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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


VIA a ‘living’ organization

The Valley Industry Association first came together in Feb. 9, 1981, in response to industrial and fire emergencies in the Valencia Industrial Center.

October 28, 2010 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Promoting a dream

The business sits back from Sierra Highway in an old, white-and-red trim Spanish-style building.

October 27, 2010 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Costs of college

Brian Safdari's journey to success began on foot, more than two decades ago, traveling with his family along mountainous roads to escape a war-torn country on a four-year search for safety and freedom. Eventually the family arrived in California.

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


SBA accepting nominations

Business entrepreneurs throughout Southern California have the opportunity to be honored during 2011's Small Business Week. The Small Business Administration will recognize outstanding small-business owners and advocates for their contributions to the economy during the week of May 15-22.

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


VIA hosts green panel

The Valley Industry Association hosted a green-technology panel presentation and discussion Tuesday, addressing the many ways businesses can receive rebates, tax credits and reduce operating costs.

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


Bank of Santa Clarita learns from ‘shaky’ start

In director Frank Capra's fictional movie classic, "It's a Wonderful Life," community loan officer George Bailey, played by Jimmy Stewart, spends his life dedicated to the community he lived in.

October 19, 2010 | Profile: Bank of Santa Clarita shares similar beginnings with its customers | Local Business News


E-waste ejection

Need to get rid of an old TV, fax machine or cell phone? A new service for hazardous electronic waste is now available in Santa Clarita that affords residents year-round opportunities to drop off home and office electronics that owners want to dispose.

October 15, 2010 | By Jana Adkins Business Editor | Local Business News


Retail on pointe

A Valencia dancewear store on Cinema Drive is a part of Santa Clarita history, and so is the family behind the business.

October 14, 2010 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


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State lawmakers reach deal on film tax credit

California lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday they have reached a deal that would offer $330 million a year in tax credits for Hollywood film productions over five years.

August 27, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two local hotels sold to undisclosed buyer

Two Santa Clarita hotels, Holiday Inn Express and the Best Western sitting side-by-side off the I-5 freeway at Magic Mountain Parkway, have been sold for $21 million.

August 27, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita Valley home sales soften in July

Median prices and home sales softened in July as the number of Santa Clarita Valley homes listed for sale shot up nearly 50 percent over the prior year, the Southland Regional Association of Realtors reported Monday.

August 25, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


A deeper look at lean manufacturing

Highlighting two of Santa Clarita's core industries – aerospace and defense, and advanced manufacturing, the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corp.'s Aerospace and Defense Coalition toured B&B Manufacturing in Santa Clarita on Thursday.

August 25, 2014 | By Jana Adkins | Local Business News


City named a finalist for ‘most business friendly city award’

The city of Santa Clarita has been named as a finalist for the Most Business-Friendly City in Los Angeles County in 2014.

August 21, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Uncle Billy left legacy in Newhall

It was a bittersweet moment when Santa Clarita contractor Kevin Schlumpberger began pulling the sign letters off the face of the Newhall building that for more than three decades housed the iconic ski and surf shop, Billy's Boardshop.

August 16, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Nissan dealership has donated $200,000 in cash and cars to the community

When General Manager of Nissan of Valencia, Dan Sterkel, selected two nonprofits in Santa Clarita to support, he chose ones close to his heart.

August 14, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Harvard data tool presented in Santa Clarita

Taking an active leadership role on a regional level, the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation invited the Harvard Business School to give one of the first demonstrations in California of its new 'industry cluster' mapping data tool.

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


The Practice of Law: Poole & Shaffery Law Firm

Poole & Shaffery Law Firm

July 30, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


U.S. HealthWorks expands corporate office space

U.S. HealthWorks has acquired some 6,000 square feet of extra space for expansion of its Santa Clarita headquarters offices, an executive with the firm confirmed.

July 29, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


The Practice of Law: Reape-Rickett Law Firm

Reape-Rickette Law Firm

July 29, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


The Practice of Law: Owen, Patterson & Owen

Owen, Patterson & Owen

July 29, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


UTAK Laboratories releasing 16 new quality control test materials

UTAK Laboratories has released more quality control materials for labs around the country to run tests on amphetamines, barbiturates, and benzodiazepines, a psychoactive drug.

July 29, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


UVDI forms partnership with multinational company

In a David and Goliath-like pairing, but friendly, Valencia'sUltraViolet Devices Inc. (David) formed a partnership with The Clorox Company (Goliath) in February. Together the small and the large companies joined forces to fight bacteria in hospitals throughout North America.

July 29, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


SCV Bank declares Q2 loss

Santa Clara Valley Bank released its second quarter results Monday, reporting a net loss of $2,000 for the period.

July 28, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


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