OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

OC Community Colleges See 21% Enrollment Dip

Most Districts Commit To An Online Year of Learning

Student enrollment is down nationally nearly 2% for associate, undergraduate and graduate programs across the country because of the pandemic, according to a recent report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

Winning Execs Don’t Rest on Their Laurels

$1B Cancer Center Underway; Military Wins; Spanish Drug Investment

Orange County’s business community last year celebrated the Business Journal’s 25th annual Women in Business Awards luncheon at the Hotel Irvine, where Aston Martin Americas President Laura Schwab delivered the keynote address. The winners, selected from 200 nominees, have not been resting on their laurels, even in the era of the coronavirus. Here are updates on what the five winners have been doing.

PE-Backed BioDot Finds Calling in Eventful 2020

DIAGNOSTICS: Irvine dispensing manufacturer plots growth

Ready to grow

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Digital Health’s Time to Dominate

INNOVATION: UCI sees future in medical devices

UCI Health, Orange County’s only academic health system, continues to invest in what it believes to be the future of healthcare: digital tools and medical devices.

Device Makers Grow 5%, Generate 1,000 Local Jobs

INNOVATION: Edwards continues expansion plans

OC’s top medical device makers continue to power a growing workforce in Orange County.

Allergan’s Local Base Continues to Shrink

DRUGMAKERS: Urovant sees largest job boost

2020 has been a year of realignment and redirection for a number of Orange County’s largest drugmakers.

Mercury Finds Unofficial Home in Brea

Insurance Giant Employs 1,600 in Orange County

Mercury General Corp. (NYSE: MCY) is an insurance holding company headquartered in Los Angeles where about 100 work at its 41,000-square-foot facility.

Gallagher Grows OC Sales 60% to $55.5M

OC Exec Bialik Cites M&A, Sales Hires

The Irvine office of Gallagher was the fastest grower on the Business Journal’s annual list of insurance brokers in this week’s issue (see list, page 25).

Orange County Insurance Brokers Report 10% Sales Growth

Revenue Increases; 2.8% Local Support Staff Dip

Orange County’s largest insurance brokers as a group saw their revenue grow 10% in 2019, up from 12% in 2018.

Sales Jolt

Electric Bike Co. Sees Interest Boom During Pandemic

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New American Funding Catches Mortgage Wave

FINANCE: Arvielos see more growth on horizon

$824M; 2nd-fastest grower

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Advantage Rides SPAC To Public Markets

MARKETING: $3.8B in sales for 2019

Advantage Solutions Inc. is moving closer to its long-awaited plans to go public, with last week’s announcement of a reverse merger deal with a blank-check firm that gives the Irvine sales and marketing firm an equity value of $3.3 billion.

Americor Aims To Double Workforce

FINANCE: Sees more Americans falling into debt

Benny Ganatra is watching closely how the pandemic-fueled recession is affecting the ability of Americans to pay their credit card debt.

Smiles for Planet DDS Despite Industry Lockdown

HEALTHCARE: Pays $30M for dental imaging firm

Planet DDS, a software maker for the corporate dentistry sector, already billed its Denticon platform as the first and largest cloud-based dental practice management software in the U.S. with some 600 clients.

Orange County’s Fastest Growers: $31.5B in Sales

Report 36% Boost From 2018 Levels

Orange County’s fastest-growing private companies defied the onset of the recession to post another strong year of expansion, albeit not as fast as a year ago.