OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Good Citizens, Good Co. Make Great Community

Founding Father Set Giving-Back Philosophy

One of the commonalities among companies with a philanthropic perspective seems to be that they place employee well-being at the top of their priorities, particularly their purpose and fulfillment. Fluidmaster Inc. says it’s embraced that idea since its 1957 inception.

College Admissions Counselor Reaches for More

Post-Buy, Looks Overseas; Invests in M. Obama Cause

Collegewise is reaching higher one year after being acquired by Singapore-based A-Star Education Holdings, formerly ChangedEDU Holdings, for an undisclosed sum.

Local MBA Enrollment Reflects US Decline

6.5% Drop Steeper As Intl. Schools Take Share

Enrollment in area schools MBA programs fell in the 12 months ended Sept. 30.

Vanguard Sows Seeds of ‘Greatness’ With Expansion

Christian School Starts Building Out Master Plan

Nearly 300 people gathered on Vanguard University’s 40-acre campus for the recent groundbreaking of its $10.4 million student center, which will take on the Spanish Mission-style look of its newer buildings and replace an existing cafe and bookstore.

First Community Colleges List Shows Flat Enrollment

About 230K Students At Schools on Directory

This year marks the debut of the Business Journal’s list of OC community colleges, which features enrollment in the 12 months ending on Sept. 30.

How Much Will Local Insurance Premiums Rise?

Employers Seek More Benefits to Lure Talent

Employers are beefing up benefits, such as expanded life insurance and improved disability and supplemental benefits for critical illnesses, disabilities and even identify theft.

Local Insurance Brokers Continue Growth Apace

Producers’ Progress Slows In 6-Year Streak of Gains

The largest insurance brokerages in Orange County continued their way up last year, local revenue rising 6.3% to $745.4 million—the sixth straight year of steady growth. However, it’s the first time since 2012 that revenue growth dipped below 7%, as post-recession growth plateaued.

A Patio With a View Crowns Newest OC Homes

Three-Story Models Address Land Shortage

Kevin Karami and his son Dustin pointed out the differences among the three next-door houses they designed in Irvine’s Great Park Neighborhoods.

Architects Ride Strong Economy to New Heights

OC Billings Top $500M for First Time

It’s been a good year for architecture firms in Orange County, who have benefited from increased work as corporate clients look to reimagine their workspaces, as well as a continuing boom in residential development in the county.

Engineering Firms Extend Strong Local Showing

OC Billings Up 10% For Areas Top 38 Firms

Orange County’s top 38 engineering firms reported another year of growth with a nearly 10% increase in OC billings to $1.2 billion.

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.