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Small-business lending drops in past two years

A report recently released by the California Reinvestment Coalition revealed that small-business lending in California from 2007 through the end of 2009 decreased by almost 1.5 million loans and $21 billion.

December 15, 2010 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Dealerships drive toward recovery

The recession rolled into California, building like angry Santa Ana winds, creating havoc and taking a heck of a long time to blow out of town.

December 12, 2010 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


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!

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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


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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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