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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


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


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Santa Clarita Valley June home sales dip

Home sales sputtered slightly in June, although the increasing number of existing homes listed for sale are beginning to pull the Santa Clarita Valley out of the "inventory drought" it had been in during the recession.

July 25, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Car slams into 4 parked vehicles in Valencia

A car slammed into four vehicles parked on the side of westbound Magic Mountain Parkway across from the Westfield Valencia Town Center on Friday.

July 25, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall Lumber property sold

Local investors just closed escrow on the purchase of the familiar Railroad Avenue building in Santa Clarita that housed Newhall Lumber for 32 years.

July 19, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


UPDATE: Santa Clarita’s jobless numbers down 1.3 percent from last June

While the June unemployment rate in Santa Clarita crept up to 5 percent from 4.8 percent in May, the year-over-year rate for June fell a full 1.3 percent from last year's numbers, officials said Friday.

July 18, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clara Valley Bank sells for $15.3 million

Santa Clara Valley Bank has agreed to a sale agreement in the amount of $15.3 million.

July 17, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


SCV gets high marks from local businesses

While surveys of 75 companies in the Santa Clarita Valley revealed that most are in a growth mode, nearly half of those businesses also cited the need for improved Internet speeds to set the stage for future growth.

July 15, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Business Roundtable: Commercial Real Estate

As recovery continues in the industrial real estate space, several new projects are finally set to come on line with construction beginning as early as this year.

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


Real Estate Market Outlook: Retail Space

There are a lot more tenants chasing a lot fewer deals in the Santa Clarita Valley retail space, according to John Cserkuti, senior vice president with NAI Capital.

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


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 | Local Business 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


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