OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Bred for the Business, Russ Bendel’s on a Roll

Neighbors Make Eateries ‘Weekly Places to Go’How do you grow a local restaurant empire? For Russ Bendel, one restaurant and one community at a time.

Alaska Firm Finds Success in Irvine

SERVICES: Ahtna Design wins fans for its construction expertise

An Alaska-based firm owned by an indigenous tribe is seeing its construction management firm do quite well in Irvine.

Hacking into the 3D Printing Boom

MANUFACTURING: Firm keeps growing like ‘gangbusters’

Online retailer MatterHackers Inc. set out to make desktop 3D printing more accessible to consumers by helping them weed through the plethora of machines and accessories available on the market.

Recall Masters Helps Car Owners, Sees Sales Explode

AUTOMOTIVE: Firm uses AI to find defective parts

The nation’s largest auto safety recall a decade ago provided a foundation to build one of the fastest-growing startups in Orange County.

Some Popped the Gate, Some Just Kept Growing

Others Reinvented Themselves in the Roundup of Fastest-Growing Private Cos.

The Business Journal’s 2016 and 2017 lists of fastest-growing privately held firms sported a statistical anomaly.

Firms Bet on Specialized Health-Fitness Offerings

Care Tailored to Execs, Seniors, Stretching Fans

Consumers are changing the shape of healthcare with their choices, giving rise to the new product category of “wellcare,” according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers report released last year. It refers to products and services that help people stay healthy, youthful-looking and in shape.

Medical Device Makers’ Employment Rises 4.5%

Top Four Increase Headcount Above Average

Medical device makers with operations in Orange County added over 900 employees in the year ended July 31, up 4.5% year-over-year, according to Business Journal research. The top four reported above-average growth, fourth-ranked Microvention Inc. in Aliso Viejo up 29%, the biggest move.

OC’s No. 1 Drugmaker, Allergan, Keeps Downsizing

Dendreon Plans to Grow; Peregrine Drops Off List

Compared to robust activity in the medical device sector, the eight biggest drugmakers with headquarters or significant operations in Orange County reported lackluster local employment of 2,153 in the year ended July 31, down nearly 20%.

United Way Homeless Campaign Draws Top Execs

‘It’s Our Brand. It’s Who We Want to Be as a Community’

Leaders of Orange County’s top corporate, philanthropic, government and faith-based organizations gathered in February to officially announce United to End Homelessness. The initiative boasts a coalition of nonprofit and private interests joining to create solutions for a pressing problem: growing homelessness in a county with some of the country’s wealthiest cities.

Vet Off-Broadway Exec Produces Success in Laguna

Richard Proposed Cash Infusion, Bigger Shows

The revitalization of a theater takes an investment of time, talent and treasure. Two years ago, Laguna Playhouse received an infusion of all three, and has been on an upward trajectory ever since.

Corporate, Private Foundations Sharpen Focus

Updated Rankings Focus On Local Contributions

This year’s Business Journal list of corporate and private foundations lost a few names after we narrowed rankings to firms most connected to Orange County charities, as opposed to earlier lists based on both local and total contributions.

Funding Model Sets Rare-Disease Nonprofit Apart

CureDuchenne Leverages Venture Capital Investments

Paul Miller, co-founder of the CureDuchenne nonprofit group and chief operating officer of Irvine-based Patman Meat Group, recalls the first time he met the woman who would become his wife and the mother of their son, Hawken.

Philanthropy

The Audi Mission Viejo/Infiniti of Mission Viejo/Volvo Mission Viejo 2018 Golf Classic was held on June 7 at Pelican Hill Golf Club.

Business Leaders Help Foster Youths Realize Goals

Drawn by Their Stories Of Struggles and Dreams

It was 1999. Granite Investment Group Chief Executive Allen Boerner was one of about 30 guests, most of them donors, at a special graduation event. He attended somewhat reluctantly, his wife, Susan, having gently nudged him. It was the first Guardian Scholars graduation celebration, she said, and she really wanted to go.

OC Insider

In Anaheim, WAR once stood for Westin Anaheim Resort … now it describes the acrimony over $4 billion in development in the resort area. Disney just extended an “olive branch,” and the city took it, ending two tax goodies for the resort operator—the 70% rebate of the TOT—transient occupancy tax—for four-diamond hotels, and a promise not to impose a new ticket tax on the theme park

Satellite Makers Hope to Lift Local Industry into Orbit

Rocket Lab Leads With First Commercial Launch

Huntington Beach-based Rocket Lab is carrying more than small satellites on its first commercial launch, which has been rescheduled for late this year.

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