Orange County Business Journal

OCBJ WEEKLY EDITION

Mazda Cultivates Place to Share Passions at SXSW

Mazda North American Operations—South by Southwest’s official automobile sponsor—returned to the nine-day conference and festival with its own venue in tow.

By Mediha DiMartino March 13, 2017 midnight share »

OCBJ Calendar

This week's business and other event listings.

By Dana Truong March 13, 2017 midnight share »

IBC Apartment Development Cuts into Jobs Base

The boom in residential development in the Irvine Business Complex over the past few years appears to be having an effect on the area’s base of jobs.

By Mark Mueller March 13, 2017 midnight share »

TCL Pins Hopes on Return of Coveted Keyboard

The wait is over for those clamoring for the return of the Qwerty keyboard.

By Chris Casacchia March 13, 2017 midnight share »

Real Estate Deals

Kelemen Caamaño Investments sold a 33,915-square-foot office building in Aliso Viejo for $11.8 million, or $347 per square foot.

March 13, 2017 midnight share »

Customer Support Company Wants to Have a Chat

An Irvine-based company that created a customer support software platform has launched a live chat program.

By Deirdre Newman March 13, 2017 midnight share »

ThreeSixty Vision: Big Growth on Brand Revivals

ThreeSixty Group is on a shopping spree.

By Mediha DiMartino March 6, 2017 midnight share »

Belief in Bricks and Mortar

A 200-store base might be too much of a bet for a lot of retailers these days.

By Mediha DiMartino March 6, 2017 midnight share »

Invesco Pays $112M for Fullerton Apartments, Dell Inc. Office in AV

Dallas-based Invesco Real Estate, one of the most active institutional investors in Orange County in the past few years, has added a newly built apartment complex in Fullerton and another office in Aliso Viejo to its local portfolio.

By Mark Mueller March 6, 2017 midnight share »

J&J Gives Santa Ana HQ Status on Eye Devices

Johnson & Johnson Vision has double vision.

By Sherry Hsieh March 6, 2017 midnight share »

Alteryx Valuation Could Range to $900M on IPO

Irvine-based Alteryx Inc.’s planned initial public offering could snap a nearly two-year drought in Orange County.

By Chris Casacchia March 6, 2017 midnight share »

Food Dreams on Okinawa Unfold at South Coast Plaza

This is a story of a little boy in Japan who knew what he wanted to be when he grew up, and us food lovers are all the better for it.

By Fifi Chao March 6, 2017 midnight share »

Dine Around the World One Tasty Plate at a Time

Orange County keeps getting richer and richer with dining possibilities. We are lucky to have so many family-owned, individual places interspersed with the big, fancy restaurants.

By Fifi Chao March 6, 2017 midnight share »

There and Back All Around OC

“There and back” can carry myriad meanings—and become more interesting when folks get specific.

By Jerry Sullivan March 6, 2017 midnight share »

New ZPizza Tap Rooms Tap EB-5 Franchisees

ZPizza International Inc. has sold 10 franchises of its ZPizza Tap Room concept to 10 Iranian nationals pursuing U.S. residency under a federal visa program that provides green cards in exchange for investments that create jobs.

By Paul Hughes March 6, 2017 midnight share »

Ladera Ranch Fintech Lands South Korea Link

Evan Gentry is back in the real estate game, with a touch of fintech this time around.

By Peter J. Brennan March 6, 2017 midnight share »

Banc of California Focus Wins Fans

Irvine-based Banc of California’s plans to shed its main residential mortgage line, cut its headcount almost in half and concentrate on commercial banking is winning fans on Wall Street.

By Peter J. Brennan March 6, 2017 midnight share »

Boston Firm Buys Wet Seal Name, IP

Gordon Brothers Brands LLC in Boston, a 114-year-old restructuring and investment firm, bought the Wet Seal name and other intellectual property for $3 million in a March 2 auction, according to documents filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

By Mediha DiMartino March 6, 2017 midnight share »

Drinks Manufacturer Raises $3.6 Million

True Drinks Holdings Inc. in Irvine raised $3.6 million in equity backing, the company and regulatory filings said.

March 6, 2017 midnight share »

Aitken to Chapman Board Chair

Chapman University said attorney Wylie Aitken is the new chairman of its board of trustees for a two-year term.

March 6, 2017 midnight share »

New Creative Chief for Mazda Ad Shop

Mazda North American Operations’ advertising agency of record hired Erich Funke as chief creative officer, effective March 6.

March 6, 2017 midnight share »

Wanted: Best Places to Work for OCBJ’s List

Is your workplace great?

March 6, 2017 midnight share »

PHILANTHROPY

Women’s Circle of Wishes hosted its fourth annual signature event on Feb. 12 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach.

By Kim Haman March 6, 2017 midnight share »

ADDENDUM

California State University-Fullerton President Mildred García is scheduled to receive the 2017 Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award on March 14 from the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C.

By Hannah Mitchell March 6, 2017 midnight share »

Startup Bases Fast Growth on Customers’ Cloud Needs

A Costa Mesa-based startup launched by two executives with a track record of success in Orange County is off to a fast start.

By Chris Casacchia March 6, 2017 midnight share »

Real Estate Deals

The Khosraviani Trust sold an eight-unit apartment building for $1.5 million, or about $188,250 per unit.

March 6, 2017 midnight share »

OCBJ Calendar

This week's business and other event listings.

By Dana Truong March 6, 2017 midnight share »

Homebuilders Take Stock of Improved Inland Empire

Orange County’s biggest homebuilders are again turning more of their attention to projects in the Inland Empire.

By Mark Mueller March 6, 2017 midnight share »

Startup Investor Forum Organizers Work Bugs Out

The second StartUpOC Investor Summit, held on Feb. 22 at The Cove, drew 13 companies, including seven healthcare firms that span medical device, diagnostics and drugs.

By Sherry Hsieh March 6, 2017 midnight share »

Hyundai Gets J.D. Power Props for Dependability

Hyundai Motor America Inc. in Fountain Valley ranks No. 6 on Costa Mesa-based J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Vehicle Dependability Study—up 13 spots from last year.

March 6, 2017 midnight share »

Investment in OKC Brings Angel Fund Big Return

Irvine-based Tech Coast Angels’ ACE Fund II, short for Angel Capital Entrepreneur, scored an almost eight-fold return on its investment in the Oklahoma City-based WeGoLook platform.

By Deirdre Newman March 6, 2017 midnight share »

Credit Union Eyes Tustin for New HQ

SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, the largest credit union in California, is eyeing a site in Tustin to build a sizeable new headquarters facility.

By Mark Mueller February 27, 2017 midnight share »

Investors Banc on Change

What if the largest bank in Orange County held its annual shareholders meeting and none of its directors came?

By Peter J. Brennan February 27, 2017 midnight share »

IE Cement Magnate Eyes Santa Ana Rentals

A 601-unit apartment project has been proposed for a roughly six-acre site next to the Santa Ana Zoo that sold last year to a wealthy businessman from the Inland Empire.

By Mark Mueller February 27, 2017 midnight share »

Olen Eyes Buys After Big Re-Fis

Newport Beach-based Olen Properties Corp. has closed on a big loan for its largest local property—a mixed-use development it owns in Brea—and is close to putting some of the proceeds from that and other recent financing deals into an apartment complex it plans to buy outside Orange County.

By Mark Mueller February 27, 2017 midnight share »

Vizio ‘Happy Either Way’ With $2B Deal Shaky

A looming deadline for Vizio Inc.’s $2 billion sale to LeEco has cast further doubt the China-based conglomerate can close the deal amid ongoing financial woes.

By Chris Casacchia February 27, 2017 midnight share »

Q&A

Some industries anticipate changes in business regulations as a result of the November elections and President Donald Trump’s promises of changes that could help spur business activity.

By The Business Journal February 27, 2017 midnight share »