Orange County Business Journal

OCBJ WEEKLY LISTS

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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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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)

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How Is Healthcare’s Chance for Next Year’s List?

Healthcare companies continue to make up a large part of the Business Journal’s annual list of fastest-growing public companies based here. Includes the 2011 OC's FASTEST-GROWING PUBLIC COs list for download (pdf)

Concerns on Water Quality Drive Gain on Filter Sales

MANUFACTURING: Seychelle sells to tsunami survivors, military

How Seychelle Environmental Technologies Inc. landed the No. 1 spot. Includes the 2011 OC's FASTEST-GROWING PUBLIC COs list for download (pdf)

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MBA Programs See Big Dip, Post Slight Gain Without Trident

Cypress School’s Enrollment Falls 55% Amid Credential Review; UCI Up 6.5%

One big dip accounts for enrollment decline for graduate-level business programs. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST MBA SCHOOLS list for download (pdf)

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Fastest-Growing Feat: Nearly 40% Gain

ECONOMY: Pace of sales, number listed back on track

Fastest-growing private companies combine for sales rise of nearly 40%, ranks back up to 100. Includes the 2011 OC'sFASTEST GROWING PRIVATE COS list for download (pdf)

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Billings Back, Employment Lags at Engineering Firms

Fluor Still Biggest on Billings; Wildan Sees Largest Drop

ABOUT THE LIST: Biggest Engineering Firms. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST ENGINEERING FIRMS list for download (pdf)

Architects See Gain on Billings In Gradual Recovery

LPA still No. 1

The List: Biggest Architecture Firms. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST ARCHITECTURE FIRMS list for download (pdf)

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Contract Electronics Companies See Jump in Jobs

First gain since 2008; 14 largest combine for 2,653 workers here

ABOUT THE LIST: Electronics companies see jobs jump. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST ELECTRONICS COMPANIES list for download (pdf)

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Private Foundations Reverse Decline on Assets, Trim Giving

$110.8M in donations; assets up after 19% dip of prior year

Individual, family foundations’ donations fall, assets rise. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST PRIVATE FOUNDATIONS list for download (pdf)

Slower Decline Points to Stability for Corporate Foundations

About half cut back on gifts; no changes for Beckman

Corporate foundations gave $113.1M last year. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST CORPORATE FOUNDATIONS list for download (pdf)

How Best Companies Make List

A rundown on how best companies make list. Includes the 2011 OC's BEST PLACES TO WORK list for download (pdf)

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Device Makers Increase Local Employment by 7%

Edwards No.1 for third-straight year; biggest gain at Endologix

Device makers increase local employment by about 7%. Includes the 2011 OC's TOP MEDICAL DEVICE MAKERS list for download (pdf)

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New Products Help on 12% Gain in Jobs at Drug Makers

No. 1 Allergan leads way; Teva cuts; Avanir sees growth spurt

Drug makers’ job gains in double digit 28. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST DRUG MAKERS List for download (pdf)

HMOs Combine for Modest Gain in Memberships, Hold Ranks

Kaiser still tops; Cigna Healthcare accounts for biggest gain in past 12 months; 1.26 million total

HMOs combine for modest gain in memberships, hold ranks. Includes the 2011 OC's TOP HMO and PPOs list for download (pdf)

Delta Dental Pulls Whole Field Up to 6% Gain in Enrollments

Plan sees 21% jump in past year, offsets big dip for MetLife for fifth-straight top ranking

Delta Dental pulls whole field up to 6% gain in enrollments. Includes the 2011 OC's TOP DENTAL HMOS/PPOS List for download (pdf)

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Leader Lives Up to Name; PR Shops Post Jobs Gain

MARKETING: Local shops grapple with social media; chase for talent

Leader Enterprises new top dog in OC’s public relations industry. Includes the 2011 OC's TOP PUBLIC RELATIONS FIRMS list for download (pdf)

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3 More Billionaires Among Gains by Wealthiest

ECONOMY: Richest see 4.6% bump

It was a good year for the ultra-wealthy here. Includes the 2011 OC's WEALTHIEST list for download (pdf)

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Kingston, Vizio Drive Minority-Owned Gain

ECONOMY: big years make up most of $12B in sales, 32% jump

ABOUT THE LIST: Kingston Technology and Vizio led sales gains for companies on this week’s list. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESSES list for download (pdf)

Accounting Firms Poised to Turn Tide With New Hires

Nearly held even last year; gains expected as clients resume growth

ABOUT THE LIST - Orange County’s accounting firms have stemmed worker losses as more of their clients plan for growth, mergers and new tax laws and regulations. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST ACCOUNTING FIRMS list for download (pdf)

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Consultants End Jobs Dip as Corporate Spending Returns

Two-year losing streak over; Resources Global tops list again

ABOUT THE LIST - The county’s largest management consultants combined to hold steady on employment in the past 12 months after more than two years of shedding jobs. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS List for download (pdf)

Tenant Improvement Contractors End Two-Year Dip, Eye More

Office bargains, relocations spur business; KPRS holds No. 1 despite revenue lag

ABOUT THE LIST: Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST TENANT IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTORS list for download (pdf)

Restaurant Chain Sales Flat; New Marketing, Menu Items

DINING: 2010 sales flat at $7B, recovery seen playing out in ’11

ABOUT THE LIST - Locally based restaurant chains saw sales take a slight dip last year. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST OC-BASED RESTAURANTS list for download (pdf)

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Defense, Aerospace Drag Manufacturing Employment Down

AEROSPACE: Off 5.4% to 23,000 jobs here; Boeing still tops despite cuts

MANUFACTURING - ABOUT THE LIST: The 25 largest aerospace and defense contractors here saw employment drop. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST AEROSPACE & DEFENSE CONTRACTORS list for download (pdf)

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Developers Still at Fraction of Boom; Some Big Projects Ahead

Just 720,000 SF completed last year; Pimco, Hyundai projects offer hope for local kick-start

ABOUT THE LIST: The county’s 18 largest office, industrial, retail and hotel developers finished 720,000 square feet of projects here last year. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST COMMERCIAL DEVELOPERS list for download (pdf)

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Construction Companies Steady, Braced for Challenges

Small rise in revenue beats last two years; few big tickets ahead

ABOUT THE LIST: Orange County’s largest construction companies managed to stop the bleeding last year. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION COS List for download (pdf)

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VC Investments Down Again Amid Continued Caution

Follow-on financing accounts for most; Sail Capital still tops

ABOUT THE LIST: The county’s largest venture capital firms saw local investments plunge for the second consecutive year. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST VENTURE CAPITAL FIRMS list for download (pdf)

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Big Apparel Makers Post 5% Increase in Local Jobs

Top-ranked Oakley stars for Luxottica; others see shifts

ABOUT THE LIST: The recession appears to be over for apparel makers in Orange County, with employment once again growing. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST APPAREL COS list for download (pdf)

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Computer Products Makers End Employment Slump

Gain of 1.5% after four years of cuts; Western Dig still tops

ABOUT THE LIST: A look at OC computer products companies. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST COMPUTER PRODUCTS COS list for download (pdf)

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Blizzard Leads Software Makers to 15.3% Increase

Games fuel rise to $7.1B for biggest; jobs up 3% to 7,700

ABOUT THE LIST - A look at OC software makers. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST SOFTWARE COMPANIES List for download (pdf)

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Hotel Rate Gains Expected on More Demand, Steady Supply

Employment up 2%; room counts unchanged over year

A look at the largest hotels here. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST HOTELS list for download (pdf)

Stimulus Programs, Recovery Push Big Jump in SBA Lending

$220M total; Wells surpasses non-profit; fee waivers a key

ABOUT THE LIST: Federal stimulus programs and the ongoing economic recovery helped bring another big boost in Small Business Administration lending in Orange County. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST SBA LENDERS list for download (pdf)

Kingston Passes Pacific Life as Top Private Co.

ECONOMY: Pac Life’s parent slips after 16 years in top spot

ABOUT THE LIST: Kingston has taken the top spot as the county’s largest private company. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST PRIVATELY HELD COs list for download (pdf)

Staffing Firms See Strong Comeback on Revenue, Placements

ECONOMY: Biggest post 12% gain, join trend with own hires

ABOUT THE LIST: The county’s employment agencies saw a strong comeback last year. Includes the 2011 OC's TOP EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES list for download (pdf)

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Billings Zoom, Strong Jobs Gain as Marketplace Stirs

Recovery kicks in; Hyundai’s shop No. 1; digital trend grows

ABOUT THE LIST: Advertising spending made a comeback last year as Orange County’s largest agencies saw billings jump to end a dry spell that hit the industry during the downturn. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST ADVERTISING AGENCIES List for download (pdf)

Printers Off Bottom; New Hires, Adjustments in Works

Steady on revenue, adding jobs, investments to meet digital shift

ABOUT THE LIST: Commercial printers here stopped the bleeding and started down a path toward recovery last year. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST COMMERCIAL PRINTERS list for download (pdf)

Big Acquisitions Offset Spinoffs, Other Public Company Newbies

WALL STREET: Acquisitions nearly double that of newcomers

PUBLIC COMPANIES: ABOUT THE LIST - Acquisitions and spinoffs added to this year’s list of local public companies. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST PUBLIC COMPANIES list for download (pdf)

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Sure Sign of Improvement: ‘We Need More Supply’

Brokers close 2010 with bang, end four-year dip; cautious but hopeful for more gain this year

ABOUT THE LIST: Orange County’s top brokers reversed a four-year streak of declines in business in 2010, thanks to gradually improving market conditions and a flurry of big-dollar deals that closed late in the year. Includes the 2011 OC's TOP COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE BROKERS list for download (pdf)

How to Survive and Prosper: Strategy, Focus, Communication

Leading wealth managers used new mixes to keep clients during downturn, grow with recovery

ABOUT THE LIST: The county’s top wealth managers held on to most of their clients through the downturn and are picking up new business as the economy recovers. Includes the 2011 OC's TOP WEALTH MANAGERS list for download (pdf)

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Volume Up, Headcounts Down, Outlook Wary for Title Firms

Interest rate hikes expected to cut refinance business after 16% boost in dollar volume in 2010

Orange County’s largest title insurers saw a second straight year of gains in 2010 but remain on the defensive due to expectations of higher interest rates that could bring a slowdown in refinance work. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST TITLE INSURERS list for download (pdf)

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Women-Owned Businesses Bounce Back With Sales Growth

ECONOMY: $2.2B total for 2% increase after 2 years of declines

ABOUT THE LIST: Businesses owned by women saw an uptick in sales last year. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES list for download (pdf)

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Automakers Reflect Sales Rebound With New Hires

AUTOS: Net gain for nine here comes after three years of cuts

ABOUT THE LIST: Automakers with operations here saw a small uptick in hiring. Includes the 2011 OC's AUTOMAKERS list for download (pdf)

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Auto Dealers See 2010 Sales Rise After Two Years of Declines

AUTOS: Sales up 6% to $3.4B; trend seen sticking for 2011

ABOUT THE LIST: The largest dealers here saw a jump in 2010 sales. Includes the 2011 OC's AUTO DEALERS List for download (pdf)

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Big Builders End 5-Year Losing Streak With 35% Increase

Much of new construction on Irvine Ranch; 11 new players on list; still well off high mark

ABOUT THE LIST: Orange County’s homebuilding industry reversed a long-running streak of declining sales last year thanks to a big boost in construction on Irvine Ranch land. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST HOMEBUILDERS list for download (pdf)

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Local Deposit Gains Moderate for Banks, Way Up for S&Ls

BofA holds off Wells for lead; OneWest top thrift

ABOUT THE LIST: The county’s 30 largest commercial banks saw deposits rise modestly through June while the local field of savings and loans made big gains through acquisitions and internal growth. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST COMMERCIAL BANKS and LARGEST SAVINGS & LOANS lists for download (pdf)

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Hospitals’ Profits Up 10%

THE LIST: Hoag keeps top spot; Anaheim General recertified on Medicaid payments for elderly

ABOUT THE LIST: OC's largest hospitals combined for a healthy increase in pretax net income last year. Includes the 2011 OC's HOSPITALS list for download (pdf)

Revenue Up, Jobs Down at Environmental Consultants

THE LIST: Billings back from doldrums; some consolidation

ABOUT THE LIST: The county’s largest environmental consultants saw an uptick in billings last year. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS list for download (pdf)

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Oakley Leads Job Gain at Largest Foreign-Owned Companies

THE LIST: Oakley, Blizzard rule; 560 new jobs in past year

ABOUT THE LIST: The county’s largest foreign-owned companies saw an uptick in hiring. Includes the 2011 OC's FOREIGN-OWNED COs List for download (pdf)

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Biggest Firms See Overall Gain in Ranks of Lawyers

Reversal from recession; most based here post gains

ABOUT THE LIST: Employment up at local firms. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST LAW FIRMS List for download (pdf)

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Hotels Hold Ground on Meetings, Prepare for Better Conditions Ahead

Occupancy gains expected, rates seen moving up some

ABOUT THE LIST - The area’s 50 largest hotels reported a 1% increase in meeting space, relatively unchanged from last year. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST HOTEL MEETING ROOMS List for download (pdf)

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Biggest Malls Rebound, Combine for Slight Sales Gain

RETAIL: Increases at five offset nine decliners; leasing up

ABOUT THE LIST: The county’s largest shopping malls saw a slight increase in sales overall as the retail slump of the past two years started to lift. Includes the 2010 OC's LARGEST SHOPPING CENTERS List for download (pdf)

Nonprofits See Revenue Bump on Downturn Priorities

GIVING: Arts, education take back seat to more dire needs

ABOUT THE LIST: Some local nonprofits are seeing a dip in donations as the county's givers shift their priorities to groups with more immediate needs. Includes the 2010 OC's LARGEST NONPROFITS List for download (pdf)

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Big Employers Lagging County’s Jobs Rebound

ECONOMY: 50 big employers down 1.6%, less after adjustments

ABOUT THE LIST: Total jobs declined at OC’s largest employers in the past year, lagging recent gains countywide. Includes the 2010 OC's LARGEST EMPLOYERS List for download (pdf)

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Chipmakers Hire on Rebound

TECHNOLOGY: Big boost in demand, 7% rise in local hires

ABOUT THE LIST: The county’s biggest chipmakers have been hiring amid a recovering semiconductor industry. Includes the 2010 OC CHIPMAKERS List for download (pdf)

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Contract Electronics Employment Steady

TECHNOLOGY: Jobs rise at many; one sends work to China

ABOUT THE LIST: Local employment for contract electronics firms has stabilized in the past year. Includes the 2010 OC CONTRACT ELECTRONICS MAKERS List for download (pdf)

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Banks See Some Asset Growth, Lessened Loss; Half Profitable

FINANCE: Banks based here deal with loans, capital issues

ABOUT THE LIST: The county’s largest banks saw improving assets in the past year and are working to shore up their balance sheets. Includes the 2010 OC COMMERCIAL BANKS List for download (pdf)

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Acquisition Drives Credit Union Assets as Lending Stays Soft

FINANCE: NuVision deal is driver; SchoolsFirst dominates

ABOUT THE LIST: Local credit unions continue to see an increase in assets even as lending remains soft. Includes the 2010 OC CREDIT UNIONS List for download (pdf)

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Brokers Post Revenue Decline, Hold Steady on Employment

Sale of Aon Auto Unit Drags on Totals; Benefits Broker Hirings Offer Sign of Improvement

ABOUT THE LIST: The county’s insurance brokers saw a drop in revenue for the second year in a row. Includes the 2010 OC INSURANCE BROKERS List for download (pdf)

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Fast-Growing Privates: $12B in Sales, Growth of 23%

Recession Takes Toll on Group’s Size, Two-Year Growth Rate; Survivors Defy Downturn

ABOUT THE LIST: A list of 69 companies with strong two-year growth. Includes the 2010 OC FAST-GROWING PRIVATE COS List for download (pdf)

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Wells Fargo Leads Rebound in Financial Advisers

FINANCE: Company adds 57 reps, despite cutting elsewhere

ABOUT THE LIST: The number of financial advisers in the county has gone up slightly in the past year. Includes the 2010 OC FINANCIAL ADVISERS List for download (pdf)

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Local MBA Enrollment Falls as Downturn Drags On

GRAD SCHOOLS: Earlier gains erode amid shaky jobs picture

Local MBA programs see a drop in enrollment as the economic recovery drags on. Includes the 2010 OC MBA SCHOOLS Directory for download (pdf)

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THE LIST - Fastest Growing Public Companies

Includes the 2010 OC FASTEST GROWING PUBLIC COS List for download (pdf)

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Tale of Two Cities: Irvine, Anaheim See Big Population Gains

CITIES: Spillover from boom; gains may be hard to sustain

ABOUT THE LIST: OC’s cities saw an increase in population, but revenue for the county’s 34 cities was down. Includes the 2010 OC CITIES List for download (pdf)

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ABOUT THE LIST - Best Places To Work in Orange County

The Business Journal’s Best Places to Work is the result of months of surveying workers and management at nearly 100 local employers. Includes the 2010 OC BEST PLACES TO WORK List for download (pdf)

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AT&T, Verizon Lead Local Telecom Employment Cuts

TECHNOLOGY: About 1,000 local jobs cut in past 12 months

ABOUT THE LIST: OC’s telecommunications companies cut jobs in the last year. Includes the 2010 OC TELECOMMUNICATIONS COS List for download (pdf)

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Corporate Foundations Reduced Giving 13% in 2009

GIVING: Assets grew 7% as programs waited out downturn

ABOUT THE LIST: Local corporate foundations decreased their giving but assets went up. Includes the 2010 OC CORPORATE GIVING List for download (pdf)

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Private Foundations Kept Up Giving Despite Drop in Assets

GIVING: OC’s wealthiest up donations in trying times

ABOUT THE LIST: OC’s private foundations held their giving steady. Includes the 2010 OC PRIVATE FOUNDATIONS List for download (pdf)

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Awaiting Recovery

Top 30 Architecture Firms Saw Second Year of Lower Local Billings as Construction Lags

ABOUT THE LIST - OC’s architecture firms continued to struggle last year and don’t see much changing in the near future. Includes the 2010 OC ARCHITECTURE FIRMS List for download (pdf)

Engineering Cos.’ Billings Fell 8%, Second Year of Decline

ABOUT THE LIST: The county’s engineering companies saw a decline in local billings for the second straight year. Includes the 2010 OC ENGINEERING COMPANIES List for download (pdf)

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Device Makers Continue Hiring with a 3% Uptick in Workforce

HEALTHCARE: List buoyed by Applied, Bausch, Edwards

ABOUT THE LIST: OC device makers increased hiring by 3% last year.

Drug Makers Added 6% More Workers in Past Year

HEALTHCARE: Top cos. getting boost from newcomers

ABOUT THE LIST: The county’s drug makers increased hiring by 6% last year, reversing a 10% loss from 2008. Includes the 2010 OC DRUG MAKERS List for download (pdf)

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Travel Agencies Saw 14.2% Drop in Business in 2009

ECONOMY: 2010 showing improvement, led by leisure

ABOUT THE LIST: Local travel agencies have seen a drop in business. Includes the 2010 OC TRAVEL AGENCIES List for download (pdf)

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Dental Insurers See Membership Shoot Up, Carried by No. 1

HEALTHCARE: Delta Dental retains top spot with 48% jump

ABOUT THE LIST: Local dental providers saw an increase in enrollment last year. Includes the 2010 OC DENTAL HMO/PPOs List for download (pdf)

HMOs See Steady Enrollment, PPOs Register 5% Drop

HEALTHCARE: Still sluggish economy credited for no growth

ABOUT THE LIST: Enrollment for HMO insurers held steady, while enrollment for PPO insurers fell. Includes the 2010 OC HMOs List for download (pdf)