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Irvine Chamber Gets New Name

Greater Irvine Chamber is the new name of the former Irvine Chamber of Commerce.

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Disney Parks Up in Down Quarter

The parks and resorts division of Walt Disney Co. in Burbank had quarterly operating income of $1.1 billion on revenue of $4.6 billion, up 13% and 6% compared with the same period last year.

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UCI Prof to Share $10M Grant

UCI Assistant Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology Ali Mortazavi will share $10 million in grant funding over four years with the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena to establish a mapping center to pinpoint where genes, and the regulatory elements that control them, lie within the entire genome.

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UCI, Rochester Tech in Joint Effort

University of California-Irvine and Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability launched the Reducing Embodied-Energy & Decreasing Emissions Institute to improve the efficiency and competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing.

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State Funds UCI Innovation, Research

University of California-Irvine’s innovation institute has received $2.2 million from the state to help speed research and innovations to market.

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CPA Firms Combine

Certified public accountancy Katherman Kitts & Co. in Irvine said its entire team has joined Haskell & White, effective Feb. 1.

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Hotel Marketer Books $1.1B

Preferred Hotels & Resorts booked $1.1 billion in reservations in 2016 for the hotels in its system.

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Ensign Buys in Texas

Mission Viejo-based Ensign Group Inc. acquired the real estate and operations of Parklane West Healthcare Center, a 124-bed skilled nursing and 17-bed assisted living facility in San Antonio, Texas, effective Feb. 1.

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Anaheim Visitors, Spending Up

Preliminary numbers for 2016 show boosts in Anaheim’s visitor count and the money they spend in OC, according to Visit Anaheim.

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Ad Testing Firm Sold

Ezoic Inc. in Carlsbad bought OC-based advertising technology firm AmpedSense.

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Nekter Expands to 3 New States

Nekter Juice Bar Inc. in Santa Ana has signed multi-unit franchise agreements to bring the food-and-smoothie chain into Utah, Washington and Florida—all new states for the chain.

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New President of Thurgood Marshall Bar

Denisha McKenzie is the president-elect of the Newport Beach-based Thurgood Marshall Bar Association.

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Stowell to Chair Housing Charity

HomeAid America, a Newport Beach-based building industry charity, said CalAtlantic Group Inc. executive chairman Scott Stowell will lead its Board of Directors as Chairman for the next two years.

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Grupo Gallegos in Buys, Rebranding

Ad agency Grupo Gallegos in Huntington Beach rebranded itself as GALLEGOS United after buying two companies on undisclosed terms—a New York-based digital agency Canvas and public relations shop RL Public Relations & Marketing in Los Angeles.

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OC Resorts, Hotels Hit AAA List

Four Orange County resorts earned Automobile Club of Southern California’s AAA “Five Diamond Award” and 10 resorts and hotels earned AAA “Four Diamond” status for 2017.