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Former Amazon Executive Becomes CFO at Calavo Growers

Santa Paula-based avocado company Calavo Growers has announced the appointment of Mariela Matute as its chief financial officer, effective Oct. 11.

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Resonate Blends to Acquire Wellness Cannabis Brand

Resonate Blends Inc., a cannabis holding company in Calabasas, has signed a letter of intent to acquire Lemon and Grass, a Florida-based cannabis wellness brand.

Metro Expands Ride-Hailing Service to Northwest Valley

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

Surprises in MGA’s New Dollhouse

Mansion features drive-thru diner and swimming pool.

Chatsworth-based MGA Entertainment Inc. announced late last month the launch of the LOL OMG House of Surprises, a dollhouse featuring 1980s themed rooms, as featured in the “LOL Surprise!” series on YouTube.

Bros. Grow Chain After Virus Surge

Siblings look to duplicate their Canoga Park flagship restaurant.

Siblings look to duplicate their Canoga Park Middle Eastern restaurant.

Ventura County Issues Mask Mandate

Ventura County Public Health has issued a health order requiring individuals to wear face coverings while indoors in public settings, regardless of vaccination status.

County Orders Vaccine Mandate for Bars, Clubs

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will begin requiring verification of a recent negative COVID-19 test or vaccination for employees and attendees of indoor bars, clubs and lounges.

Capstone Turbine to Power Cryptocurrency Mine in Louisiana

Capstone Green Energy Corp. has received an order for the long-term rental of one its C1000S microturbine systems.

New Habit Burger Grill Opens in Sylmar

Habit Burger Grill, the Irvine-based fast-casual restaurant chain, opened a new restaurant at the Sylmar Town Center.

AROUND THE VALLEYS

Nancy Hoffman Vanyek, chief executive at the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce, has been recognized as a 2021 Small Business Advocate of the Year.

TIME TO SELL?

Why business founders have decided to cash out rather than weather the pandemic storm.

Family-run firms and other small businesses are opting to sell rather than continue weathering the storm.

LegalZoom Teams With Defy Ventures for Formerly Incarcerated

Glendale-based LegalZoom.com Inc. has formed a partnership with Defy Ventures to support the nonprofit organization’s mission to train formerly incarcerated people to become entrepreneurs.

Burbank’s Counterintuity Buys Digital Marketing Firm

Burbank-based marketing agency Counterintuity has acquired the website and app development business of Digital Natives, a 10-year-old New York City-based digital marketing firm.

Study Covers Challenge of Recruitment

Deloitte finds widespread shortage of skilled personnel.

A study from Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd. outlines the difficulties that manufacturers have in hiring new employees.

AROUND THE VALLEYS

Robert Mehrabian will resume the role of chief executive at Teledyne Technologies Inc. upon the retirement of current head Al Pichelli on Oct. 15.

Vegas Ticket Seller Files for Chapter 11

Tix Corp. and its subsidiary, Tix4Tonight, have filed for voluntary Chapter 11 protection in Nevada.

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Valley’s Disney Stores Close as Target Expands Partnership

Three remaining Disney Stores in the greater San Fernando region are set to close next month, while Target plans to open more sections in its stores featuring merchandise from the Burbank entertainment studio.

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L.A. County Inspectors Find 99 Percent of Businesses COVID Compliant

Last week Los Angeles County Department of Public Health inspectors visited 1,874 businesses and issued only five citations — representing a fraction of 1 percent of businesses visited.

LegalZoom and USC, Partners in Education

Online document provider to support social entrepreneurship program at business school.

Online document provider LegalZoom.com Inc. partners with USC Marshall School of Business.

Public Storage Accommodates Growing Demand

REAL ESTATE: New clients, acquisitions and development for self-storage provider.

A growing demand means new clients and acquisitions for Public Storage.