( Frank Micelotta )
Going after the A-list: Businesses pursue celebrity clients

04/15/2015 10:25 AM PDT
Some businesses court celebrities because they want to be part of the excitement of the entertainment industry or sports, and perhaps become well-known themselves. For other businesses, a famous client can bring publicity and a bump up in overall sales.  
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Tony Gutierrez/AP photo
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