Stories for August 2005
Wednesday, August 31
The adult entertainment company will allow visitors to Collider.com pick the winners of football games alongside the "Vivid girls."
The City of Burbank is changing the name of its public transit program and adding two new shuttle routes.
Tuesday, August 30
1-800-Water Damage, which has 80 locations across the country, has signed a franchise development deal with a local auto sales manager.
A one-year contract in support of the TOW Missile Program will begin in the third quarter of 2006.
Monday, August 29
In an attempt to improve the quality of the Valley's manufacturing labor pool, Pierce College will begin offering metalworking skills courses and certification.
Two Calabasas brothers grow their international magazine geared to Generation Y.
Valley public companies post double digit earnings increases for quarter.
Authors to give highlights from their book on how to succeed in business under fire.
Electronic Sensor Technology has reached a deal to sell more than $3 million in sensor devices to a New Jersey company.
Congressmen Howard Berman and Brad Sherman use their congressional break to tout transportation projects in the Valley.
Members of the Glendale company will discounts between 20 and 50 percent on the popular weight loss products.
L.A. and the Valley failing to draw sizable cluster of biotech firms.
New dean Andre Van Niekerk plans to raise the profile of Woodbury University's business school.
Viewers will be able to add content from ABC's daytime soaps to mobile phones.
A wealthy businessman has formed a locally based investment group to help Japanese companies gain access to U.S. financial markets.
Shelly Garcia reports on the growth of childrens' retailers catering to the
The next few years could be pivotal for Thousand Oaks-based Amgen, the world's largest biotech company.
An Agoura Hills firm has developed new 3-D technology that has captured the fancy of famous Hollywood movie directors.
A small Chatsworth firm has been honored by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Shelly Garcia reports that the once soft Conejo Valley commercia market is recuperating.
A networking group will sponsor a conference focusing on women in the workplace.
Wednesday, August 24
Blue Cross of California employees donated more than 550 pairs of glasses to the cause.
Tuesday, August 23
A $5 million gift will go to the construction of a president's residence and other campus enhancements.
Monday, August 22
The company's board has formed a committee of independent directors to explore the idea.
Walt Disney's Board of Directors has amended its rules regarding board member resignations.
Wednesday, August 17
The Calabasas travel marketing company has been retained to handle travel services for the opening of the Hard Rock Cafe on Times Square.
The company has retained investment advisor Goldman, Sachs & Co. to assist with efforts to buy Shurgard.
The expansion will double the size of the emergency department from 16 beds to 34 beds.
Tuesday, August 16
Warner Bros. Consumer Products will provide Looney Tunes-themed play areas for children in Taubman shopping centers.
Monday, August 15
Despite recent published reports of the possibility of defense cuts that could affect the Valley-area workforce, local aerospace companies are not rattled.
Despite all the fanfare, the passage of AB 68, the so-called Car Buyers Bill of Rights, has barely registered among local auto dealers.
Younger professionals give advice on Valley business and how to fit in with the older crowd.
Traffic and planning department concerns take center stage as elected Los Angeles city officials meet with Valley business leaders
With baby boomer workers expected to stay at their jobs longer before retirement, firms must face the challenge of keeping younger employees happy.
Senior Reporter Shelly Garcia writes about the new unit of Encino-based NAI Capital designed to help investors for across Asia and the Middle East navigate the U.S. real estate market.
Profiles of 40 young business professionals to watch in the greater Valley area.
The company's diminishing fortunes are a result of Carb Intercept's sharp drop in sales, according to Natrol's president.
Salem paid $9.5 million for 2 AM radio stations, and will change both into news-talk formats.
Contrary to popular opinion, young people are not always valued in the entertainment industry.
Over the last year, 21st Century Insurance Group has been making big strides in its efforts to expand its customer base from California and other Western States.
Tuesday, August 9
Kaye takes over following predecessor David Butler's move to the helm of the Detroit News.
Monday, August 8
The Westlake Village company turned its largest profit in three years this past quarter.
The certificate course will focus on marketing and fundraising for non-profit organizations.
Wednesday, August 3
Small businesses in California grew at a meager 0.3 percent rate in the first half of the year, down from last year's 8.4 percent.
Company founder Alfred E. Mann will invest $87.5 million in the private placement.
Tuesday, August 2
Amgen will now begin pre-clearing through the Food and Drug Administration all new direct-to-consumer ad campaigns and developing physician education programs for new drugs.
The bank is looking for another $7 million for further expansion.
The new branch will open later this year in the Sherman Sepulveda Shopping Center.
Monday, August 1
Villaraigosa announced the appointments of four deputy mayors and a director.
An increase in revenues led to a net income of $900,000 in the second quarter, compared with a $1.2 million loss last year.
Internet financial outsourcing firm Online Resources Corp. has purchased Woodland Hills-based software development company Integrated Data Systems.
Senior Reporter Shelly Garcia writes about a City of Simi Valley Web site that offers a sort of one-stop shop for searching available properties in the city.
First State Bank in Granada Hills has changed its name to First Private Bank & Trust.
Internet "phishing" scams prompt online banking firm Digital Insight Corp. to partner with anti-fraud solutions company.
The local chapter of the Employee Assistance Professionals re-emerges.
Attorney Sue Bendavid-Arbiv discusses the broadening of the definition of sexual harassment by the California Supreme Court.
Network testing firm Ixia's purchase of Santa Barbara-based Communications Machinery Corp. is expected to boost the company's product line.
A bid from Public Storage Inc. sent Shurgard's stock price up by $6.10.
Several new regulations, in part related to terrorism concerns, are causing headaches for bankers.
Grant Thornton LLP in September will open a San Fernando Valley office after a six-year absence from the market.
Fledgling Sherman Oaks Latino film firm makes major purchase.
Encino-based sleep laboratory which partners with motel chains and plans IPO.
The possible expiration of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act causes worries for property owners.
Valley business leaders tell what they want from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Jonathan Manhann is a modern-day junk dealer who stays on the cutting edge of the business by dealing in used electronics equipment and keeping up with trends.
Hospitals take closer look at security of food supply in era of terrorism.