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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was down 0.3% in midday trading to 2,899.90.

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CSUF Survey Shows Modest OC Upswing

Orange County executives stared at a considerable wall of worry to start 2019.

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ConversionPoint Files For IPO

Newport Beach-based ConversionPoint Holdings Inc. is looking to raise $40 million in an initial public offering.

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ShiftPixy Q2 Sales up 67%

Irvine-based ShiftPixy Inc. reported fiscal second quarter revenue for the period jumped 67% to $13.2 million from the same period a year earlier.

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OC 500: Kimberly Graham

Co-leads Southwest region, including NB, L.A., San Diego, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver … design strategy, visioning and master planning, interior design, project portfolio management … OC’s fifth-largest firm, $27M local billings; 25+ licensed architects … design for Opus Bank won 2016 award from trade group … joined firm in 1989… bachelor’s, Northern Arizona U

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Real Estate Deals

Sales and leases of offices, industrial buildings, retail space and apartments

J Squared General Contractors Inc. purchased a flex building from Meyer Codings for $2.4 million or $325 per square foot.

OC Insider

The Year of Food

Fine dining’s never in short supply at South Coast Plaza, but 2019 is seeing the luxe mall pull out all the stops to keep its shoppers happy, and full.

Pangaea, Fresenius Back Modulim’s Imaging Device

HEALTHCARE: $7M Round; Diabetes Focus

Does the name Modulim ring a bell?

Irvine Co. Inks Huge Market Place Lease

RETAIL: Furniture Store Replaces Lowe’s

The Irvine Company has filled its biggest vacant local shopping center space, after signing the largest retail lease in the area in several years.

STARTUPS & INNOVATIONS

Two Irvine-based biotech startups, Cellgen Diagnostic, a precision diagnostics company, and Genomic Testing Cooperative, a molecular testing firm, are collaborating to develop companion tests for oncology treatments.

PHILANTHROPY

On March 26, CHOC Children’s announced a $5 million gift from the William, Jeff and Jennifer Gross Family Foundation to expand its Small Baby Unit (SBU) on its main hospital campus.

Ad Agencies See $2.6B, 7% Uptick in Business

52 Companies Employ 3,700 OC Workers

There was some reshuffling to this year’s rankings of Orange County’s largest advertising agencies as some firms reported double-digit growth while others reported a double-digit decline.

Behr Ad Campaign Targets Do-it-Yourself Painters

Trio of Commercials Focus on ‘Real Life’

Behr Paint Co. ushered in the start of the unofficial 2019 painting season, rolling out a handful of new television spots over the course of a month.

Ivantis Says Trial Shows Edge on Rival Glaukos

Hydrus Subject of Patent Lawsuit

Irvine-based Ivantis Inc. said results from a two-year trial of its Hydrus Microstent show a clear advantage over rival, San Clemente-based Glaukos Corp. (NYSE: GKOS).

Taps Brewery Building Sells for $15.5M

Kelemen-Caamano Investments Sheds Portfolio

A recently redeveloped industrial building in Tustin that’s home to the first Taps Brewery location has traded hands—for nearly twice the price that it went for four years ago.

Rocket Lab Poised for Breakthrough ’19, Report Says

Surf City ‘Satlet’ Co. Launches Gov’t Satellite

Rocket Lab launched its first satellite this year, in what’s shaping up to be an eventful 2019 for the Huntington Beach-based aerospace manufacturer and small-satellite or “smallsat” launcher.

OCBJ Calendar

April 15-24; May 8, 2019

This week's business and other event listings.

OC LEADER BOARD

How Women Drive Innovation In Local Philanthropy

Women’s wealth and influence are on the rise, especially in Orange County’s philanthropy circles.

UCI Startups Build, Plow Distinctly California Fields

Earthquakes, Agriculture, Women in Business Opps

In addition to entertainment and beaches, California is known for earthquakes and agriculture.

Women’s Angel Investor Group Growing

Osea Provides Inspiration, Education, Founder Says

Xandra Laskowski has been an angel investor since 2013. She’s a member of Tech Coast Angels and Titan Angel Fund, and an investor in The Cove Fund II.