San Fernando Valley Business Journal


Full Bloom

Eco-conscious home remodeler Treeium rolling in greenEco-friendly remodeling firm Treeium Inc. is No. 2 on the Business Journal’s fastest-growing list.

By Karen E. Klein November 16, 2015 midnight   $$ Share

ISP Hurt By Hang-Ups

INTERNET: Activist investors aim to revive United Online stock.

United Online loses its CEO and gains a challenge from activist shareholders, all in the same week.

Movie Cars Shift Focus

AUTOMOTIVE: Vehicles face lots of issues in driving revenue.

Valley picture car companies can’t depend on big studio films and TV shows anymore.

Cinema to Play Big Role for Mall

REAL ESTATE: Retail center puts money on high-end theater to draw crowds.

Upscale movie theater opening completes first phase of $87 million facelift at Simi Valley Town Center.

P.E. Class With Eastern Appeal

Yoga entrepreneur signs contracts with elementary schools.

Yoga instructor Kimberly Fujitaki teaches in-school and after-school classes to Valley kids.

Thrift Store Remodels for Boutique Feel

Improved sales will benefit Antelope Valley Hospital.

Lancaster thrift shop undergoes remodel to boost fundraising for Antelope Valley Hospital.

Inventor Looks Up for Inspiration

Platform automates garage storage, starting at $989.

Father-son inventors market their garage storage platform that raises and lowers.

The Number

Shoppers value customer service over products and even price.

Shot in Arm For Plaintiffs

FINANCE: Key Health picks up medical tab in exchange for potential lawsuit payout.

Westlake Village health care financing company negotiates medical prices for plaintiffs in lawsuits.

FDA’s Approval Gives Drug Maker Healthy Boost

BIOTECH: Stock analysts downplay impact on shares of skin cancer treatment.

Amgen Inc.’s new skin cancer drug fights disease with disease.

Natural Growth

Mendocino Farms’ healthful menu and rapid expansion attract the attention of strategic investor Whole Foods Market.

Mendocino Farms has a dozen storefront sandwich shops and a new partnership with Whole Foods Market.

Valley Site Doesn’t Work for Job Training Program

EDUCATION: AbilityFirst to redirect participants but employees will be let go.

AbilityFirst, an organization that works with special needs and developmentally disabled individuals on workforce training, is closing its Woodland Hills center this month.

Homeowners Give New Helicopter Rules a Whirl

TRANSPORTATION: Coalition’s opposition to aircraft grounded in noise issues.

A coalition of homeowner groups has petitioned the U.S. Department of Transportation to set new regulations regarding helicopter activity in the L.A. region.

Mall Developer Fields Sporting Goods for Neighbor

REAL ESTATE: Caruso taps Dick’s to take space left by Nordstrom’s move.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. opened its 41st California location at the Glendale Galleria last month, filling a large hole at an anchor location in the mall.

Laughs Last

Humor still drives Gary Alexander’s approach to providing educational services, from Improv Traffic School to workplace safety.

Gary Alexander, chief executive at Interactive Education Concepts Inc., gets the last laugh at his Encino firm, which dreamed up Improv Traffic School.

Innovators Pace Field of Fastest Growing Firms

LIST: Technology, Internet businesses outside spotlight continue to dominate.

What drives growth? In a word: innovation. The 50 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the greater San Fernando Valley have not just embraced that concept but applied it throughout their operations and cultures.

Cruise Line Drops Anchor in Bigger Office Space

LEASE: Viking expands HQ in Woodland Hills with 38,500 more square feet.

Woodland Hills-based Viking Cruises is having a year of expansion. The company, known for its culturally rich river tours, launched its first ocean cruises after taking delivery of the Viking Star, its first ocean-faring ship, in March.

Around the Valleys

News and notes from the greater San Fernando Valley

Entertainment and sports ticket management firm TicketManager has received $20 million in a second round of funding that will go toward expanding into new markets.


Calendar of events

No Rush on High-Speed Rail

Northeast Valley mayor goes off on the High-Speed Rail Authority.

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Insurer Peddles New Online Policy

INTERNET: Hixme’s plan offers employees range of carriers.

Agoura Hills tech company Hixme gets VC backing for its suite of health insurance software.

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Colorful History

Growing Lime Crime puts best face on past troubles

Woodland Hills cosmetics company Lime Crime specializes in colorful palette.

Buyer Takes on Towering Eyesore

REAL ESTATE: Quake-wrecked property overdue for makeover.

Longtime eyesore Panorama Tower, empty since the Northridge earthquake, prepares for a makeover.

Martini Maker Juices Up Bars

Bartender-turned-entrepreneur Eric Tecosky helps make martinis dirty.

Social Media No Pain in the Neck

Chiropractor finds time for tweets, posts to boost business.

Van Nuys chiropractor shares his social media secrets.