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SCV owners gather to talk surviving, thriving in a tough economy

Local business owners shared their secrets to not only surviving the recession, but growing their businesses during the brutally harsh economic period, during the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce's quarterly luncheon Thursday.

February 05, 2011 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


What book inspires you?

Have you read a book that inspires you in business and life? A book or story that stirs you to become a better business owner, leader or person? A book that shows you how to build a solid foundation and grow your business? Or a book that you feel enhances leadership skills? Tell us about it.

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


Local VP has game-changing role

Imagine sitting down with family and friends two Sundays from now one of the most-watched television events of the year, the Super Bowl, and the game-changer isn't necessarily which team scores the most touchdowns.

January 30, 2011 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Developers break ground on green-friendly buildings

When many people hear the phrase "industrial building," visions of large, dark, aesthetically tasteless structures come to mind. The new Avalon Business Center in the Valencia Commerce Center plans on changing that image.

January 28, 2011 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Landscape company stays green in climate

Stay Green Inc., a family-run company, began in the garage of Richard and Charlene Angelo's San Fernando Valley home in 1970, with one truck, a handful of residential customers and a vision for providing the best landscape services anywhere.

January 21, 2011 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Updated: A charitable ride on red carpets

A new star escorted dignitaries at the 68th annual Golden Globe awards ceremony last weekend, adorned by eco-friendly fabrics such as luxurious suede and accessorized by cork, bamboo and recycled jute materials.

January 19, 2011 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


A look at the Row: Valencia BMW

Editor's note: First in an occasional series on local dealerships and their automotive manufacturers' unique histories.

January 16, 2011 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


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


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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


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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