Orange County Business Journal


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iPourIt Plans to Add Beer Machines

Lake Forest-based iPourIt plans to supply beer vending machines from Alpharetta, Ga.-based Plug in & Pour with its brew-dispensing hardware.

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Allergan Shareholders Vote for Actavis Deal

A majority of Irvine-based Allergan Inc.’s shareholders voted this morning to accept a takeover bid currently valued at $70.7 billion from Actavis PLC.

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Volcom Names Ex-Quiksilver Executive CFO

Costa Mesa-based Volcom Inc. hired Brad Holman as its new chief financial officer.

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SJC Startup in $1M Seed Round

San Juan Capistrano startup GlobeChat has raised nearly $1 million in a seed round as it gets closer to bringing its video and text messaging service to the market.

Mazda’s Latest Marketing Course: SXSW

Executives of Irvine-based Mazda North American Operations will aim to keep their minds open as they gauge the brand’s first year as the official automotive sponsor of the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas, also known as SXSW.

Glaucoma Specialist to Take Next Regulatory Step

HEALTHCARE: Device maker in Aliso Viejo has raised $77M

A well-funded eye device startup in Aliso Viejo is making regulatory progress in its quest to bring a new product to treat glaucoma to the U.S. market.

Largest Minority-Owned Businesses Top $14B in Sales

THE LIST: Outpace general market with 8% boost in jobs

The largest minority-owned businesses with headquarters in Orange County combined for $14.4 billion in revenue last year, a 9% increase over 2013.

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Bike Products Maker to Irvine

SureStop moved its headquarters to Irvine from Palo Alto and named consultant Al Nordin its chief executive, according to a news report.

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Socks Company Raises $50M

Stance Inc. in San Clemente raised $50 million from private investors to expand into underwear and open brand stores, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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OC-Based Auto Brands Beat National Sales Pace

All four Orange County-based automakers beat the national pace of sales of new vehicles in February, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

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WD Unit Acquires Storage Software Maker

A San Jose-based unit of Western Digital Corp. has acquired a maker of storage software for public and private cloud data centers.

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Software Maker Gets $5.5 Million

Irvine-based software maker YouMail Inc. has raised $5.5 million in a Series B funding round, the company announced this morning.

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OCADA Names Board Leaders

The Orange County Automobile Dealers Association in Newport Beach announced its 2015 board of directors.

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Kofax Buys Dutch Software Maker

Irvine-based business software maker Kofax Ltd. has acquired a company in the Netherlands that specializes in the growing customer-management software segment.

OC Schools Aim to Fill Key Rx of Reform

EDUCATION: Pharmacy programs in various stages at 3 universities

Three local universities want to launch pharmacy schools here, and they would join six others in Southern California and a total cadre of 11 statewide.