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Borders files for bankruptcy; Valencia store among those to be closed

Borders bookstore chain announced Wednesday it is filing for bankruptcy protection and will close about a third of its bookstores, including its Westfield Valencia Town Center store.

February 17, 2011 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Lending changes shape a new housing market

Editor's note: Last in a three-part series analyzing the housing market in the Santa Clarita Valley.

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


Stabilized market may be sign to sell

Editor's note: Part 2 of a series analyzing the housing market in the Santa Clarita Valley. Today's installment looks at local trends in the housing market and experts' advice for those contemplating selling their homes.

February 15, 2011 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Economy needs housing to recover

Editor's note: Part 1 in a series analyzing the housing market in the Santa Clarita Valley.

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


Local medical provider helps injured employees

U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group provides medical care and claim management to companies whose employees have experienced work-related injuries.

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


Off to The Ranch we go

A small residential cul-de-sac with 13 homes was recently built in the Santa Clarita Valley, and a mixed-use business district with 42 storefronts will soon be ready use for as well in the latest private enclave in Placerita Canyon.

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


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


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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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