Orange County Business Journal

OCBJ WEEKLY LISTS

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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)

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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)