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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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Abandonded flag stirs man’s curiosity and passion

At first the apparent stick on the hilltop near his Santa Clarita house just intrigued Patrick McGill.

March 16, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Siblings with MS raising funds to help others

Experts say that while there's a higher risk that multiple sclerosis doesn't run in families, it is not yet proven - and that's the stance taken by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

March 13, 2014 | By Jana Adkiins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


City encouraged by economic conditions

Santa Clarita's jobless rate inched up slightly in January to 5.5 percent, up from 5.3 percent in December, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

March 08, 2014 | Jana Adkins | Santa Clarita Valley News


Experts forecast ongoing economic stability in SCV

There will be less economic uncertainty and stronger growth in the U.S. economy this year, said experts at the 2014 Economic and Real Estate Outlook Conference in Santa Clarita on Thursday.

March 06, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Financial incentives offered to businesses that move to the SCV

A new financial incentive is being offered to companies that relocate to the Santa Clarita Valley, the SCV Economic Development Corporation announced on Thursday.

March 06, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Business Roundtable: Educating the Workforce

Schools turn out future employees with specific skill sets – but can they think?

March 04, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Staff Writer | Business Journal Stories


Speculation surrounds sale of the Blue Cloud Movie Ranch

After a nearly two year absence from the market, Blue Cloud Movie Ranch in Santa Clarita is back up for sale, listed at $7.5 million.

March 04, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Writer | Business Journal Stories


Biomedical engineer launches company that quickly turns successful

Backed by 40 years of engineering experience in the biomedical industry, Gene Zamba first launched Cal Biomedical Research in Santa Clarita in 2011 as one of a handful of companies across the nation to take a medical device from point A to Z.

March 04, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Writer | Business Journal Stories


SCV’s January home sales slow

Following a statewide trend, sales of existing Santa Clarita homes slowed in January, according to numbers released by the Southland Regional Association of Realtors on Wednesday.

February 26, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Big retailers leave SCV

Three national retailers have closed their doors at the mall in Santa Clarita.

January 29, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Tresierras grocery store departs downtown Newhall

After 32 years, Tresierras Supermarket in Newhall closed, according to the sign posted on the front of the grocery store.

January 29, 2014 | Jana Adkins | Santa Clarita Valley News


AMS to help support Filmtools

AMS Fulfillment has landed a new client that fits neatly into the region's film entertainment industry.

January 26, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Roundtable: Business Attraction and Job Growth

Attracting higher-paying jobs to the Santa Clarita Valley for local residents has been an ongoing goal of the city's economic development division and the SCV Economic Development Corporation. Part of that effort has included attracting the right companies to the valley, and helping existing businesses to grow. Companies are slowly emerging from the recession and, as our industry Roundtable participants alluded to, are feeling more confident about hiring again.

January 25, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Writer | Business Journal Stories


Medical care group has now expanded into multiple states

U.S. HealthWorks in Santa Clarita first entered the local market when it acquired two medical centers in 2009 that were launched by local physicians Dr. Larry Barnhart and Dr. Ralph Farinella.

January 25, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Writer | Business Journal Stories


Audi dealership under construction

After a delay of more than a year, Audi is finally preparing to move into Santa Clarita, according to an executive with the Keyes Automotive Group.

January 25, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Writer | Business Journal Stories


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