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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


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


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Real Estate Market Outlook: Office Space

The inventory of available office space in the Santa Clarita Valley has shrunk dramatically within the last three years, according to Ryan House, vice president with Jones Lang LaSalle.

July 02, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Writer | Business Journal Stories


Hedman Partners marks two decades of success

Hedman Partners' success can probably be counted by the number of firms it has helped to become successful.

July 02, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Writer | Business Journal Stories


Santa Clarita smashes filming records for the fourth year

Film permits issued by Santa Clarita were up 44 percent during fiscal year 2013-14, marking the fourth consecutive year of increased filming in the city, officials said Wednesday.

July 02, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


California releases list of firms getting tax credits

California released the final list of companies selected for the first allocation of tax credits under the Governor's 'California Competes' program.

July 02, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Staff Writer | Business Journal Stories


College students design CNC machine for home user

The makers of an affordable CNC - Computer Numerical Control - machine for hobbyists found themselves with a landslide victory when they turned to the Kickstarter crowdfunding site to raise $10,000 to launch their idea.

July 02, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Writer | Business Journal Stories


Valencia Country Club part of sale agreement

The Valencia Country Club in Santa Clarita is part of a collection of 48 properties that have entered into a sale agreement between the seller, CNL Lifestyle Properties Inc. and the buyer, CF Arcis X LLC.

July 01, 2014 | By Jana Adkins | Local Business News


City’s jobless rate ticks up slightly

After unemployment in Santa Clarita plunged in April to 4.6 percent, the rate rose slightly to 4.8 percent in May, California's Employment Development Department reported Friday.

June 20, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia Studios is up for sale

Valencia Studios on Avenue Hall has been put up for sale.

June 20, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV home sales remain steady in May

Sales of single-family homes in the Santa Clarita Valley remained steady in May, while sales slowed in the San Fernando Valley, according to a report released by the Southland Regional Association of Realtors.

June 19, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


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


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