Orange County Business Journal


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China-Based Shoe Brand Starts in OC

APPAREL: Initial focus on wholesale from Irvine HQ

The Irvine-based arm of a major sports apparel and footwear brand in China launched a website last week, marking its first foray into the U.S. market.

Kodiak to Buy $5M in Alt Energy Stock

Newport Beach-based investment firm Kodiak Capital Group LLC agreed to buy $5 million worth of common stock of Cirque Energy Inc., a Detroit-based developer of alternative energy sources.

Vizio Title Sponsor of 2014 Fiesta Bowl

Irvine-based Vizio Inc. signed on as the title sponsor of the 44th Annual Fiesta Bowl, which is scheduled to take place Dec. 31 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

Toshiba Ads to Medical Pros: You Have a Voice

Aims to Distinguish Firm From Rivals in Industry

Toshiba America Medical Systems has launched an advertising campaign that aims to position the Irvine-based diagnostic imaging company as one that “adapts to and understands its customers’ business,” according to Nancy Gillen, its vice president of marketing.

IT Provider’s Fast Growth Lands It on Fortune List

Lumen21 Had 803% Growth Rate in 5 Years

A fast-growing IT provider in Orange is gaining recognition targeting smaller companies in the healthcare, financial service and retail industries.

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AtheroNova Prices Offering

Irvine-based biotechnology company AtheroNova Inc. priced an offering of 4 million shares of its stock and warrants to buy its stock.

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Western Digital Beats Street

Irvine-based storage products maker Western Digital Corp. first-quarter revenue and adjusted earnings beat Wall Street estimates.

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GM Ventures Takes Stake in Telogis

Aliso Viejo-based Telogis Inc. has received an equity investment from GM Ventures, the venture capital arm of General Motors Inc.

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Kodiak Takes $5M Stake in Energy Company

Newport Beach-based investment firm Kodiak Capital Group LLC has agreed to buy $5 million worth of common stock of Cirque Energy Inc., a Detroit-based developer of alternative energy sources.

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Taco Bell Rolls Out New App

Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp. today introduced its new mobile app for ordering and payment.

India Link

Émigré Population Prominent Beyond Size in OC’s Community of Business

Orange County’s Indian-American community is nearly as diverse as its homeland, where myriad languages flourish in the crowded cities and secluded villages spread across the Asian subcontinent.

OC-India Connection’s 2-Way Street

Financial Services Here Look for Roles on Both Ends of Deals

A number of financial services firms in Orange County are setting themselves up as conduits for deals in India, drawn by the country’s growing upper and middle classes, a raft of highly educated workers, and a number of industries that offer potential for cross-border links.

LB Hotel Fetches $8.2M in Auction

HOSPITALITY: $124,000 per room for Best Western affiliate

A 66-room hotel in Laguna Beach is set to change hands for $8.2 million after the note securing it was sold via an Internet auction last week.

Four Schools in Great Park Solar Project

Two universities and two community colleges in Orange County are working together on next year’s entry for the Solar Decathlon at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine.

Irvine Renewable-Energy Firm Eyes $270M Loan From China Ex-Im Bank

The Export-Import Bank of China last week signed a letter of intent to provide a $270 million loan to Irvine-based BlueFire Renewables Inc.