOUT THE LIST: Strong pre-tax profit growth from UC Irvine Medical Center, CHOC offset tumbles at other large hospitals. Includes the 2012 OC's HOSPITALS list for download (pdf)

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Environmental Consultants Tread Water in 2011

Billings Flat; CH2M Hill Keeps Top Spot, Adds Staff

ABOUT THE LIST - The largest environmental consultants operating in Orange County managed to hold steady on local business last year. Includes the 2012 OC's LARGEST ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS list for download (pdf)

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Foreign-Owned Cos. Lag Hiring Trend

ECONOMY: Largest here level on jobs; mix of big gains, cuts

ABOUT THE LIST: Largest foreign-owned companies with operations in Orange County put a brake on hiring in 2011. Includes the 2012 OC's LARGEST FOREIGN-OWNED COMPANIES list for download (pdf)

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Knobbe Martens Repeats Atop List of Largest OC Law Firm

Hires nine more attorneys, No. 2 Rutan & Tucker adds six

SPECIAL REPORT: LAW FIRMS - Knobbe Martens repeats atop list of largest OC law firms. Includes the 2012 OC's 50 TOP LAW FIRMS list for download (pdf)

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Hotels Add Meeting Space, Optimism Begins to Spread

Bookings up, luxury revives; Disneyland Hotel still No. 1

Hotels add meeting space, optimism begins to take hold. Includes the 2012 OC's 50 LARGEST HOTEL MEETING ROOMS list for download (pdf)

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Goodwill Repeats Atop List Of Biggest Nonprofit Groups

Among 61 OC nonprofits again combining to post revenue leap

The 61 largest nonprofits here combine for increase in total revenue for second-straight year. Includes the 2011 OC's 50 LARGEST NONPROFITS list for download (pdf)

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Biggest Employers Add Jobs

ECONOMY: 50 combine to end 2-year streak of cuts

Biggest employers add workers. Includes the 2011 OC's 50 LARGEST EMPLOYERS list for download (pdf)

Chipmakers Combine for 7.4% Jump in Local Employment

Acquisitive Broadcom tops list again amid mobile-tech demand

Chipmakers combine for 7.4% jump in local employment. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST CHIPMAKERS list for download (pdf)

Acquisitions Drive Big Gains on Assets, Jobs for Banks Here

Opus moves into top spot with buys in North OC, Washington

ABOUT THE LIST: The largest commercial banks based in Orange County grew assets by 26%. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST COMMERCIAL BANKS list for download (pdf)

SchoolsFirst’s Growth Lifts Local Credit Unions

Santa Ana organization leads on assets, net income and jobs

ABOUT THE LIST: SchoolsFirst's growth lifts local credit unions. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST CREDIT UNIONS list for download (pdf)

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Bigger A

Anaheim Passes Santa Ana in Population

Anaheim claims title as Orange County’s most populous city, ends Santa Ana’s historic hold. Includes the 2011 OC's CITIES list for download (pdf)

Telecom Companies Continue Downward Trend on Local Jobs

Telecom Companies Continue Downward Trend on Local Jobs

Telecommunication companies continue downward trend on local jobs. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST TELECOMMUNICATIONS COS list for download (pdf)

Brokers Snap Two-Year Slump With Growth Across the Board

Biggest combine for gains on revenue, jobs, local offices

Brokers snap two-year slump with growth across the board. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST INSURANCE BROKERS list for download (pdf)

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Financial Advisers Post Another Slight Gain on Registered Reps

Wells still No. 1; BofA just shy of Morgan Stanley

ABOUT THE LIST. Advisers post another slight jobs gain on registered representatives. Includes the 2011 OC's FINANCIAL ADVISERS list for download (pdf)

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Public Cos. Return to Big Numbers

ECONOMY: 42% jump in revenue biggest since 2008

Fastest-growing public companies combined for 42% gain in revenue over two-year period. Includes the 2011 OC's FASTEST-GROWING PUBLIC COs list for download (pdf)