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Leaders of Influence - Lenders: Matt Smith

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Matt Smith, vice president at St. Cloud Capital, is a former military officer who went back to business school, finished up during the great recession and found a role in lending.

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ChromaDex Supplement Tru Niagen Now Available at Walmart

A nutritional supplement designed to lessen the effects of aging made by ChromaDex Corp. is now available in Walmart stores.

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Cast & Crew Acquires Expense Management Software Developer

Burbank-based payroll company Cast & Crew announced April 7 that it has acquired LeBog Software, the developer of an expense management system called Digital Purchase Order.

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Beauty Awards Honoree: Brand of the Year

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Customers of eSalon enjoy a truly custom, salon-grade home hair color concept.

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Did COVID-19 Trigger a ‘Shecession?

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Progress for women in work could be back at 2017 levels by the end of 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to analysis conducted for PwC’s annual Women in Work Index, which measures female economic empowerment across 33 Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries.

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Sunset Studios Plans Expansion to UK

Brentwood-based Hudson Pacific Properties Inc. and New York-based Blackstone Group Inc. have announced plans to create a studio in the United Kingdom, its first expansion of Sunset Studios outside of the United States.

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Gores Group SPAC Agrees to IPO With EV-Maker Polestar

A blank check firm backed by Beverly Hills billionaire Alec Gores has agreed to go public with Swedish electric carmaker Polestar, which also counts Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio among its investors.

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Tetra Tech Acquires UK Consulting Firm

Pasadena-based consulting and engineering firm Tetra Tech Inc. has added to its British collection.

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‘How She Went Global’ Podcast Launches

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Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global (wegg) — a Chicago-based nonprofit organization with a mission to educate, inspire and nurture women business owners and entrepreneurs worldwide—launched the “How She Went Global” podcast series, wegg President Laurel Delaney announced last month.

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Fisker Launches EV Development Division in the UK

Fisker Inc. is launching a specialty vehicle engineering and development division in the United Kingdom to be led by David King, former chief special operations officer at Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd.

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Hello Genius App Courts Parents and Kids

At a time when both parents and children are spending more time using mobile devices, Malibu-based startup G3NIU7 Inc. is betting its newly released app.

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Mentorship Program Launches to Elevate Women in Fintech Industry

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Fi911, the sister company of Chargebacks911, has launched a new micro-mentorship program to empower female leadership across the thriving fintech and payments arena.

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Safco Capital Acquires West LA Office Building for $12 Million

A three-story office building in West Los Angeles known as Camden Gardens has sold for nearly $12 million.

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World of Wonder Sets Bar for LGBTQ Media Production

In a media landscape where representation is becoming more important than ever, World of Wonder Productions Inc. kicked open the door for LGBTQ companies 30 years ago with a plan to create a platform for artists and creatives who were not being recognized in the mainstream media.

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Top HR Executives Say Increasing Diversity in C-Suite is a Priority

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Nearly seven in 10 (69%) of Chief Human Resources Officers and HR executives say increasing diversity in the C-suite is a priority, while 61% say their organizations are prioritizing efforts to increase diversity on their boards, according to a survey released today by Boyden, a premier talent and leadership advisory firm.

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Valley National Bancorp Buys Bank Leumi USA

Valley National and Bank Leumi will have a combined $1.1 billion in assets in Los Angeles County.

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Ten Smart Health Tips for Busy Women

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Lakeisha Richardson, M.D., OB/GYN last month shared ten recommended smart health tips for women navigating various life stages, serving as an important reminder to be proactive about maintaining women’s health, from menstruation through menopause and beyond.

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J2 Global Closes 4 Acquisitions

Internet services company J2 Global Inc. finished up 2020 on a buying spree.

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Cathay Bank Buys 10 HSBC Branches in California

Chinatown-based Cathay General Bancorp, the parent of $19 billion-in-asset Cathay Bank, agreed to buy 10 branches of HSBC Bank USA in California.

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Report Reveals How the COVID Crisis has Posed Particular Challenges for Women in Business

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Women across the world have been disproportionally impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic – a staggering 87% of women business owners say they have been adversely affected.

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