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By Michael Miller | April 21, 2007
COSTA MESA — When Costa Mesa High School students created a drive-in movie theater and an advertising firm last fall, they intended them to be fictional businesses. On Friday, they became very real indeed. The business students, who spent the year developing fictional firms as a class project, decided to use their knowledge to net real money after a pair of former classmates met with an unexpected tragedy. Ivan and Ivonne Ruiz, twins who graduated last year, lost their home in February to a fire — and for one night, on Friday, the Image Drive-In and Open Door Productions came alive to raise money for their family.
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April 18, 2002
June Casagrande BALBOA PENINSULA -- The Balboa Theater would pump about $3 million a year into the local economy, according to a business plan for the proposed theater that the City Council will review. "This shows that the theater would be a real catalyst to the downtown economy," said Bill Wren, vice president of the Balboa Performing Arts Theater Foundation, which is charged with transforming the decrepit vaudeville house into a world-class performance venue.
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By Joseph Serna | January 28, 2012
COSTA MESA - The Orange County Fair Board decided Thursday to begin a nationwide, 45-day search for its next chief executive. President and CEO Steve Beazley announced last week that he was retiring after four years in the top position in order to pursue new professional interests. He began doing seasonal work with the fair 37 years ago and has been a full-time executive for 14 years. Beazley, 49, said his last day depends on when the board successfully finds a replacement, allowing for a smooth transition of leadership.
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February 28, 2003
The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in the United States. However, not everyone can be lucky enough to hit on the 'a restaurant that sells just coffee' idea and small business owners often find themselves struggling to be profitable. Michael Munz of the SCORE organization said that failing to write a business plan is a fatal mistake that many small business owners make. "Taking the time to prepare the smallest of business plans would eliminate many of the pit falls [of small business ownership]
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By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | May 4, 2011
COSTA MESA — A group of high-school seniors brought home a national first-place title for creating an environmentally friendly business. "We're not supposed to be winning championships, but we do," said Business Academy teacher Mike Sciacca. "We don't have as much money as wealthier schools, but our kids just chose to win … I hope they realize success is a choice. " One of Costa Mesa High School's Virtual Enterprise classes created Sanatorius, a pollution-offset company that installs compost toilets in developing countries.
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September 13, 2010
David August, the Costa Mesa-based maker of men's custom suits, will debut a new line of shirts, Koi by David August, in October, according to an article in ApparelNews.net. The company headed by David August Heil, a veteran tailor who has made custom suits for stars and celebrities, ranging from Sylvester Stallone to Robert Downey Jr. and former USC Trojan football head coach Pete Carroll, will be offering Koi shirting, made in Italy, with retail prices ranging from $220 to $495, the website reported.
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By Barbara Venezia | March 20, 2014
Is the Balboa Village Theatre project a go or a no? That depends on whom you talk to. Revitalization of the theater has been a lingering issue since it closed in 1992, and the nonprofit Balboa Performing Theater Arts Foundation was formed in 1996 to preserve and renovate it. The building, bought by Newport Beach in 1998, pretty much remains four walls and a dirt floor, as fundraising efforts have lagged. But at the council meeting March 11, city leaders seemed to give the project a cautious nod with a promise to provide $2 million toward the restoration, if the foundation can raise matching funds and produce a viable business plan before Dec. 31. Steven Beazley, president of the Balboa Village Theatre, tells me he sees this as a win, one he anticipates will open doors to fundraising for the theater.
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By Alicia Lopez, Special to the Daily Pilot | April 2, 2012
They're among the best in the nation. Six of Costa Mesa High School's Virtual Enterprise students were named the country's No. 2 Business Plan team Thursday for their work on the virtual Great Park Wildlife Center. Not far behind is Costa Mesa's Abeille team, which was named fifth in the country. Students from the teams competed last week in the National Business Plan competition during the Virtual Enterprises International Youth Business Summit in New York City. Virtual Co-Chief Executive Cesar Chavez, 17, said he was happy to see all the hard work pay off. "We finally got to share our ideas and show it's more than just a class - more than something virtual," he said.
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February 1, 2014
The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a plan to develop more than 100 acres of county-owned land at the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Irvine. The agreement with Los Angeles-based Lowe Enterprises lays out a three-phase plan for the property, which is adjacent to Irvine's Great Park. The board also approved funding for the first phase and business plan, which includes environmental reviews and the development of a master plan to guide how the area is used, according to a county news release.
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By Candice Baker | December 21, 2009
Business at Atlantis Desalination in Costa Mesa was humming as usual Friday morning. The marketing department was working on a new catalog, while human resources translated its employee manual into Spanish. Staffers sported dark blue button-down shirts emblazoned with the company’s logo; executives wore business suits. But none of this company’s employees expected a paycheck that day — or ever. Atlantis is a virtual company run completely by high school students, in a Virtual Enterprise class.
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By Barbara Venezia | March 20, 2014
Is the Balboa Village Theatre project a go or a no? That depends on whom you talk to. Revitalization of the theater has been a lingering issue since it closed in 1992, and the nonprofit Balboa Performing Theater Arts Foundation was formed in 1996 to preserve and renovate it. The building, bought by Newport Beach in 1998, pretty much remains four walls and a dirt floor, as fundraising efforts have lagged. But at the council meeting March 11, city leaders seemed to give the project a cautious nod with a promise to provide $2 million toward the restoration, if the foundation can raise matching funds and produce a viable business plan before Dec. 31. Steven Beazley, president of the Balboa Village Theatre, tells me he sees this as a win, one he anticipates will open doors to fundraising for the theater.
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By Bradley Zint | March 20, 2014
When Rich and Peggy Penjoyan started out in the 1960s, they were working for peanuts - literally. The couple sold the crunchy legumes from the back of a truck in Malibu Canyon, but the business plan wasn't working quite as well as Rich wanted. So in 1969 he decided to set up shop in Costa Mesa, a recently minted city experiencing its teenage years - Sweet 16 - but already boasting a population of some 73,000. It was the year Growers Ranch sprouted up along Newport Boulevard, back when traveling along the ol' Goat Hill thoroughfare had an open-air feel about it and the business felt like something you'd see on the side of the road while driving through farmland, Peggy recalled.
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February 1, 2014
The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a plan to develop more than 100 acres of county-owned land at the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Irvine. The agreement with Los Angeles-based Lowe Enterprises lays out a three-phase plan for the property, which is adjacent to Irvine's Great Park. The board also approved funding for the first phase and business plan, which includes environmental reviews and the development of a master plan to guide how the area is used, according to a county news release.
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By Michael Miller | November 26, 2013
The revamped Balboa Village Theatre may resemble "a little more of a start-up" than a lavish performing arts center because of uncertainty over funding, the chief executive of its foundation said Monday. Steve Beazley, who was tapped in September to lead the Balboa Performing Art Theater Foundation, said the group may scale down its previous $5.5-million vision for reopening the long-defunct theater at 707 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. The foundation is having new architectural plans drawn up and as yet cannot quote project costs.
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By Bradley Zint | July 24, 2013
Valerie Torelli started out in the real estate business as a bookkeeper in 1970s Los Angeles, but after seeing the salespeople take "six-hour lunches" while making $70,000 a year, she figured she could do the job too - only better. "I'm taking care of the accounting and I said, 'If they can do this, I can do this,'" she said. So in 1984, she founded Torelli Realty in Costa Mesa. The Pasadena native started with just a few employees. It was a "scrappy" operation out of some rented rooms at the Piecemakers Country Store in Mesa Verde.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | March 29, 2013
The Orange County Great Park board of directors has approved a five-year business plan that supporters say will put an end to the financial hemorrhaging in the annual budget. Although directors Larry Agran and Beth Krom each suggested alternatives, the board, made up of the Irvine City Council, ultimately voted 3 to 2 in favor of the plan. Agran and Krom dissented. "The days of the $10-million annual burn rate are gone," Great Park Chief Executive Officer Michael Ellzey said.
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By Bradley Zint | January 10, 2013
It took a rejection from a sandwich chain for Troy Feist to realize that he should just start his own. Fresh out of high school and 19 years old, Feist always loved food - sandwiches, in particular - and he figured opening up a Togo's might be a good idea. So he and a friend made an appointment at the Togo's headquarters in San Jose. "We met with them for maybe about five minutes before they shooed us out of their office," Feist said. But it was a blessing, he remembered thinking, because now he could make sandwiches the way he wanted.
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By Bradley Zint | December 11, 2012
The Costa Mesa Planning Commission unanimously denied an application for a proposed 7-Eleven near The Triangle on Monday night, citing the area's problems with homelessness and the convenience store's request to sell alcohol. Their decision was supported by the Police Department and city staff, who also alluded to potential parking and traffic problems, a concentration of 10 alcohol sale permits in the area, and the 7-Eleven's potential to "magnify exiting problems with transiency.
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By Greer Wylder | August 27, 2012
Editor's note: The following is a set of 20 questions with Yard House founder Steele Platt. Q: You said you wrote a business plan in 1994 called the Yard House while tending bar in Huntington Beach. The Yard House sold to Darden Restaurants for $585 million, and your last day with the company is Wednesday. How does that feel? A: I personally feel a sense of accomplishment and that a specific goal in my life was achieved, and that was to create a national brand restaurant.
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By Sarah Peters | May 21, 2012
While recognition by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a national champion is nothing to sneeze about, the honor isn't what made Wendy Navarro tear up Monday. The Costa Mesa store owner got misty-eyed when talking about her 17-year-old daughter, Saige Nicole, whose name was used for Navarro's baby and toddler boutique in 2006. "It's so wonderful when she comes to me after she's seen an article on the store and says, 'Mom, I'm so proud of you,'" Navarro said. Navarro, alongside other business leaders, will be honored June 5 at the SBA's 49th annual Small Business Week Awards Celebration in Anaheim.
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