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Encino Man Arrested for Alleged $27 Million PPP Fraud

Robert Benlevi of Encino, was arrested for money laundering, bank fraud and false statements on loan applications for Paycheck Protection Program funds.

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Residential Broker’s Side Hustle: Insurance

Eli Tene of Century 21 Peak in Woodland Hills looks to cross sell coverage to clientele of new homeowners.

Peak Entities adds insurance to its portfolio of real estate-related businesses.

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Dine Brands to Expand With Experimentation

RESTAURANTS: Company’s chains launch ghost kitchens and spinoff formats.

Dine Brands Global Inc. to expand with experimentation as its chains launch spinoffs and ghost kitchens.

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Mexico Beckons for Medolife Partnership

Burbank bioceutical company seeks to establish ‘first-mover’ status, then expand into Latin America.

Aubrey Kelly started Rabble Health after lacking information about her son’s fight with cancer.

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UV Resources’ Bright Year Leads to Acquisition

TECHNOLOGY: Demand for air purification by ultraviolet light grows during pandemic.

Ultraviolent light equipment maker UV Resources in Valencia is acquired by Illinois firm.

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Black Business Support Program Targets Beauty Sector

The nonprofit organization Local Initiatives Support Corp. Los Angeles announced Tuesday it is launching the Black Business Excellence Technical Assistance (BBET) Initiative to support Black-owned personal care businesses in L.A. County.

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Stocks Hit by COVID Resurgence Fears

Most local stocks dropped Monday – one of the worst days for stocks this year. The Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest one-day decline in nearly nine months.

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Brokers’ Boss

Richard Matricaria, new chief operating officer for the western U.S. at Marcus & Millichap, talks about the big picture for commercial real estate.

An interview with Richard Matricaria. the new chief operating officer for the western states at Marcus & Millichap Inc.

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Locals Earn Nonprofit of Year Awards

Lawmakers honor groups headquartered in districts.

State legislators and the California Association of Nonprofits announced their annual selections for Nonprofit of the Year

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Startup Guides Cancer Families

HEALTH CARE: Rabble’s app gives information to patients.

Aubrey Kelly started Rabble Health after lacking information about her son’s fight with cancer.

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Pub Breweries Poised to Pour in Reopening

RETAIL: Pandemic-weary consumers want local beers.

A new generation of boutique brewers has emerged across the Valley region.

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How to Compensate for Comic-Con?

Taped panels, merchandise cheer fans at virtual event.

What Valley area companies are doing for the second virtual San Diego Comic-Con.

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Loop Media Deal to Air Fight Scenes

Video firm to distribute Fite TV’s programming.

Short form video distributor Loop Media Inc. announced last month it was partnering with Fite TV

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Cannabis Firm Hires IR Company

Resonate Blends looks for ‘outreach’ to shareholders.

Cannabis holding company Resonate Blends enters a partnership with investor relations firm.

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Cavitation Technologies Raises $1.5 Million for Permian Basin Project

Cavitation Technologies Inc. has raised $1.5 million through the sale of 23 million units of common shares of its stock as well as warrants for future sales of more shares.

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FloQast Raises $110 Million in Financing Round

FloQast has raised $110 million in a Series D funding round, led by Meritech Capital, a Palo Alto venture investment firm.

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Capstone Sells First Hydrogen Turbines in Europe

Capstone Green Energy Corp. has sold two microturbines to an Austrian company that are the first in Europe to use hydrogen.

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BlackLine Partnership to Facilitate Bank Connectivity

BlackLine Inc. has partnered with a San Diego cloud-based finance and IT provider to streamline the digitalization of financial operations at client companies.

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Metrolink to Train New Contractors

Rail service, lender to prepare companies for bid process.

Metrolink has partnered with Lendistry to create a free small business partnership program

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Prizes Offered for Chowing Down

Burbank, chamber promotion encourages restaurant patronage.

City and the Burbank Chamber encourage restaurant patronage as sector recovers.

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