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OC-Based Restaurants Make Consumer Reports List

Irvine-based restaurant chains Habit Restaurants LLC and In-n-Out Burger Inc. scored highly in a Consumer Reports subscriber survey of fast food and fast casual eateries.

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Hospitality Group Names Senior Leaders

The Irvine-based Orange County Visitors Association promoted two senior executives, announced the retirement of a third and named a fourth.

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Oculus’s Latest Buy in Costa Mesa; Plans Developer Conference in L.A.

Irvine-based Oculus VR Inc. on Monday announced another acquisition and plans to host a September developer conference in Los Angeles.

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Fastest-Growing Private Companies Wanted for Annual List

The Business Journal is looking for Orange County-based companies that have seen their yearly sales grow rapidly from mid-2012 to mid-2014 for our annual list of fastest-growing privately held companies.

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Mazda Sets Launch Date for New Miata

Irvine-based Mazda North American Operations said it’s skipping the auto show arena and plans to instead unveil its revamped 2016 MX-5 Miata on Sept. 3 during simultaneous events in Japan, Spain and Monterey, Calif.

Decision to Quit Led to Start of Agency of Her Own

Trip Designs Specializes in Balkans, Personal Touch

Milica Obradovic’s plunge into business ownership was a “spur-of-the-moment decision” she made when the manager at a travel agency where she worked for 15 years tipped her “over the edge.”

New Brand Plan for Reorganized Visitor Bureau

HOSPITALITY: Possible name change for Anaheim/OC group

The Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau will rebrand itself, with a new name and logo as possibilities by year-end.

Juice Chains Eye OC as Prime Territory in Growth Push

RESTAURANTS: 2 based here to add locations at ambitious clip

Orange County is getting juicier.

Investment Bank in Three Funding Deals

Newport Beach-based investment bank Digital Offering LLC helped raise more than $10 million for its first batch of clients, including two with headquarters in Orange County.

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.

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Kia Auto Sponsor for Segerstrom Center

Kia Motors America has signed on as the official automotive sponsor of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.

Flag Is Up at Los Al

North OC Track Goes Big for Thoroughbred Debut

Credit some big-time stakes races for helping Los Alamitos Race Course attract top names in Southern California’s horse-racing industry for its first thoroughbred season—a midsummer run that’s set to kick off this week.

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.

Oculus Buys Xbox Game Controller Creator

Oculus VR Inc. acquired the product design and engineering firm that developed the Xbox 360 controller.

Rant Media Raises $4M in Stock Offering

Online sports and lifestyle content publisher Rant Media Network Inc. raised $4 million in a private offering of its common stock.