Trend Sets the Trend As Local Printers Adapt

Fighting Disruption With Digital Printing, Packaging

Orange County’s largest commercial printers posted only steady results in 2016, but the 29 companies on this week’s Business Journal list picked up the pace last year.

Private Companies Wanted for Annual List

Special Issue: List will be centerpiece of June 18 edition

The Business Journal is preparing its annual list of privately owned companies for publication in June.

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Publicly Traded Cos. See 15.4% Boost to Market Cap

Orange County’s publicly traded companies probably popped a lot of champagne bottles during the past year.

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Having a Record Year

17% Gains in Past Year As Leasing, Sales Climb

Another active year in building, apartment and land sales, along with solid leasing activity across all product types, made for a strong year among Orange County’s largest commercial brokerages.

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OC Food Makers, Purveyors Healthy; Tests Coming

Big Eaters, Small Plates Abound In OC, On List

If the Business Journal’s snapshot of local food and beverage suppliers reflected an average Orange Countian’s food intake, the three largest ranked companies would, by revenue, provide 75% of our diet, which would consist mainly of butter, bourbon and Big Macs.

Law Firms Boost Lawyers 2.7%; Employment Flat

Same Firms Top Annual List Of County’s Biggest

Orange County’s biggest law firms grew their attorney count by 3% while promoting partners at a slower pace and keeping employment flat, based on the Business Journal’s annual list of legal firms operating here. Last year, the attorney count was flat.

Rising Rates Take Bite Out of Title Cos.’ 2017 Work

Commercial, Homebuying Business Pick up Refi Slack

The country’s biggest title insurers are striking optimistic notes on the health of their industry, despite the expectation of additional interest rate hikes, which have already put a crimp on refinance business.

Condo Surge Lifts New-Home Sales to 15-Year High

4 Master-Planned Areas See Two-Thirds of Action

New-home sales reached a 15-year high in Orange County last year, thanks to a surge in condominium and attached-home sales and continued development at the area’s four largest master-planned communities.

A Record-Setting Year for Transformative Gifts

Big Giving Up And Unprecedented in 2017

This is the Business Journal’s first ranking of largest charitable gifts. Was an easy inspiration. The Susan and Henry Samueli gift to the University of California-Irvine, the Fowlers’ and Kecks’ to Chapman University, the Argyros’ to Segerstrom Center (and others) were front-page stories, in some cases record in scope, even on a national level.

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Banks Increase OC Deposits 9%, Cut Jobs

FINANCE: BofA, JPMorgan outgrow top-3 rival Wells Fargo

Banks operating in Orange County are attracting more deposits with fewer employees and branches, based on the Business Journal’s annual list.

Top Care Providers Experience Exec-Level Change

UCI to Fill Two Positions; Providence Taps New Head

High performers like UC Irvine Medical Center and Providence St. Joseph Health—its local network comprised of seven hospitals—experienced changes on the executive level in the year ended Sept. 30, the former in search of a new chief executive, the latter naming a regional head to oversee Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties.

Environmental Consultants Grow, Seek Balance

Solitary Work Connects Care, Corporate Concerns

They say there’s balance in nature.

Revenue, Hiring Flat at Minority-Owned Businesses

Activity Level Belies Slow-Growth Numbers

2017 revenue and hiring at Orange County-based minority-owned businesses showed little change from 2016, according to Business Journal research—including slight declines at companies such as No. 3, Alorica in Irvine, and No. 7, New American Funding.

Employment Agencies Repair Flat and Grow

Growing Economy and Wage Boosts Lifted 2017 Placings

2017 was a better year for the Orange County operations of employment agencies. The placement firms saw growth across nearly all metrics, from annual revenue to number of temporary and permanent workers landing jobs with clients.

Little Change in Meeting Space Last Year, Lots in Focus

Events Digs Make Splash as SF Up 2.1%

Meeting space is what the community of business is, at least for the 52 hotels on this week’s list.

Autos Lead Modest Pace of Jobs Growth

Top Foreign-Owned Cos. Still Show Some OC ‘Braun’

Orange County’s automakers helped drive a modest uptick in employment last year among the largest foreign-owned companies with major operations here.

Wanted: Best Places to Work for OCBJ’s List

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Website to take entries through March 16

Is your workplace great?

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OC’s Nonprofits Increase Revenue 7.2%

Donors Boost Giving To Assist Homeless

The issue of rising homelessness was one of the keys to a 7.2% boost in revenue among nonprofit organizations in Orange County.

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Local Employers Edge Up Worker Count to 289,000

List Adds Bigger Players, County Workers in 2017

Orange County’s largest employers added about 2,300 jobs over the previous 12 months for modest growth of 1%.

Streak Ends for OC Malls

Ownership, Executive, Plan Changes in Group of 35

A seven-year growth streak has ended for Orange County’s largest shopping centers.

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OC Auto Dealers See Sales Decelerate

Karma Now Biggest OC Automaker Employer

The 39 largest auto dealers in Orange County combined for $5.16 billion in sales for the 12-month period that ended June 30, a 1.4% increase that marks the second straight year of a significant slowdown from recent years, according to this week’s Business Journal list.

OC-Based Banks’ Growth in Assets Slows Down

14% Increase Doesn’t Compare to Prior Years

Orange County-based commercial banks boosted assets a normally admirable 14% to $36 billion in the 12 months ended June 30.

Credit Unions Boom Again With 10% Asset Growth

Increase Tops 10% For First Time in Decade

Orange County’s credit unions are back to growing assets by double-digit percentages.

On the OC Fast Track

Fastest-Growing Cos. Use Buys to Bump Sales 44%

Orange County’s fastest growing publicly traded companies increased revenue by $16 billion in a two-year span.

50 Honorees, 5 Awards in 1st Civic 50 Orange County

‘Corporate Philanthropy Is in a Renaissance’

The list in this Special Report is unusual for the Business Journal in two ways. It’s a first—the first list of local-market Civic 50 honorees in the country. And it’s likely a first Business Journal list without financials. Rightly so.

Aerospace and Defense Reverse Job Slide in ‘17

M&A, Growing Business Lines Highlight Sector

Two big takeovers and a headquarters move to Orange County shook up the local landscape for the largest aerospace and defense contractors with operations here.

Total SoCal MBA Enrollees Down Slightly

Competition for Students Results in Fewer Applications

Southern California schools with MBA programs showed a slight decrease in the number of Southern California enrollees, down about 2% from a year ago, based on the Business Journal’s annual survey. The number of enrollees dropped from 12,418 in September 2016 to 12,171 last month. It was a smaller drop than that reflected on last year’s list, when there was an approximate 6% change from September 2015 to September 2016.

Insurance Brokers Average 7.8% Rise in OC Revenue

25 Firms Report Strong Growth for Fifth Year

Orange County’s largest insurance brokerages continued solid growth as local revenue climbed above 7% for the fifth straight year.

Architecture Firms Finding Work Outside of OC

Firmwide Billings Climb At Faster Pace than Local

Orange County’s architecture firms reported they’re growing their business faster outside the county.

Engineering Firms’ Local Billings Increase 6.2%

AECOM, Arcadis, Jacobs Experience Good Years

Orange County’s top engineering firms reported a 6.2% rise in OC billings to $1.6 billion.

Private Cos. Grow 2-Year Sales 90%, Top $19B

This Year’s Ranks Led by the ‘Big As’ Grew Jobs 30%

In life, in lists, it’s rough to do apples-to-apples comparisons. In culling our weekly lists of every business silo and subsilo, of firms of all ownership forms and makeups, we have several goals: to compile as comprehensive and accurate a roster as possible; to produce features on the best and the brazen; and to analyze beyond a comparison of numbers. As an editor wrote one sentence ago, “It’s very difficult to do apples-to-apples comparisons.”

Medical Device Makers Grow Employment 8.1%

HEALTHCARE: 39 biggest add over 1,500 workers in strong sector

Medical device makers with operations in Orange County added 1,560 employees over the 12 months ended July 30, for a growth rate of 8.1%, according to Business Journal research.

OC-Based Drugmakers Increase Employment 3%

Allergan Still No. 1; Dendreon Joins List

The biggest drugmakers with headquarters or significant operations in Orange County employed 2,861 here at the close of the year ended July 30, up nearly 3% from a year earlier.

New Rankings Based on OC Charitable Giving

Argyros Tops Privates, Wells Fargo Corporate

For this year’s philanthropy lists, the Business Journal ranked both corporate and private foundations by the amounts they gave to Orange County charities, instead of by total giving. The criteria include that the foundation is either headquartered here in OC, focuses a significant amount of its giving on OC charities, or that a principal lives here. Giving, in and of itself, can be volatile and fluctuate from year to year.

OC’s Top Software Firms Added Jobs, Grew Ranks

Six List Newcomers in Hot Spaces: AI, Gaming

A mix of new and established companies helped Orange County post solid job growth in the software sector for the second consecutive year.

City of Irvine’s Got Speed And Hits for Power

Anaheim Leads Cities Roster

Imagine Angels outfielder Mike Trout on an exceptional day—the final score could read “Trout 7, White Sox 2,” —and you get an idea of Irvine compared to its city-mates in Orange County.

T-Mobile Leads Telecom Job Gains Amid ‘Disruption’

TECHNOLOGY: Mobilitie grows on 5G buildout

Employment in Orange County’s telecommunications sector was buoyed by strong gains from the local operation of T-Mobile USA Inc. for the second consecutive year.

OC’s PR Shops Grew in Past Year

Social Media, Digital Storytelling in Toolset

The role of public relations professionals is changing—even the president is tweeting daily, bypassing the media.

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Not Standing Still

How OC’s Wealthiest Grew Firms and Fortunes

Orange County’s wealthiest people enjoyed a good year. Most on our 2017 list, see page 16 of stand-alone Special Report, grew their fortunes, some substantially. The roster grew by two, nearly 5% from 45 to 47. The Business Journal’s “cutoff” is $250 million.

Best Places to Work Give Employees More Than Pay

100 That Came Out on Top Offer Perks, Extra Dough

Looking for a job with an unlimited number of vacation days? Check in with DKN Hotels in Irvine.

Tenant-Improvement Contractors ‘Crazy Busy’ in OC

33 Firms Pass $1 Billion In Sales With 19% Jump

Orange County’s tenant contractor industry is “crazy busy,” according to David Smith, president at Smith and Severson Builders of Lake Forest.

Fastest-Growing Private Companies Wanted for Business Journal’s Annual List

ECONOMY: Centerpiece of Sept. 18 Special Report

Is your company growing fast?

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Accounting Firms Grow Again on ‘Positive Trends’

6th Consecutive Rise In Employees 2% Bump

Orange County’s largest accounting firms increased their employee counts 2.3%, the sixth consecutive year of gains.

Consulting Firms Report 2.2% Rise in Headcount

List Adds Consultants From Accounting Firms

Orange County’s top management consulting firms reported a 2.2% bump in consultants to 1,924 in the year ended June 30, based on research for the Business Journal’s annual list.

Largest Women-Owned Firms Made Gains in 2016

10-Year Trend in OC Keeps Pace With U.S.

Revenue generated by Orange County’s largest women-owned businesses grew about 35% since the recession and is on par with the national growth for the same time period.

Our 2017 Restaurant List Looks Healthy

38 OC-based chains grow, split, buck trends; sales up 7%

OC-based restaurant chains are seeing such life that a few split from our list for a new chart.

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Three Amigos

PacLife, Kingston, Golden State Foods Lead Private Cos. List—Again

They say it’s lonely at the top, but if you invite a few friends it can get downright clubby.

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New Hotels, Retail Drive Commercial Development

Plenty Under Way, Less Finished Than Prior Year

Orange County’s top commercial real estate developers kept busy last year with a host of retail, hotel and office projects, although the number of buildings nearing the finish line was smaller than the previous few years.

Local Construction Cos. Post Best Year Since 2009

Employment Totals Now Top Prerecession Levels

Orange County’s largest commercial construction companies showed no signs of a slowdown in activity last year as a variety of large private and public-sector projects helped push revenues to a post-recession high.

Financial Advisers Boost Representatives by 2.7%

OC Advisers Have Climbed 25% Since 2010

The combined pool of financial advisers in Orange County grew about 2.7% to 2,022 last year, led by increases at Merrill Lynch, Fidelity Investments and Raymond James Financial Services Inc.

Top VC Firms Invest 47% More in Local Companies

43 OC Deals for $78M Up From 30 for $53M in 2015

Venture capital firms based in Orange County increased their local investments 47% last year, led by Toba Capital and Okapi Venture Capital.

Area Hospitality Steady in Rooms, Trends, Money

List Hotels Have Few, But Key Room Modifications

Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel shuttered six of its 290 rooms last year, but it had a very good reason—the move helped make way for about 150 more in a new tower that’s scheduled to open in September.

Women-Owned Businesses Wanted for Annual List

Special Report: Focus of July 3 edition

Is your company women-owned? The Business Journal wants to hear from you.

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Apparel Makers’ OC Employment Drops 5% to 8,593

54 Biggest Firms Include Four Newcomers

Orange County’s largest apparel makers slowed hiring over the past year.

Consumer Electronics Makers’ Employment Flat

18 Biggest Marketers, Makers Employ 4,618

A headquarters move and an axed sale were the big headlines generated recently by Orange County’s largest consumer electronics makers as employment held steady.

Chipmakers’ Employment Flat After Deep 2016 Cuts

Biggest Combine to Trim 15, Leaving 3,947 in OC

Orange County’s biggest chipmakers in the 10 months through the end of April staved off deep job cuts that have defined the sector following Broadcom Corp.’s $37 billion sale to Singapore-based Avago Technologies Inc. last February.

SBA Loan Value Soars 40% at 30 Largest Lenders

Number of Loans Grows At Slower, 2% Pace

Small Business Administration lending in Orange County grew at a torrid 40% pace in a recent six-month period while the number of loans climbed at a slower 2.4% pace, based on two lists published in this week’s Business Journal.

Wanted: Most Community-Minded Companies for New OCBJ List

Is your company about much more than its bottom line? Does it also use its resources to better the Orange County community?

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Employment Agency Numbers Reflect Hot Job Market

Temp Down, Direct-Hire Up, For Firms That Tell

Orange County’s job market produced some apparent anomalies in the placement of temporary and permanent workers last year.

Ad Agencies Post 2nd Straight Year of Double-Digit Gains

Two Firms Have 56% of List’s $1.5 Billion in Revenue

Let’s see that clip again.

Commercial Printers Hold the Line on 2016 Sales

29 Biggest Take in $621M Through 110 OC Presses

Orange County’s 29 largest commercial printers combined for $621 million in sales last year, about the same as the group posted in 2015.

Bull Market for Public Cos.

Capitalizations Rise, IPOs Return, for OC’s Top 100

It was another year of change for Orange County-based public companies.

Private Companies Wanted for Annual List

The Business Journal is preparing its annual list of privately owned companies for publication in June.

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Brisk Sales Boost Bottom Line of CRE Brokerages

Volume Rises 8%; Lease Deals Down 3%

A brisk pace of building, apartment and land sales helped overcome some sluggish leasing activity in Orange County last year. The bottom line: another year of gains for the area’s largest commercial brokerages.

Development Buoys OC Property Managers’ Books

Top Firms’ Local Accounts Approach 200 Million SF

A dose of development helped Orange County’s largest commercial property managers grow their local portfolios for the fifth straight year.

6% Bump in Local Billings for Environmental Firms

Uptick Reverses Last Year’s Slight Decline

Orange County’s largest environmental consultants, as ranked by local billings, experienced an increase last year in those numbers after a small decrease in 2015.

Firms Hold Back on Attorney Hires for Second Year

Numbers Again Flat After Modest Post-Recovery Gains

Law firms in Orange County held attorney counts steady over the past year for the second year in a row after two years of modest gains.

Title Insurers Seek More Buys in Face of Rate Hikes

Brokerage Business, Data Firms on Shopping List

Orange County’s largest title insurance providers are looking at acquisitions both inside and outside their core business lines to help them grow operations and improve efficiencies in a climate of interest rate hikes likely to cut into their refinancing work.

Bank Deposits Increase 13% to $109.6 Billion

Top Three Unchanged, Represent 37% of Growth

Banks in Orange County enjoyed another banner year as deposits climbed 13% to $109.6 billion for the year ended June 30, up 60% over five years earlier.

Lake Forest Homebuilding Steps Out of Shadows

Ongoing Projects, Pipeline Add Slew of New Homes

Lake Forest, despite being in the shadow of California’s two best-selling master-planned communities, has been holding its own during the latest residential building boom.

Top-Ranked Hospitals Combine for 2% Revenue Jump

30 Centers Take in $7.2B; UCI Hospital Still at Top

Last year Renton, Wash.-based Providence Health & Services and Irvine-based St. Joseph Health merged to form a seven-state healthcare system, a transaction that further consolidated its Orange County-based hospitals under the umbrella of St. Joseph Hoag Health.

Minority-Owned Firms’ Revenue Up 10% in 2016

78 Combine for $18.7B, Employ Nearly 14K in OC

Revenue at the largest minority-owned businesses with headquarters in Orange County climbed almost 10% to $18.7 billion last year, led by acquisitions, mortgages and granite countertops.

OC Hotels See Rare Increase in Meetings Space With 2 New Entrants

Paséa, Great Wolf Drive Climb to Over 1.3M SF

Two hotels that opened last year in Orange County added 55,000 square feet of meeting space to local inventory, enough to drive the Business Journal’s annual account of hotel meeting space above 1.3 million square feet.

China-Based Companies Among Biggest of OC’s Foreign Employers

ECONOMY: First entries reflect growing commercial presence here

China’s continued expansion on the world stage and a strong year for hiring among Orange County’s largest foreign-owned companies combined to bring a jump in overall employment in the category here.

Nonprofit Revenue up 3%, Client Base Rises 2%

Volunteers Increase 10%, Staff Up 4% at 93 Groups

Orange County’s nonprofit organizations continued to grow revenue in the past year as more OC residents requested their services.

Biggest Employers Get Bigger

Grow Local Workforces 2.5% to 273,000, Up 3.5% Companywide

Orange County’s biggest employers continued to expand their workforces over the past year, though at a slightly slower pace than last year.

OC Retail Keeps Streak

Biggest Shopping Centers Post 1.7% Increase, Top $8B in Sales

The largest shopping centers in Orange County managed a seventh straight year of growth in taxable sales with a 1.7% gain.

Downshift on Sales Gains for Auto Dealers

AUTOS: 1.5% hike for biggest; Karma top automaker for jobs

The 40 largest auto dealers in Orange County combined for $5.3 billion in sales for the 12-month period that ended June 30, a 1.5% increase that marks a significant slowdown from recent years, according to this week’s Business Journal list.

Commercial Banks Grow Assets 39% to $34 Billion

Top Five Unchanged; Profits Up 31% to $138M

Orange County-based commercial banks continued strong year-over-year growth as they increased assets 39% to about $33.5 billion for the year ended June 30.

Credit Unions Grow Assets 8% to $19.4 Billion

Struggle on Profits, With 1% Dip to $73 Million

It’s been a mixed year for Orange County’s credit unions as they grew assets by about 7.8% to $19.4 billion for the year ended June 30 while combining for a 1.3% decline in net income to about $73.4 million for the first six months of 2016.

Escalating Expansion

Fastest-Growing Public Companies Combine to Hike Revenue 75% to $25 Billion

The 47 fastest-growing public companies in Orange County are growing faster.

Financial Advisories Add 200 Local Reps, Up 12%

64% of Advisers at Top 5; 4 Firms Debut on List

The combined pool of registered investment advisers in Orange County grew about 12% to 1,905, and the 29 firms on the Business Journal’s list combined to employ overall staffs totaling 7,022, up 16.5%.

Aerospace & Defense Contractors Lose Altitude on Jobs

Slight Decline 2nd in Row For Biggest With Operations Here

Orange County’s largest aerospace and defense contractors posted a modest drop in local employment in the past year.

OC MBA Enrollment Up 25%, Number of Grads Down

Online Schools Lead List Of 41 SoCal Programs

Numbers are up in the Business Journal’s annual survey of MBA programs in Orange County. The Business Journal publishes an unranked list of 41 MBA programs throughout Southern California (see related graphic, page 25).

Insurance Brokers Grow Revenue 7% to $624 Million

Biggest Rise Fastest, Account 75% of Total

Orange County’s insurance brokerages grew for a sixth straight year to combine for about a 7% increase in local revenue to $623.6 million in 2015.

Architecture Firms’ Local Work Grows 4% to $451M

Renovations Up for Office, School, Retailer Clients

Orange County’s architecture firms combined for about $451.1 million in local billings in the past year, up about 4%. Firmwide billings dropped 11% based on numbers reported by half of the firms.

Engineering Firms’ Local Billings Up 7% to $1.45B

OC Market Defies US Slide on Oil Price Decline

Orange County’s top engineering firms had a mixed year with an increase in local billings as companywide revenue dipped.

Fastest Growers Top $15 Billion

Employment Up 16% to Nearly 21,000 Jobs

The 157 fastest-growing private companies in Orange County combined to boost revenue by more than 66% over the last two years to an estimated $15.4 billion.

About Our Annual Fastest- Growing Private Companies List

The Business Journal’s annual list of fastest-growing private companies includes OC-based businesses owned by individuals, groups of people, families, venture capitalists, private-equity firms and other investors.

Employment Up at Biggest Medical Device Makers

Local Public Companies Lead; Net Gain of 970 Workers

Medical device makers with operations in Orange County added nearly 1,000 employees over the past 12 months for a growth rate of nearly 6%, according to Business Journal research.

Biggest Drugmakers Hold Steady on OC Jobs

Allergan Still No. 1 for Local Employment

The largest drugmakers with headquarters or significant operations in Orange County employed 3,210 here during the 12-month period that ended Aug. 30, about the same as a year earlier.

Private Foundations Boost Overall Giving By 23%

Combine to Donate $180M, Increase Local Gifts 46%

Orange County’s private foundations gave more locally and overall in their most recent fiscal years.

Corporate Foundations Boost Giving 1.4% to $1.3B

OC Contributions Up 5% To Nearly $20 Million

Corporate foundations active in Orange County continued what’s now a six-year trend of increasing overall cash contributions to OC charities.

Chipmakers, led by Broadcom, Cut OC Work Force 16%

17 Biggest Down 756 Jobs To Just Under 4K Workers

Big job cuts at Broadcom Ltd. following its $37 billion sale in February to Singapore-based Avago Technologies Inc. and a string of divestitures fueled one of the steepest local employment drops in the chip sector in years.

PR Firms Up Staffing 14%, Outpacing US Estimate

The Brand Amp Stays Atop List With 21% Increase

The majority of the biggest public relations firms in Orange County increased their staffing levels during the 12 months ended July 31, combining to more than double the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ projected 6% pace of national industry growth.

Telecoms Reverse 2 Years of Job Cuts With 4% Gain

Led By T-Mobile, Which Added 175 Employees

The continued growth of T-Mobile USA Inc. and Mobilitie LLC’s local operations boosted the employment of the largest telecommunications companies in Orange County over the year ended July 31.

OC Cities’ Populations Inch Up Another 1% to 3M+

34 Incorporated Areas Still Topped By Anaheim

Orange County’s population expanded by about 29,000 people last year, or a hair under 1%, ending 2015 at slightly above 3 million.

HMO Membership Flat in OC, PPOs Post 12% Rise

Growth on Hold As Planned M&As Scrutinized

Orange County’s top eight health maintenance organizations grew slowly during the 12 months through July.

Dental Care Plans’ Growth Stagnates Following Spike

Membership Flat at 13 Biggest To 2.6 Million

Membership at managed dental healthcare plans operating in Orange County slightly declined over the year ended last month after a surge in 2015.

Big Wheels, Big Deals

How OC’s Wealthiest Got Much Wealthier

This year’s crop of OC’s richest residents managed to outpace the market by a longshot, thanks to a number of additions and several deals that helped boost the combined wealth of the 45 entries to $72.5 billion.