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Target Hack Boosting Local Technology Firm

Technology: Oasis sells hardware it boasts strengthens firewalls.

Cyber security has been in the news the past few months with Target Corp. and other national retail chains being victims of hackers who stole customer credit card information.

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Business Owners Become Video Stars

Promote: Area entrepreneurs make video testimonials about how the SBA helped.

Business owners from the Conejo and Santa Clarita valleys are featured in online videos on the Small Business Administration website.

Matadors Bullish on Making Home Improvement Loans

Matador Credit Union offers loans for energy efficiency program

DealerPick Helps Match Auto Shoppers, Salespeople

SALES: Thousand Oaks Auto Mall salespeople create profiles, videos to win customers.

New website allows consumers to select their favorite car salesman

Los Angeles Area Manufacturing Base Remains Strong

Trade: U.S. still competitive in world economy when it comes to making products.

Manufacturing: Industry retains its presence in Los Angeles

Senator Proposes Bill for Future with Driverless Cars

TECH: State Sen. Alex Padilla aims to set rules for testing and operating driverless vehicles.

Automotive: State lawmakers prepare for driverless cars

Banking Ordinance Language Still Being Hashed Out

Regulate: Measure is three years in making, would grade banks city does business with.

Banking & Finance: Responsible banking ordinance on track for approval

Starbucks Brews Fund to Help Small Business Thrive

finance: VEDC receives grant from money donated at coffee chain’s stores.

banking & finance: Starbucks donation program helps local businesses

Finance Professionals Offer Simple Advice to Borrowers

money: Lenders and advisors say borrowers must prepare their case before asking for a loan.

Getting money into the hands of business people was among the topics discussed by finance professionals at the Business Forecast Conference. Banking and Finance Column by Mark Madler

What Happens in Vegas is Good For Aviation Firms

Flying: NBAA convention a draw for aviation businesses from Valley to Ventura County.

Thirty companies from the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys and Ventura County exhibited at the recent National Business Aviation Association convention in Las Vegas.

Family Still Sending a Valentine to the Metropolitan

Autos: Collectors of 1950s Nash model keep NoHo parts supplier, museum in gear.

Automotive: Metropolitan Pit Stop continues to attract fans of the classic car

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Role of Enrolled Agents Dates Back to Civil War Days

ACCOUNTING: Of 50,000 U.S. enrolled agents, about 14,000 are located in California.

Exploring what defines an enrolled agent. Column by Mark Madler

Helicopter Operators Get Their Say on Noise Problems

Flight: Valley residents lose patience over low-flying craft; FAA sets no minimum altitude.

Helicopter noise raises issues at area airports.

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Accountant Hits the Right Notes in Support of the Arts

music: Valley native chairs Curb College executive board.

CPA Rick Parent shows support for the arts in the Valley. Banking & Finance Column by Mark Madler

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End of an Era as Seen from Space Shuttle’s Birthplace

Flight: Palmdale, Canoga Park played vital role in orbiter.

AEROSPACE: Boeing and Pratt & Whitney discuss end of the space shuttle program.

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Membership Growth Spurs New Credit Union Branch

Money: Valley institutions benefit from consumers tired of national banks and their fees.

All Valley Federal Credit Union opens new branch. Banking & Finance Column by Mark Madler

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SeamBI Providing a New Way to See Television Ads

Placement: Use of digital technology can create billboards, offer companies more flexibility.

SeamBI in Sherman Oaks creates new way to see ads on TV. Advertising & Marketing Column by Mark Madler

As Film Industry Changes, Firm Tries to Reinvent Itself

PRODUCTS: Digital era forces company to market its expertise to other industries.

Manufacturer of entertainment industry equipment reinvents itself in the digital age.

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Competition For Sales Leads to Creative Campaigns

Publicity: THQ using food trucks, rallies and red balloons to promote “Homefront” game.

ADVERTISING, MARKETING and PR Column by Mark Madler

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Maguire Moving Ahead With Hangars at Van Nuys

Leases: Aviation company in talks to get more time to meet timeline for improvements.

Mark Madler reports on talks between Los Angeles World Airports and the largest leaseholder at Van Nuys Airport to extend the time needed to construct new hangar and office space.

Community Journalism Enters an Experimental Phase

Stories: Online news sites, radio lay claim to areas where big media abandoned coverage.

Experimentation abounds in community journalism as a replacement to big media. MEDIA Column by Mark Madler.

‘Voiceman’ Still Hooked on Disney After 30 Years

TV: Burton lends talent to new Disney Junior animated show.

Disney Channel rebranding its programming for children 2-7 years old. Entertainment Column by Mark Madler

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Delay on Prop Park Causes a Stir With Airport Council

Planes: LAWA, developer still working out terms of lease for The Park at Van Nuys.

The AVIATION Column by Mark Madler

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Sound Design Studio Enters World of Online Gaming

TECH: New endeavor of company’s sci-fi franchise going active for players this month.

ENTERTAINMENT: Cylons, endangered humans, and space battles have been good to AnEFX, a sound design studio in Burbank.

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It’s No Moon Landing, But Auto Show Gets Electrified

Cars: Galpin also in high gear with Auto Sports display.

Electric cars emerge as the superstars of the Los Angeles Auto Show and prove to be a positive sign for the long struggling automotive industry. Automotive Column by Mark Madler

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AOL Gets Into Valley News

SITE: Patch gets hyper-local at several locations in area.

AOL: The Media column explores trends in news content delivery.

Burbank Expo to Put Spotlight on Industry Creative Talent

ANIMATION: Conference helps professionals adapt to change in production model.

ENTERTAINMENT Column by Mark Madler

Disney Digital Tech Chief Receives Leadership Award

MEDIA: Lukk’s work will help get content through production process more quickly.

ENTERTAINMENT Column by Mark Madler

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Conversions Could Ruin 3D

FILM: Industry leaders say quality should match price.

ENTERTAINMENT: As one of the biggest cheerleaders in the entertainment industry when it comes to 3D films, Jeffrey Katzenberg is all about attracting converts to the format.

Visual Effects Veteran To Get Recognition for His Work

EVENT: Encino’s Morris has helped guide organization to its respected role in industry.

ENTERTAINMENT Column by Mark Madler

Ewing “Lucky” Brown Continues His Hollywood Story

FILMS: Studio owner opens bigger facility in Panorama City.

ENTERTAINMENT Column by Mark Madler

“King:” The Story of DreamWorks Studio Minus the Spin

MOVIES: After difficult research experience, writer spins tale fit only for Hollywood.

ENTERTAINMENT Column by Mark Madler

San Fernando Company Has Input on Export Initiatives

TRADE: Medical Illumination is part of elite group of companies to take part in White House briefing by Obama.

MADLER: Manufacturers like Larry DeBord of Medical Illumination in San Fernando are interested in the White House’s policy on exports

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Empire Films in Michigan But Prefers to Stay in State

Entertainment: Tax credits helping keep filming local but can lure projects away.

ENTERTAINMENT Column by Mark Madler

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Revitalizing the Downtown is More than Just Talk to Ehrlich

DEVELOPMENT: Artists Lofts, Restaurants Bring a New Life to Lancaster Boulevard.

Lancaster real estate developer doesn’t just “talk the talk”

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Charities Find Receptive Ear at Annual Society Mixer

Exposure: Non-profits get their stories out to reporters, editors.

MEDIA Column by Mark Madler

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Several Changes in Warner Bros. Creative Departments

PROGRAMMING: Television unit rewards executives.

Changes at Warner Bros. Television and other entertainment news

Final Draft Picks World Stage to Announce Update

FILMS: Screenwriting software moves into Version 9.

After skipping the Cannes Film Festival for several years, screenwriting software developer Final Draft returns in 2010 in a big way.

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Luxury Dealer Revs Up New Approach to Showrooms

RETAIL: Audi joins Lamborghini as part of high-end Topanga mix.

The luxury wing of the Westfield Topanga shopping mall became more glamorous for a few hours for an exclusive preview of two new Audi models at the showroom owned by The Auto Gallery.

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Progress of 3D Format is Remarkable in Any Dimension

ENTERTAINMENT: Studios can’t get films out fast enough.

The remarkable progress made in the 3D film format.

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The Language of Business Embraces Confusion Over Clarity

Words: Muddled message not serving companies or the public.

PUBLIC RELATIONS: Corporate speak and jargon send wrong message to the media and public by Mark Madler

Inter/Media Ad Campaign Puts Some Oomph into Pill

Advertising: Direct, retail sales strong for ExtenZe.

Inter/Media Advertising creates new campaign for ExtenZe. Column by Mark Madler

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