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‘Focused, Yet Empathetic’ Sustains Company

Nancy Lazkani’s Icon Media Direct is growing, so the future is ‘more of the same.’

Nancy Lazkani is the founder and chief executive of Icon Media Direct, a media marketing company in Sherman Oaks.

Authority Marketer

Digital agency head Ali Payani tells what companies have learned from online influencers.

An interview with Ali Payani, chief executive at Burbank-based digital marketing company LookinLA.

Bar Transforms to Member-Only Club

Vaccination requirement allows face-to-face interaction inside.

North Hollywood bar becomes members-only club.

Roman Pizza To Pop Up at Americana

Co-founder of California Pizza Kitchen goes traditional.

Richard Rosenfield, an original co-founder of California Pizza Kitchen Inc., plans to open Roca, an elevated fast-casual interpretation of Roman-style pizza, with a pop-up experience at the Americana at Brand in Glendale on Memorial Day weekend.

Product Talk

PROFILE: Marketer Sky Cassidy thinks companies should solve their customers’ problems before trying to support a charity or save the whales.

Mountain Top Data’s Sky Cassidy talks about the problems with “purpose-driven” marketing.

New Career requires ‘Leap of Faith’

Ron Yamashiro left a corporate job for Westlake Village CPA firm.

Ron Yamashiro has been a certified public accountant for more than 30 years.

On-the-Spot Seller

PROFILE: Bob Yallen at Inter/Media matches celebrities with brands for direct-response television campaigns.

An interview with Robert Yallen of direct response advertising firm Inter/Media Group of Cos. in Woodland Hills.

Banks of the Future

Financial institutions cater to new consumer preferences.

House sale website from Everhome Realty Inc. to fund expansion through reverse merger.

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Magician Turns to Impossible Science

Jason Latimer creates videos and lessons to encourage STEM students.

Jason Latimer, a magician and entertainer, developed his company WonderFirst to build his speaking and content creation career.

Car Sales Agents Are Non-Human

Calabasas firm debuts AI-enabled system for auto dealerships. expands its artificial intelligence-powered conversation system to serve auto dealers.

Male-Dominated Aviation Makes Way for Helinet

Her background as a jet pilot garners respect in the industry for Kathryn Purwin.

The stories behind four women entrepreneurs in the San Fernando Valley.

Amgen Signs $1.25 Billion Deal to Develop Skin Treatment

Amgen Inc. on Tuesday announced a $1.25 billion deal with Kyowa Kirin Co. Ltd. to jointly develop and commercialize Kyowa’s treatment for atopic dermatitis, KHK4083.

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‘Conejo Cash’ Program to Promote Hotel Stays

Visit Conejo Valley, the tourism marketing association for Agoura Hills and Thousand Oaks, is sponsoring a program called “Conejo Cash” to give eligible visitors at participating hotels a $100 Visa gift card.

App-Less Food Delivery Helps Profit Margins

RESTAURANTS: DIY operators avoid DoorDash and the like.

Frank Howell is something of an anomaly. He’s a local restaurateur who didn’t join the lockdown-induced rush to allow services such as GrubHub and Postmates to deliver his food to customers.

Pandemic Boosts Electric Bike Sales

Sightseeing trip inspired John Tajiri and his wife to open shop.

John Tajiri owns Pedego 101 Electric Bikes with his wife Linda Coburn.

Habit Hamburgers to Health Staff

Catering fleet carries meals to Valley vaccination sites.

As part of an initiative to increase community service in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Habit Burger Grill is hosting over a dozen events at local vaccination sites to feed frontline workers.

Canyon Club Survives to Promote Future Gigs

ENTERTAINMENT: Agoura Hills music venue trims staff.

Live venue operator Lance Sterling hopes to come out of pandemic with a stronger company.

Chip Shortage Translates to Higher Auto Prices

LIST: Dealerships report slim inventory to meet strong demand on car lots.

Chip shortage translates to higher car prices as dealers report slim inventory to meet strong demand.

Foundation Funds Grants to Valley Restaurants

The California Restaurant Foundation has awards grants to 132 single-unit restaurants in L.A. County, including more than 20 in the Valley region.


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.