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Sun Sees Rebound on Horizon for Pro Volleyball Circuit

SPORTS: Renews several key sponsors, seeks new TV deal

Donald Sun is facing another big challenge as his second year of running a revived professional beach volleyball tour comes to an end.

Auto Show’s 50th Birthday Gift: Relevance With Car Buyers

MARKETING: Data indicate event’s influence on purchases

The Orange County International Auto Show is set to start Oct. 2 at the Anaheim Convention Center, where organizers will mark the event’s 50th anniversary with something extra to tout: recent research that indicates the show still matters to the tens of thousands of visitors who are potential car buyers.

$1 Million to Video Game Maker

MEK Entertainment Inc., an independent video game maker in Aliso Viejo established by a former Blizzard Entertainment Inc. programmer, secured $1 million in a seed round.

5 Honored With General Counsel Awards

A crowd of more than 400 members of Orange County’s corporate and legal communities gathered to honor this year’s top in-house lawyers at the Business Journal’s fifth annual General Counsel Awards.

House Votes Yet Again to Repeal Medical Device Tax

Senate Divided on Levy Meant to Boost Reform

One of the medical device industry’s favorite topics—repealing a federal tax on its companies’ revenues—has resurfaced yet again in Congress.

‘Beautiful’ Vizio TV Ads Feature Clipper in New Role

Blake Griffin Waxes Poetic on Ultra HD Models

You can “see the beauty in everything” on Vizio Inc.’s Ultra HD TVs, suggest the new humorous commercials from the Irvine-based technology manufacturer.

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JWA Passengers, Flights Down in August

John Wayne Airport served slightly fewer passengers in August compared to the same period last year on fewer commercial flights.

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More Johnny Rockets Overseas

Aliso Viejo-based hamburger chain Johnny Rockets Inc. said it plans to open four or five new restaurants in South America by the end of the year and another seven in 2015, adding to the 13 it has there now.

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Aliso Video Game Maker Raises $1M

MEK Entertainment Inc., an independent video game maker in Aliso Viejo established by a former Blizzard Entertainment Inc. programmer, has secured $1 million in a seed round.

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Freedom to Shutter LA Register

Santa Ana-based Freedom Communication Inc. will stop publication of the Los Angeles Register, according to a memo from Chief Executive Aaron Kushner and co-owner Eric Spitz to employees last night.

How Fast Is $18.7 Billion?

$5.5B Gain in 2 Years for 174 Fastest Growers Based in OC

There’s no shortage of numbers available to put some punch into this week’s coverage of the fastest-growing private companies based in Orange County.

Serial Entrepreneur Went Big With Equipment Rentals

BigRentz.com on 1,268% Growth Spurt to $15M

Starting BigRentz.com was a no-brainer for Chief Executive Dallas Imbimbo.

Little Big List

$4.3B Revenue Increase Spread Over 13 Largest Fast Growers

Far fewer but much bigger. That’s one way to sum up the biggest of the fastest-growing private companies based in Orange County—13 companies that combined for $16.1 billion in revenue, a 37% jump.

Midmarket Movers

73 Companies Combine for $2.2 Billion in Revenue

The 73 fastest-growing private companies in Orange County with revenues between $10 million and $100 million collectively grew their combined top line by 76.1% over the past two years to $2.2 billion.

Double Time

Companies Under $10M Mark on Revenue Combine for 100% Jump

The fastest-growing companies in Orange County with revenues of less than $10 million combined to nearly double their sales over the past two years to $399 million.