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Local firm keeps pay rolling

Long gone are the days when business owners issued handwritten paychecks and pay stubs to employees.

January 09, 2011 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


A helping hand for the smallest businesses

A committee of the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to helping micro businesses - small firms with home-based operations or one to three employees, whose owners are so caught up in daily operations that they can find themselves isolated.

January 08, 2011 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Workers will see late paycheck gift

Employees are receiving belated Christmas gifts courtesy of the federal government this month: a decrease in the amount of Social Security taxes withheld from their paychecks.

January 06, 2011 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


The benefits of a short-sale process

The process of putting a home on the market for a short sale is not much different than listing a home for a regular sale - with the exception of negotiating an agreement with the lender, according to Tim Blankenship of the Santa Clarita Short Sale Center.

January 04, 2011 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Saving a homeowner from financial disaster

Editor's note: First in a two-part series on home short sales.

January 02, 2011 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


From connection to collection

Websites are the modern-day, electronic equivalent of store front window displays for brick-and-mortar businesses. Having an Internet presence today is often as crucial to a company's success as putting the right products, services and people in place.

December 26, 2010 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Survey: Consumers in market to buy cars

More than 83 percent of those questioned said they would be in the market for a vehicle within the next 12 months, according to a survey released this week.

December 25, 2010 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Fabric retailer may go private

Fabric and craft retailer Jo-Ann Stores Inc. has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Leonard Green & Partners L.P. for about $1.6 billion. The acquisition, if approved, means Jo-Ann Stores will become a private company.

December 24, 2010 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Chancellor highlights school’s many programs created to support business

After installing the new VIA board of directors Tuesday at the organization's monthly luncheon, College of the Canyons' longtime chancellor Dr. Dianne Van Hook presented highlights of the many programs COC provides for the benefit of local businesses.

December 23, 2010 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


VIA installs 2011 board of directors

The Valley Industry Association installed its new 2011 board of directors Tuesday.

December 22, 2010 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Full speed ahead for cruise ship industry

With economic indicators showing signs of improvement in the second half of 2010, demand for cruises is picking up

December 22, 2010 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


A day out for the guys

Salons that pamper women with massages, hair stylings and facials have flourished, growing into a $13 billion industry with an estimated 18,000 businesses in existence in the spa-services industry.

December 19, 2010 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


New SCV chamber chief has full plate

With the holidays just days away, Maricopa City, Ariz., resident Terri Kingery has to plan her son's 11th birthday, celebrate the holidays, pack up her household and personal belongings and find a place to live in the Santa Clarita Valley.

December 18, 2010 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Small-business lending drops in past two years

A report recently released by the California Reinvestment Coalition revealed that small-business lending in California from 2007 through the end of 2009 decreased by almost 1.5 million loans and $21 billion.

December 15, 2010 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Dealerships drive toward recovery

The recession rolled into California, building like angry Santa Ana winds, creating havoc and taking a heck of a long time to blow out of town.

December 12, 2010 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


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Hotels get head to toe renovations

Two Santa Clarita Valley hotels got full facelifts for visiting travelers and longer-term guests.

April 13, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Kia dealer to lay off 40 employees

Forty employees of the Valencia Kia auto dealership are scheduled to lose their jobs in Santa Clarita on May 5, according to the California Employment Development Department.

April 11, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Samsung expanding into SCV

Samsung, one of the world's leading electronics companies, has selected Santa Clarita to open its new research and development lab, setting its sights on becoming an audio systems powerhouse.

April 07, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lucrative tax credit offered to firms

After Gov. Jerry Brown put a stop to any new Enterprise Zone tax hiring credit for companies, he launched the California Competes Tax Credit program as an incentive to encourage business growth and higher-paying jobs.

April 06, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Solid Concepts to continue operating out of SCV

The sale of Santa Clarita-based Solid Concepts to Stratasys for $295 million is good news locally, according to an executive with Solid Concepts.

April 04, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


3D printing company Solid Concepts sold

Solid Concepts of Santa Clarita has agreed to be purchased by Stratasys for a total of $295 million, the two companies announced on Wednesday.

April 02, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Business Roundtable: Trusted Advisers

It takes more than throwing up a shingle, or building a sophisticated looking website, to build and grow a business.

April 02, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Writer | Business Journal Stories


Foreign Trade Zone benefits touted for local businesses

Touting the benefits of Santa Clarita's Foreign Trade Zone, the region's economic development entity sponsored a seminar in March for local businesses.

April 02, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Writer | Business Journal Stories


International electronics company opens research lab in the SCV

Samsung, one of the world's leading electronics companies, has selected Santa Clarita to open its new research and development lab, setting its sights on becoming an audio systems powerhouse.

April 02, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Writer | Business Journal Stories


MannKind readies for FDA approval

In a matter of days, MannKind Corporation of Santa Clarita will learn the Food and Drug Administration's decision regarding Afrezza - it's one of a kind diabetes treatment.

April 01, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Writer | Business Journal Stories


Purchase of local aerospace company is a good sign, says executive

The multimillion purchase of Santa Clarita-based Aerospace Dynamics International by Precision Castparts Corp. last week is a good thing for the company and the community, said an executive with ADI.

March 23, 2014 | By Jana Adkins | Santa Clarita Valley News


New Castic studio aims to inspire

Filmmakers Sanctuary Studio in Castaic - replete with more than 70,000 square feet of studio space - officially opened in February, said its studio head and General Manager, Steve Robertson.

March 22, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


City’s jobless rate dips in February

Like a ping pong ball, Santa Clarita's jobless rate has been bouncing along month to month - and true to form it dropped to 5.4 percent in February, according to a report from the California Employment Development Department on Friday.

March 21, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


ADI sold to company in Oregon

Aerospace Dynamics International in Santa Clarita has been purchased by Portland, Oregon-based Precision Castparts Corp. for $625 million.

March 20, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


SCV home prices continue to creep upward

Prices of existing homes increased slightly during February while home sales during the winter season slowed, according to numbers released Wednesday for the Santa Clarita Valley by the Southland Regional Association of Realtors.

March 19, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


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