Orange County Business Journal

Local Consultants See Billings Fall 12% on Real Estate Woes

The county’s largest environmental consultants saw local billings drop 12% to $523 million in 2009

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Wings Franchisee Opens in Lake Forest, Eyeing Irvine

Airport Security Device Maker Vies With Body Scans; Game Retailer Taking on GameStop

A local restaurateur is opening up a Buffalo Wild Wings in the Lake Forest Gateway shopping center, in the Small Business column by Murray Coleman

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Local Hedge Funds: $32 Billion Invested

FINANCE: About a dozen local fund managers; Pimco dominates

About a dozen hedge funds call OC home and manage an estimated $32 billion for pension plans

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Solar Panel Maker Lands Public, Private Funds; Plans to Grow

ENERGY: Wants to stay in Seal Beach, build in Arizona, Nevada

A Seal Beach-based maker of solar panels has big plans for growth

Consulting Indicator

Among First to Fall, Management Consultants Report ‘Bit of Awakening’

Consultants that help companies with accounting, technology, legal and other projects said they’re seeing better conditions across the country

Taco Bell Founder, Fast Food Pioneer Dies

Glen Bell Jr., a fast food pioneer and founder of Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp., died Sunday at the age of 86, according to the Mexican food restaurant chain.

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Entrepreneur Hsieh Back with Mortgage Venture

REAL ESTATE: LoanDepot.com is third online mortgage venture

Entrepreneur Anthony Hsieh has decided to go back to work full-time in the mortgage business

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Buyout Question Lingers for Pacific Mercantile

FINANCE: Big banks in no state to buy; bank may do own buying

The county’s largest homegrown bank is biding its time

Busy Lawyers

Plaintiffs Attorneys Hold Steady During Downturn; Getting Paid Is Hard Part

Many corporate lawyers in OC are seeing lagging demand for their services.

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Bankruptcy Bounce

Downturn Brings Surge in Consumer, Business Cases

Remnants of the recession are keeping OC bankruptcy lawyers busy.

L.A. Banks Buy Local Business Lenders

Two Los Angeles-area banks are buying a local pair of small-business lenders

Irvine-Based Edison Unit Pulls Out of Solar Pact

An Irvine-based unit of Edison International is exiting a joint venture to develop sites to produce solar energy.

Pimco Surpasses $1 Trillion in Assets Under Management

Newport Beach-based bond funder manager Pacific Investment Management Co. has surpassed $1 trillion in assets under management for the first time.

Gross Named Bond Fund Manager of Decade

Bill Gross, who manages the biggest mutual fund in the world for Newport Beach-based Pacific Investment Management Co., has been named the top bond fund manager of the past decade.

Ceradyne Ups Profit Outlook, Revises Sales Downward

Costa Mesa-based defense contractor Ceradyne Inc. said Monday it expects 2009 profits to meet or exceed its prior projections but sees revenue falling short.

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Executives’ Outlook Positive for Quarter

The rebounding confidence of OC executives has held for the first quarter

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