Biz News: Roger Bloom is new Press Club president

Valenza Chocolatier owner Amy Jo Pedone, right, won a silver award this spring at the Americas competition of the International Chocolate Awards.
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Roger Bloom, a former Newport Beach Independent and Orange County Register editor, was recently elected for a one-year term as president of the Orange County Press Club.

Bloom, of Huntington Beach, succeeds Chapman University journalism instructor Dennis Foley, who served two terms as president.

Foley, formerly of the Register, was credited with reviving the press club, expanding its social and professional-education programs, its annual awards contest and banquet, and reviving Excellence in Journalism Day, according to a news release.

Bloom, a communications professional and longtime Orange County-based journalist, also edited the Orange County Business Journal.


Sweet Lady Jane opens in CdM

Sweet Lady Jane, the popular Los Angeles-area bakery, recently held its grand opening for a new location in Corona del Mar at 3732 E. Coast Hwy. In addition to various desserts, pastries and cakes, Sweet Lady Jane will serve breakfast and lunch.


Phone company opens in Costa Mesa

Cebod Telecom, a cloud-based business phone service provider, recently opened an office in Costa Mesa’s South Coast Metro district at 3200 Bristol St., Suite 615.

“We are extremely happy to announce the further expansion of our services and hope that our clients will be appreciative of them,” Kunal Mittal, president and co-founder of Cebod Technologies, said in a statement. “Our decision was in line with the need to save money and time, along with making the processes of organizations far more efficient.”

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Businesswoman wins top chocolate award

Valenza Chocolatier, based in Costa Mesa, won a silver award this spring at the Americas competition of the International Chocolate Awards.

Owner Amy Jo Pedone was recognized for her Gianduiotti Maximo, made with Piedmontese hazelnuts and 61% dark single bean Venezuelan chocolate, according to a news release.

She next competes this October in the world finals in London.

“To have the opportunity to compete against the Italians in this category is truly an unbelievable honor,” Pedone said in a news release. “This brings a high-level of authenticity and validation for my business mission, which is to create Italian-inspired artisan chocolates and confections in the United States.”