Orange County Business Journal

BJ’s Introduces Diners-In-a-Hurry App

BJ’s Restaurants Inc. launched a mobile application that aims to reduce customers’ wait times and increase the Huntington Beach-based chain’s sales volume.

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BJ’s App for Speedy Service

BJ’s Restaurants Inc. launched a mobile application that aims to reduce customers’ wait times and increase the Huntington Beach-based chain’s sales volume.

Vans’ New Website Streamlines Company’s Message

Aims to Boost Engagment, Product Profiles

Cypress-based Vans Inc. has relaunched its website, a collaboration with the Huge Inc. digital agency in Los Angeles.

Different Kind of Car Culture

How Little Saigon’s Cluster of Repair Shops Works

James Do had big plans for his auto repair business after nearly two decades in a cluster of about 50 mechanics and body shops that fill one side of a whole block just off Little Saigon’s main drag of Bolsa Avenue.

Company Takes Advantage of Movie Maker’s Resources

Company Takes Advantage of Movie Maker’s Resources

The licensing deal for Little Orbit LLC’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” came with an assortment of marketing freebies from DreamWorks Animation LLC that are helping the Santa Ana video game publisher defray some of the cost of promoting the new release (see related story, page 1).

GrindMedia Has New Name to Go With Redone Lineup

MEDIA: Rebranding reflects parent name; debut rough

GrindMedia in San Clemente has been recast as TEN: Action/Outdoor Group.

Freedom Offers Buyouts, Scales Back in LB

Freedom Communications Holdings Inc. in Santa Ana made local headlines when the parent company of the Orange County Register asked its employees to take two weeks of unpaid leave within the next two months.

Wilson Automotive Buys 2 Dealerships

Wilson Automotive Group in Orange will spend more than $100 million on two acquisitions, including a deal to buy a Toyota dealership from Fletcher Jones Motorcars.

Quiksilver Touts New Shoe, Price Plan on Apparel

APPAREL: Strategic shifts come amid rugged week for shares

Quiksilver Inc.’s shares took a beating last week, but its management might have an ace or two up its sleeve to get the company on track in the second half of the year.

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Freedom Confirms Cutback of Long Beach Register

Freedom Communications Holdings Inc. in Santa Ana announced it will shift its Long Beach Register from a standalone newspaper published six days a week to a weekly that it plans to deliver to about 61,000 area households on Sundays.

Wilson Automotive Buys Fletcher Jones Toyota in Vegas

Wilson Automotive Group in Orange will spend more than $100 million on two acquisitions, including a deal to buy a Toyota dealership from Fletcher Jones Motorcars.

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Quiksilver Shares Plummet

Shares of Quiksilver Inc. fell 28% to near $4 and a market cap of less than $700 million in after-hours trading Monday after the retailer posted a $46 million loss for the quarter ended April 30.

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Sources Say Freedom to Furlough Staff, Trim Long Beach to Weekly Schedule

Freedom Communications Holdings Inc. in Santa Ana is reducing the frequency of its Long Beach Register from six to one day a week and plans to furlough an undisclosed number of staff, according to well-placed sources.

BJ’s Restaurants Ups Ante on New Ad Campaign

MARKETING: Casual dining chain boosts marketing to $20M

A new, full-scale approach to advertising looks to be a game changer for BJ’s Restaurants Inc.

Apparel Makers Grow Sales, Local Workforce Flat

Largest Based Here Bring In About $9B in Revenue

The 49 largest apparel companies based in Orange County raked in roughly $9 billion in sales, a 9.2% increase from a year ago, according to this week’s Business Journal list. 

PacSun Says California State of Mind Can Be Anywhere

Customers Encouraged to Share Theirs in Campaign

Anaheim-based Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. released a two-minute video that encourages its customers to find their “Golden State of Mind” and share their experiences on social media.

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Sources Say Freedom to Furlough Staff, Trim Long Beach to Weekly Schedule

Freedom Communications Holdings Inc. in Santa Ana is reducing the frequency of its Long Beach Register from six to one day a week and plans to furlough an undisclosed number of staff, according to well-placed sources.

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Source Interlink Changes Name

Source Interlink Media LLC in Irvine announced it changed its name to TEN: The Enthusiast Network LLC.

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Source Interlink Changes Name

Source Interlink Media LLC in Irvine announced it changed its name to TEN: The Enthusiast Network LLC.

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Tilly’s Shares Slump on Lower Earnings

Shares of Tilly’s Inc. fell 22% to about $8 and a market cap of about $233 million in after-hours trading Wednesday after the retailer posted a 74 % drop in earnings for the first quarter that ended May 3.

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Irvine Firm Hires Ex-Police Chief

Evidence Based Inc., a private Irvine-based company that provides risk-assessment services to courts, police agencies and municipalities, has hired the former Santa Ana police chief as its executive vice president.

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Irvine Firm Hires Ex-Police Chief

Evidence Based Inc., a private Irvine-based company that provides risk-assessment services to courts, police agencies and municipalities, has hired the former Santa Ana police chief as its executive vice president.

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Wet Seal Down in First Quarter

Foothill Ranch-based Wet Seal Inc. said Tuesday its net sales for the quarter ended May 27 were $116.7 million, a 16.8% drop from the $140.4 million in the same period last year.

LehmanMillet Gets Strategic to Nab Avanir Account

ADVERTISING: Santa Ana firm’s new division key to win

A new approach by a Santa Ana-based healthcare advertising agency appears to be bearing fruit.

Specific Media Adds Industry Vet to Board

Irvine-based Specific Media LLC added former Turner Broadcasting Sales Inc. executive Larry Goodman to its board of directors.

Shifting Demographics Could Change Ads, Pitches

PR Pros Hear Age, Race Turns Could Affect Them

Modern America is undergoing two sets of drama simultaneously: We are about to become a majority nonwhite country, and at the same time, a record share of us are turning gray, Paul Taylor, executive vice president of special projects at the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C., said during the Public Relations Society of America OC chapter’s Senior Roundtable on May 15.

Anaheim Firm Gets Online Brand Yard Stick

MARKETING: Adds service to location-based marketing lineup

What if a company’s online footprint could be quantified into a numeric score?

Medical Device Tax Repeal Effort Resurfaces in Senate

Levy Meant to Raise $30B for Health Reform

Along-running effort to repeal a federal tax on medical device makers’ revenue flared up yet again this month.

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OC Auto Sales Up 10.5% in April

Orange County auto dealers sold 13,771 new vehicles in April, a 10.5% increase from a year earlier.

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OC Auto Sales Up 10.5% in April

Orange County auto dealers sold 13,771 new vehicles in April, a 10.5% increase from a year earlier.

Specific Media Adds Cable Vet to Board

Irvine-based Specific Media LLC has added former Turner Broadcasting executive Larry Goodman to its board of directors.

Specific Media Adds Cable Vet to Board

Irvine-based Specific Media LLC has added former Turner Broadcasting executive Larry Goodman to its board of directors.

Allergan Celebrates 25 Years of Botox With Campaign

Includes Video of Drug Developers, Patients

Irvine-based Allergan Inc. launched a year-long public relations campaign to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the first approved uses of its wrinkle remover Botox: to treat misalignment of the eyes and uncontrolled blinking.

Specific Media Gets Online Ad Industry Group’s Seal of Approval

Irvine-based Specific Media LLC has joined Google Inc., Yahoo! Inc., Forbes Media and Microsoft Advertising on the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s list of 29 companies who are certified under its Quality Assurance Guidelines program.

NB Startup Gets $34.6M for Hydrogen Stations

CLEAN TECH: Grants from state, Toyota for network of 19

A Newport Beach-based company nabbed more than half of the grant money awarded by the California Energy Commission to build hydrogen refueling stations.

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New Provost for Vanguard

Vanguard University in Costa Mesa has named Doretha O’Quinn its new provost and vice president for academic affairs.

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Rakuten: Tablets Top Smartphones

Tablets are well on their way to overtaking smartphones as the mobile device most frequently used for online purchases, according to the E-Commerce Index published by Rakuten Inc.

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UCI Med Students Get Google Glass

The University of California-Irvine School of Medicine said it is integrating Google Glass into its four-year curriculum, becoming the first in the nation to do so.

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Rakuten: Tablets Top Smartphones

Tablets are well on their way to overtaking smartphones as the mobile device most frequently used for online purchases, according to the E-Commerce Index published by Rakuten Inc.

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PennySaver Gets 3 Coupon Magazines

PennySaver USA in Brea has acquired The Monthly Mailer in Hermosa Beach on undisclosed terms.

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PennySaver Gets 3 Coupon Magazines

PennySaver USA in Brea has acquired The Monthly Mailer in Hermosa Beach on undisclosed terms.

Coca-Cola Buys Irvine Water Firm Stake

Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Co. acquired a minority stake in WaterHealth International in Irvine.

Executives Get Napolitano’s Ear on New UCI Chancellor

EDUCATION: Search will include internal candidates

The job ad for the new chancellor of University of California-Irvine calls for a laundry list of qualifications:

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New CEO for Local Corp

Irvine-based online advertising technology provider Local Corp. named Fred Thiel its chief executive.

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New CEO for Local Corp

Irvine-based online advertising technology provider Local Corp. named Fred Thiel its chief executive.

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Corinthian Shares Continue Down

Shares of Corinthian Colleges Inc. were down about 20% to a market value of approximately $77 million in afternoon trading Wednesday on word that it’s renegotiating loan covenants with lenders and has hired Barclays PLC to “explore all the options that will increase shareholder value.”

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Corinthian Shares Continue Down

Shares of Corinthian Colleges Inc. were down about 20% to a market value of approximately $77 million in afternoon trading Wednesday on word that it’s renegotiating loan covenants with lenders and has hired Barclays PLC to “explore all the options that will increase shareholder value.”

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Auction.com Hires Yahoo! Vet as CFO

Irvine-based Auction.com has hired Tim Morse as its new chief financial officer and executive vice president.

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Coca-Cola Buys Stake in Irvine Firm

Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Co. has acquired a minority stake in WaterHealth International in Irvine.

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Yokohama Tire Back as Clippers’ Sponsor

Yokohama Tire Corp. and the Los Angeles Clippers have reached an agreement for the Fullerton-based tire manufacturer to reinstate its sponsorship of the team.