Orange County Business Journal

OCBJ WEEKLY LISTS

ABOUT THE LISTS: Click on a headline for a summary and analysis of a weekly List (each story includes a FREE download for paid subscribers)
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Rebound in Tech Fortunes Boosts Wealthiest; Valued at $40B

ABOUT THE LIST: The 32 richest people here saw an estimated 8% rise in wealth in the past 12 months to a collective worth of $40 billion, according to this week’s Business Journal list. Includes the 2010 OC's WEALTHIEST List for download (pdf)

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Minority-Owned Cos. Hire After Tough ’09

ECONOMY: Kingston, Vizio prop up group; employment picking up

ABOUT THE LIST: Revenue is down, but the county’s top minority-owned businesses still are hiring. Includes the 2010 MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESSES List for download (pdf)

Accounting for Losses

Accounting Firms Shed 5% of Local Workers in Past Year, Predicting Pickup in Business

ABOUT THE LIST. OC’s biggest accounting firms have shed workers in the past 12 months. Includes the 2010 ACCOUNTING FIRMS List for download (pdf)

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Management Companies Continue to Shed Employees

ADVISORY: Top 20 cos. drop 6% of local workers, led by top 2

ABOUT THE LIST. Most of the area’s management consulting companies kept hiring flat or down. Includes the 2010 MANAGEMENT CONSULTING FIRMS List for download (pdf)

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Tenant Improvement Contractors Saw A Second Down Year

ARCHITECTURE: Pullback in leasing drops revenue 17% in 2009

ABOUT THE LIST: OC’s largest tenant improvement contractors saw a decline in work for the second year in a row. Includes the 2010 TENANT IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTORS List for download (pdf)

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Defense, Aerospace Contractors Shed 5% of OC Workers

DEFENSE: Drop tempered by backlog, federal spending shift

ABOUT THE LIST: the largest aerospace and defense contractors in OC shed employees. Includes the 2010 OC's LARGEST AEROSPACE and DEFENSE CONTRACTORS List for download (pdf)

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Commercial Developers Saw Number of Projects Tumble

ABOUT THE LIST - OC Commercial development has dropped 85% from the 3.5 million square feet completed in 2008. Includes the 2010 OC's LARGEST COMMERCIAL DEVELOPERS List for download (pdf)

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Construction Work Drops 12.6%, Buoyed by Big Projects

CONSTRUCTION: Cos. see more competition for federal contracts

ABOUT THE LIST: the county’s largest construction companies saw a 12% drop in revenue. Includes the 2010 OC's LARGEST CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES List for download (pdf)

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Venture Capital Tabled; Niche, Proven Players Find Funds

FINANCE: Difficult fundraising, slow returns make investors wary

ABOUT THE LIST - Venture capital firms held on to their money amid the economic slump. Includes the 2010 OC's VENTURE CAPITAL FIRMS List for download (pdf)

Employment at Apparel Makers Stabilizes

CLOTHING: Cautious optimism for emerging gains in second half

ABOUT THE LIST: The county’s largest apparel companies saw employment stabilize in the past 12 months. Includes the 2010 OC's TOP 30 APPAREL COMPANIES List for download (pdf)

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Don’t Stop the Presses

Largest Printers Here Trim Costs, Consolidate, See 11% Drop in Annual Revenue

The downturn brought consolidation among the county’s printers, which are starting to see business pick up. Includes the 2010 OC's LARGEST PRINTERS for download (pdf)

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Lenders More Than Doubled Local Small-Business Loans

ABOUT THE LIST - SBA LENDERS

The amount of loans made by the largest 20 Small Business Administration lenders in the county jumped to $155 million for the six months through March, according to this week’s Business Journal list. Includes the 2010 OC's SBA LENDERS for download (pdf)

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Property Managers Saw Rebound in Work Last Year

REAL ESTATE: Distressed sales, outsourcing switched up rankings

ABOUT THE LIST - Property Managers. Includes the 2010 OC's COMMERCIAL PROPERTY MANAGERS LIST for download (pdf)

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Golden State, Vizio Prop Up Private Companies

ECONOMY: Group sees flat 2009 sales of $51B, thanks to big gainers

ABOUT THE LIST: The county’s largest private companies were buoyed by a few big revenue gainers in 2009. Includes the 2010 OC's LARGEST PRIVATE COs LIST for download (pdf)

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Stalled Hotel Expansion Prompts Some Recovery in Room Rates

TOURISM: Disney hotels still renovating; few things in pipeline

ABOUT THE LIST: The expansion of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa was the only real growth this past year in an otherwise dead hotel construction market. Includes the 2010 OC's LARGEST HOTELS LIST for download (pdf)

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Staffing Firms Breathe Easier After Devastating ’09

ECONOMY: Revenue drops 20% in ’09; firms seeing some pickup

Local employment agencies saw a long and horrible 2009, but now they’re seeing signs of a budding recovery. Includes the 2010 OC's Top Employment Agencies list for download (pdf)

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Downturn Pares Ranks of Smaller Public Cos.

ECONOMY: Acquisitions, moves, disappearances cut group’s size

ABOUT THE LIST: The economic woes of the past two years or so played out on the Business Journal’s list of second-tier public companies. Includes the 2010 OC's Second-Tier Public Companies list for download (pdf)

TOP Wealth Managers

A look at the 11 wealth managers on the Business Journal’s list. Includes the 2010 OC's Top Wealth Managers list for download (pdf)

Ad Agencies See Slight Drop in OC Billings, Employees

ABOUT THE LIST - ADVERSITING AGENCIES

The largest advertising agencies here saw billings drop last year. Includes the 2010 OC's Largest Advertising Agencies list for download (pdf)

Women-Owned Businesses Took Another Hit in 2009

ECONOMY: In-N-Out buoys group; overall revenue drops 10%

The county’s largest women-owned businesses saw another down year. Includes the 2010 OC's Top Women-Owned Businesses list for download (pdf)

Title Insurers See 56% Jump; Driven by Uptick in Refinancing

Largest Cos. Bracing for Tough Years Coming As Higher Mortgage Rates May Tamp Business

A list of the largest title companies operating here. Includes the 2010 OC's Largest Title Insurers list for download (pdf)

Hyundai Holds Steady as Automakers Cut 250 Jobs in Past Year

AUTO: Epic downturn brings cuts; subtle 2010 industry recovery seen

ABOUT THE LIST: The strongest automakers with operations in OC held steady in the past year as others cut jobs. Includes the complete list for download (pdf).

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Auto Dealers See Sales Fall 19%

Worst Drop in Years; Used Cars Held Up OK

ABOUT THE LIST: Every local auto dealer that reported numbers to the Business Journal saw a decline in sales in 2009. Includes the 2010 OC's Largest Auto Dealers list for download (pdf)