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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


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


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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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