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Culture as Competitive Advantage

Hispanics represent ‘the fastest-growing segment of the small business ecosystem.’

Hispanics represent the “fastest growing segment of the small business ecosystem,” according to Stanford report.

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Universal Studios Theme Park to Require Vaccine or Test

Universal Studios Hollywood will begin on Oct. 7 asking for proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for all guests ages 12 and up.

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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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Footprint Overlap

FINANCE: US Bank buys Union Bank; both institutions have large presences in the North Los Angeles market.

US Bank will acquire Union Bank for about $8 billion.

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Unexpected Turn For Car Show

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

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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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Mayor’s Fund Bestows Grants to 12 Chambers in Valley Region

The Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles announced last week grants funding several Valley region chambers of commerce as part of its Small Chambers of Commerce Relief Program.

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IHOP Introduces Melts to Reach Dinner, Lunch Customers

As part of an effort to appeal to lunch and dinner consumers, IHOP announced Monday that it has launched a new line of sandwich melts on its all-day dine-in and to-go menus.

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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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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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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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Disney Settles ‘Black Widow’ Lawsuit

Walt Disney Co. and actress Scarlett Johansson have agreed to settle her lawsuit filed against the company over claims of breach of contract connected with her performance in the film “Black Widow,” according to media reports.

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AROUND THE VALLEYS

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has added the northwest San Fernando Valley to its ride-hailing service Metro Micro.

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AI Could Help Your Network

SOFTWARE: Ferret secures funds for reputation platform.

Ferret uses an AI-powered app for people to evaluate the reputations of their social networks.

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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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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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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.

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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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VALLEY INSIDER

VCH’s Judi Rose to Retire

Judi Rose retires from Valley Community Healthcare.

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Industrial Transactions Sustain Brokerage Firms

LIST: Deal-makers look for revival of the office sector with hybrid workforce.

Industrial transactions sustain brokerage firms.