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RESTAURANTS: Greek chain plans makeover, eyes dinner gap
Daphne’s Greek Cafe owner Bill Trefethen is looking at ways to revamp the company’s restaurants and boost business
LEGAL: Firms cherry picking to add to rebounding practices
Law firms are increasing lateral hires to boost business
SparkOC, Register Team Up on Website for the Arts; Fond Farwell on Way to New Venture
The county's public relations firms are optimistic about business picking up in 2011, in the Media and Marketing column
ENTERTAINMENT: Diners to judge Latin, hip hop, other styles
A dinner show that pits dancers from various styles against one another is set to open in Anaheim early next year
Cornerstone Brings Irvine Co. Pedigree; Vertical Bets With House; Orange Label Up to BAT
Hyundai Motor America renewed its sponsorship of TV show “Burn Notice,” in the Media and Marketing column
THEME PARKS: Tustin firm in joint venture for management
Tustin’s ProFun Management Group opened a Ferrari-themed park in Abu Dhabi earlier this month
Surfer Magazine Parent Buys Video Site Operator Grind Networks; Echo Media, Others Hire
Irvine's Toshiba America Information Systems has hired Goodness Mfg. to handle its advertising, in the Media and Marketing column
APPAREL: Sales in Germany, Spain, South Africa, others eyed
Old Guys Rule in San Clemente targets baby boomers and is growing sales despite a slump in the clothing industry.
With similar offerings in a competitive market, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chase and others turn to advertising to sell customers on services and convenience
Big banks in Orange County rely on marketing campaigns to stand out.
Wienerschitzel Hopes for Happy Birthday After Expansion in Inland Empire Stumbles
Irvine’s Weinerschnitzel has big plans for its 50th anniversary after struggling last year with its expansion in the Inland Empire
Hill & Knowlton on Solid Ground With Mazda; Boost Mobile Steps Up UFC Sponsorships
Newport Beach’s Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian hired RiechesBaird in Irvine to launch a branding campaign, in the Media and Marketing column
Irvine-based Claim Jumper Restaurants LLC on Wednesday obtained bankruptcy court approval for its sale to Houston-based Landry's Restaurants Inc.
Fountain Valley-based Hyundai Motor America led a gain in sales for automakers with operations here in October.
EDUCATION: Fledgling fund helps offset cuts in state support
California State University, Fullerton’s endowment fund has grown by 50% since 2007, mostly through alumni and other private donations
Editor & Publisher Gets New Team, Irvine HQ; Blue C Moves to Costa Mesa, Adds Clients
Brea’s American Suzuki Motor is set to see one of its cars featured in a History Channel TV show, in the Media and Marketing column
RESTAURANTS: T-shirts and Pizookies instead of cutbacks
BJ’s Restaurants is seeing record growth even as some casual dining competitors continue to struggle in a down economy
ADVERTISING: Games draw players; players draw advertisers
FAST-GROWING PRIVATE COMPANIES - #4. Future Ads LLC
Construction and Tenant Improvements in L.A., Inland Empire Keep Golden Growing
FAST-GROWING PRIVATE COMPANIES - #8. Golden Construction Development Co.
Adds Website Work to Media Buying and Creative Duties as Big Client Continues to Pay Off
FAST-GROWING PRIVATE COMPANIES - #3. Most Brand Development
AUTO: New faces, locals, vets from Doner make up team
Mazda’s new advertising shop Team Mazda is busy building its employee ranks
Billboards Aim High at John Wayne Airport; Mazda2 Goes With Soul Singer on Tour
Irvine’s Wunderman has taken on more advertising duties with customer Autobytel, in the Media and Marketing column
Huntington Beach-based BJ’s Restaurants Inc. saw its shares surge Friday, a day after reporting better-than-expected quarterly results.
MEDIA: Move will bring added dues; plans to work with others
KOCE is preparing to become the region’s flagship PBS station after Los Angeles’ KCET ended its partnership with the TV programmer
LAW: Filings fell during slump as litigation took center stage
Patent filings took a hit during the recession but local law firms expect a comeback by next year
AUTO: Luxury hybrid set for ’11; pair of models in works; IPO?
Irvine’s Fisker Automotive plans to up its workforce in preparation for the release of its hybrid luxury sedan
Management Shift at WebVisible; Kim Kardashian Wears L*Space Swimsuit in Tourism Ad
Cypress’ Mitsubishi Motors North America is offering a virtual test drive of one of its autos as part of a marketing campaign, in the Media and Marketing column
Santa Ana-based Corinthian Colleges Inc., which faces the prospect of renewed federal regulation and persistant Wall Street skepticism, saw its shares fall Tuesday after its president announced his intention to resign this month.
Brandman Board of Regents Reflects Military Roots, Chapman Ties
A look at the board of regents for Brandman University
LOCAL COLLEGES: Gains come despite higher tuition rates
Admissions at local universities are up even as public schools deal with major budget cuts
Ignite Health Joins Forces With N.Y. Branding Shop; MKM Lands Water, Beer, Skateboards
Toshiba’s laptop unit in Irvine is putting its advertising account up for review with incumbent ad shop Wunderman bowing out, in the Media and Marketing column
For-Profit Schools Start Implementing Changes Ahead of Federal Rules; Enrollment Still Up
For-profit university operators saw an increase in enrollment during the first stages of the recession but lately are seeing numbers drop in the face of government scrutiny
RESTAURANTS: Zpizza looks to redo some 100 eateries
Irvine’s health-conscious zpizza is planning a makeover of its nearly 100 restaurants
Irvine-based WebVisible Inc., which helps businesses buy and target online ads, announced an executive restructuring as a NetZero Inc. cofounder takes the top spot on the heels of job cuts.
Startup Luxury Magazine Bask Enlists Editor; Disney Push Includes Visitor Videos, Pictures
Freedom Communications ended a two-year deal with Verve Wireless and has taken over its mobile content operation, in the Media and Marketing column
Fastest Growing Public Companies - No. 10: Santa Ana-based Corinthian Colleges Inc. was at the head of the class until the proposed federal regulation threw it back a grade.
Kia Looks To Follow in Hyundai’s Footsteps with Sedan
Kia Motors America is hoping to follow in its corporate sibling Hyundai’s footsteps with its revamped Optima sedan
Fountain Valley-based Hyundai Motor America and Irvine’s Kia Motors America Inc. bucked August declines in sales to lead local automakers with big gains in September.
EDUCATION: Proposal could cut off funding to some schools
Santa Ana’s Corinthian Colleges is pushing back against education reforms that could potentially cripple it
PROFESSIONS: Retroactive threat prompts work on wills
Local lawyers and accountants expect an increase in work as uncertainty about estate taxes comes to a head
Mazda, Others Use Social Network Games for Marketing; Morgan Lands Dance Restaurant
Hyundai is looking for a new vice president of marketing after losing its last two to General Motors, in the Media and Marketing column
Profile of Bryan Cave LLP on the Business Journal’s second annual Best Places to Work list
Santa Ana-based Corinthian Colleges Inc. and other for-profit college operators got a reprieve from proposed federal rules that could cut funding for students at some of the company’s schools.
Shares of embattled Santa Ana-based vocational school operator Corinthian Colleges Inc. rallied Thursday on speculation of a delay in proposed federal rules that could cut funding for students at some of the company’s schools.
Irvine-based In-N-Out Burgers Inc. took another step in an aggressive eastward expansion Monday with plans for a second restaurant in Texas.
Clothing Maker Sullen Does IPad Catalog for Tradeshows; Pimco Debuts Reworked Website
Irvine-based Brand Affinity Technologies has developed software for tracking celebrities and athletes, in the Media and Marketing column
AUTO: Automaker looks to continue market share growth
Hyundai Motor America is gearing up to release its second luxury vehicle
MEDIA: Quiet end to company once coveted by Tribune, others
Acme Communications in Santa Ana is selling off its TV stations and winding down operations
The Anaheim Convention Center has signed San Juan Capistrano-based Interbike International Bicycle Expo to return to the convention center after a 14-year hiatus.
Hyundai Motor America Inc. is looking to double the size of its Fountain Valley headquarters.
St. Joseph, Radio Disney Promote Kids Health; Motorcycle Magazine Cycle News Shuts Down
Luxury magazine Riviera was sold to an Atlanta-based publisher, in the Media and Marketing column