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A Touch of Hollywood Added to 2018 Economic Outlook Conference

We are excited to announce our newest speaker for this year's Economic Outlook Conference! Scott Williams (pictured far left) is a producer and writer best known for his work on Santa Clarita Valley-basedNCIS, which has been on the air and filming in the SCV since 2003. In addition, he has worked on Miami Medical (2010) and Third Watch (1999).

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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.

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Women in Business

Women in Business

With Women’s History Month (March) and International Women’s Day (March 8), specifically, on the horizon, we felt it would be appropriate to recognize the contributions and success women locally have achieved – economically, politically, and socially!

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A 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.

 

The financials look good and your forecast is strong. You may still be hiring as operations grow.

 

The company needs a new place to call home, and there are plenty of options. Time to just pick one and move in, right? A building is a building is a building – what could possibly go wrong?

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Los Angeles Makes the Short List for Amazon's HQ2

Los Angeles Makes the Short List for Amazon's HQ2

Today Amazon announced its list of top 20 finalists for their new headquarters, and Los Angeles was named among them. As the only West Coast location on the list, LA County came in as a strong contender for the new HQ which is expected to be housed in up to 8 million square feet of commercial buildings that are sustainable, fiber-connected, close enough to walk between and situated on 100 developable acres.

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Mythbusters: Why Growth is Good

Mythbusters: Why Growth is Good

 

Hi there! SCVEDC Mythbusters here. Today we’re tackling a tough and persistent question: Is growing a community a good thing?

 

We’re no Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman but, lucky for us, debunking this myth doesn’t take a rocket scientist!

Let’s dive right in…

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Valencia recognized as one of 5 LA and OC tech areas to watch in 2018

Valencia Recognized as One of 5 LA and OC Tech Areas to Watch in 2018

In the past year we have seen tremendous momentum as more and more tech companies are either relocating to the Santa Clarita Valley (SCV), or are founding their startups here. Whether you’re an employer or employee, there are real, tangible financial advantages to setting your startup in the SCV. Others are taking notice. Earlier this week Built in Los Angeles called Valencia in the Santa Clarita Valley one of 5 emerging LA and OC tech areas to watch in 2018.

2018 - Live, Work, Play in SCV

2018 - Live, Work, Play in SCV

January – a time to reflect on the previous year’s successes and set goals for the new year.  2017 was an exceptional year for the Santa Clarita Valley economy, and 2018 promises even more positive growth! Here are seven reasons for optimism:

 

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4 Business Resources Every Startup Needs

4 Business Resources Every Startup Needs

 

Good news, entrepreneurs: almost everyone wants to see you succeed.

Since September, we’ve been posting a lot of tips and resources to help you realize your startup dreams. That’s not an accident; it’s what we’re here to do. When you succeed, our community succeeds. Startup companies help create almost all new jobs in America, and startup innovations enrich our lives.

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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Celebrates Grand Opening of Pharmavite "Val-W" Facility

Ribbon-cutting Ceremony Celebrates Grand Opening of Pharmavite “Val-W” Facility

On Wednesday, November 29, 2017, Pharmavite celebrated a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for their new “Val-W” 229,000 square foot facility located at 28355 Witherspoon Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355 in the Valencia Commerce Center.

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Why Startups Still Matter

The world’s biggest companies impact our daily lives in a very noticeable way. Odds are you’ve Googled something today, used your iPhone to check Facebook, or stopped by a Starbucks for a venti nonfat decaf mocha.

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Show Me the Money: 6 Ways to Finance Your Startup

Show Me the Money: 6 Ways to Finance Your Startup

You’ve got to spend money to make money. Even if you found a way to genetically modify trees so they literally bloom with currency, you will still need startup capital to get those saplings going.

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Nine SCV Companies make the SFVBJ’s list for Fastest Growing Private Companies

Nine SCV Companies make the SFVBJ’s list for Fastest Growing Private Companies

The San Fernando Valley Business Journal recently announced their list of the 50 Fastest Growing Private Companies of 2017. Among the honorees are nine companies from the Santa Clarita Valley!

Read below to find out more about these expanding SCV companies:

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Success Story: Scorpion Opens New HQ in the Santa Clarita Valley

Success Story: Scorpion Opens New HQ in the Santa Clarita Valley

Scorpion, an internet marketing company based in Santa Clarita, cut the ribbon on their 100,000-square-foot, custom-designed, built-from-the-ground-up headquarters in Valencia, CA on Friday.

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Two SCV Companies Expand Operations

Two SCV Companies Expand Operations

Accurate Freight and Covercraft, two Santa Clarita Valley (SCV) companies, commit to the region and expand their operations into larger facilities. They are the first tenants in the recently completed Phase 1 of IAC Commerce Center, located off Highway 126 in the SCV.

Live, Work, Play: The Ideal Lifestyle for Your Startup

Live, Work, Play: The Ideal Lifestyle for Your Startup

Everyone wants a better work environment. We’ve told you before how millennials in particular are demanding it. And workers who are happy are certainly more productive. But there comes a point where achieving a better work environment has to cross beyond the office threshold into the community at large. The lifestyle of the community your startup is in can have a big impact on what happens during work hours.

The (REAL) Apprentice

The (REAL) Apprentice

Santa Clarita Valley (SCV) is home to nearly 300,000 residents and a variety of companies. Thanks to a business-friendly environment, continuous positive economic growth, and a City that supports ongoing improvements in key infrastructure, our roster of fantastic companies calling the SCV home continues to grow.

The 4 C's of a Strong Startup Community

The 4 C's of a Strong Startup Community

No startup is an island.

 

A venture cannot succeed without support: from clients, from employees, and from the community at large. Any business that tries to operate in a vacuum will be a business that fails. Likewise, a startup that ignores an opportunity to advance the supporting community can count on dire days ahead.

New & Expanding Companies in SCV

Businesses Expanding in SCV

We are pleased to announce that a local company is expanding its footprint in the Santa Clarita Valley to accommodate business growth and another is relocating a division of its company from Sylmar.

SCV Students Learn About Careers in Advanced Technology at MFG Day

SCV Students Learn About Careers in Advanced Technology at MFG Day

 

The Advanced Technology Presentation about "Careers in the Making...Design, Engineering, Fabrication and More..." in celebration of National Manufacturing Day was a huge success. The evening was both inspirational and informative. Panel speakers from local companies offered advice on how to pursue high wage, high demand careers across a wide variety of advanced technology industries. The panel also featured a student representative from the High Altitude Student Payload (HASP) who helped the audience realize the potential for hands-on, advanced learning opportunities right here in Santa Clarita at College of the Canyons. Our keynote speaker offered encouragement that even the toughest obstacles can be overcome with drive, passion and hard work.

Post Your Internship Opportunity on SCVInternships.com!

Post Your Internship Opportunity on SCVInternships.com

Many companies are now planning for their summer internship programs and there is a convenient local resource available to help match companies with potential student interns. Santa Clarita Valley Internships, powered by the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation (SCVEDC), provides resources for both students and businesses. If you’re looking for an internship or an intern in the Santa Clarita Valley (SCV), this is the place to be!

Is SCV LA County's Best Bet for HQ2?

Is SCV LA County’s Best Bet for HQ2?

 

According to a recent article in the San Fernando Valley Business Journal, the Santa Clarita Valley (SCV) could be Los Angeles County’s best hope for catching Amazon’s attention for its second headquarters, aka Amazon HQ2. With millions of square feet of developable land, a long list of money-saving business incentives, and a fast-growing economy, the SCV has already made its mark as a great location for business.

What Millennials Want at Work (and Why You Should Care)

What Millennials Want at Work (and Why You Should Care)

Grab your AirPods and get #woke, it’s time to talk about millennials. Figuring out what this generation (born in the 80s and early 90s) wants out of life and work has become an industry in and of itself, and for good reason.

Suburbia will Drive the Future of Technology

Suburbia will Drive the Future of Technology

Your house knows when it’s time to wake you up and does so by streaming your favorite music. You shower. You shave. You get dressed.  You ask your intelligent personal assistant app what the weather forecast is. You get dressed and toss an umbrella into your bag (she said it would rain). Outside, a drone is delivering a small brown package to your neighbor, and the automated car you ordered from your smartphone is just pulling up to the curb.

5 Reasons to Set Up Your Startup in the Suburbs

5 Reasons to Set Up Your Startup in the Suburbs

Choosing a site to set up your tech startup can be a challenging task for an entrepreneur. Once you’ve outgrown your garage and need a dedicated space, you’ll need to start considering not only rent, but other expenses like parking, taxes, travel time, and cost of living.

Google Startup Grind Launches Santa Clarita Chapter

Startup Grind Launches Santa Clarita Chapter

On September 12, Startup Grind powered by Google for Entreprenuers, came to Santa Clarita with an exciting event for entrepreneurs featuring Loot Crate Co-Founder, Michael Arevalo. Loot Crate, a subscription service that launched five years ago delivering a monthly box full of geek-related merchandise to consumers, is now a $116 million business that won the No. 1 slot on the 2016 Inc. 500 list of America's fastest-growing private companies.

10 Characteristics of a Successful Startup

10 Characteristics of Successful Startups

There is no single path to startup success. If such a yellow brick road existed, laid bright and obvious to entrepreneurs of all stripes, thriving in this competitive market would become as simple as stepping into a pair of ruby slippers. The best that entrepreneurs can hope for in 2017 is to learn what they can from those who've come before in a community that supports, inspires and connects, like the Santa Clarita Startup Grind, which launched in September.

Where to Plant Your Tech Startup

Where to plant your tech startup

Starting a new business can be overwhelming - there are so many decisions to make, and one of the most important is deciding where to plant your tech startup. A year ago, the San Fernando Valley Business Journal ran an article about the Santa Clarita Valley’s (SCV) burgeoning high-tech community, dubbing us the “Silicon Suburb." In the months since then, we’ve seen a rapid increase in both startup companies and the local resources available to support them on the road to success.

50 acre business park to break ground in Santa Clarita

50 acre business park to break ground in Santa Clarita

New Development in the Santa Clarita Valley makes the news again as Trammell Crow Company (TCC) and Clarion Partners announce the acquisition of 54 acres of land for the development of The Center at Needham Ranch, a state-of-the-art business park in the City of Santa Clarita, CA. This project is the first phase of a larger 132-acre, fully entitled site approved for up to 4.2 million square feet of Class A industrial space. Phase 1 is scheduled to break ground in August 2017 and expected to begin deliveries during the Q3 2018.

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Santa Clarita Valley – closer than you think!

Santa Clarita Valley - closer than you think!

Los Angeles is a huge metropolis that sprawls across Southern California, and it often seems that everything is so far away. When it comes to the Santa Clarita Valley (SCV), the perception is that it takes longer to get here than other places in LA. It’s a myth we work hard to dispel—did you know that it takes SCV residents less time to get to the Hollywood Bowl than folks who live on the Westside?

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