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21st Annual Women in Business Awards Winners Announced

A crowd of more than 800 attended the Business Journal’s 21st Annual Women in Business Awards, where cosmetics entrepreneur Toni Ko delivered a keynote address that challenged female entrepreneurs to redefine the benchmarks of success in their professional and personal lives.

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World Poker Tour Sells for $35M

Irvine-based WPT Enterprises Inc., which runs the World Poker Tour, has been acquired for $35 million by one of China’s largest gaming companies.

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Ad Agency Spinoff Gets $2.15 Million

Founders of the Column Five Inc. ad agency said they have secured $2.15 million in seed money to grow their side endeavor, Visage Inc. in Irvine.

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Advantage Buy Expands Global Reach

Advantage Sales and Marketing LLC said it has made an investment in Smollan Group in Johannesburg, South Africa, on undisclosed terms.

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Irvine Firm to Makes Games for Oculus Rift

Irvine-based video game designer Ready at Dawn will be among the first companies to partner with Oculus VR Inc. on new gaming titles for the highly anticipated Oculus Rift headset that was unveiled today in San Francisco.

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Preferred Hotels Names Executives

Newport Beach-based Preferred Hotels & Resorts promoted four people to a senior executive team, which includes three new positions.

Gross Says Give It Up for Machine

Donation to Smithsonian Recognizes ‘Critical’ Tool of Finance Industry

Bill Gross didn’t invent the Bloomberg terminal.

Will Allergan Cuts Resound in China? Holte’s High-Rise Act

Jinsong Ni isn’t too worried about the pink slip he got from Allergan last week, perhaps because he has a PhD in chemistry and years of experience on the nonclinical side of the drugmaker’s R&D—the sort of early-stage investments it pledged to cut at its Irvine HQ amid a hostile takeover bid by Valeant last year.

Register, Others Look to Fill PennySaver Void

MEDIA: Former workforce, advertisers up for grabs

Competitors are extending welcome mats to clients once loyal to PennySaver USA LLC and its former sales staff, as the free Brea-based weekly ad publication wraps up its fate in bankruptcy court.

Advantage Buy Starts Digital Division

MARKETING: One-time vendor now basis of push on big data

Advantage Sales & Marketing LLC in Irvine got started on plans for a digital technology division with the acquisition of Bentonville, Ark.-based Atlas Technology Group Inc. on undisclosed terms.

Volcom Goes For Rocker-Inspired Women’s Line

Pieces Conceived With Singer’s Wardrobe in Mind

Volcom Inc. in Costa Mesa has turned to the singer of indie rock band Grouplove to design its latest women’s collection.

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Simon to Give Firebrand to Employees

Allan Simon plans to transfer ownership of Firebrand Media LLC to 10 of his longtime employees, according to the Laguna Beach Independent, the company’s flagship publication.

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CSUF Taps Chapman Dean to Lead Arts

California State University-Fullerton said Dale Merrill will be dean of its College of the Arts, starting July 1.

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Kiss Names New CEO

Arena football insider Joe Windham has been named chief executive of the LA KISS, which plays its home games at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

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JWA April Traffic Higher

John Wayne Airport reported a 5.7% year-to-year increase in total passengers to about 826,000 for April, compared with about 781,000 in the same period last year.