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Office Market in Los Angeles Region Posts Strong Year

REAL ESTATE WATCH: LOS ANGELES COUNTY

The Greater Los Angeles office market had a strong year in 2013, as all real estate indicators had slight year-over-year improvement.

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CALENDAR OCBJ

A listing of business events happening all around Orange County.

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Hyundai Capital to Move 85 Jobs from OC

Irvine-based Hyundai Capital America Inc. is transferring about 85 jobs from Orange County to its existing operations in Atlanta and Dallas while looking to make room for future growth here.

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NB Investor in $5M Deal for Santa Ana Clean-Tech Manufacturer

Private equity investor Kodiak Capital Group LLC has agreed to buy up to $5 million worth of common stock from Greenkraft Inc., a Santa Ana-based manufacturer of alternative-fuel automotive products.

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Local VCs Back Margolis’ Healthcare Company

A couple of Orange County venture capital firms participated in a $22.1 million funding round for Welltok Inc., a healthcare software company in Denver.

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More Deals in Store for American Restaurant Holdings

Irvine-based American Restaurant Holdings Inc. is in the midst of closing several more acquisitions on the heels of its purchase of Fronteras Mexican Grill & Cantina in Alhambra last month.

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NB Investor Buys Golf Club in Oklahoma City

Concert Golf Partners, a Newport Beach-based golf club owner and operator, has acquired Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City by paying off its debts to a couple of banks.

REAL ESTATE DEALS - Feb. 10, 2014

Sales and leases of offices, industrial buildings, retail space and apartments

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Young for His Resume

Lifetime Achievement Winner’s Experience Spells Versatility

Kevin Manion specializes in swooping in with new ideas and plenty of energy for his employer, whether it’s a distributor of wine and spirits, investment firm, produce grower or a national snacks brand.

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Emerald’s Big Little Deal

Private Equity Gives Trade Show Outfit New Vigor

Emerald Expositions Inc. functions like a modern-day matchmaker, setting the mood and bringing interested parties under one roof.

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New Owners See Hotel in Place of Car Wash at Newport Center

Land in Newport Center that currently holds a car wash is being eyed for a boutique hotel, one of several development projects being proposed for the area around Fashion Island, pending changes to the general plan of the city of Newport Beach.

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Pyott Points to $10B Potential for Allergan Acquisitions This Year

HEALTHCARE: Plenty of cash, little debt, wider market focus

Put Allergan Inc. down as a big shopper this year, thanks to a full coffer of cash and a corporate credit score that could accommodate as much as $10 billion worth of deals.

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Village at Orange in Line for $15M Makeover

RETAIL: Owners to seek new restaurants, spruce up entrances

The Village at Orange is set to undergo more than $15 million in improvements that its new owner hopes will help drive more traffic and encourage longer stays at the mall.

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Balboa Bay Resort, Club Get Started on New Looks

HOSPITALITY: New dining options among upgrades

Several improvement projects are in the works at Balboa Bay Resort and its members-only sister property now known as Balboa Bay Club.

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Smith Micro in 2-Fold Panasonic Deal

TECHNOLOGY: Lines up new customer, reseller with pact

Smith Micro Software Inc. landed a deal that makes Japanese conglomerate Panasonic Corp. a customer and reseller for the Aliso Viejo-based software maker.

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CoreLogic Comeback

Data Analytics Provider’s Market Value Tops $3B, Critics Turn Quiet

Frank Martell has helped oversee one of Orange County’s biggest turnaround stories over the past 2 ½ years.

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International Man of Mastery

Fluidmaster CFO on to Challenges in Slovenia

Fluidmaster Inc. has been busy solidifying its presence in the international market.

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Behind the Scenes in Service

Number Cruncher at OC’s Goodwill Industries Helps Manage Swath of Businesses

Donald Voska is a generalist.

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First American in $155M Deal for Data Firm

Santa Ana-based First American Financial Corp. said it’s paying $155 million to buy Interthinx Inc., an Agoura Hills-based provider of mortgage-loan-related data.

Data Specialist BlueCava Raises $13M

Irvine-based marketing data specialist BlueCava Inc. recently raised $13 million in a second round of funding.

I-Flow Moves From Lake Forest to Irvine

Dallas-based Kimberly-Clark Corp. said its I-Flow LLC business unit moved from Lake Forest to the Discovery Business Center in Irvine.

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Sunwest Acquires Bank in Idaho

Sunwest Bank in Irvine acquired the assets and deposits of Syringa Bank, a Boise, Idaho-based bank that was closed by the state Department of Finance on Jan. 31.

Amazon Adds in OC With Double Helix Buy

Amazon.com Inc. has boosted its presence in Orange County with the acquisition of Irvine-based video game maker Double Helix Games.

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ADDENDUM

Other items of interest in the Orange County Business Journal

The parent of Costa Mesa-based apparel company RVCA said it signed a new contract with founder and President Pat Tenore.

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Q&A Healthcare - Nurse Shortage

The shortage of registered nurses was one of the hottest topics in the Orange County and California healthcare sector in the late 1990s and early to mid-2000s.