Orange County Register: Business

  • O.C. misses top rankings of priciest communities
    Thursday - 10/24/2013 - 03:00 AM

    Newport Coast has some of the priciest residential listings in Orange County, but it ranked just 18th on a list of the nation's most expensive places – right after Montecito in Santa Barbara County.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Roadwork means end of 3-generation bakery
    Thursday - 10/24/2013 - 12:06 AM

    Around this time of year, members of the Gallegos family usually are mentally preparing for the month leading up to Christmas, when families, foodies and out-of-towners pack the Grande Bakery in Santa Ana for homemade tamales and Mexican breads.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Focus on economics: What is the Fed?
    Tuesday - 10/22/2013 - 06:57 PM

    Love ’em or hate ’em, the Federal Reserve System is the cornerstone of the U.S. economy.Yet few of us understand what the Fed is, what exactly it does and to whom it reports.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • O.C. car sales grow
    Tuesday - 10/22/2013 - 07:53 PM

    Orange County's car dealers are cruising toward another strong year of sales, but there could be some speed bumps ahead.
    Local drivers registered 43,745 light vehicles during the third quarter, a 9.1 percent increase over the same period last year,...

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  • H.B. looks for ordinance restricting plastic
    Tuesday - 10/22/2013 - 02:49 PM

    HUNTINGTON BEACH – City Council members voted to research ideas for possibly restricting certain packaging for restaurants and other food businesses to reduce the amount of waste ending up on city beaches.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Franchisers flock to expo in Anaheim
    Tuesday - 10/22/2013 - 03:00 AM

    Last year, Kathleen Schneider attended the sprawling West Coast Franchise Expo in Anaheim as a supplier. The expo can be overwhelming; in 2012 it drew more than 180 exhibitors and close to 8,800 attendees.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Cheap is the new black
    Monday - 10/21/2013 - 05:52 PM

    Maria Garcia’s front yard sale held no theme.

    Shoes, wrenches, blender, a Darth Vader mask — all were on the driveway in front of her one-story Garden Grove home.
    A child’s shirt?More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • JWA's small-plane pilots feel crowded out
    Monday - 10/21/2013 - 10:39 AM

    John Wayne Airport's general aviation roots date back to the barnstorming days of 1923, when Eddie Martin used to land his Jenny biplane on a desolate stretch of salt grass on Irvine Ranch, near what is now South Main Street and the 55.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • O.C. ranks No. 2 in unaffordable homes
    Sunday - 10/20/2013 - 10:00 AM

    Niki Bossonis was having a hard time finding a condominium she could afford when she looked up one day in Los Alamitos and saw for-sale signs. The homes weren't in Orange County, it turned out, but a block away, in Long Beach.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Li looks to be Fisker winner
    Friday - 10/18/2013 - 08:06 PM

    Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li is likely to be the winner of a debt auction that could give him a controlling stake in troubled Anaheim hybrid automaker Fisker Automotive, according to Reuters.The auction started on Oct.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Insurers fret over Obamacare's future
    Thursday - 10/24/2013 - 12:06 AM

    California's leading insurance executives, addressing the opening session of their industry's annual conference in Huntington Beach on Tuesday, were asked what keeps them up at night.Paul Markovich, the president and CEO of Blue Shield of California,...

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  • Olloclip zooms in, slows down with new iPhone
    Wednesday - 10/23/2013 - 03:00 AM

    Huntington Beach-based Olloclip, the maker of an innovative camera-lens system for the iPhone, is rolling out a 4-in-1 accessory.
    Olloclip is among a growing crop of accessories designed to enhance iPhone pictures.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Broadcom lays off 1,150
    Tuesday - 10/22/2013 - 07:33 PM

    Irvine-based connectivity chip giant Broadcom Corp. is laying off 1,150 people globally. Most of the cuts are related to the wireless business Broadcom purchased from Japanese chip maker Renesas Electronics Corp., but they also reflect a global...

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  • Anaheim lender might lay off 769 workers
    Tuesday - 10/22/2013 - 07:55 PM

    CashCall Inc., an Internet lender based in Anaheim, may lay off as many as 769 employees in Orange County, according to filings with the state.
    The 10-year-old company, founded by horseracing enthusiast J.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • How I'd win the budget battle
    Tuesday - 10/22/2013 - 11:49 AM

    Compromise. Compromise. Compromise. Those are the three magic words that supposedly will fix Washington. The nation gets a holiday season break and roughly three months of political theater before the economy lands back on the fiscal-debate chopping...

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  • Software leads OC venture deals
    Tuesday - 10/22/2013 - 03:00 AM

    Investors are pouring billions of dollars into startups that develop software, an industry that venture-capital insiders say is going through a resurgence.
    Aliso Viejo-based company Telogis is among the emerging Orange County companies riding the...

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  • Banker takes on Vietnam's economy
    Monday - 10/21/2013 - 11:12 AM

    HANOI, Vietnam – The banker's phone chirped. On the line was a reporter from Dai Doan Ket – or Big Solidarity, a Communist Party newspaper. For the next few minutes, Hieu Tri Nguyen spoke only Vietnamese.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • County resorts dominate in region
    Monday - 10/21/2013 - 03:00 AM

    When it comes to rest and relaxation, Orange County is a favorite at Conde Nast Traveler, capturing first and second place in the magazine's Reader's Choice list of 2013 Best Southern California Resort Hotels.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Tough week for patent giant
    Friday - 10/18/2013 - 07:26 PM

    The business of suing over patents is getting tougher, as one Orange County patent licensing giant discovered this week.Facing increased government scrutiny and public criticism, and potentially a more restrictive legal environment, Newport...

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  • Orange County rents hit record high
    Friday - 10/18/2013 - 08:30 PM

    Orange County apartment rents rose an average of $37 a month over the summer, pushing the asking rent in a large complex to a record $1,708, apartment tracker RealFacts reported Friday.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Forecast: O.C. job growth to top U.S.'s
    Thursday - 10/24/2013 - 03:00 AM

    Weakened by a sluggish national economy, Orange County's job growth has slowed this year, but is expected to pick up gradually in 2014 and 2015, according to a forecast by Cal State Fullerton economists.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Aaron’s agrees to end cyber spying
    Tuesday - 10/22/2013 - 10:44 PM

    Rent-to-own furniture and appliance chain Aaron's Inc. agreed to stop using rented computers to spy on customers, the Federal Trade Commission announced.
    Aaron's agreed to settle FTC charges that it helped franchisees use software that secretly...

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  • Undercover Boss: From corner office to cup size
    Tuesday - 10/22/2013 - 07:13 PM

    A man helping a woman select her lingerie understandably might make both parties uncomfortable.
    And when it’s the CEO of the discount designer retailer Loehmann’s going undercover in his own Costa Mesa store as a run-of-the-mill male employee,...

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  • Chamber plans 'vigorous' 2014 elections role
    Tuesday - 10/22/2013 - 06:58 PM

    WASHINGTON – The head of the nation's largest business group on Monday said it intends to play a “vigorous” role in the 2014 midterm elections and that it will “spend what it takes” to be sure more fiscally moderate candidates find their...

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  • Tax forms and Obamacare
    Tuesday - 10/22/2013 - 02:36 PM

    Q. I have been on the Covered California website and the calculator asks for family size, which I presume means the taxpayer plus number of dependents claimed on federal tax forms.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Veggie Mama scores on `Shark Tank'
    Tuesday - 10/22/2013 - 03:00 AM

    How do you get fussy kids to eat vegetables without the mealtime hassle?
    One way: Mask the greens with naturally sweet and brightly colored fruits -- and freeze the mixture into popsicles.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Debt debate is costly chatter
    Monday - 10/21/2013 - 03:27 PM

    We The People somehow survived another made-in-America manufactured economic crisis, the 16-day partial government shutdown intertwined with a near default on U.S. government debts. What did these high-stake theatrics by politicians cost the U.S....

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  • Home's secret: a Prohibition-era bar
    Sunday - 10/20/2013 - 10:00 AM

    A historic Santa Ana home for sale boasts several of its original features, and one that isn't obvious: a secret, Prohibition-era bar.
    The house at 2453 N. Riverside Drive in Floral Park is on the market for $1.28 million.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • FICO score: It may not be worth getting
    Sunday - 10/20/2013 - 03:00 AM

    Deborah McNaughton, a Placentia credit expert, financial coach and author of “Money Trouble: Surviving Your Financial Crisis,” provides her financial advice.
    Q. If you ask the three credit reporting agencies for a credit report, they send you a...

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  • CEOs relieved, upset as shutdown ends
    Friday - 10/18/2013 - 09:20 AM

    Jack Lin, founder and CEO of Brea-based, one of the largest bicycle retailers in the nation, had been worried. Really worried.
    If the federal government shut down had continued, delaying shipments to the company, he said, “it would...

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