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Doughnut Company Sees Holes to Fill in SoCal

Food: Krispy Kreme’s area franchisee plans to open 20 shops in next seven years.

Krispy Kreme plans to go hole hog in Southern California with 20 new stores.

Firm Fails to Make Case to Retain Trial Lawyer

Law: Exit of Marshall Grossman seen as as blow to Bingham.

One of the biggest trial lawyers in Los Angeles has a new home.

Small businesses will benefit from raising pay for hotel workers.

OP-ED: Two Views

Reiko Roberts and Michael Saltsman check in with opposing points on a city of L.A. proposal to raise the minimum wage for hotel workers to $15 an hour. - Pro

San Jose’s minimum-wage increase a cautionary tale for Los Angeles.

OP-ED: Two Views

Two Views: Reiko Roberts and Michael Saltsman check in with opposing points on a city of L.A. proposal to raise the minimum wage for hotel workers to $15 an hour. - Con

Local Krispy Kreme Franchisee Plans Major Expansion

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. on Tuesday announced that its longtime Southern California franchisee plans to develop 20 new doughnut shops in the region in the next seven years.

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Trustee Sought In EB-5 Case

Law: Creditors of jailed lawyer Justin Lee file as feds probe.

Clients claiming they were defrauded by lawyer Justin Lee, now in jail and awaiting trial in South Korea, have asked for a trustee to take over his assets.

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Hot House

Unusual L.A. incubator hatches restaurants

Pizza maker Paul Hibler is launching the first venture out of an unusual restaurant incubator that he modeled on those of the tech world.

Startup Gets Location-Based Deal With Google

Advertising: NearWoo will sell the Internet giant’s ad space to local businesses.

NearWoo launched its location-based mobile ad platform only four months ago, and it now has 4,000 clients. It may grow again as Google signed on.

Reyes Completes Acquisition of Allied Beverage

Reyes Beverage Group said Friday that it has completed its acquisition of Allied Beverages Inc., a major Southern California beer distributor based in Sylmar.

Live Nation Launches Joint Venture in Taiwan

Live Nation Entertainment Inc. continues to expand in Asia, signing a joint venture agreement with B'In Music International to form Live Nation Taiwan.

K&B and RBZ Merge

Kaufman + Bernstein Inc. in Century City announced Friday that it has merged with West L.A.'s RBZ, one of the largest accounting and business management firms based in Los Angeles County.

Pizza Rev Expands Outside California

Fast-casual pizza chain PizzaRev has signed franchise agreements for more than 20 new outlets in five states.

President Named at Phelps

Marketing and advertising veteran Mike Jackson was named president of Santa Monica marketing agency Phelps on Tuesday.

Business Missing Message on Communication

OP-ED

Business has learned some pricey lessons on the value of communication, writes David Silver

Firm Built Up, Out on Broadened Customer Base

PR: Murphy O’Brien now plans digital arm to help clients connect online.

PR: Murphy O’Brien launches digital arm to get the word out for clients online.