Orange County Business Journal

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Daily Deals Site Touts Ties to Local Charities as Trump Card

DealGooder: trying to change how folks shop—one deal at a time

By Alisha Gomez August 7, 2011 midnight share »
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GENERATION W

A look at children of rich OC parents, aka Generation W

By Alisha Gomez July 31, 2011 midnight share »

How Did He Do That?

GENERAL COUNSEL AWARDS - A look at the honorees: Daniel Burke, St. John Knits International Inc.

By Alisha Gomez July 10, 2011 midnight share »

Purse, Jewelry Designer Lands Mariah Carey, Others as Fans

Michelle Monroe’s jewelry, handbags appeal to stars and regular consumers

By Alisha Gomez July 3, 2011 midnight share »
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Entrepreneur Takes Edgy Tack With ‘Morphine Lips’ Line of Lip Balms

Morphine Lips aims to combines rock n’ roll and high fashion

By Alisha Gomez June 26, 2011 midnight share »
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Jean Genie

Mychael Darwin has gained a following with his upscale jackets and jeans

By Alisha Gomez June 19, 2011 midnight share »
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Cell Phone Losing Mom Reinvents Fanny Pack with Hipzbag

INNOVATION: A San Clemente entrepreneur is putting a stylish twist on the fanny pack

By Alisha Gomez June 12, 2011 midnight share »

Beauty Bid

Mor Cosmetics is building U.S. sales from its local base in Los Alamitos

By Alisha Gomez June 5, 2011 midnight share »
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Brea Designer, 29, Creates Buzz With Her Line of Swimsuits

YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS - Local startup Lolli Beach Candy’s swimsuits are playful and colorful

By Alisha Gomez May 29, 2011 midnight share »
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Publishers, Hollywood Take Liking to Laguna Niguel Author’s Novels

Local author Alyson Noël is seeing success with her young adult novels

By Alisha Gomez May 22, 2011 midnight share »
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Shoe Designer Draws Inspiration From Peru, Recycled Tires

INNOVATION - Profiles of inventions, innovations and entrepreneurs. G.A.Y. Inc. in Tustin makes chic shoes out of tires

By Alisha Gomez May 22, 2011 midnight share »
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Time to Decide

Ask any small business about keys to growth and they’ll likely bring up cash flow.

By Alisha Gomez May 15, 2011 midnight share »

‘Mompreneurs’

The latest trend in small business might be the mom sitting next to you.

By Alisha Gomez May 15, 2011 midnight share »
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Posh Nail Salons Competing With Discounters in Recovering Market

Upscale nail salons in OC compete with cheaper, bigger rivals

By Alisha Gomez May 7, 2011 8:32 a.m. share »

Itty Bitty Bras Get Bigger for Home-Based Irvine Entrepreneur

Profiles of inventions, innovations and entrepreneurs: An Irvine bra designer is seeing sales grow by targeting a niche

By Alisha Gomez April 24, 2011 midnight share »
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Arbonne Veterans Try Hand at Direct Sales Skincare Company

Apriori Beauty has plans to grow with more products and salespeople

By Alisha Gomez April 17, 2011 midnight share »
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In the Swim of Things

Tustin-based swimsuit maker Raj Manufacturing has continued to grow in a down economy by focusing on global markets

By Alisha Gomez December 5, 2010 midnight share »
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Wood Work

Profile of the Business Journal’s Family Owned Business Awards winner, Ganahl Lumber

By Alisha Gomez November 28, 2010 midnight share »

Local Coupon Publications Blanket OC to Buck Slowdown

FAST-GROWING PRIVATE COMPANIES - #9. Revista Publishing LLC

By Alisha Gomez October 25, 2010 6 a.m. share »

ATMs, Debit Cards, Check Processing Bring Heady Growth

FAST-GROWING PRIVATE COMPANIES - #2. U.S. Alliance Group Inc.

By Alisha Gomez October 25, 2010 6 a.m. share »

Model to Copy: Outsourcing Technical Expertise

FAST-GROWING PRIVATE COMPANIES - #10. ProRepro

By Alisha Gomez October 25, 2010 6 a.m. share »
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Tattoo Nation Spurs Edgy Sullen Clothing

Sales are up for tattoo-inspired clothing maker Sullen Clothing

By Alisha Gomez October 17, 2010 midnight share »
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Brothers’ Vision: Less Glare, More Brand Leverage

Newport Beach glasses maker Kaenon Polarized is making a splash

By Alisha Gomez October 10, 2010 midnight share »
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Shoemaker Blends Fashion, Love of Hawaii, Family Culture

Profile of OluKai Inc. on the Business Journal’s second annual Best Places to Work list

By Alisha Gomez September 26, 2010 midnight share »
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Forget Roach Coaches, Food Trucks Are Cool

Gourmet food trucks are making a foray into Orange County.

By Alisha Gomez August 21, 2010 12:56 a.m. share »
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Beyond Roxy: Quiksilver Does Juniors Line

Quiksilver is coming out with a new line geared toward women in their early 20s

By Alisha Gomez August 15, 2010 noon share »
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Billabong Strikes Deal for Rvca, Avoids Bidding War for Retailer

Billabong USA snatched up the county’s top upstart clothing brand and appears to have prevailed in a short-lived battle to buy a Canadian retailer

By Alisha Gomez July 19, 2010 midnight share »
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Direct-Seller Arbonne Focuses on Products After Bankruptcy

An Irvine skincare company is getting a makeover after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

By Alisha Gomez June 27, 2010 midnight share »
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Niche, Luxottica Helping Oakley Defy Downturn

Oakley continues to report epic growth despite a struggling retail industry

By Alisha Gomez June 20, 2010 midnight share »

Employment at Apparel Makers Stabilizes

ABOUT THE LIST: The county’s largest apparel companies saw employment stabilize in the past 12 months. Includes the 2010 OC's TOP 30 APPAREL COMPANIES List for download (pdf)

By Alisha Gomez June 6, 2010 midnight share »
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Father-Son Startup Pushes Line of Changeable, Zipper Shoes

A small Irvine company is peddling interchangeable zipper top shoes

By Alisha Gomez May 30, 2010 midnight share »
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Volcom's Woolcott Reflects on Earliest Ventures: Wastebaskets, Golf Balls

It all started with selling wastebaskets, Volcom Inc. Chief Executive Richard Woolcott said Wednesday while being honored with the first Entrepreneur of the Year award by the Leatherby Entrepreneurship Center at Orange's Chapman University.

By Alisha Gomez May 20, 2010 10:22 a.m. share »
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Upstart Clothing Brand Tavik Turns Corner with Duke Line

APPAREL: Tavik Industries is a smaller OC clothing maker that’s found a friend in a household name here—John Wayne

By Alisha Gomez May 16, 2010 midnight share »
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Volcom Weathers Slump, Eyes Bigger Market Slice

Volcom is looking to emerge from the downturn with a big goal in sight

By Alisha Gomez March 21, 2010 midnight share »
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Ruling Winds Down ‘Roxy’ War

Quiksilver saw an appeals court reverse a ban against a rival clothing maker, but it says it still came out ahead in the ruling

By Alisha Gomez March 1, 2010 midnight share »

Action Sports Clothing Conference: Don't Chase Fast Fashion

Makers of surf-inspired and other action sports should stick to what they do best as they go after the large, yet fickle market of teen girls and young women.

By Alisha Gomez February 26, 2010 10:48 a.m. share »
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Roxy Quandary

Surfer babe Roxy is caught in fast fashion’s riptide

By Alisha Gomez February 8, 2010 midnight share »
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Trial by Fire for Surf Buzz Brand O’Quinn

Huntington Beach’s O’Quinn Clothing is one of OC’s buzz brands

By Alisha Gomez January 25, 2010 midnight share »
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After Graduation

What law students are doing about a law firm freeze on summer associate programs.

By Alisha Gomez January 18, 2010 midnight share »
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PacSun Boss Taps Lessons from Vans, Dad

A look at PacSun’s chief executive and the company’s turnaround efforts

By Alisha Gomez January 4, 2010 midnight share »
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Clothing Makers, Retailers Close Books on Tough ’09

Holiday cash registers closed last week with a mix of fear and hope for sellers and makers of clothes inspired by surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding

By Alisha Gomez December 28, 2009 midnight share »
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Wet Seal Turnaround Enters Critical Stage

In the words of one analyst, Wet Seal is in the running to become the turnaround story of retailers,

By Alisha Gomez November 2, 2009 midnight share »
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Commercials, Retailers Spur 290% Revenue Surge at Monkey Hook

Fast-Growing Private Cos. No. 9 - Monkey Hook LLC

By Alisha Gomez October 19, 2009 midnight share »
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Shoe Polish

A local company is taking a stab at the crowded shoe market with comfortable, stylish shoes

By Alisha Gomez October 5, 2009 6 a.m. share »
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Pacific Sunwear CEO Outlines Comeback Plan

The new chief executive at mall retailer Pacific Sunwear has outlined his turnaround tactics

By Alisha Gomez September 14, 2009 6 a.m. share »

Entrepreneur Magazine Being Bought by Private Equity Firms

Irvine-based Entrepreneur Media Inc., publisher of Entrepreneur magazine, is being bought by two private equity firms, according to a report Friday.

By Orange County Business Journal June 13, 2008 midnight share »

Ambassadors Shopping Cruise Line

Ambassadors International Inc. has put its upscale cruise line up for sale.

By Orange County Business Journal May 28, 2008 midnight share »

UCI Nabs $27.2 in State Funding for Stem Cell Center

The University of California, Irvine, on Wednesday said it received $27.2 million from the state to build its stem cell research facility.

By Orange County Business Journal May 7, 2008 midnight share »

Mixed Bag for PacSun, Wet Seal Feb. Sales

Same-store sales in February were a mixed bag for Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. and Wet Seal Inc.

By Orange County Business Journal March 6, 2008 midnight share »

Volcom Q4 Earnings Solid; Q1 Mixed Bag

Costa Mesa-based Volcom Inc. offered no surprises with fourth-quarter and 2007 earnings, but did offer some mixed guidance for the current quarter.

By Orange County Business Journal February 21, 2008 midnight share »

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