Stories for May 2002

Monday, May 27

Valley Forum: How's Business Overseas?

With the economy becoming more global, companies that previously thought only locally now are looking at ways to expand their markets overseas. So, the San Fernando Valley Business Journal asks: What are you doing to take advantage of business overseas th

Firm Gets Film, TV to Handhelds

Vivendi Universal, Walt Disney Co. and AOL Time Warner may be courting Sprint PCS and AT & T; Wireless, hoping to slice up the wireless world in order to place graphics, movie trailers, promos and games on cell phone screens.

3D Earnings Flounder as Lawsuits Distract Managers

3D Systems Corp. built its business offering manufacturers ways to make three-dimensional models and prototypes quickly and inexpensively.

Wisdom of Rumored Merger of Giants Is Hard to See

In a big-get-bigger world, there's not much mystery to the reports that CB Richard Ellis and Grubb & Ellis are discussing a merger.

China's Entry Into WTO Is Good News for Valley Firms

Like many companies, Diodes Inc. first set up a manufacturing operation in China to take advantage of the abundance of inexpensive labor.

Not Quite Ready to Roll

Vitesse's Lou Tomasetta, struggling to find revenues wherever he can, puts off release of his latest next-generation product

Worker Stock Plan Is Target Of Feds' Suit

The U.S. Department of Labor has accused Sun Valley-based Westfield Precision Products Inc. of improperly appraising the value of its stock in order to profit from the elimination of an employee stock ownership plan.

This Show Really Must Go On

A trend toward frugality in the business world has a company that produces live shows for corporations reevaluating its business strategy.

Stan Lee, With Spider-Man's Help, Is Back in Business

Even after losing more than $1 million of his own money on an ill-fated Internet site and missing out on the profits generated by the hit film, "Spiderman," based on the character he created, Stan Lee is back in business.

A Hand-y Solution

How a Couple of Newcomers Took Matters Into Their Own Hands and Nailed the Salon Business

Secession Foes Say Vote Is Still No Sure Bet

Opponents of a Valley breakup say they intend to take full advantage of the 30-day reconsideration period and challenge the recent decision to place a secession initiative on the Nov. 5 ballot.

The Digest


Investors Find Value in SageMetrics Corp. Performance

North Hollywood-based SageMetrics Corp. has received $6 million in its second round of venture capital funding.

Memo to the Media: Welcome to the Secession Circus

Politics by Jacqueline Fox

Secession Advocates Don't Know What Trouble Is Yet

COMMENTARY: From The Newsroom by Michael Hart

Monday, May 13

The Franchise Factor at Work

Two years ago Jeff Bresin was a special effects crewman, his wife Dana worked at a children's social club. With a new baby on board, strikes in the film industry pending and a softening economy already taking a toll on their pocketbooks, the couple decide

CORPORATE FOCUS: Sport Chalet's Bottom Line Affected by Recent Drought

Sales at La Canada-based Sport Chalet may have remained steady throughout most of the first two quarters of 2001, even with a sluggish economy in the works, but that doesn't mean its bottom line survived intact.

Valley Forum: How Do You Sell Secession?

The firm of Goddard Claussen Porter Novelli has been hired by Valley VOTE to devise a campaign strategy that will assure passage of Valley secession in the Nov. 5 election. The firm says it is now coming up with a concept for slogans, commercials, etc. S

Small Business Profile: Going Small

Like many before it, Data Systems Worldwide had to think quickly in order to boost sales after it got burned in the dot-com debacle.

The Year of Living Dangerously: Stories of Survival

If you're thinking about going into business for yourself, take heed: That first year is a killer. While it's hard to get a handle on the diverse range of enterprises known as start-up businesses, the U.S. Small Business Administration estimates that som

Resources for San Fernando Valley Small Businesses

Living Dangerously: Small business in 2002

Cal Lutheran Negotiating to Buy Second Radio Station

California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks could soon own its own mini-chain of radio stations if its deal to acquire Santa Barbara-based KDB-FM is finalized in the next few weeks.



When a Small Business Becomes an Affair of the Heart

COMMENTARY: From The Newsroom by Michael Hart

Firm at Work On Breakup Sales Pitch

Quick: think of a catchy spin for a new car, a new breakfast cereal. Not so hard is it? Now come up with a strategy to push through legislation aimed at making the streets safer for schoolchildren. That's easy. But how do you brand a campaign for a munici

People Interview: A Chamber Full of Dreams

The San Fernando Valley Black Chamber of Commerce's Zedar E. Broadous has more in mind than business mixers and networking opportunities.

Splitting Up Secession Questions Makes Sense to Some

"Breakup foes lose vote fight" That's the headline in the May 9 issue of the Daily News.

First Quarter Is a Plus for Some Local Firms

The rest of the nation may be undergoing an on-again-off-again recovery, but you wouldn't know it from the first-quarter results in the greater San Fernando Valley.

Small Biz Takes Cue From Big Firms

For years people scrimped and saved to buy a business, then burned the midnight oil to build it.

Warner Center Office Buildings Are Hot Properties

Real Estate by Shelly Garcia

Digital Insight Delays Planned Public Stock Offering

Media & Technology by Carlos Martinez