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NB Company Gets More Money to Build Hydrogen Stations

FirstElement Fuel Inc. will receive a $13.8 million loan from American Honda Motor Co. Inc. in Torrance to build 12 additional hydrogen fueling stations in the state.

Deans of Delivery

Aliso Viejo-Based Outfit Has Been Mobile Link Between Restaurants, Business Customers for 21 Years

Food delivery is a hot subject in the restaurant industry these days.

Biggest Employers Churn Out Another Modest Increase

ECONOMY: Top 79 combine for 258,796 jobs, 17% of county’s total

Orange County’s biggest employers grew their combined workforce by 1% in the past year, a modest but steady pace of growth for the fourth straight year.

Microsemi Boss Sees Rally in Defense Sector

TECHNOLOGY: Chipmaker projects ‘new cycle’ on outlays

Aliso Viejo-based chipmaker Microsemi Corp. enters a new fiscal year with a record backlog of contracts fueled by a resurgence in defense and security spending.

Habit to Hone Focus on Company-Owned Stores

RESTAURANTS: Newly public, debt-free chain targets Fla., D.C.

Habit Restaurants Inc. Chief Executive Russ Bendel said the Irvine-based fast-casual burger chain plans to grow largely by units it owns and operates, not franchises, after its Nov. 20 initial public offering.

UCI Health Partners With IE Hospital

UC Irvine Health has struck a deal on an affiliation with Corona Regional Medical Center, a midsize hospital just across the Riverside County line.

Milk Processor Board Lands License Deals on ‘Got Milk?’

MARKETING: South OC-based trade group owns famous slogan

A classic children’s storybook starts off with, “If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to ask for a glass of milk.”

Kaiser Considers Internal Candidates For Top Executive in OC

HEALTHCARE: Harrier interim; final choice expected next month

Julie Miller-Phipps says Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan will likely stick with the familiar as it seeks to fill her role as its top executive in Orange County, where consideration of internal candidates is under way.

NB Amusement Operator Doubles Food, Drink Sales

HOSPITALITY: National accounts, franchises spur growth

Newport Beach-based leisure parks operator Palace Entertainment Inc. has doubled food and beverage sales in seven years, the company said.

Nonprofit to Buy 56 Corinthian Schools

Santa Ana-based for-profit schools operator Corinthian Colleges Inc. said it will sell 56 campuses of its Everest College and WyoTech to Zenith Education Group Inc., an affiliate of Oakdale, Minn.-based student loan guarantor agency ECMC Group.

Seattle Drugmaker With Local Plant Files for Bankruptcy

Performance of Dendreon Provenge Drug Elusive

Five years ago, the Business Journal wondered whether a “biotech beachhead” was going to take root in Orange County, an area long known for its domination by the medical device industry.

Food Inc.: Entrepreneurs Take Recipes to Market

MANUFACTURING: Range from 2 people to $100M sales

The food business fills its plate as it fills ours.

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Community Colleges Seek to Offer Bachelor’s Degrees

Three Orange County Community College Districts have submitted letters of intent to offer bachelor’s degrees in some subjects, according to the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.

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OC Adds 15,800 Jobs, Unemployment Falls to 5%

Orange County employers added 15,800 jobs in October, helping push down the unemployment rate to 5%.

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NB Title Company Acquired for $36M

Newport Beach-based title insurance company Experience 1 Inc. has been acquired by Solutionstar Holdings LLC for $36 million in cash.