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Pacific Mercantile Bancorp incurred a loss in the third quarter driven largely by a drop in mortgage banking income.
ECONOMY: OC-based firms fuel gain by biggest employers
Orange County’s largest employers combined to add 3,562 new hires over the past year, continuing a string of modest job gains in recent years.
TECHNOLOGY: Plans free mobile games based on franchises
Blizzard Entertainment Inc. is trying to lure players back with a lineup of video games steeped in nostalgia as it ushers in a new era.
Placentia-based equipment-leasing services firm First Financial Corporate Services Inc. is expanding internationally with the launch of a subsidiary in Canada dubbed FF Canadian Leasing Inc.
Teen’s Interests Grow Into Film Maker With a Cause
Barbara and Greg MacGillivray met in a math class at Newport Harbor High School.
Couple Puts Juice Chain on Growth Fast Track
Keep it simple.
Dong Il Kim earlier this month returned to US Metro Bank as its chief executive.
Irvine-based Pacific Premier Bancorp Inc. agreed to pay about $16 million to acquire Infinity Franchise Holdings LLC, a lender serving the fast-food franchise industry.
Agency of Record On Top of Eyelash Product Ads
Allergan Inc. in Irvine selected its subsidiary Pacific Communications as its agency of record for its SkinMedica Skin Care’s professional business.
SF Building’s Sellers Said to Be Asking $121 Million
Newport Beach-based investor KBS Realty Advisors is nearing another blockbuster office purchase, this time in San Francisco.
Part of New Chief Exec’s Changes After Review
Santa Ana-based Identive Group Inc. plans to sell off its noncore business assets as part of a plan to trim global operations and focus on high-growth products and markets.
Orange County businesses added more than 20,000 jobs in the past two months, bringing the county’s unemployment level down to 5.8%.
US Metro Bank founding Chief Executive Dong Il Kim has returned to the struggling Korean-American bank.
Irvine-based Pacific Premier Bancorp Inc. has agreed to pay about $16 million to acquire Infinity Franchise Holdings LLC, a lender serving the fast-food franchise industry.
TECHNOLOGY: Board changer on way; marker challenges ahead
Emulex Corp. Chief Executive Jeff Benck will get a shot at turning around the networking equipment maker after getting a nod from activist investors that eluded his predecessor.
REAL ESTATE: Builder establishes new division for high-end residential
Newport Beach-based homebuilder City Ventures Inc. has launched a luxury home division that will focus on some of the company’s premier land locations in California
Buyers Hope Rents Start to Jibe With Big Sales Spurt
Investors and tenant brokers appear to be of two different minds when gauging the health of Orange County’s office market heading into 2014.
OC INSIDER Column by Jerry Sullivan
HEALTHCARE: Looks to boost cash, focus on core dental line
Irvine-based medical device maker Biolase Inc.’s move to sell noncore assets signals a plan to double down on its main dental laser business.
REAL ESTATE: Plans makeover in Irvine with weather in mind
Irvine-based Bixby Land Co. is bringing its model for creative office space redevelopment closer to home.
EMPLOYMENT: Exec searcher puts OCer in charge of SoCal bid
Global executive search firm Boyden World Corp. has re-entered Southern California and tapped Orange County resident Peter Santora as a managing partner to oversee its operations here and in the Los Angeles market.
FINANCE: Buys broker-dealer, eyes commonwealth’s bonds
Newport Beach-based investment bank Fairbridge Capital Partners LLC is making a play in Puerto Rico through an acquisition of one of the largest securities brokers there.
Nearly 400 on Hand at Business Journal, CSUF Event
A crowd of more than 375 turned out for a Nov. 13 luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Irvine to laud five honorees as part of the 14th annual Family Owned Business awards hosted by the Business Journal and California State University, Fullerton’s Center for Family Business.
Spectrum Group International Inc. said it plans to delist its shares from national securities exchanges and spin off a subsidiary.
The parent of Newport Beach-based Pacific Investment Management Co. replaced Pimco asset managers with its own advisers