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Little E Tells ‘Big Dog’ Pet Insurance Firm’s Story

MARKETING: Race star in ad showing Nationwide’s other sideNASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. is starring in a new TV commercial for a Brea-based pet insurance company, compliments of the firm’s parent, Nationwide Insurance Co. in Columbus, Ohio.

By Mediha DiMartino August 15, 2016 midnight   $$ Share
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Toba Co-Leads eSports Investment

Newport Beach-based Toba Capital invested in the booming eSports segment, co-leading a $5 million funding round for a Santa Monica company that runs tournaments and related events for amateur gamers.

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JetSuite Gets JetBlue Investment

JetBlue Airways Corp. took a minority stake in JetSuite Inc. in Irvine.

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NBA Games to Air in VR

Laguna Beach-based virtual reality content maker NextVR Inc. has struck a multi-year deal with NBA Digital in New York to live-stream National Basketball Association games in virtual reality during the upcoming season.

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National Honors for DT Santa Ana

The American Planning Association has named downtown Santa Ana as one of five “Great Neighborhoods” on its annual Great Places in America list.

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Smithsonian Award for Gross

Bill Gross, “The Bond King,” may soon lay claim to being among “the greatest stamp collectors of all time.”

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Interim Venue to Replace Irvine Meadows

Five Point Communities Management Inc. in Aliso Viejo said part of its property bordering Orange County Great Park would be available for the operation of an “interim amphitheater,” pending approval by the city of Irvine.

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Emmis Effort to Go Private Failed

An effort by the chief executive of Emmis Communications Corp. to take the company private has failed.

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New Editor-in-Chief for Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur Media Inc. in Irvine promoted Entrepreneur magazine's executive editor Jason Feifer to editor-in chief.

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OC Company Buys Las Vegas Expo

San Juan Capistrano-based Emerald Expositions LLC acquired Digital Dealer Conference & Expo from Dealer Communications in Boca Raton, Fla. on undisclosed terms.

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Visit Anaheim to Run B-Ball Event

Sports Anaheim will own and operate a CCA Division II college basketball tournament with both men's and women's competitions to be held in Orange County annually.

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LCAD Sets New Writing Programs

Laguna College of Art and Design said it would start two degree programs in creative writing: a Bachelor of Fine Arts in fall 2017 and a low-residency Master of Fine Arts, in summer 2017.

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Movie Equipment Maker Buys Rival

Costa Mesa-based QSC LLS has acquired on undisclosed terms Ultra-Stereo Labs Inc. in San Luis Obispo.

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JetSuite to Fly From Carlsbad

JetSuite in Irvine plans to offer flights from Carlsbad to San Jose beginning Oct. 17, a news report said.

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Ranking Shows Automakers’ Climb

The brand value of Kia Motors Corp. and Hyundai Motor Co. is up this year, according to Interbrand’s 17th annual Best Global Brands report

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Avocado, Heart-Health Group in Pact

The Hass Avocado Board in Mission Viejo formed a four-year partnership with the American Heart Association “to galvanize Americans to eat the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables every day.”