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San Fernando Valley Studio City Finance: Online investing firm Scottrade has opened a new office in Studio City at the California Pavilion Shopping Center. Scottrade has the largest branch network of its kind in the country, including 65 in California. The new Studio City branch will be managed by David Paik, who recently served as branch manager in Chino. “The branch at 12265 Ventura Blvd. will be open 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Van Nuys Offices: 911 Restoration held an opening party for its new headquarters in Van Nuys on Nov. 12. The event featured a ribbon cutting with company founders Idan Shpizear and Peleg Lindenberg and representatives from the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce. 911 Restoration has 20 franchise locations throughout the United States and Canada. The firm repairs smoke, water and fire damage and performs mold remediation. “We are a necessity, not a luxury,” said company chief executive, Shay Kalmanovich. “We are helping people to rebuild their homes again.” The 8,000-square-foot headquarters includes offices and a warehouse area for equipment. 911 Restoration is expected to grow by another 10 franchisees in the coming year, said Kalmanovich, a former insurance who emigrated from Israel to head up the company. Studio City Camp: Marvin and Shirley Selter will be recognized on Dec. 3 by Camp Ramah for their leadership, accomplishments and contributions to the community. The couple are strong supporters of the importance of a Ramah experience for all children. Proceeds from the event at Temple Sinai in Los Angeles will go to the Dr. David Lieber Scholarship Endowment Fund. The fund enables children with financial need to enjoy the array of activities and creative spontaneity of summer camp. Chatsworth Sales: Capstone Turbine Corp. was given an “E” Award from the U.S. Department of Commerce in recognition for its strong sales overseas. The company received the award Nov. 6 from U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke. Capstone, which develops and manufactures micro-turbines, increased its export sales by 266 percent over the past four years. “Adding strong distribution partners across the world has enabled us to seize opportunities in markets in Europe, Latin America and Asia,” said Jim Crouse, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Capstone also received a Certificate of Export Achievement from the Commerce Department in 2008. Burbank Connect: Bob Hope Airport and Google will offer free wi-fi in the airport terminal through Jan. 15. Visitors will be able to log onto the network after providing an email address, and the network will not block any content. “We’re pleased to have this opportunity to provide this amenity to Airport patrons during the holidays when so many people are traveling, and we hope that free Internet access will enhance the travel experience at Bob Hope Airport,” said Airport Executive Director Dan Feger. Google will also run some limited promotions for products on the network’s sign-in page. Bob Hope is one of 47 airports participating in the free holiday wi-fi program. Glendale Treatment: QuantumMethod has been chosen as the agency of record to develop a branding campaign for Levia, a psoriasis treatment from Lerner Medical Devices Inc. QuantumMethod will provide the strategy and creative support to differentiate and position the Levia brand for commercial success, said agency President and CEO Dave Skibinski. “This assignment will allow us to leverage our extensive medical products knowledge along with our skills in branding, website development, medical communications, trade show productions, social media, and public relations,” Skibinski said. Lerner develops medical treatments using ultraviolet light therapy for self-treatment of psoriasis and other photo-responsive skin conditions. Holiday: The Americana at Brand had its second annual tree lighting on Nov. 19. The event featured performances by OneRepublic, Drew Seeley, Sean & John and The Russian Tenors. The conclusion was the lighting of the 110-foot tree decorated with 10,000 lights and 15,000 ornaments. Sylmar Solutions: The Northeast San Fernando Valley WorkSource Center sponsors its free 10th semi-annual Business Breakfast on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at Los Angeles Mission College. Los Angeles City Councilmember Richard Alarcón will be the keynote speaker and there will be a presentation from wristband identification manufacturer Precision Dynamics Corp. on “Green Goes To Work: How Your Business Can Benefit from Green Practices.” Reservations must be made by Dec. 1 by calling (818) 899-6239. Mission College is located at 13356 Eldridge Ave., Sylmar. Conejo Valley Thousand Oaks Firm: Mustang Marketing added Community Bank to its roster as the 750th client. The bank hired Mustang to help implement new technologies and further reach out to their customers and community. “Community Bank is a terrific institution and exactly the kind of people and company we most enjoy working with – stable, forward-thinking and focused on their community,” said Scott Harris, founder and president of Mustang Marketing. “I would like to think that describes Mustang, as well.” Westlake Village Crafts: The Wellness Community hosts its annual Holiday Boutique on Dec. 5 and 6 at the North Ranch Center. Visitors will find one of kind clothing, jewelry and accessories offered by local vendors and artisans. The Wellness Community is an international non-profit organization providing free support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones. The Knotty Knitters, a group of Wellness Community volunteers and participants will donate their proceeds to the organization. The North Ranch Center is located at 1400 N. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. Santa Clarita Valley Stevenson Ranch Ads: James McGoldrick has formed the Gridiron Group, a media and sponsorship consulting group specializing in general advertising and media evaluation as well as all aspects of sports sponsorship. During his career, McGoldrick has negotiated over $500 million in media and sports sponsorship contracts and has worked for ESPN, Fox Sports and Eteamz.com representing media sales opportunities. “Based on these experiences, The Gridiron Group will help businesses evaluate the vast array of media options available to them and provide direction on how to best allocate their marketing resources,” McGoldrick said. – Compiled by Mark R. Madler

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