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Law Makes Outdoor Dining a Permanent Option

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law on Friday legislation that will expand outdoor dining options for restaurateurs.

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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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Preview: Hispanic Entrepreneurs Month

It sounds like the opening line for a joke: Two guys who work at the phone company both love beer.

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Santa Clarita, Lancaster, Palmdale Among Finalists in ‘Business-Friendly’ Competition

Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. announced finalists for the “Most Business-Friendly City” award, which recognizes leadership in economic development.

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LTC Properties Closes $46 Million in Investments

Westlake Village-based LTC Properties announced that it has originated $46 million in new investments since the start of the third quarter.

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New Owner Looks to Redevelop Canoga Park Shopping Center

A 1.5-acre shopping center in Canoga Park has sold for $9 million to a private investor with an eye toward redevelopment, according to brokerage CBRE Group.

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Atara Enters Marketing Collaboration

Atara Biotherapeutics and French pharmaceutical company Pierre Fabre announced a commercialization partnership for Tab-cel, Atara’s off-the-shelf immunotherapy treatment for Epstein-Barr virus. The partnership will cover sales in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and other emerging markets.

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State Grant To Educate Underbanked

$100,000 goes to Van Nuys group for financial literacy.

Center for Living and Learning, a nonprofit in Van Nuys, was awarded a $100,000 grant from the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation.

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Aerojet Secures Orion Contract

Rocket engines will ‘return astronauts to the Moon.’

Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. received a contract to build the main engine for the Orion spacecraft that will explore deep space.

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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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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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Needham Ranch Phase II Secures First Tenant

Tire’s Warehouse has signed a lease for 170,000 square feet of industrial space at the under-construction first building that will launch Phase II of the Center at Needham Ranch in Santa Clarita.

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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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LegalZoom and NBA Partner on $6 Million Small Business Program

Online legal technology company LegalZoom.com Inc. in Glendale has teamed up with the National Basketball Association for a multiyear partnership that will begin with a $6 million initiative focused on providing capital and other resources to small businesses.

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Loop Media Debuts Trailer Channel

Goal to help viewers find movies, TV shows, games.

Loop Media announced this month the launch of its Movie Trailers+ channel, its latest addition to the company’s curated content offerings for out-of-home business clients.

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Largest ‘Tiny Home’ Village for Homeless to Open

Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission is set to open the largest tiny home village in the country later this month, providing 224 beds for people experiencing homelessness at the new Arroyo Seco Tiny Home Village.

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Startup to Work With Amgen Execs

Golden Ticket firm focuses on autoimmune diseases, cancer.

Amgen Inc. and Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation announced Diadem Biotherapeutics as the recipient of the first Amgen Golden Ticket in Southern California.

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Simulations Plus Launches University Software Program

Pharmaceutical simulation software company Simulations Plus announced the University+ program, which offers one year of free access to Simulations Plus programs for students and educators at accredited universities worldwide.

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From Startup to Growth Mode

Hispanic companies often begin with personal savings and family money, and access to capital persists as a barrier after the initial launch.

Hispanic companies find access to capital a challenge.