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Joining the Best in 2014

As the year comes to a close, it is appropriate to look back and ask why some businesses have survived and others went by the wayside; and to understand why some businesses have done well.

December 30, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Ten Decisions for 2014

Most of the business owners I know are either finishing up a solid year and want to continue the good times into 2014, or they had a less than stellar year and want a different ending a year from now. Which is it for you?

December 30, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Tipping the entrepreneurial scale

At age 21, Robert White is about to buy his first Santa Clarita restaurant – Tri Tipps on Newhall Ranch Road.

December 30, 2013 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Santa Clarita a hot filming destination

Filming in Santa Clarita was a blockbuster success in 2013.

December 26, 2013 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


2014 Industry Forecast: Information technology

Collin Lee, Vice President, Marketing

December 21, 2013 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Writer | Business Journal Stories


2014 Industry Forecast: Aerospace

Bill Barritt, Chief Financial Officer

December 21, 2013 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Writer | Business Journal Stories


2014 Industry Forecast: Filming in the Santa Clarita Valley

Mike DeLorenzo, president

December 21, 2013 | By Jana Adkins | Business Journal Stories


Molding Manufacturer Reinvents the Doggie Door

When the Schrey family –of Schrey & Sons Mold Company Inc. in Santa Clarita – set out to build a better doggie door for their family pets, they parlayed an already successful business into a multi-million niche business – Ideal Pet Products. At the time, there only two manufacturers of pet doors in the United States.

December 21, 2013 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Writer | Business Journal Stories


Lab Produces Quality Control Materials for Forensic, Clinical Testing

The idea of filling a void in forensic and clinical lab testing circles was born 40 years ago in 1973 of Larry and Judy Plutchak when they launched UTAK Laboratories of Valencia to supply much need quality control materials – blood, urine and body fluid materials – for test verifications in labs across the country.

December 21, 2013 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Writer | Business Journal Stories


Santa Clarita jobless rate drops

Santa Clarita's jobless rate dropped back down slightly in November.

December 20, 2013 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


No sign of slowing home sales yet

While home sales typically drop around the holidays, Santa Clarita Valley home sales in November were on par with October sales, and the median sales price rose once again.

December 18, 2013 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa plans his annual Castaic visit

Jeff Preach kicked off the Castaic Santa Float parade for his family and neighbors 24 years ago.

December 07, 2013 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Williams Homes, Inc. Named Builder of the Year

Following on the heels of increased homebuilding activity in the past two years, Williams Homes, Inc. of Santa Clarita was named 2013 Builder of the Year by the local chapter of the Building Industry Association of Southern California, or BIASC.

December 03, 2013 | By Signal Staff | Local Business News


Building the super fire shelter

James Moseley of Santa Clarita doesn't want to reinvent the mousetrap – he wants to build a more durable safety net for fire fighters than the shelters that failed to protect 19 hot shot fire fighters in the June Yarnell, Arizona wild fire.

December 01, 2013 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Put the brakes on spending

When in the process of buying house, lock the credit cards up and avoid making any large purchases say Santa Clarita Realtors.

November 24, 2013 | 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


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


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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