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December 15, 1994 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an increasingly high-tech world, Oscar Vargas is succeeding with a decidedly low-tech product: He makes pinatas. Vargas, owner of Pinata Party in Santa Ana, has an electronics degree and worked for years in the computer industry, but he always wanted to run his own business. He got the inspiration for Pinata Party from his sister, who made pinatas as a hobby and always had a backlog of orders from friends and neighbors.
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December 5, 2000 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jeffrey Jhyfang Lo still has faith in his adopted country. But after he was arrested by the FBI in a sting operation, jailed for more than two months and stripped of his possessions, his faith in its government has been sorely tested. Lo, who runs an import-export business out of a cramped Cypress apartment, was found innocent late last week of charges that he tried to smuggle a high-tech camera to China, where it could have been used by the military.
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November 28, 1996 | JOHN CANALIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Salvador Avila wanted to make a place for his children in the family restaurant business. But he didn't want partners. So when the time came in the early 1970s to expand his El Ranchito Restaurant in Huntington Park to new locations in Orange and Los Angeles counties, Avila helped his grown children start their own eateries, based on his concept. He lent his heirs the El Ranchito name, seed money and a menu of carnitas, enchiladas and chicken soup.
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December 5, 2000 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite a nightmarish experience in which he was snared by the FBI, jailed for more than two months and stripped of his possessions, Jeffrey Jhyfang Lo still has faith in his adopted country. But his faith in its government has been sorely tested. Lo, who runs an import-export business out of a cramped Cypress apartment, was found not guilty late last week of charges that he attempted to smuggle a high-tech camera to China, where it could have been used by the military. A U.S.
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July 9, 1990 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From his home high atop Spyglass Hill in Newport Beach, Salvador Avila enjoys a scenic panorama that takes in the tall buildings of Fashion Island and several Corona del Mar landmarks before the coastline dips into the Pacific Ocean. From here, it's hard to imagine his impoverished beginnings. The 67-year-old patriarch of a highly successful Southern California restaurant family once was a bracero who picked fruit in Central California.
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March 1, 2000 | KAREN E. KLEIN
Growing up in Los Alamitos, Robert Lienau III earned the nickname "Big Fish" because of his love for ocean fishing. He first worked in the industry at age 12 as a deckhand on a sportfishing boat. In 1994, he bought a Seal Beach bait shop and christened it with his name. In 1997, he expanded into a sportfishing operation at the end of the Seal Beach Pier. But it wasn't until 1998 that Lienau realized he could go much further than that--and took his business global via the Internet.
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October 16, 1994 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Armor All Products Inc. regularly ships hundreds of tons of its automotive cleaners, polishes and degreasers to countries in Europe and Asia and maintains a network of outside distributors as well as a 15-person international sales staff to market its goods overseas. But Orange County has few businesses the size of Armor All--companies that can afford their own export units.
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May 12, 1999 | MARC BALLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When some of Ernest Ohlig's customers had difficulty installing high-tech lighting equipment he had sold them, Ohlig knew exactly what to do. The chairman and founder of Irvine-based Olec Corp. dispatched an engineer to help the customers--in England and Finland. Premier service has long been the hallmark of Olec, reflecting the founder's philosophy that the customer is king. That commitment is expressed in myriad ways, both big and small.
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February 27, 1999 | NANCY WRIDE and HARRISON SHEPPARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A noisy but peaceful flashlight vigil drew 15,000 people to Little Saigon on Friday for prayers and a protest against what speakers called continued human rights violations in Vietnam, Westminster police said. The gathering was the latest--and largest--in weeks of demonstrations provoked by a merchant who posted a Communist flag and photograph of the late Ho Chi Minh in his Westminster video rental store.
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February 27, 1998 | Patrice Apodaca
One of the big stories of the past year has been merger mania in corporate America. But what about the little guy? A report released by a Newport Beach firm that specializes in brokering sales of mom-and-pop businesses indicates that small firms are in demand as well. The average sales price negotiated by VR Business Brokers rose 8% nationwide last year to $141,000 from $131,000 in 1996.
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June 14, 2000 | MARC BALLON, Marc Ballon covers small business and entrepreneurial issues for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7439 and at marc.ballon@latimes.com
Good news for a couple of Orange County businesses. Perisel Technology Inc., a computer peripheral distributor in Anaheim, and Workplace Interiors LLC, an office furniture dealer in Irvine, have landed on Dun & Bradstreet and Entrepreneur magazine's Hot 100 list of the fastest-growing small companies in America. Perisel checked in at No. 36. Workplace placed No. 57. Companies were ranked according to sales growth from their date of inception.
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March 1, 2000 | KAREN E. KLEIN
Growing up in Los Alamitos, Robert Lienau III earned the nickname "Big Fish" because of his love for ocean fishing. He first worked in the industry at age 12 as a deckhand on a sportfishing boat. In 1994, he bought a Seal Beach bait shop and christened it with his name. In 1997, he expanded into a sportfishing operation at the end of the Seal Beach Pier. But it wasn't until 1998 that Lienau realized he could go much further than that--and took his business global via the Internet.
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February 4, 2000 | MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A year after he provoked a storm of protest from the Vietnamese American community with his display of Communist icons, Truong Van Tran sued the city of Westminster and others Thursday for allegedly violating his free speech rights. The lawsuit, filed in Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana, accuses city officials, including Police Chief James Cook, of conspiring with the protesters and failing to enforce the law.
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September 22, 1999 | MARC BALLON, Marc Ballon covers small business and entrepreneurial issues for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7439 and at marc.ballon@latimes.com
At 18, Caleb Siemon launched Caleb Designs, a line of "funky jewelry for young people." The pieces--pendants and bracelets with religious symbols--were such a hit that Siemon came out with four subsequent lines and earned $80,000 in royalties. Despite that success, Siemon has opted for a career in glass-blowing.
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May 12, 1999 | MARC BALLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When some of Ernest Ohlig's customers had difficulty installing high-tech lighting equipment he had sold them, Ohlig knew exactly what to do. The chairman and founder of Irvine-based Olec Corp. dispatched an engineer to help the customers--in England and Finland. Premier service has long been the hallmark of Olec, reflecting the founder's philosophy that the customer is king. That commitment is expressed in myriad ways, both big and small.
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February 27, 1999 | NANCY WRIDE and HARRISON SHEPPARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A noisy but peaceful flashlight vigil drew 15,000 people to Little Saigon on Friday for prayers and a protest against what speakers called continued human rights violations in Vietnam, Westminster police said. The gathering was the latest--and largest--in weeks of demonstrations provoked by a merchant who posted a Communist flag and photograph of the late Ho Chi Minh in his Westminster video rental store.
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April 10, 1998 | DARYL STRICKLAND
A new small-business loan program has helped two businesses better establish themselves in Irvine. The city and the Bankers' Small Business Community Development Corp. of Orange County have created a loan pool of $1.7 million. It will provide five-year loans from $5,000 to $50,000. The loans can help established businesses make improvements, purchase equipment or even relocate to Irvine. The city expects to help five or six small businesses this year.
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April 10, 1998 | DARYL STRICKLAND
With the record number of mergers and acquisitions, more entrepreneurs are eager to sell their businesses in hopes of reaping larger profits, according to a recent poll by Geneva Cos. the Irvine-based mergers and acquisitions firm. Its annual survey of more than 4,500 private business owners found that, for Orange County businesses: * Slightly more than half plan to begin selling their company within the next year, outpacing the national average of 40%.
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February 2, 1999 | JOHN O'DELL, John O'Dell covers major Orange County corporations and manufacturing for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-5831 and at john.odell@latimes.com
Small manufacturing companies in Orange County are discovering the California Manufacturing Technology Center--a nonprofit organization formed to provide specialized consulting services to these businesses. A total of 176 Orange County companies used the center's services in 1998, according to its annual report, up 71% from 1997. Most of them, center officials say, were seeking help in improving plant layout, work-flow management and automating production systems or designing products.
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September 16, 1998 | PATRICE APODACA, Patrice Apodaca covers economic issues for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-5979 and at patrice.apodaca@latimes.com
The California Trade and Commerce Agency has issued its long-awaited request for proposals to operate a technology-based small business development center in Orange County. Information about the state's guidelines was mailed to the dozen or more local organizations that have expressed interest in making a bid, said Trade and Commerce spokesman Mike Marando. They have until Oct. 15 to respond with a detailed proposal about how they would run the center.
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