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Archive By Section - Business Journal Stories


Inspired By a Marketing Campaign, a Business Adopts the Moniker for its New Studio

When Gary Miller opened his green screen studio in Valencia, he was inspired by the marketing moniker of "Awesometown" given the area by Newhall Land and so he named his own film studio Awesometown Studios.

April 08, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Short-Film Producer Opens SCV Studio to House His Projects and Others

A Star Trek devotee, Alec Peters of Axanar Productions raised hundreds of thousands of dollars on Kickstarter in the past year – enough to help finance his next production and open a new film studio in the Santa Clarita Valley – Ares Studios on Industry Drive in the Valencia Commerce Center. Click here to read Peters' full story.

April 08, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Lessons Learned: Reworking an Age-Old Industry Model Leads to Growth

Scoprion Design mastered the art of website design, analytics and Internet marketing for their legal clients, but stopped to take a look at the way they assisted their health care customers in the age of Affordable Healthcare Act. Upon examined, the Valencia firm decided to rip up their existing model which required heft upfront investments from hospitals, and redesign their business model by challenging the status quo and admitting that "what got us here won't get us there." Read what Scorpion Healthcare division's Vice President told the SCVBJ said the firm did to reinvent their wheel by clicking ...

April 08, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


You Have to Coach Your Employees

One maxim of leadership is that you need to coach your employees if you want better results from them.

April 08, 2015 | By Ken Keller Real Clear Business Advice | Business Journal Stories


State’s Largest Independent Oil and Natural Gas Producer Helmed by SCV Resident

When Occidental Petroleum spun off it's California operations, Santa Clarita Valley resident Todd Stevens took over as CEO and President of the newly created California Resources Corp. From a Q&A with Stevens, find out about plans for the state's largest independent oil and natural gas producer. To read the full Q&A click here.

April 08, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Studios Welcomed

When 2014 filming activity in Santa Clarita broke a record for the fifth consecutive year, officials with the city's film office predicted this January that growth would only continue due to the success of the local incentive program and the enhanced film incentive program enacted by the state last year.

April 08, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Firm Positions itself as the Nordstrom of the Property Management Industry

A Santa Clarita Valley property management firm which launched in the shadows of the housing market crash has grown from a small office and a handful of employees to one with three offices, managing over 90 homeowner associations and employing 38 people within the period of time it took the economy to recover. To learn how they grew so quickly, read the full story here.

April 08, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Helicopter Repair Firm Moving to SCV

After two years in the making, H.E.R.O.S. Inc. - Helicopter Engine Repair & Overhaul Services Inc. – expects to be in their new Santa Clarita headquarters this May. Acquiring a new building, new test equipment and spending $4.5 million to relocate is no easy task. Read the whole story here.

April 08, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Technology drives brick and mortar changes at Mission Valley

As technology has driven changes in the way merchants and consumers conduct their banking, so too has it changed the need for larger footprints of space and multiple branches leading Mission Valley Bank to consolidate two of its Santa Clarita branches, said an executive with the bank. To read the full story click here.

April 08, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Medical Center Sold to Investors

A medical center on Valencia Blvd., with recognizable architectural features, has been sold for $16.3 million to an investment firm. Read the full story here.

April 08, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Mission: Keep a Barn Lit on Fire All Night without Burning Down

Launched in 1973, Firetect is everywhere flames aren't. Manufacturing their own fire retardant products, the Santa Clarita firm owned by Kathleen and Randy Newman, helps to protect globally known theme parks and film studios to keep their properties and the people who inhabit them safe from fire.

March 03, 2015 | Signal Staff | Business Journal Stories


SCV Office Vacancy Rate Low Compared to Surrounding Markets

Office vacancies in the Santa Clarita Valley dropped nearly 7 percent in 2013, ending 2014 in the fourth quarter with a 14.8 percent vacancy rate, according to Colliers International. Nearly 80,000 square feet of multi-tenant office space was leased by year-end 2014.

March 03, 2015 | Signal Staff | Business Journal Stories


Local Company Poised to Take Giant-3M Products

After more than two decades of research and product development, Santa Clarita's 3D International LLC is betting on being able to eat into a portion of market share held by the global 3M Company. And experts with the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation are betting the company can do it so they've pitched in to set the company up for continued success.

March 03, 2015 | Signal Staff | Business Journal Stories


The Building Trends They Are a Changin’

Tom Wulf, Board President

March 03, 2015 | Signal Staff | Business Journal Stories


Lessons Learned: Moving Boldly by Buying When No One Else Wants To

Lance Williams, President and CEO

March 03, 2015 | Signal Staff | Business Journal Stories


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Lessons Learned: Surviving Downturns and Being Poised to Handle the Upswings

When you hear the word marathon, graphic images come to mind involving a race, endurance or competition. And while these adjectives all describe the company in question, this story isn't about a race, it the story of survival and growth of one of the largest regional truck body companies in the country – Marathon Industries Inc., headquartered in Santa Clarita.

July 06, 2015 | Signal Staff | Business Journal Stories


NAI Capital Targeting Santa Clarita Market

Seeing the Santa Clarita Valley region as a prime market for economic growth, NAI Capital's Valencia office has been steadily expanding in the past five months, seeking to fully represent the region in every area of commercial real estate – retail, office, industrial and even land sales, said the head of the firm's North Los Angeles office. Strategically, Haimoff sees the SCV as ripe for expansion and he intends for NAI Capital to dominate the locally market – in a "good way," he said. Click here to read the entire story.

July 06, 2015 | Signal Staff | Business Journal Stories


When You Need to Move Those Goods - Who You Gonna Call?

Trucking logistics company, Cart Logistics, arranges short haul shipping for one pallet to 1 million, said it's co-owner Ryan McAnany. And, as the economy has improved, the Santa Clarita company is ready to take on more local business, he said. Click here to read the entire story.

July 06, 2015 | Signal Staff | Business Journal Stories


Undoing the Fabled "Tower of Babel"

When a Japanese delegation came to a visit a Santa Clarita firm a few years back, an entire business proposition almost failed over something small when an American attempted to interpret the discussion for both parties. Scrambling to salvage the derailed negotiations, the firm called American Translating Services of Valencia to help. Click here to read the entire story.

July 06, 2015 | Signal Staff | Business Journal Stories


Northlake Development to Finally See the Light of Day

Approved by the county in 1992, and sandwiched between Castaic Lake and the Golden State Freeway in the Santa Clarita Valley, the Northlake housing development is moving through the process to begin building its project slated to include 3,150 housing units, and 13 acres of commercial space and 50 acres of industrial development, according to an executive with Woodridge Capital Partners. Click here to read the entire story.

July 06, 2015 | Signal Staff | Business Journal Stories


Guinness Certifies World Record for Team in Tesla Cross-Country Trip

Guinness World Records has proclaimed the odyssey by Santa Clarita cntractor, and his team Uber Qik, to have achieved the "least amount of driving time to cross the United States in an electric vehicle." Click here to read the entire story.

July 06, 2015 | Signal Staff | Business Journal Stories


Former post-production space for lease

With filming activity in Santa Clarita haven broken records for the past five consecutive years, boosting economic activity in the area through the rental of businesses and local movie ranches as film locations to spending at local restaurants, hardware stores, gas stations, hotels and more - office space that formerly housed a fiber-wired, post-production facility is available for lease. Click here to read the entire story.

July 06, 2015 | Signal Staff | Business Journal Stories


Ruether Avenue Complex Sold for $6.8 Million

A multi-tenant industrial flex complex at Centre Pointe Business Park on Ruether Avenue in Santa Clarita was sold for $6.8 million to the owner of the Soledad Plaza on Soledad Canyon Road near Golden Valley Road. Click here to read the entire story.

July 06, 2015 | Signal Staff | Business Journal Stories


Spinal Cord Technology Continues to Improve Patient Pain Relief Efforts

Boston Scientific's spinal cord stimulator technology in Santa Clarita announced its spinal cord stimulator is providing 1.5 times better overall pain relief and two-times improved lower back pain relief than its earlier generation device. Click here to read the entire story.

July 06, 2015 | Signal Staff | Business Journal Stories


Giving the Hearing Impaired Access to Use Today’s Wireless Devices

Advanced Bionics made two big announcements in the past month – one involving European approval for a device, and the second, perhaps more revolutionary technology – creating hearing capabilities in a world of wireless devices. Click here to read the entire story.

July 06, 2015 | Signal Staff | Business Journal Stories


Haggen Completes Store Conversion of SCV Market

July 06, 2015 | Signal Staff | Business Journal Stories


Plumbing Giant Selects SCV Firm for West Coast Distribution

A leading hardware and plumbing wholesaler, with distribution outlets in the U.S. and China, selected AMS Fulfillment in Santa Clarita to warehouse and manage its West Coast inventory and distribution for Jones Stephens plumping supplies.

July 06, 2015 | By Jana Adkins From the SCV Business Journal | Business Journal Stories


SCVEDC Approaches Investor Goal

Less than six years after the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation set up office to focus on attracting companies to, and retaining existing ones in, the SCV, the group is closer to meeting its goal of securing private money to help fund its mission.

July 06, 2015 | By Jana Adkins From the SCV Business Journal | Business Journal Stories


Safeguarding Your Business: Cyber Security

Small businesses are frequent targets of criminal attacks and hostile threats to systems, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Owners face serious challenges in protecting their business information, as well as safeguarding their clients and employees privacy. As small businesses become increasingly dependent on online tools for day-to-day operations, protecting confidential information in cyberspace is crucial.

July 06, 2015 | by Marianne Cederlind Mission Valley Bank | Business Journal Stories


Lessons Learned: It isn’t Always Smart to Go Full Steam, but Hey, ‘Schiit’ Happens

Listening to Jason Stoddard describe the growth of his company Schiit Audio one could fully envision him on TV series "Shark Tank" one day – except, that Stoddard says he can't imagine what he'd ask for.

June 02, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


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