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Digital Divide Brings Dividends to DGWB

MARKETING: Takes tech manufacturer’s message global

DGWB Advertising & Communications’ latest mission: help bridge the digital divide across rural America, where some 40% of residents don’t have high-speed broadband access.

Walker Early to OC; Doti Direct; RMV’s Next Generation

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will get a dress rehearsal for any presidential ambitions he might harbor—at least the part where a candidate hits up OC’s vaunted base of GOP donors.

Swiss Manufacturer Puts U.S. Unit in OC

A Swiss commercial printing equipment maker established its North American headquarters in Laguna Niguel.

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Min Kun Kim, who most recently served as chief executive coordinator at Kia Motors America Inc.’s headquarters in Irvine, was promoted to president and chief executive of Kia Canada Inc.

LA Kiss Shoots for Touchdown With Preseason Ads

Tries to Get More Bang for Its Limited Pile of Bucks

Professional arena football team LA Kiss, with less than a month till the start of its inaugural season, has a flurry of marketing activities in the works.

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Busch, Caspino Form New Law Firm

Orange County attorneys Tim Busch and Michael Caspino have formed Busch & Caspino, a new law firm with a focus on business, estate and tax planning; corporate real estate; business litigation as well as religious organizations and canon law.

Merage School Moves Up on U.S. News’ Rankings

U.S. News & World Report ranked the MBA program at University of California Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business No. 45 on its list of best business schools in the nation, a four-spot hike from last year’s ranking.

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Swiss Manufacturer Enters OC

A Swiss commercial printing equipment maker has established its North American headquarters in Laguna Niguel.

Top Minority-Owned Businesses Reach $12.8B in Revenue

ECONOMY: 5.5% increase in sales; 2.2% gain on OC jobs

The biggest minority-owned businesses based in Orange County combined for $12.8 billion in revenue last year, a 5.5% increase from a year earlier.

Costa Mesa Firm’s Route to Hollywood Runs SXSW

Hotel Conference Producers Take Bow at Austin Film Festival

There’s no business like show business, suggests the popular tune by Irving Berlin.

Pacifica’s Play: Stay at Beach, Add Services

HOSPITALITY: Hotel operator looks to grow management services

Investing in coastal properties has been a no-brainer for Pacifica Hotels ever since 1993, when it got started in Santa Barbara as the hotel investment and management wing of private equity firm Invest West Financial Corp.

Thumbs Up, ‘Hands Down’ for New Merage School Dean

Eric Spangenberg must be feeling plenty flattered over the recruiting job done by UCI to land him as dean for its Paul Merage School of Business.

UCI Cancer Center Adds Trial, Treatment Options

HEALTHCARE: $5M paves way for more advanced trials

A new center for cancer research and clinical trials at the University of California, Irvine, has the potential to give patients who want to use advanced therapies a chance to stay in Orange County for treatments.

Ad Shop’s Future Uncertain After Client, Staff Losses

MARKETING: 27-year-old Costa Mesa agency goes quiet

A midday knock on Marshall Advertising & Design’s front door last week went unanswered. So were calls to the Costa Mesa-based advertising agency. And its website was also down.

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Banc of California in Irvine acquired RenovationReady in Greenwood Village, Colo. on undisclosed terms. RenovationReady provides home-renovation lending services. Its president and co-founder, Jim Fraser, will join the bank as senior vice president and director of construction and renovation lending.