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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


Supporting breast cancer research with unique bagels

Jacob Bustos and Katherine Stuart picked a good career path when they both went into the fast-casual dining business, in which quality meals are made and quickly served in a casual dining atmosphere.

October 13, 2010 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Industrial-sized kids’ garage sale

Kristin Nelson founded the local Kids Consignment sales seven years ago, when she organized the events as an alternative to driving from garage sale to garage sale in search of items her sons needed.

October 10, 2010 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Human resources to go

"My advice to entrepreneurs would be to just do it, step out on in the ledge and go for it," said Julie Smith.

October 06, 2010 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Grill celebrates in hot weather

Despite triple-digit temperatures, Stonefire Grill estimated 2,500 people came out to support the restaurant's fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and to celebrate the eatery's 10-year anniversary Sept. 26.

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


Quick fix, fast finish

Driving as fast as 182 mph, Frank Cervetto endures gravitational forces greater than astronauts face when a space shuttle takes off. Shifting gears at neck-breaking speeds, he takes corners on racetracks banked steeply enough that the tracks would send ordinary drivers hurtling into concrete barriers.

October 02, 2010 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Boo! The billion-dollar Halloween industry

A good old-fashioned heart-pounding fright isn't just a fun end-of-October ritual; it also scares up billions up dollars in sales annually.

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


Small-business boost

Whether it's helping a small-business owner build and grow a business, finding workers for a local company, one program helps brings both parties together.

September 29, 2010 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


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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


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


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