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“Mentorship is one of the single most important gifts you can give to youth, especially those facing adversity,” says Melissa Beck, chief executive of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County.

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Wet Seal Names Three to Expanded Board

Foothill Ranch-based Wet Seal Inc. announced the addition of three board members that signal a push by the teen and contemporary retailer to grow its e-commerce business and social media presence.

Top Minority-Owned Businesses Reach $12.8B in Revenue

ECONOMY: 5.5% increase in sales; 2.2% gain on OC jobs

The biggest minority-owned businesses based in Orange County combined for $12.8 billion in revenue last year, a 5.5% increase from a year earlier.

DJM Hears Skeptics, Gets ‘Aggressive’ on Pacific City

REAL ESTATE: Joins list of OC retail projects in works

DJM Capital Partners Inc. has more than a big hole to fill along Pacific Coast Highway when it comes to its long-awaited Pacific City retail project in Huntington Beach.


Banc of California in Irvine acquired RenovationReady in Greenwood Village, Colo. on undisclosed terms. RenovationReady provides home-renovation lending services. Its president and co-founder, Jim Fraser, will join the bank as senior vice president and director of construction and renovation lending.

Volcom Returns to Silver Screen for Brand Push

In 70 Theaters Around the World, Previewed Online

Volcom Inc. released “True To This,” an original feature film that “captures the energy and artistry of board-riding in its purest forms.”

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Quiksilver Narrows January Quarter Loss, Misses Street Estimates

Huntington Beach-based Quiksilver Inc. narrowed its adjusted loss for the January quarter, and the apparel maker and retailer said it continues to make headway on its turnaround plan.

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BJ’s Jumps on Activist Investor News

Two activist investors are making moves on Huntington Beach-based BJ's Restaurants Inc.

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Taco Bell Boss to Address UCI Business School Grads

Taco Bell Corp. Chief Executive Greg Creed will be the “distinguished executive speaker” at UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business graduation ceremony on June 16 at the Bren Events Center.

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OC Automakers Hit Sales Slump in February

Orange County automakers saw sales fall in February with their national counterparts recording a mixed bag for the month.

Oakley’s Next Brand Plan

Seeks Ad Shop For Estimated $100M Campaign to Highlight Company Culture

Oakley Inc. is looking for an advertising agency to handle the creative work on a global marketing campaign that will give an inside view of the $1.5 billion eyewear and apparel brand.

Goodwill Gets Into Boutiques

RETAIL: $48 million retailer spiffs up on new approach

Donated books and records repurposed into a whimsical chair display and a funky dress on a store mannequin are proof of what good merchandising can do for Goodwill of Orange County—or any retailer, for that matter.

Sign of Confidence in South OC: Maserati Dealership

AUTOS: Home development fuels addition; Alfa next?

Buongiorno, South Orange County!

‘Cosmeceutical’ Pioneer Sees Fast Growth on ZO Line

HEALTHCARE: Irvine skincare line at $20M, 55 workers

Irvine-based ZO Skin Health Inc. wants to redirect women from the cosmetic counter to their doctor’s office.


Chase Bank is laying off 168 employees from its mortgage operations in Irvine by early March.