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uSamp Expands in Europe

Market research firm uSamp, announced Oct. 10 that it has expanded business to Europe.

ApolloMed Expands Services to Orange County

Apollo Medical Holdings Inc., critical care and hospitalist provider, announced this week that it will expand services to Orange County.

DreamWorks Animation Chairman Resigns

Roger Enrico resigned on Thursday as chairman of DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. after serving in the position since the Glendale studio went public in 2004.

Electro Rent Declares Special Dividend

Electo Rent Corp. has declared a special cash dividend, joining other Valley and national companies who have awarded investors this month to avoid possible tax hikes next year.

Apollo Medical Holdings Hires Local Health Care Executive

Mark Meyers, a veteran health care executive, has been named chief strategy officer and a board member of Apollo Medical Holdings Inc., a Glendale company that manages hospital-based medical practices.

Influxis Partners With Teradek for Cellphone Video

Valencia-based server operator Influxis is partnering with Irvine-based video hardware producer Teradek LLC to streamline the process of distributing video content via cellular networks.

Former Local Executive Donates $25 million to USC

Leonard Schaeffer, the former chief executive of WellPoint Health Networks Inc., is giving $25 million to a USC health policy center that already bears his name.

DineEquity Shares Climb to Five-Year High

Shares of DineEquity Inc. hit a five-year high on Wednesday, the first day of trading following an earnings release and the market’s temporary closure due to Hurricane Sandy.

Learning Lessons In Afghanistan

Tutoring firm looks to make grade overseas with franchise plan.

TRAINING: The Van Nuys office of Tutor Doctor recently sent several employees on an education envoy to Afghanistan.

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Drumming Just Can’t Be Beat

Real estate executive pursues passion for music with orchestra.

EVENTS: Harry Selvin directs an orchestra when he’s not running his namesake real estate company.

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Soap Writer Has Day of Her Life

Lacey Dyer wins Emmy at ripe old age of 26 – while in school.

TELEVISION: While still at Cal State Northridge, Lacey Dyer earned an Emmy for her scriptwriting on “Days of Our Lives.”

Will Tarzan Still Swing In Valley?

Author hopes readers go ape for book on Tarzana namesake.

MEDIA: Tarzan, the fictional jungle-dweller who inspired the name Tarzana, celebrates his first century with a new book.

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Sizing Up Children’s Growth

KidMeasure product makes it a rule to keep parents’ walls clean.

RETAIL: Parents can close the door on marking their kids’ heights thanks to a new measuring device.

Sounding Off On Rock’s Biggest Stars

Recording engineer’s career stories click with Amazon readers.

ARTS: Sound engineer Ken Scott’s memoir about his adventures with the Beatles, Bowie and Pink Floyd becomes a hit of its own.

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Last Stand For Historical Taco Spot?

Battle with landlord could mean end for 51-year-old Henry’s.

FOOD: Studio City taco shop to close causing outpouring of support.

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Family Makes Stand With Hot Dogs

Co-owners hope diners fall back in love with relaunched Cupid’s.

FOOD: Cupid’s Hot Dog is heating up for a renaissance in the Valley.

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Sold On The Great Unknown

Corporate clients buy into Mystery Trip LA’s surprise destinations.

ENTERTAINMENT: Companies hitch a ride on Mystery TripLA’s party buses.

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Four Topping Fast-Growing Pizza Chain

Dual father-son duos lead PizzaRev with supreme results.

RESTAURANT: Two fathers, two sons – the double team behind expanding Valley restaurant company, PizzaRev.

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Printer Fudges a Lot For Holidays

G-2 annually cooks up chocolate confections as treat for clients.

Printing: G2 Graphic Services has a charming tradition of 43 years: making fudge for clients.

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Aviation Firms Chart Course Through Valley

LIST: Clay Lacy remains parked in top spot on local company ranking.

LIST STORY: Area aviation companies bring in new business appealing to niche markets. Includes SFVBJ's 2012 VALLEY'S LARGEST AVIATION COMPANIES list for download (pdf)

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