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Upfront Names New Co-Managing Partner

Santa Monica-based Upfront Ventures has named Kara Nortman as co-managing partner.

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Wild Gifts Support Wildlife

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If there was ever a holiday season that called for outside-the-box gifting, it’s this one. 2020 redefined “business as usual,” and we’re all looking for meaningful, creative ways to express appreciation to staff, clients, and loved ones.

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Americans Planning Holiday Travel with Cautious Optimism

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According to a recent AAA Travel survey, American travelers are making vacation plans through the end of the year, but remain cautiously optimistic about those future plans.

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Four Guidelines for Successful Corporate Holiday Gifting in the Age of COVID-19

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As we make our way into Q4, corporate holiday gifting budgets are going into effect, and business leaders across the country are reflecting on how best to express their gratitude for the relationships that drive their growth and reputation.

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Eight Gift Exchange Ideas for the Holidays

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Whether it’s to save money, maintain social distancing, boost the fun or create a new tradition, many corporate event planners are looking for new ways to engage in gift giving for the forthcoming holiday season.

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For Nonprofit Arts Organizations, Philanthropy Is Key to Surviving Covid

Ben Cadwallader began his tenure as executive director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra on March 9.

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LABJ Insider: Sound the Trumpet for Herb Alpert

At a time like this, giving back and lifting up are more important than ever — which is what makes this week’s Philanthropy Special Report so relevant.

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LA and Long Beach Ports Still Playing Catch-Up, Despite Record September

The San Pedro Bay ports notched another record month in September, largely due to make-up shipments that were stalled by the pandemic earlier this year.

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Snap Earnings Surge Beats Expectations

Snap Inc. revenue soared 52% in the third quarter, blowing through Wall Street estimates and continuing the company’s comeback from a rocky 2017 start as a publicly traded company.

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Pluto’s Ryan to Lead Streaming Efforts for ViacomCBS

New York-based ViacomCBS Inc. is attempting to up its game in the streaming wars with a new leadership structure that places Pluto TV Chief Executive Tom Ryan at the helm.

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Mattel Blows Past Earnings Expectations

Mattel Inc. beat Wall Street expectations and then some in the third quarter.

Beverly Hills Site Sells for $36 Million

A mixed-use property in Beverly Hills has sold for $36.2 million.

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El Segundo Office Building Secures $125 Million Loan

A recently renovated creative office building in El Segundo has received a $125 million loan.

SpaceX Launches 60 More Satellites

Hawthorne-based Space Exploration Technologies Corp. sent 60 more Starlink satellites into orbit using the company’s Falcon 9 rocket during an Oct. 18 launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Relativity Space Signs Rocket Contract With Lockheed

Rocket builder Relativity Space Inc., a Long Beach-based startup, signed a contract to build a 3D-printed rocket for aerospace and defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. as part of an upcoming experimental NASA mission.

LA Banks Show Some Gains in Q3 Earnings

While the earnings picture improved for Los Angeles-area banks during the third quarter, most did not match the performance levels of the largest U.S. banks.

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Cannabis Ecommerce Company Amuse Raises $12 Million

Culver City-based cannabis ecommerce company Amuse Holdings Inc. has raised $12 million in Series A capital. The round was funded by Santa Monica-based cannabis industry private equity firm Gotham Green Partners.

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Retooled Zest Finance Raises $15 Million

ZestFinance Inc., a Burbank-based credit technology company doing business as Zest AI, has raised $15 million in new capital from software-focused venture firm Insight Venture Management.

Local Health Care Businesses Could Benefit From Prop. 14

Proposition 14 could provide a boost to health care institutions and biotech companies in Los Angeles County.

Local Dialysis Operators Face Closures, Higher Costs With Prop. 23

Local dialysis clinic owners, already contending with the Covid-19 pandemic, now fear that if voters approve Proposition 23 on next month’s ballot, they might have to close some of their clinics.

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