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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


Barre hopping

An injury ended dancer and choreographer Richard Giorla's professional career.

September 28, 2010 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


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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


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


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