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Entrepreneurs, training key to closing job gap

Many new jobs can be created by technology innovations, according to a University of California, San Diego study.

January 13, 2011 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Local group gets new look on the Internet

The Valley Industrial Association launched its new website Tuesday, coincidentally released on the date written numerically as 1-11-11. The debut of the new site is timed to coincide with the organization's 30-year anniversary next month.

January 12, 2011 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Local firm keeps pay rolling

Long gone are the days when business owners issued handwritten paychecks and pay stubs to employees.

January 09, 2011 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


A helping hand for the smallest businesses

A committee of the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to helping micro businesses - small firms with home-based operations or one to three employees, whose owners are so caught up in daily operations that they can find themselves isolated.

January 08, 2011 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Workers will see late paycheck gift

Employees are receiving belated Christmas gifts courtesy of the federal government this month: a decrease in the amount of Social Security taxes withheld from their paychecks.

January 06, 2011 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


The benefits of a short-sale process

The process of putting a home on the market for a short sale is not much different than listing a home for a regular sale - with the exception of negotiating an agreement with the lender, according to Tim Blankenship of the Santa Clarita Short Sale Center.

January 04, 2011 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Saving a homeowner from financial disaster

Editor's note: First in a two-part series on home short sales.

January 02, 2011 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


From connection to collection

Websites are the modern-day, electronic equivalent of store front window displays for brick-and-mortar businesses. Having an Internet presence today is often as crucial to a company's success as putting the right products, services and people in place.

December 26, 2010 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


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


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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


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


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