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Still here after all these years

What goes around comes around, as the old expression goes After having been in business for 28 years, owner John Lee of Video Depot in Santa Clarita has seen all the independent movie-rental stores disappear while the chains took over the market, pushing the "little guys" out.

March 08, 2012 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Mortgage giant seeks billions

Mortgage giant Fannie Mae asked the federal government for nearly in $4.6 billion last week in aid, after taxpayers spent more approximately $150 billion on a 2008 bailout, and local Santa Clarita industry experts are weighing in on the subject.

March 07, 2012 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Dealership revs up during renovation

Residents driving down Valencia Boulevard may have noticed the construction under way at the Power Chevrolet of Valencia, but General Manager Chuck Coia wants the public to know it is still open for business and pricing cars lower to make room on its lot for new inventory.

March 06, 2012 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Magic dishes out team talk

Successful entrepreneur, American icon and NBA legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson advised members of the Santa Clarita business community to "over-deliver" and "not dilute (their) brand" as he spoke to more than 250 people at the VIA's lunch and B2B Industry Trade Show Thursday.

March 03, 2012 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Deliveries fresh from the farm

The 20-acre Capay Organic fruit and vegetable farm was founded in 1976 by Kathleen Barsotti and Martin Barnes, who were in on the ground floor of the early stages of the organic food movement. Today, the family-owned farm located some 90 miles northeast of San Francisco has grown to 300 acres.

February 26, 2012 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Developer calls for Palmdale, Lancaster to unite against Santa Clarita

LANCASTER - A prominent Antelope Valley developer called on Palmdale and Lancaster to merge into one city Friday and battle Santa Clarita for its jobs and industries.

February 24, 2012 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Home sales, prices rise

Sales of existing single-family homes and condominiums in the Santa Clarita Valley not only posted double-digit increases during January, but prices on single-family homes rose 4 percent from a year ago, reported the Southland Regional Association of Realtors, or SRAR, on Wednesday.

February 23, 2012 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Speaker discusses management

Enlightened management was the topic of keynote speaker Mike Sanders at the Valley Industry Association's monthly luncheon Tuesday.

February 23, 2012 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


‘Magic’ Johnson to headline B2B show

NBA great Earvin "Magic" Johnson is drawing businesses and entrepreneurs alike to his keynote address at the Valley Industry Association's B2B show on March 1 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia.

February 22, 2012 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Lessons drawn from first expo

The first Biz@Home Expo held at the Hyatt Regency Valencia was lightly attended over the weekend even as it attracted firms from outside Southern California and the state.

February 21, 2012 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Senses celebrates ‘Fat Thursday’

Theaters, restaurants, a winery and local merchants threw open their doors to saints and sinners alike as an estimated 1,000 people converged on Main Street for Mardi Gras event in downtown Newhall Thursday night for the city's monthly Senses on Main Street event.

February 18, 2012 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Chamber hopes to score ‘hole-in-one’

Sponsorships are now open for the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce's 28th annual Oak Tree Golf Classic, which will be held at TPC Valencia.

February 18, 2012 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Economic, real estate conference planned

The second annual Santa Clarita Valley Economic & Real Estate Outlook conference is set to take place Feb. 23 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia hotel, and it's expected to top last year's event, said a spokesperson with the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corp.

February 17, 2012 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Expo reaches out to home-based businesses

The Biz@Home Expo, focused exclusively on the needs of aspiring and existing home-based entrepreneurs, takes place this weekend on Saturday and Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Valencia.

February 17, 2012 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Modest improvement predicted

California's economy will continue to heal, but the process is long, according to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. economic prognosis for 2012, which was released on Wednesday.

February 16, 2012 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


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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


Audi dealership under construction

After a delay of more than a year, Audi is finally preparing to move into Santa Clarita, according to an executive with the Keyes Automotive Group.

January 25, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Writer | Business Journal Stories


Company looking for channel to build a talent pipeline

The jobs are here – and more will be coming – said the owner of Santa Clarita company Ronan Engineering, but the region needs a matchmaking service of sorts to find and attract employees with the right skill sets.

January 25, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Writer | Business Journal Stories


Santa Clarita's December jobless rate drops to 6-year low

Santa Clarita's jobless rate dropped to 5.3 percent in December 2013 - a rate not seen since 2008, when the entire nation began rapidly shedding jobs as a result of the recession.

January 24, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Education has been key to its growth, local escrow company says

Independently owned and operated since 1998 by Jim and Anita Lombardi of Santa Clarita, Federal Escrow Inc. has been offering every type of escrow imaginable.

March 31, 2013 | By Jana Adkins | Business & Real Estate


Premier America Credit Union planning expansion

When members speak, Premier America Credit Union listens.

March 31, 2013 | By Jana Adkins | Banking & Finance


Two new auto dealerships opt to open in Santa Clarita

Santa Clarita is already home to the largest collection of automotive dealerships in Southern California, giving residents a wide selection from which to shop and buy locally. But two more dealerships announced last year they are opening for business.

March 31, 2013 | By Jana Adkins | Automotive


Chevy introduces the most new product in decade

Just like General Motor's iconic muscle cars that helped the brand revolutionize the market, Chevrolet is revved and roaring to the marketplace with more new products than the public has seen in a decade.

March 31, 2013 | By Jana Adkins | Automotive


AMS Fulfillment’s growth led to rapid-fire expansion

AMS Fulfillment's meteoric growth over the past decade led to the company's leasing of 13 different buildings scattered throughout the Santa Clarita Valley.

March 31, 2013 | By Jana Adkins | Industry


Auto repair shop thrives on good service

Dan Carpenter first opened his Santa Clarita automotive service in October 1988, specializing in the repair of Honda and Acura vehicles.

March 31, 2013 | By Jana Adkins | Business & Real Estate


Small business center launches restaurant startup program

The Small Business Development Center, hosted by College of the Canyons, offers a wide array of services, many at no cost to new and existing business owners.

March 31, 2013 | By Jana Adkins | Business & Real Estate


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