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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


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


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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


Realtors association: Home sales strong in 2013

As sales of condominiums posted strong gains in the Santa Clarita Valley and home prices continued rising in 2013, investors pulled back from the single-family home market, a Realtors association reported this week.

January 17, 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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