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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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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


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


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