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October 13, 1989 | ELIZABETH LU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A new telephone buying club launching a novel effort to reach this nation's Asian community was unveiled in Los Angeles on Thursday. The club, known as 777-CLUB, allows its members to order cakes, gifts and airline tickets over a toll-free phone number, all at a 5% discount. Long-distance telephone calls, which Asian residents often make to relatives overseas, are also less expensive through the club, through a special agreement with MCI Telecommunications Corp.
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October 13, 1989 | ELIZABETH LU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A new telephone buying club launching a novel effort to reach this nation's Asian community was unveiled in Los Angeles on Thursday. The club, known as 777-CLUB, allows its members to order cakes, gifts and airline tickets over a toll-free phone number, all at a 5% discount. Long-distance telephone calls, which Asian residents often make to relatives overseas, are also less expensive through the club, through a special agreement with MCI Telecommunications Corp.
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April 5, 1992
A new program in which residents who speak Mandarin or Cantonese can get translators to help them communicate with City Hall has begun in Rosemead. Translation services in Mandarin and Cantonese will be provided at no cost by the Asian Business Connection at (800) 777-CLUB through a special telephone line. Spanish translation services are already provided by Spanish-speaking staff members at City Hall, (818) 288-6671.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1990 | From United Press International
A free telephone directory assistance for Asians began full-scale operation Tuesday in Southern California. Sponsored by Asian-owned companies, the service--called the 777-CLUB--is expected to attract 2,000 calls each month, said Marty Shih, president of the club. Callers seeking business, community group or government services numbers can receive information in Chinese--Cantonese and Mandarin, and, by the end of the year, Korean and Japanese should be added, Shih said.
BUSINESS
June 12, 1990 | BERKLEY HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chinese-speaking consumers in Los Angeles and across the country will have their own limited version of a 411-style phone directory service, starting today. Monterey Park businessman Marty Shih and 30 Asian companies nationwide are launching the service after two months of testing that attracted 400 callers a day. The companies will advertise the number, (800) 777-CLUB, and Shih expects 2,000 directory calls a day.
BUSINESS
July 14, 1999
Entrepreneurs who have used new technology to create successful companies will be speakers at the second Los Angeles Times Small Business Strategies Conference on Sept. 24-25. They include: * Keith L. Black, director of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's neurological institute, chairman of the neurosurgery department at UC Irvine's medical school and founder of Medlennium Technologies. * Sky Dayton, EarthLink Network's founder. * Howard E. "Ted" Greene Jr.
BUSINESS
November 6, 1989 | ELIZABETH LU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After selling exactly $2 worth of flowers on their first day in business 10 years ago, Marty and Helen Shih stored the remaining flowers in a commercial refrigerator that they had rented. "The second day, we came; the flowers were all frozen," Helen Shih said, laughing. The brother-and-sister team had to toss out the entire $200 inventory and start over. Between going to school and working at an assortment of part-time jobs to pay the rent, they put in long hours at their tiny flower stand near Olive and 7th streets in Los Angeles.
BUSINESS
October 5, 1999
* FowlerShore & Flanagan, a Larkspur, Calif.-based investment group, acquired the 320-unit Oasis Apartments in Palm Desert for more than $17 million in the largest multifamily transaction in the Coachella Valley this year, according to Sean Deasy of CB Richard Ellis, who represented both the buyer and the seller, Richmond Heights, Ohio-based Associated Estates Realty Corp., a real estate investment trust. Deasy said the complex, at 77-777 Country Club Drive, is one of the largest in Palm Desert.
BUSINESS
July 31, 1995 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Marty and Helen Shih tell one of those entrepreneurial success stories that boggle the mind. From meager beginnings selling flowers on the street in Downtown Los Angeles 16 years ago, the brother-and-sister team built a chain of flower stores that specializes in mass-produced flower arrangements. And from a database compiled through thousands of flower purchases, the Shihs built a telemarketing company specializing in recent Asian immigrants. The first day's take in March, 1979, was $1.99.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 1990 | Times Researcher Cecilia Rasmussen
From the comfort of your living room or kitchen table, you can have access to information on the latest in AIDS therapies or get help locating a missing child. You also can chat with Santa or turn in smog-producing drivers by using some of the toll-free hot lines run by businesses, nonprofit groups and government agencies. This is a listing of some of those numbers.
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