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Roth Confab: Stocks, Snoop, Pussycats

Newport Beach-based Roth Capital Partners LLC is set to hold its yearly stock conference,with plenty of afterhours partying and musical entertainment,next week.

The conference plans to feature 240 companies that will pitch their stories to investors in hopes of attracting more attention to their stocks, said Gordon McBean, director of asset management at Roth.

The event, expected to draw about 2,500 people, runs Monday through Wednesday at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa in Dana Point.

That’s up from 2,200 last year.

The conference hosts micro- and small public companies from across the country.

Companies come from the technology, consumer products, healthcare, and

financial services.

The average value of a company is $350 million.

“They’re digging deep and looking for returns,” McBean said “This is where

you find early returns.”

Entertainment,which included the Black Eyed Peas in 2005,gets a bit

edgier this year with concerts by Snoop Dogg and the Pussycat Dolls.

A handful of Orange County companies are slated to present at the conference.

Bigger names include Newport Beach-based Conexant Systems Inc., a chipmaker, and Irvine-based Edwards Lifesciences Corp., a heart valve maker.

Other local presenters include Sun Healthcare Group Inc. in Irvine, a nursing home operator, Irvine-based Interchange Corp. a provider of local Internet search advertising, and Santa Ana-based Pro-Dex Inc., a manufacturing company.

In all, 80 new public companies are coming to the conference, a record number of debuts for the confab.

Also, the number of investors attending grows 20% this year as Roth gained more exposure from its investment analysts that have been rated highly on Wall Street, McBean said.

“We get these guys to come along way so we want them to have as much choice of companies as we can,” McBean said.

The event is by invitation only.

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