OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Michele Johnson: Litigator, Leader

LAW: Securities work; US Soccer representationLifetime of legal toil, honor

OC’S Automotive Charge

OC’s automotive landscape is a mix of heritage automakers with traditional gasoline-powered lineups and electric startups looking to muscle their way into the markets

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OC’s Auto Dealers Adapt and Win

Sales Up 15% To $4.9B; SUVs Lead

SUV segment continues to be a bright spot in an operating environment that’s seeing plenty of retail headwinds for auto dealers

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Inventory Constraints Put the Squeeze on Automakers

Supply Chain Issues, Chip Shortage Woes

Automakers will need to practice stoicism with economists not forecasting a return to any semblance of normality until 2023

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UCI’s Research Funding Hits New Mark, Approaches $600M

Cutting-Edge Studies; From Tinnitus to Tires

UCI announced it has received the most research funding in campus history: $592 million in grants and contracts for the fiscal year ended June 30, a 12% annual increase

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IEC Sees Enrollment Boost; Tops 20,000 Students

Aims to Make Trade School Cool; Offers Career Training Programs

Pandemic caused millions of workers in leisure and hospitality to lose their jobs resulting in higher enrollment for learning new skilled trades

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Chapman’s Business School Touts New ‘Analytics Accelerator’

Revamped Entrepreneurial Program; Learning From Failure

New programs at the Argyros School of Business and Economics started in 2020, and the newly revitalized entrepreneurship curriculum starts in 2022

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OC’s MBA Enrollment Falls For 5th Straight Year

Traditional MBA programs have been in decline in recent years as students forgo expensive programs for more flexible learning options

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OC Community College Enrollment Continues to Fall

EDUCATION: 10% decline follows 21% drop year ago

Falloff in the combined full and part-time enrollment was widespread as eight of the nine colleges reported declines, five topping 10%

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Alliant in Overdrive: Grows to $3B

15 Acquisitions Help Propel Insurance Broker

With 15 acquisitions over the past year, companywide sales jumped from $1.8 billion in 2020 to an annual run rate of $3 billion

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Insurance Firms Rank High on Best Places to Work

The insurance industry is known as tough, but this week's list of insurance brokers have succeeded in keeping employees encouraged

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OC Insurance Brokers Experience ‘Wild Ride’

Say Some Industries Booming Again

OC’s largest insurance brokers as a group saw their revenue climb 7.1% last year, catching up to pre-pandemic levels

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Woodside Credit Floors It

Auto lending firm surpasses $2B in volume

Woodside Credit has collected a growing base of car-loving customers as pandemic brought in more interest for auto travel

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Fresh N’ Lean Eyes Billion-Dollar Status

New Las Vegas facility to boost output

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was named Fresh N’ Lean’s head of sports wellness last month to help develop a Whole30-inspired meal plan

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Figpin’s Collection of Licenses, Fans Keeps Expanding

Enamel pins find new buyers online

Figpin now holds 30 licenses including deals with Disney and Warner Bros., with access to all intellectual property owned by them

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Pedego Finds Fun in Booming Electric Bike Sales

Founder eyes 1,000 stores, future IPO

Retail locations promote growth and consumer interest as the business advises trying electric bikes before buying online

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