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Archive By Section - Business Journal Stories


2014: Year In Review

JANUARY

November 26, 2014 | Signal Staff | Business Journal Stories


Buyer Beware: Don’t Sign Petitions to Undo Statewide Plastic Bag Ban

You may have already noticed petition gatherers buzzing around grocery stores, asking for your signature to undo the historic statewide plastic bag ban signed into law just weeks ago by California Gov. Jerry Brown. The ban received support from a broad coalition of industry, labor, and environmental groups.

November 26, 2014 | By Stuart Waldman President, VICA | Business Journal Stories


Four Words, Nineteen Letters

The Great Wall of China can be seen from space. It's an impressive display of what can happen when a goal is set and resources are allocated and executed.

November 26, 2014 | By Ken Keller | Business Journal Stories


Popular Mechanics Salutes Boston Scientific

Valencia's Boston Scientific was given a 2014 Breakthrough Award for its Precision Spectra Spinal Cord Stimulator System.

October 29, 2014 | By SCVBJ Staff | Business Journal Stories


MannKind Business Spotlight: Lessons Learned

How MannKind Would Change How They Conduct Clinical Trials in the Future

October 27, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


SCV Company poised to help fight Ebola virus

As the nation's top health officials worked to assure Congress they can halt the spread of the Ebola virus in the U.S., Santa Clarita-based UltraViolet Devices Inc., and its partner The Clorox Company, is busy fielding calls for help.

October 27, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Making the Case for Boosting California's Biomedical Industry

SCVBJ: Economically speaking, why is the biomedical industry important to California and why should it be protected?

October 27, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Governor’s Bill Signing Choices Prompt Age-Old Question: What Was He Thinking?

September 30 marked the deadline for Gov. Jerry Brown to either sign or veto the legislation that managed to reach his desk. With the state of California fighting to recover economically, this date offered a chance to either expedite or hinder the process of reaching stability. Predictably, the Governor's bill signing frenzy this year was no exception to the passage of well-intentioned but ridiculous bills in years past.

October 27, 2014 | Stuart Waldman, President Valley Industry and Commerce Association | Business Journal Stories


How to Lose Your Top Employees

Many executives including those who lead human resources often state, "Our employees are our greatest asset." In many companies, employees are the business.

October 27, 2014 | By Ken Keller | Business Journal Stories


Changing Environment – Hospitals

The changing environment of health care via the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the expansion of Medicaid grab the headlines, and rightly so. These efforts have a major impact on the financing and delivery of health care. Nationally, the impact on hospitals appears to be slightly positive as the payments available for the previously uninsured reduce the bad debts and charity care historically provided.

October 27, 2014 | By Roger Seaver, President and CEO Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital | Business Journal Stories


Providence Launches $150 Million Venture Capital Fund

Providence Health & Services has launched a venture capital fund aimed at driving innovations across the health care system to improve quality, lower costs and create better outcomes, the healthcare organization announced.

October 27, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Audi’s Pursuit of Automated Driving Technology

Auto manufacturer Audi was the first company to receive a newly created autonomous driving permit issued by California as a new set of regulations governing the testing of automated driving on the state's roads took effect.

October 27, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Medical Sleuths Solve Mystery Illnesses Using the Wisdom of the Crowd

Inspired by his sister's serious, and undiagnosed, medical condition, Jared Heyman founded CrowdMed, a venture-backed Silicon Valley startup which harnesses the wisdom of crowds to help solve even the world's most difficult medical cases.

October 27, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Home-growing a Biomedical Cluster by Creating Shared Space

Seizing on a golden opportunity to bring additional support to the region's biomedical industry, the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corp. is going after a federal Science and Research Park Development Grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce and Economic Development Administration.

October 27, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Why Funding is Scarce for Startup Biomedical Companies

We ask Matt Ridenour, investor, lecturer at UCLA Anderson School of Management, and CEO of ZevTechnologies why seed money and early stage funding is so difficult to come by for biomedical startups.

October 27, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


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SCV Firm Behind the Sound of World’s Most Viewed Televised Events

It's doubtful any person has not witnessed the work of ATK Audiotek, and yet just as likely that the general public has never realized the 32-year old Santa Clarita-based company was working behind the scenes of so many major televised events.

February 06, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Mixed-Use Project 15 Years in the Making Gets the Green Light

Jim Backer

February 06, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Lessons Learned: Managing orders for one of the largest shoe retailers was a blessing and a risk

Jay Catlin, President/Managing Partner

February 06, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Sharp Shooting Photographers for Hire

Camaraderie with fellow editorial photojournalists, most former Los Angeles Times professionals, evolved into a professional photographers' assignment bureau based in Santa Clarita in 2009. And what began as a loosely based group of photographers sharing ideas and assignments with each other became the Pro Photography Network – a group of seasoned professionals experienced to take on any corporate assignments.

February 06, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Alfred Mann retires; SCV Resident Takes the Lead

Hakan Edstrom was appointed as MannKind's CEO on Jan. 12 by the biomedical company's board of directors. He retains his title of President.

February 06, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Aerospace Dynamics Begins Installation on $10M Worth of Machinery

ADI of Santa Clarita began installing the first of four gantries – giant milling machines – in its new 88,000 square foot building on Rye Canyon Road. Transported from Cincinnati, each giant milling machine is transported across the country on four separate trucks. The machines come in parts and have to be assembled in the new plant. Over 300 feet of rails were installed in the flooring to house, and move, each machine. Each gantry, costing around $2.5 million, takes two to three months to be assembled. Cutting aluminum and titanium, the gantries mill intricate aircraft parts and assemblies. Some ...

February 06, 2015 | Signal Staff | Business Journal Stories


Canyon Plastics Approved for State’s Tax Credit Program

Canyon Plastics Inc. was the first Santa Clarita company to be awarded tax credits under the state's California Competes Tax Credit program on Jan. 15. Launched by Gov. Jerry Brown and the state's Go-Biz office IN 2014, the program is a business attraction and retention incentive that replaced the state's Enterprise Zone program.

February 06, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


China-Based Machine Tool Company Introduced Itself to SCV Manufacturers

The U.S. branch of machine tool company, Shenyang Machine Tool Company, held a grand opening event Jan. 22 to introduce itself to local industry after opening a marketing and customer training facility in Santa Clarita in December.

February 06, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Movie Ranch Tours Designed to Boost Film Activity

Santa Clarita's working ranches thrive on filming, not cattle. And to that end, members of Santa Clarita's film industry piled into all-terrain vehicles to tour the first movie ranch, A Rancho Deluxe, in an effort to familiarize people with the facilities, backdrops and assets each movie property has to offer television and film projects.

February 06, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Business Editor | Business Journal Stories


‘Guardians of Light’ Behind the Iconic Lit LAX Columns

There is almost no kind of special amusement and attraction lighting project Santa Clarita-based Visual Terrain hasn't created from around the U.S. to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, and yet contractually, due to non-disclosures, it can't even boast about their work. "We're the Navy Seals of lighting; very secretive and very effective," jokes President David Green.

February 06, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


City Breaks Film Record for 5 Straight Years

Breaking a record can be a tough job to achieve, but the city of Santa Clarita just broke its film activity record for the fifth straight year in a row. Helping the city break another record was the tremendous amount of TV production filming that took place locally, said Jason Crawford, economic development manager for the city.

February 04, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Three New California Laws That May Affect Your Business

Nearly a thousand new laws have gone into effect or are going to by July 1 in California this year. With so much change taking place, it can be almost impossible for employers to keep up and make sure they are properly complying. The Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) keeps a running list of bills that affect business every year. Here are three that companies should know about.

February 03, 2015 | By Stuart Waldman, President Valley Industry and Commerce Association | Business Journal Stories


The ABC's of Growth

Every business owner, CEO and top executive I know is interested in growing their company.

February 03, 2015 | By Ken Keller | Business Journal Stories


Mann Biomedical Park: The Art of the Deal

The 181,025 square foot Mann Biomedical Park in Valencia and 612,075 square foot Sylmar Biomedical Park were sold to Santa Clarita general contractor/developer Dale Donohoe of Intertex Companies, in partnership with Oaktree Capital Management, in one of the largest deals in Southern California. The biomedical parks are home to companies like Boston Scientific, Bioness, and the Alfred Mann Foundation in Santa Clarita; and Second Sight and Quallion in Sylmar. While terms of the deal weren't disclosed, industry experts pegged the value of the deal at somewhere north of $100 million.

December 24, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Lessons Learned: Picking the Right Clients that Make the Best Fit for Your Company

Calvin Hedman, Founder of accounting and middle-market advisory firm Hedman Partners

December 24, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


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