Stories for August 2004
Monday, August 30
Newman Grace Inc. founder Jerri Hemsworth takes on high-profile role as president of National Association of Women Business Owners--California
A New York-based publication is reporting that Robbins Bros. The World's Biggest Engagement Ring Store is seeking an equity partner.
Between 1997 and 2002, American manufacturers reported a 15.5 percent increase in sales, shipments, receipts, and revenue, according to federal figures released this month.
The decision by San Francisco-based Catholic Healthcare West to close the San Fernando Valley's oldest hospital by the end of the year will increase the patient load on neighboring hospitals
A Simi Valley plastics manufacturer with 350 employees is seeking to relocate to Arizona, citing California's high business costs from workers' compensation and electricity as well as a lack of incentives
THE BRIEFING - Follow Your Heart in Canoga Park is known for both its heart-healthy cuisine and heart-warming service.
The Business Journal's list of the top 20 Largest employers, ranked by number of employees in the greater San Fernando Valley
Wonder Years baby proofing helps give parents peace of mind by customizing houses to keep ;pyhazards for children at a minimum
The Business Journal's list of the top commercial real estate brokerages, ranked by combined value of property sales and leases in the San Fernando Valley in 2003
Call it the year of the well-heeled tightwad. Sluggish hiring and continued caution over capital spending belies a very different trend in the economy
Sporting goods retailer Sport Chalet Inc. has acquired a local supplier of sports clothing and equipment in a bid for a larger share of the team sports market.
The field of nominees for the 46th annual Fernando Award was narrowed down to 5, and the finalists are Jill Banks Barad, Karl Boeckmann, Dorothy Jean Jauck, J. Richard Leyner and William F. Powers Jr.
Some call it the "red team," but Bruce Ackerman, president and CEO of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, refers to it as the "A-team."
These are not good times for nice guys in the real estate brokerage business. Just ask Pete Puzo.
Under a deal currently being hammered out with CHW, Selleck Development Group would acquire the property and redevelop it for residential and retail use.
Even as Boeing considers the future of the landmark Rocketdyne Propulsion and Power factory in Canoga Park, L.A. will do everything it can to keep the company's 3,000 jobs in the San Fernando Valley
The reorganization plan is strongly supported by Mayor James Hahn, and even some of his rivals in the 2004 mayoral election are supportive.
Monday, August 16
At 27, Northrop Grumman Navigation Systems technical staffer Benjamin Davies often has the responsibility of telling co-workers some of whom in their 50s or 60s could be his grandparents what to do.
Valley Lags in Employment; Woodbury Offers Help; Firm Changes Name; Pacoima Homes Open; ECHO Gets Boost; Council Approves BID Funds; Fernando Award Luncheon; AML Communications Results; Unico Net Increases
When Mike Moore entered the banking industry in 1973 as a brand-new business management grad from USC, the "uniform" for his fellow trainees in a management track program was just that.
Guest Columnist - Bruce Weide, author of "Getting Rid of Taxes in Business and Retirement," and CEO of TAX-FREE Benefit Specialists and Insurance Services.
Among the 16 ballot initiatives California voters will have to sort through on Election Day in November, almost one-third deal with health care or health-related issues. -
Calabasas-based video game publisher THQ Inc. is apparently taking a cue from Hollywood.
"When you get a Starbucks you know you've arrived."
40 Professionals Who Are Leaders in Their Industries
Rocketdyne propulsion and power head Byron Wood, a 40-year veteran at the Canoga Park firm, steers it through rough voyage as it faces uncertain future
The largest aerospace employer in the San Fernando Valley, one of the largest remaining manufacturing companies in Los Angeles, may shut down local operations entirely by the end of the decade.
Guest Column - Gregory N. Lippe, managing partner of the Woodland Hills-based CPA firm of Lever, Lippe, Hellie & Russell LLP (LLHR) and a director of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA).
The Business Journal's list of the top 10 Valley Auto dealers, ranked by revenues in 2003
Wells Fargo is making a big push into the San Fernando Valley as competition for retail and small business banking customers heats up.
Almost four years after he was defeated by James Hahn in the Los Angeles city mayor's race, Antonio Villaraigosa is back, bringing the number of serious contenders in the March primary to five.
A new retailer is set to move into Los Angeles with its first San Fernando Valley store slated to open in the first or second quarter of next year.
Construction companies throughout the Greater San Fernando Valley are in search of qualified top-level managers to oversee a growing number of projects. But the area is scarce of qualified candidates.
Although the technology for making phone calls over the Internet has been touted as the next big innovation in telecommunications, local companies are not jumping on the bandwagon just yet.
Monday, August 2
The latest point man charged with attracting businesses to the Antelope Valley has left as the region readies a new strategy for its efforts.
THE BRIEFING - Jennie Ayers and Kris Campbell, co-owners of Wild Birds Unlimited in Woodland Hills, have managed to capitalize on one of the top hobbies in America.
CBS Studio Center in Studio City will house television stations KCBS (Channel 2) and KCAL (Channel 9) when the complex is renovated that's not a question.
The Business Journal's list of the top Assisted Living Facilities, ranked by licensed beds in the San Fernando Valley
About 10 employees in the commercial group of Washington Mutual Inc.'s Encino branch will be laid off in a company-wide move to downsize the commercial lending business.
For United Online, a Westlake Village-based dial-up Internet service provider, the move to a new facility at LNR Warner Center this month serves several purposes.
Cary R. Bronstein was doing some routine accounting, reconciling his real estate appraisal and consulting company's checking account when he noticed something was very wrong
A news item about the sale of an office building in Agoura Hills got me thinking about the seller, Katell Investment Co. LLC, so I decided to check in with Jerry Katell.
When Robert "Bud" Ovrom was city manager in Burbank, the competition for new business development was Glendale or Pasadena, never the city of Los Angeles.
The future of Rocketdyne Propulsion & Power could include it becoming the centerpiece of a merger resulting in the leading rocket engine manufacturer in the world.
Two recent store openings in the San Fernando Valley seem to suggest that the independents are back to reclaim some of the turf they have lost to large chains over the past two decades.
Just as business is picking up at the greater San Fernando Valley's major aerospace contractors, they are facing an aging workforce and are having trouble recruiting skilled new employees, according to company officials.
Stem cell research? The Valley Industry and Commerce Association is for it. A statewide standard for development in oak woodlands? The association, known as VICA, is against that.
One of the top ten insurance brokerage firms in the nation will be centralizing its Los Angeles County operations in Woodland Hills this month, officials said.
Diane Knight's persistence and a passion for baking has kept her Lady Di's Cookies in Valencia a local favorite despite news events beyond her control
A longtime Canoga Park business and a neighboring company are being forced to relocate because they are in the way of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Orange Line
A local real estate group is proposing to build a boutique hotel along the lines of Ian Schrager's Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood on a site that currently houses an office building on Ventura Boulevard just east of Tujunga Avenue.
Many of the companies that have made a move into the cities that surround L.A. in recent years say the Los Angeles city business tax had little, if anything, to do with their decision.
Guest Columnist by Jack Mcgrath, president of the Studio City Chamber of Commerce
Jim Gilbert finds flaws in local companies' manufacturing systems and makes them more efficient so they can survive in a tough business environment