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Ingram Micro Buys Minn. IT Provider

Santa Ana-based Ingram Micro Inc. acquired a Minnesota Internet technology provider to bolster its professional services offerings for its network of global resellers.

Meritus to Be Bought for $210 Million

Santa Ana-based Meritus Payment Solutions agreed to be acquired for $210 million by Optimal Payments PLC, an online payment services provider with headquarters in London.

Experian Ejects Competitors in Talking-Computer Ads

Aims to Depict Others As Unreliable Credit Managers

Experian PLC in Costa Mesa is trying to set itself apart from the competition with its new 30-second TV ads featuring two rogue computers—the fictional Karmarama 2000 and Jacktronic VI.

Manufacturing, Warehouse Space Tight in OC

The vacancy rate in the Orange County manufacturing and warehouse sector steadily decreased over the past 12 months from 2.8% to 2.5% at the end of the first quarter.

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Galardi Group CEO Named to Literacy Board

Cindy Galardi Culpepper, the chief executive office of Irvine-based restaurant operator Galardi Group Inc., has been has been named to the board of the Literacy Project.

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Corinthian Deal Expected in Days

Corinthian Colleges Inc. will get more time to strike a deal with the U.S. Department of Education on plans to wind down or sell schools and programs.

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Ingram Micro Buys Minnesota IT Firm

Santa Ana-based Ingram Micro Inc. has acquired a Minnesota Internet technology provider to bolster its professional services offerings for its network of global resellers. Financial details of the buy were undisclosed.

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$210M for Santa Ana Payment Processing Company

Santa Ana-based Meritus Payment Solutions has agreed to be acquired for $210 million by Optimal Payments PLC, an online payment services provider with headquarters in London.

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New Nursing Program in OC

Irvine-based Stanbridge College will start an associate of science in nursing program in October.

Ingram Gets Started on New Global Image

MARKETING: Fresh logo, campaign reflect push on higher-margin services

Ingram Micro Inc. has launched its largest global branding initiative to date, a “natural next step” for the company as it “evolves from a distribution powerhouse to the world leader in technology and supply chain services,” according to Chief Executive Alain Monie.

El Pollo Plans to Stay on Familiar Turf After IPO

DINING: Modest growth plan follows sales gains, renovations

El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. hopes the second time is a charm on its plans to go public.

Dining on the Latin Side Vibrant, Tasty, Unexpected

Traditional, Progressive Eateries Serve Up Magia

This is the first time I have rounded up a group of Mexican or Latin-themed restaurants for Fifi’s Best. There are lists of the Best Tacos, the Best Margaritas, the Best Mexican Restaurants, and more in so many publications and online. I’m taking another avenue.

Corinthian Expected to Shed Assets, Shut Schools

EDUCATION: School operator on brink, seeks deals with feds

Corinthian Colleges Inc. is expected to sell campuses and cut programs under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education—a deal that could be the beginning of the end for the for-profit school operator.

Business Still Warm for Restaurant Chains

DINING: Biggest based here top $14 billion in sales

Orange County’s 30 largest restaurant chains grew sales 3.4% to surpass $14 billion in systemwide sales last year, reflecting an industry trend of modest overall improvements as the economic recovery continues.

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Nekter’s Chief Visionary Sees Expansion in Future

Alexis Schulze has a confession to make. “I personally don’t love vegetables,” says the cofounder of Nekter Juice Bar Inc.