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Can VGrid’s Solid Carbon Mitigate Drought?

TECHNOLOGY: Product retains water in soil for plants while limting greenhouse gas.

Camarillo company VGrid Energy Systems Inc. makes power and solid carbon.

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At Preschool, COVID Necessitates 14-Hour Days

Rosangela Valerio-Dyszkant found a way to serve families.

Rosangela Valerio-Dyszkant is founder and director of Little Dreamers Early Childhood Center in Thousand Oaks.

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Social Media ‘Insider’ Promotes Businesses

Influencer shares stories of small companies in the 818.

Nestor Aguilar is the founder of 818 Insider, a website and social media brand focused on highlighting the San Fernando Valley’s landmarks, businesses and people.

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From CSUN to Getting Documents Done Right

Carlos Camargo strives to give big tech to small businesses.

Carlos Camargo started Olé Copiers in 2014 with business partner Alex Payne after working in his industry for 20 years.

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Startup Monitors Athletes’ Head Impacts

Founder tapped his experience in both sports and technology.

Anthony Gonzales is chief executive and co-founder of Force Impact Technologies Inc.

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Budget-Conscious Children’s Fashion

Website sells used apparel curated into outfits at set prices.

Valley resident creates website to sell used children’s apparel at set prices.

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Resonate Blends Product Now Offered Via Delivery

Wellness and cannabis company Resonate Blends announced the launch of a direct-to-consumer delivery service for its single-dose, water-soluble cannabis liquid called Koan Cordials.

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Valencia Car Company Acquires Two Dealerships

Valencia-based Hello Auto Group has acquired a pair of Southern California dealerships: John Hine Mazda Temecula and John Hine Subaru Temecula.

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Entrepreneur Discovers He Has ‘Lots of Bosses’

Adel Villalobos counsels giving up is easy, but don’t do it.

Adel Villalobos is founder and chief executive of Lief Labs, a full-service manufacturing company for dietary supplements and vitamins.

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Hotel Staffers Are Just a Whistle Away

Messaging service facilitates communications with guests.

Jonathan Rojas is the co-founder of Whistle Messaging, an internal and guest communication software for hotels and hospitality businesses.

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Rescue Banking

MANAGEMENT: Tamara Gurney recounts how the PPP program put community bankers on hot seat but they were able to save businesses.

Tamara Gurney of Mission Valley Bank recounts how the institution helped small business with PPP loans.

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Don’t Duplex Your Joint, My Friend

Jamming duplexes into residential neighborhoods won’t help the housing shortage.

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Cancer Society’s Relay For Life Runs in Valley

Stage entertainment, food trucks and events for survivors raise money for research and services.

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is hosting rallies across the Valley region this month to connect communities and raise funds to help save lives from cancer.

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Accidental Entrepreneur Loves Hair Salon

Out of a job, Lidia Ortiz found a neraby business for sale.

Lidia Ortiz, owner of the Headline Salon in Woodland Hills, didn’t set out to become an entrepreneur.

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VALLEY INSIDER

VCH’s Judi Rose to Retire

Judi Rose retires from Valley Community Healthcare.

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Camarillo Tomato Farm Sells for $93 Million

AGRIBUSINESS: Facility switches to massive cannabis farm.

Glass House Brands Inc. buys Camarillo area farm to grow marijuana.

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Two Brewers Met at the Phone Company

Tap room operators shifted to beer-to-go during pandemic.

Jaime Hernandez and Tony Santa Cruz met at their jobs working for a phone company when they discovered their mutual love of brewing beer.

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Event Producer Highlights Valley’s Stories

Oscar Urrutia loves the Valley so much, he made it a business.

Oscar Urrutia spent 15 years working at hotels in the Los Angeles market before starting My Valley Pass, the tourism and visitor’s bureau for the San Fernando Valley.

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Post Traumatic Pain Leads to CBD Store

While seeking relief from mass shooting trauma, Claudia Chaverra found business opportunity.

Claudia Chaverra, owner of Your CBD Store in Northridge, was inspired to open her business after CBD products helped relieve her symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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ZestFinance Software Takes Bias Out of Lending

FINANCE: After exiting the payday loan sector, firm wants to de-bias credit scores.

Fintech firm ZestFinance Inc. in Burbank takes bias out of lending.

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