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Sprouts merges with natural foods chain

Sprouts Farmers Market announced Tuesday the merger of its natural-food grocery chain with Sunflower Farmers Market, an independent chain of 37 natural-food stores.

May 31, 2012 | By Signal Staff | Local Business News


New homes sales rise

Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 3.3 percent in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 343,000 units, according to newly released data from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau.

May 30, 2012 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Realtors react to Brown’s plan for mortgage money

Gov. Jerry Brown wants to take all of the money from April's $2.5 billion mortgage settlement to offset the state's multibillion-dollar deficit, according to his revised May 15 budget.

May 30, 2012 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Company applies for trade status

Pursuing an ambitious project to benefit clients and grow its own business, AMS Fulfillment of Valencia is working on securing foreign trade zone, or FTZ, status.

May 27, 2012 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Recovery signs give encouragement to local Realtors

Multiple reports gave positive signs this week and showed a mounting strength in the resale and new home market, according to Santa Clarita Realtors.

May 25, 2012 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Mending gear, fighting hunger

Alan Campos is driven to succeed – and wants to share the fruits of his success along the way.

May 24, 2012 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Experts tout potential of international trade

The size of the company is not key to international, or cross-border, trading, said a panel participant at Tuesday's panel discussion on International Trade at the Valley Industry Association's luncheon.

May 17, 2012 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Signal offers video job ads

Employment ads in The Signal received a big face-lift Wednesday when the newspaper added multi-media features to its classified employment liner ads.

May 17, 2012 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Realtors await federal response

Santa Clarita Realtors are encouraged by recent efforts by lawmakers to slow the foreclosure process, but they say more help for homeowners is needed.

May 13, 2012 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Owners celebrate access to credits

In celebration of approval for the long-awaited expanded Santa Clarita Valley Enterprise Zone, nearly 100 people gathered at TPC Valencia on Thursday, exactly one month after final approval was received.

May 12, 2012 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Recovering home market stalls

Would-be homeowners and actual construction trends show the fracture in a recovering home market, according to a recent survey.

May 11, 2012 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Agreement saves building-permit data

An agreement to continue the only collection and reporting of building-permit data in the state was announced this week by the Building Industry Association of Southern California.

May 10, 2012 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Snapshot shows signs of recovery

The economic snapshot report for February was released Tuesday by the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corp., reflecting signs of local recovery amid some areas of economic activity that are still depressed.

May 09, 2012 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Using the power of the masses to raise money

When the Jumpstart Our Business Startups, or JOBS, Act was signed into federal law last month, it modernized the means by which startup businesses can raise capital.

May 05, 2012 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


BizFed survey finds optimism

Los Angeles County business owners and executives report they are more optimistic about the economy this year. But plans for significant expansion or hiring are on hold over concerns about rising taxes, fees and growing government regulations.

May 04, 2012 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


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Auction firms accused of 'shill' bids

A growing trend of banks placing distressed homes up for sale with online auctions has left Santa Clarita Realtors crying "foul," claiming online auction sites are using "shill" bids to drive prices up.

June 14, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Family-owned pizza chain takes the compromise out of pizza

PizzaRev of Santa Clarita is but one of 11 locations the fast-casual chain pizzeria has opened since its inception in 2012, but it plans to rapidly ramp up by adding 12 more locations throughout the U.S. in the coming year, according to one of its executives.

June 09, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Elephant Bar calling it quits in SCV

The Elephant Bar restaurant on McBean Parkway in Santa Clarita is set to close Thursday night, a manager confirmed Monday.

June 09, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Santa Clarita may prove attractive to international companies

When Samsung opened its research and development audio lab this year, it was the first known Korean-based company to locate an operation in Santa Clarita.

June 01, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


UCLA to operate the Motion Picture and Television Fund medical centers

Beginning June 1, the Motion Picture and Television Fund health care centers, including the one on McBean Parkway in Santa Clarita, will operate under the UCLA Health System umbrella.

May 28, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Writer | Business Journal Stories


Roundtable: Startups and the Tech Space

When the SCVBJ invited a group of local entrepreneurs and startup CEOs to the table this month, we knew the conversation would not follow the regular, orderly pattern of most industry professionals.

May 28, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Writer | Business Journal Stories


City and college focus on supporting startup businesses

Designed to house specific kinds of startup companies that complement the region's growing entertainment industry, the downtown Newhall incubator being launched by the city of Santa Clarita and College of the Canyons is expected to open in October, said an official with the city.

May 28, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Writer | Business Journal Stories


SCV offers attractive benefits for foreign business investors

Six leaders from the Santa Clarita Valley accompanied Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich on a one-week trip to meet with business leaders and investors in China and Hong Kong. One of the meetings held included 40 to 50 potential investors who are interested in the U.S. market. The SCV Business Journal asked each of the local people in the delegation about their personal impressions, and the economic opportunities they see for the Santa Clarita Valley.

May 28, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Writer | Business Journal Stories


New medical device captures sounds of the lungs and heart

Entrepreneurs have designed a new medical device system that will help usher medical care into the 21st century using existing consumer technology that both lay people and professionals can easily access.

May 28, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Writer | Business Journal Stories


AMS Fulfillment bets on its success – and wins

When AMS Fulfillment of Santa Clarita learned it was going to lose its largest customer in 2013, the company planned for, and weathered, the storm. The company has just reported that within the space of months, it is already back in positive territory and operating in the black.

May 28, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Writer | Business Journal Stories


SCV housing market outpacing other regions

With an increase in the number of homes sold in April, and rising median prices, Santa Clarita is outperforming other regions, according to the Southland Regional Association of Realtors CEO Jim Link.

May 23, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Commercial real estate brokers recognized by EDC

Top-producing commercial real estate brokers in the Santa Clarita Valley were recognized by the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation on Thursday.

May 22, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV grill adapts to veggie customer base

As the second generation of Stonefire Grill owners came of age, and became involved in the Harrigan family's management of its seven restaurants, the youngest members made a daring move.

May 18, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Santa Clarita Valley businesses interviewed on local business climate

Members from three business organizations are personally visiting 100 companies of varying sizes and gathering data on the Santa Clarita Valley business climate to identify ways to help companies grow.

May 15, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


VIA’s B2B industry show serves up exhibitors and keynote speakers

Speakers delivered two distinctive messages to the business leaders attending the Valley Industry Associations' luncheon Thursday at its annual Business-to-Business industry trade show.

May 08, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


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