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Restaurant Chain Receives Funding

Irvine-based restaurant chain and franchisor LYFE Kitchen received a minority investment from Carlisle Corp. and will move to that company’s Memphis, Tenn., headquarters, according to news reports.

Analyst Sees ‘Smooth Transition’ for New Allergan CFO

Personal Decision Prompts Move, New CFO Praised

Irvine drug maker Allergan Inc. has a new chief financial officer as it works to fight off hostile suitor Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.

New Social Networking Site Aims to Pay It Forward

Allocates $1M to Award Money, Resources to Users

A software entrepreneur in Irvine has launched a social networking site to make users’ dreams become reality through crowdsourcing.

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El Pollo Loco Signs for 20 Units in Texas

Costa Mesa-based grilled chicken chain El Pollo Loco Inc. has signed a multibrand operator to develop 20 franchised locations in Houston and San Antonio.

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CSUF Study: OC Exports to Grow Modestly, $28B by 2015

Orange County exports are expected to grow by nearly 6% this year to reach about $26.2 billion, according to a study by California State University Fullerton’s Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting.

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New CEO for Trace3

Irvine-based IT consultancy and service provider Trace3 has promoted Tyler Beecher to chief executive.

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UCI Chem Prof in Cancer Business Venture

A University of California-Irvine chemistry professor is an equity partner in Novonco Therapeutics Inc., a new company in Los Angeles founded to treat cancer patients.

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CSUF Trust Summit Names Honorees

Several local companies were honored for being the “best connected to their treasured customer base,” during the OC Trust Summit Thursday at California State University-Fullerton.

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808 Begins Trading Wednesday

Garden Grove-based power plant owner and operator 808 Renewable Energy Corp. will begin trading Wednesday on the Over-The-Counter Bulletin Board.

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Brandman Gets Ahmanson Foundation Grant

Irvine-based Brandman University received $99,600 from the Ahmanson Foundation in Los Angeles to fund technology purchases to help disabled students.

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LYFE Kitchen Investor Moving Company to Memphis

Irvine-based restaurant chain and franchisor LYFE Kitchen received a minority investment from Carlisle Corp. and will move to that company’s Memphis, Tenn. headquarters, according to reports.

Tasty Brews to Satisfy New Appetites

MANUFACTURING: Rising craft-beer sector part of US trend

Craft beer is briskly bubbling toward the surface of Orange County’s economy as a small but growing sector catering to increasing tastes for locally made food and beverages.

Green Grows OC Pot Sector

Businesses Sprout to Support Burgeoning Industry

The Green Rush has hit Orange County. Several local companies, from packaging makers to grow-kit specialists, are aiming to cash in on the recreational and medicinal marijuana market that’s booming across the country despite a hazy regulatory environment.

HMOs’ Membership Up, PPOs’ Numbers Down 3%

Kaiser Leads HMOs List, Anthem OC’s Biggest PPO

Health maintenance organizations had a year of growth in Orange County.

Ice Cream Shops Plan to Franchise

RESTAURANTS: Farrell’s, Creamistry proceed separately

Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour Restaurants’ parent, Lake Forest-based Parlour Enterprises Inc., and Irvine-based Creamistry separately said they will begin franchising.