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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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Giving is Pandemic’s Silver Lining

Multigenerational giving requires commitment and flexibility, writes Naomi Strongin of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles.

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Machinist Makes Worker-Owner Transition

Marco Manriquez decided to stop working for other people.

Six Hispanic businesspeople from the greater Valley area tell their stories.

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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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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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MannKind Shares Fall 18 Percent on FDA Decision

Shares of MannKind Corp. fell more than 18 percent Monday after the company disclosed a therapy it developed with United Therapeutics Corp. was rejected by the Food and Drug Administration.

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SOFT DRINK IPO

Sugar-free soda bottler Zevia goes public on NYSE.

Zevia, an Encino-based natural soda company, hopes to become a household name in the sugar-free drink sector.

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Spanish Cuisine Finds a Table in the Valley

Three-meat paella de carne ranks as customers’ favorite dish.

Sandra Cordero is the owner of Gasolina Cafe, a Woodland Hills restaurant with Spanish-influenced food.

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It’s Time to Get Back to the Office

Why working from the office is healthier for employees and employers.

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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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Unexpected Turn For Car Show

Jeff Munson promoted at American Business Bank’s Valley office.

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Dome Fest Goes Beyond Star Shows

Founder thinks medium has Hollywood potential.

Burbank businessowner Ryan Moore starts festival for immersive films.

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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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Employers Seek COVID Clarity

REGULATION: New federal rules remain a work in progress.

Employers seek clarity in new federal rules for COVID vaccinations.

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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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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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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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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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Bills of Mass Introduction

VICA President Stuart Waldman writes about trimming the fat off the legislative process.

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$1.8 Billion Gas Leak Settlement Still in Process

LAW: Valley plaintiffs may wait another year for checks.

Southern California Gas Co. to settle lawsuits related to the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak for $1.8 billion.

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