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Smart Growth Checklist for Small to Mid-Sized Companies

A Smart Growth Checklist for Small to Mid-Sized Companies

 

Congratulations! After months, or maybe years, of hard work, your business is continuing to spread its wings and is ready to leave the proverbial nest.

Podcast Update: Logix, SCV Locations, and CalArts

Podcast Update: Logix, SCV Locations, and CalArts

SCV Means Business Podcast is back with three new episodes, as our president Holly Schroeder speaks with community leaders about matters that affect business in the SCV. This time we’re talking handling leadership transitions, managing location requests for the film industry, and the ripple effect the arts have on economic development.

SCVEDC Hosts Annual Economic Outlook Forecast

SCVEDC Hosts Annual Economic Outlook Forecast

Even though economist Dr. Mark Schniepp of California Economic Forecast said to expect a “boring economy” in 2019, SCVEDC’s annual Economic Outlook was anything but. With tickets selling out nearly five weeks before the event date, Holly Schroeder, President & CEO of SCVEDC gave a warm welcome to over 400 attendees that crowded into the ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Valencia. 

Santa Clarita Valley Keeps Winning

The Santa Clarita Valley Keeps Winning

The Santa Clarita Valley has been in the news quite a lot lately -- and for good reason. Those of us who call the SCV home already know it's a great place to live and work, but others are taking notice as well. 

The Ripple Effect: New Development = Job Creation

The Ripple Effect: New Development = Job Creation

Pretend for a moment you want to build a new house. What do you need?

Raw materials, certainly. Foundation, wood, brick, glass, etc. You’ll need labor, too. Someone has to design the place, transport your raw materials, and assemble them into something that won’t tip over when the big bad wolf comes around.

SCV Means Business: Neotech and Technifex

SCV Means Business: Neotech and Technifex

Among the various industry clusters that call the SCV home, most businesses agree that moving or starting here has helped them in some central way that they can’t ignore. This month we spoke with two companies who are not only pushing boundaries in their respective industries, but also found a home in Santa Clarita to serve their needs.

Workplace Education is the Future

Workplace Education is the Future

With the constantly evolution across multiple industries and even within individual jobs, it’s no surprise that learning new skills is becoming both a requirement and expectation. It’s no longer enough to “go back to school;” instead, learning has become a continuous process the workforce is expected to integrate into daily operations to keep up with a company's growing needs.

SCVEDC is Here to Help Your Company GROW in 2019

SCVEDC is Here to Help your Company GROW in 2019

A major function of our work at the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation (SCVEDC) is to monitor the diverse issues facing businesses in our region and provide support to companies as they work through these issues. This is accomplished in a variety of ways through our business assistance program, our business attraction efforts, and our partnerships with our Board, COC, the City of Santa Clarita and the County of Los Angeles to name a few.

SCV Means Business Podcast Update - Innovative SCV Startups & Mission Valley Bank

SCV Means Business Podcast Update– Innovative SCV Startups & Mission Valley Bank

Among the diverse companies that make up the SCV economy, there are a few that are providing innovative solutions to current and future industry needs. Many of these businesses are highlighted on the new website Innovate SCV, a partnership we are proud to participate in, fueling entrepreneurial endeavors in Santa Clarita with an award-winning business incubator program and a massive network of support and resources.

Eight SCV compaines make the SFVBJ's list of fastest growing private companies

Eight SCV Companies make the San Fernando Valley Business Journals list of fastest growing private companies

The San Fernando Valley Business Journal recently recognized Los Angeles County’s fastest growing companies and eight Santa Clarita Valley Companies made the list.

SCV Means Business - AMS Fulfillment & Princess Cruises

SCV Means Business – AMS Fulfillment and Princess Cruises

The Santa Clarita Valley is home to businesses across a number of diverse industries, many of which chose this location to address a few common needs that arise for any growing company. Two such companies, AMS Fulfillment and Princess Cruises, chose the SCV because they found the resources they needed to thrive in this area that weren’t available elsewhere. In October, SCVEDC President Holly Schroeder sat down with leaders from both companies to discuss what makes SCV a great location for business.

Current Trends in the Aerospace and Defense Industry

Current Trends in the Aerospace and Defense Industry

 

Although modern air travel as we know it has not changed much over the past 50 years or so, the aerospace and defense industry has been quite the opposite. Companies in the sector are proving time and again that they aren’t afraid to incorporate new technology and concepts into their products, which are finally beginning to carry over into commercial aircraft as well. Here are four trends to be on the lookout for in the near future:

 

Laemmle Theater Breaks Ground in Old Town Newhall

Laemmle Theater Breaks Ground in Old Town Newhall

Laemmle Newhall 7 celebrated its groundbreaking in Old Town Newhall yesterday. Part of the new Newhall Crossings development, the multi-screen, 500 seat, two story arthouse cinema plans to open one year from now.

Avita Medical Receives FDA Approval

AVITA Medical Receives FDA Approval for Spray-on Burn Treatment

Avita Medical's ReCell, a regenerative skin-cell solution, is the first treatment of its kind approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for growing back skin on burn victims. Avita Medical is a global regenerative medicine company with its US Headquarters in the Santa Clarita Valley.

 

Manufacturing Jobs Continue to Evolve

Manufacturing Jobs Continue to Evolve

Over the last decade or two across the industry with the rise in automation, a misconception has grown around the direction manufacturing jobs are headed. While it’s true that the days of building products manually are just about dead, manufacturing jobs themselves are far from it.

 

Protecting Your Business from the Outside-In

Protecting Your Business from the Outside-In

When running a business, your responsibilities can seem endless. From managing employees to keeping production running smoothly, approving budgets to handling client contact, the last thing you want to worry about is an IT breach or security nightmare. And if you happen to work in an area where natural disasters are a regular occurrence, the threat of losing entire systems and databases is just as imminent as a cybersecurity risk.

Dynamic Solutions to Meet Growing Tech Needs in Manufacturing

Dynamic Solutions to Meet Growing Technology Needs

With more and more competition cropping up in the technology sphere, businesses are no longer content to specialize in just one service. In order to keep up with clients’ demands, they are adopting a more generalized approach that spans across different phases and aspects of a project, rather than providing solutions for just one step. This diversity allows companies to continue enjoying economic stability even when one of their products or services experiences a downturn, as well as capitalize on the long-term nature of their various offerings.

Recent Advancements in Medical Technology

Recent Advancements in Medical Technology

Over the past two decades we’ve seen quite the revolution in terms of medical devices and manufacturing, but perhaps the most interesting part is actually the technology driving the healthcare industry today. Considering that just one hundred short years ago a simple cold could mean a death sentence, the advances from just the last decade are almost unfathomable.

 

Technology in Medical Manufacturing

Technology in Medical Manufacturing

Advances in medical device manufacturing have transformed not only what procedures we can perform safely, but also how we perform them. And while this is hardly a revelation, it’s never been at a more exciting place than it is today. The United States is currently responsible for 40% of the global medical device market and nearly 2 million jobs, with exports exceeding $41 billion in 2017 alone.

Minimum Wage Increases a Hot Topic at SCV Forum

Minimum Wage Increases a Hot Topic at SCV Forum

Business leaders and HR professionals from a wide diversity of industry sectors gathered this week for a Minimum Wage Forum sponsored by Poole and Shaffery, LLP and hosted by the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation (SCVEDC) at College of the Canyons.

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2018's Top 3 Trends in 3D Printing

2018’s Top 3 Trends in 3D Printing

Just a few short years ago, the topic of 3D printing seemed confined to engineers and scientists. Today, it’s becoming a household term as one breakthrough after another makes headlines and brings the technology one step closer to widespread availability and new applications.

 

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Logix FCU Recognized as Best In-State Credit Union

Logix FCU Recognized as Best In-State Credit Untion

 

In an article published by Forbes and Statista, a market research firm, Logix Federal Credit Union was ranked number one on their list of Best In-State Credit Unions. They even outranked the top-rated bank in California. When you look at the numbers, it’s easy to see why; Logix has grown its membership by more than 70,000 people since 2011 and has nearly $5.7 billion in assets. Logix plans to relocate to a new state-of-the-art headquarters in the Santa Clarita Valley next year.

The State of eSports in LA (and Why You Need to Pay Attention)

The State of eSports in LA (and Why You Need to Pay Attention)

Each year, video game players across the globe compete in tournaments for prize money that tops the salaries of many professional football players.

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This Time, It's Personal - 5 Digital Trends Shaping 2018

This Time, It's Personal – 5 Digital Trends Shaping 2018

If Alexa is reading this blog post to you, you already know 2018 has seen a big shift in how businesses and consumers interact with the internet.

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Minimum Wage Forum August 1, 2018

Minimum Wage Forum August 1, 2018

As of July 1, mandated minimum wages in the Santa Clarita Valley will be up to $2.25 per hour higher for businesses west of the 5 Fwy (County of LA) than for those east of the 5 (City of Santa Clarita). 

 

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Must-See TV and Movies - New and Returning Shows Filmed in Santa Clarita

Must-See TV and Movies – New and Returning Shows Filmed in Santa Clarita

Not to gush, but are you caught up on Westworld? Possibly HBO's greatest achievement since Game of Thrones, season two of the western-cum-sci-fi epic is airing RIGHT NOW.

We bring this up not because SCVEDC is getting into the business of critiquing productions, but because some of the show's breathtaking cinematography was done right here in Santa Clarita.

It's Not a Small World After All - How to Find the Right Location to Film

It's Not a Small World After All – How to Find the Right Location to Film

You've got a killer script, a crackerjack director, and Mr. George Clooney is interested in starring in the production.

But where, oh where are you going to film your movie?

You Oughta Be in Pictures - Top 3 Factors to Consider When Selecting the Ideal Film Location

You Oughta Be in Pictures – Top 3 Factors to Consider When Selecting the Ideal Film Location

Some places feel like they’re made for film.

 

Picture the idyllic rolling fields of New Zealand – AKA The Shire from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Or the seemingly endless, barren deserts of Tunisia, transformed by George Lucas into the planet Tatooine in Star Wars. Or Central Park, a location playing itself in any number of films from Elf to When Harry Met Sally.

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Lights, Camera, Action! 4 Reasons Why Santa Clarita Valley IS Hollywood North

Lights, Camera, Action! 4 Reasons Why Santa Clarita Valley IS Hollywood North

Quick question: Where do all your favorite movies come from?

Hollywood, obviously. Right? For decades, the town had a virtual monopoly on big-budget studio pictures to the point where the name has become synonymous with the entertainment industry.

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Supercharged Santa Clarita Valley

Supercharged Santa Clarita Valley

Tesla owners rejoice! Dale Donohoe of Intertex Properties is pleased to announce that a new Tesla Supercharger station is set to open by the end of the week. Located in the Bridgeport Marketplace parking lot, this charging station is the first of its kind in the Santa Clarita Valley with 24 charging stations.

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