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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


Help your schools with fundraising network app

A mobile-marketing strategist and busy mom of three boys thought there had to be a better way to help schools than hosting fundraisers and selling wrapping paper or magazines.

December 04, 2010 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Local entrepreneurs team up to create ‘A-list’ operation

When Sally Van Swearingen and Catherine Weber joined up to launch their full-service hair and make-up studio a year ago, each brought a specific expertise to the business. Their collaboration has allowed the burgeoning business to branch out into working with studio and professional business people, brides and commercial videos.

December 01, 2010 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Culture of management success

Sandra Silvestre never imagined herself working in the car-wash industry. Today, she manages the Valencia Auto Spa in Valencia.

November 28, 2010 | Jana Adkins | Local Business News


Medical detectives for legal professionals

Local entrepreneur Andrea Smith is like the Sherlock Holmes of the medical and legal worlds - she investigates issues on behalf of attorneys representing clients with medical claims.

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


Nonprofit promotes SCV business

The Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation grew out of an economic development committee formed by the SCV Chamber of Commerce when more than 70 local business leaders initiated a number of activities designed to call attention to the favorable business climate in the valley.

November 21, 2010 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


A market for hard-working families

What do two educated professionals - one formerly an accountant, and the other a pharmacist - have in common beside precision and accuracy?

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


Business Story Tips!

Do you have a story tip for the Business section?

November 18, 2010 | Jana Adkins | Local Business News


Card company makes small-business holiday

A Small Business Saturday shopping campaign was unveiled by American Express last week, encouraging consumers to shop at small brick-and-mortar stores in their community Saturday after Thanksgiving.

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


Jana Adkins: Open letter to Business readers

When I first joined The Signal as business editor three months ago, I was thrilled.

November 18, 2010 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Business Columns


Westfield opens its Shops at the Patios

Westfield Valencia Town Center celebrated the grand opening Thursday of several clusters of new outdoor stores called Shops at the Patios.

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


Baby bums lead to new service

With experts warning that disposable diapers are filling landfills at alarming rates, one local couple - expecting their first child any day - decided to launch a business dedicated to meeting both family and environmental needs.

November 11, 2010 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Local apartment rent up 1 percent in quarter

During the third quarter of 2010, the average rent for an apartment in Santa Clarita has increased 1 percent, according to RentJungle.com, an apartment search and market research website. Average rent increased by $21 to $1,482.

November 08, 2010 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


A need leads to SCV networking

Working-life as a solo entrepreneur can be an isolating experience. Lacking co-workers to bounce ideas off, ask questions of or brainstorm with - to whom does one turn?

November 05, 2010 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Do it Center’s Valencia store holds final sale

When a business closes, the effects can be far-reaching.

October 30, 2010 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


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SCV home sales increase as seasonal spring sales pick up

Both single-family home and condominium sales increased in the Santa Clarita Valley in March compared to February sales, the Southland Regional Association of Realtors announced Monday.

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


UPDATE: Santa Clarita’s unemployment rate remains low

Santa Clarita's jobless rate settled back down to 5.3 percent in March - mirroring the December rate when retailers hired extra help for the holidays.

April 18, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


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


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