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MRV Announces New Partner in Canada

Chatsworth-based telecommunications company MRV Communications, Inc announced that Excel Group Inc. based in Canada will become a reseller of MRV’s entire product line.

Growth Clicking Along for Online Advertising Firm

FINANCE: Acquisition of Investopedia strengthens the web presence of ValueClick.

CORP FOCUS: ValueClick has made a strategic acquisition that hopes to boost its display online advertising business amid other changes

Perfect Pitch for Sales

CEO Gary Polson’s Cydcor Is Climbing to the Top of the List of Best Sales Outsourcing Companies as It Works a Niche Market

PROFILE INTERVIEW: Cydcor CEO Gary Polson is leading the sales outsourcing company through changes

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Opportunity Ink

Planning for a poor economy is all part of Keith Ramirez’s plan for starting a new business, so he sells products people will always need.

Entrepreneur: Business owner tries to pick recession-proof endeavors.

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SEO Companies Ride Trend Toward Internet Marketing C

TECH: Firms must stay ahead of the curve to remain relevant in fast-moving industry.

Search Engine Optimization, online marketing services, see spike in demand following a growing trend

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Banking Industry Sees Spurt of Branch Growth

FINANCE: Institutions take advantage of weakened market.

Notwithstanding the difficult economy, several new bank branches are opening throughout the Greater San Fernando Valley – evidence that many banking institutions are pursuing aggressive growth strategies.

AB 1383: California Hospital’s Bitter Pill for Medi-Cal Ills

STATE: Self-imposed fee will be used as leverage for matching federal funds.

New legislation AB 1383 helps increase Medi-Cal reimbursements to hospitals. The Healthcare Column by Andrea Alegria

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Social Media Networking Works for Valley Chamber

PUBLICITY: Executive surprised as appeal on several different sites boosts attendance.

Van Nuys Clean-Up Day draws record number of volunteers thanks to using more modern promotional tactics

Scary World of New Businesses

IDEAS: With big dreams, two entrepreneurs take the plunge.

Despite difficult economy, entrepreneurs are betting on big ideas.

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Mobile Devices and Hi-Def Part of DTS Growth Plan

Tech: Calabasas company signs deal with French firm.

A deal with mobile phone manufacturer LG Electronics is a big growth step for Calabasas-based DTS.

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Cancer Facility Set to Open

High tech, integrated, cancer Center scheduled to open in February.

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Franchise Owner Keeps Feet on Ground in Expansion

Retail: Customers get comfortable with concept.

FLIP FLOP SHOP - Valeh Rashidian having a blast running novel footwear franchise

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Fastclick’s Gross Has New Plan

INTERNET: Online ad firm uses social networking concepts.

START-UP: Founder of Fastclick is launching new online advertising venture in Camarillo.

Young Company Has Big Expansion Amid Turmoil

Insurance : Nature of industry provides cushion for a growing business.

Tim Gaspar is exceeding expectations during his firstyear of business

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Healthcare Costs Highlight Reasons for Reform in U.S.

REPORT: High spending is unsustainable in the long run.

Federal study about healthcare spending in the U.S. in the Healthcare Column by Andrea Alegria

uSamp Receives $10 Million Investment

Encino- based uSamp has secured $10 million in funding led by OpenView Venture Partners of Boston.

Reinventing Luxury: Rosato Has Strong Local Debut

Success: Applying common sense can work.

Italian jewelry brand, Rosato, makes debut in U.S.

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Western Commercial CEO Raggio Quits

FINANCIAL: He is a founder of the Woodland Hills-based bank that has been struggling.

Western Commercial Bank longtime CEO Carl Raggio resigns

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A Coffee War: Creativity, Financial Savvy, and Adaptation Saved Newhall Coffee

Branding: Firm rebounding after difficult period.

Newhall Coffee braves competitive market and works hard to pay down debt

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Working on the Boomer Retirement Problem

Programs Put in Place to Deal With Big Gap

Local businesses struggling to find younger employees to replace aging Baby Boomers.

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