Andrea covers banking and finance, biotech and accounting, real estate and technology.
FINANCE: Glendale, Encino branches part of growth plans aimed at small, mid-sized firms.
First Citizens Bank based in North Carolina is looking to grow in the greater Valley area.
DEVELOP: Firm takes concept it introduced in Burbank to North Hollywood Arts District.
Housing: Innovative senior housing breaks ground in NoHo.
PLANNING: Roll-up partnerships boost growth of firms.
A new model helps owners achieve a lucrative business exit
SPECIALISTS: Brown plans would hurt professional services.
The elimination of enterprise zones could have a devastating effect on businesses that specialize in the field.
FINANCE: Chase agreement to expand lending capacity.
A $5 million Chase grant could be a gamechanger for the Valley Economic Development Center. The funds will help launch a statewide lending program.
Build: Thousand Oaks firm Wesely Thomas wins another contract with local hospital.
Thousand Oaks management and construction company Wesely Thomas Enterprises has won yet another contract with Valley Presbyterian Hospital
RESTAURANTS: Despite its high-profile image, chain has relatively few outlets
PUBLIC COMPANIES: The Cheesecake Factory expands internationally
Chatsworth-based telecommunications company MRV Communications, Inc announced that Excel Group Inc. based in Canada will become a reseller of MRV’s entire product line.
Tech: Calabasas company signs deal with French firm.
A deal with mobile phone manufacturer LG Electronics is a big growth step for Calabasas-based DTS.
DEVELOP: Demolition draws some complaints from residents.
Construction kicked off on the development of a mixed used project in Northridge.
VALUATION: Great American Group hires new advisors.
Woodland Hills-based liquidation company Great American Group continues to expand its business lines by joining up with Keen Realty Advisors.
Change: New practice areas are considered because the old ways do not work anymore.
ABOUT THE LIST: The Valley’s largest law firms adjust to a shift in the legal marketplace. Includes the 2011 SFV'S TOP LAW FIRMS list for download (pdf)
MULTI-FAMILY: Site will be managed as rental units.
Essex Property trust adds Glendale condo community to its portfolio.
TECH: Strategy helps real estate firm maneuver an increasingly competitive market.
Mobile application brings foreclosure listings to prospective buyers’ phones instantly.
Planning for a poor economy is all part of Keith Ramirez’s plan for starting a new business, so he sells products people will always need.
Entrepreneur: Business owner tries to pick recession-proof endeavors.
LAW: Veteran and new attorneys turn to busy and complex field of specialty.
A rise in bankruptcies is attracting people into bankruptcy law and prompting existing law firms to get into an area they have not been in before.
GREEN: Citadel’s Glendale site only one of 60 in state.
Citadel Environmental Services in Glendale is now the first LEED Platinum certified space in the Los Angeles area.
Experience: Resident nurses are taking the jobs of the new graduates.
New nursing graduates are having a hard time finding jobs in the current economy.
Leases: More tenants are concerned about landlords’ viability in shaky office market.
Tenants scrutinize owners’ financial soundness before signing leases.
San Fernando Valley attorney Lee Kanon Alpert announced he would be resigning as president of the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Board of Commissioners by the end of the year.
DEVELOP: Action reinvigorates arts district after period of setbacks.
Redevelopment efforts making a comeback as empty storefronts get leased in Arts District.
BIOTECH: Bright future seen for Thousand Oaks firm after flat years.
Amgen expected to see big increase in revenue when it enters new oncology market with drug XGEVA following approval by U.S. FDA.
ENTREPRENEUR: ‘Digital laundromat’ provides server access by the hour
ENTREPRENEUR: Small company offers huge computing power to entertainment industry and others for 3D animation
BEAUTY: Brazilian Blowout under fire; salons in quandary.
Hair smoothing product Brazilian Blowout stirs debate in hair care industry over its process.
Properties: Firms use creative thinking to bring new tenants to vacant space.
A new alliance between Marcus & Millichap and CBM is already paying off in a very difficult real estate market, especially in the retail sector.
Shopping: More retailers are posting deals, promotions on malls’ social media sites.
Mobile technology is turning smartphones into shopping guides
MARKETING: Local firms build serious networks as part of strategy.
Increasing Facebook “friends” is all the hype for businesses.
REAL ESTATE: NewMark Merrill’s flexibility helps it carve out niche in shopping centers.
Property management firm Newmark Merrill’s fast growth is the result of a major redirection
FINANCE: First California adds new link in its regional base.
Failed Western Commercial Bank represents a growth opportunity for First California Bank.
TECH: Firms must stay ahead of the curve to remain relevant in fast-moving industry.
Search Engine Optimization, online marketing services, see spike in demand following a growing trend
IDEAS: With big dreams, two entrepreneurs take the plunge.
Despite difficult economy, entrepreneurs are betting on big ideas.
Aid: Long-time Valley firm plans to rebuild as other companies offer help.
Business owners regroup after a devastating fire at their political consulting agency.
PUBLICITY: Executive surprised as appeal on several different sites boosts attendance.
Van Nuys Clean-Up Day draws record number of volunteers thanks to using more modern promotional tactics
Deals: Businesses look to own property versus leasing; condo conversions continue.
The REAL ESTATE Column by Andrea Alegria
RESIDENTIAL: Tough times for Valley real estate agents.
Real estate professionals struggle to stay afloat in difficult market.
Southern California investment group broadens its borders with an international expansion.
INTERVIEW: Bill Barber leads angel investor fund Maverick Angels towards a global arena.
FINANCE: Long-term leased properties in the best buildings with the best tenants are sought.
Investing in real estate can be a profitable venture these days. The Real Estate Column.
ELECTION: Businesspeople hope for best after election.
Businesses want new governor to focus on overregulation and job creation.
SERVICES: Despite rules, support makes things easier.
BOOM: The franchise business sector is growing in a difficult economy.
While the building that housed their direct mailing, printing and political consulting companies burned down the day after elections, brothers Fred and Garry Thomas said their three businesses are alive and well.
PRACTICES: Not having strict frameworks in place can be devastating, executives say.
Does corporate governance have an impact on financial performance? Public company executives share their views
REAL ESTATE: Bankrupt chain has many stores that could go empty.
The video rental company’s bankruptcy could impact the local real estate market. Real Estate Column by Andrea Alegria
INTERNET: Online ad firm uses social networking concepts.
START-UP: Founder of Fastclick is launching new online advertising venture in Camarillo.
RULES: Reform, expected switch to international standards loom through next year.
Changes in accounting rules and standards that will impact all public companies
COMMERCIAL: Valley vacancies still at all-time high; rents continuing decline. Subhead
REAL ESTATE COLUMN: It may appear that the office market is finally closing in on the bottom.
Family Firms Caught Up in Construction Industry Woes
Bellis Steel, a family owned business in Northridge, bought the assets of competitor Canoga Rebar in Chatsworth – also a family-owned business with a long history.
Canoga Park-Based American Heritage Landscape Branches Out to New Divisions
ENTREPRENEUR: American Heritage Landscape branches out.
TECH: Four years after buyout, firm breaks away from Intuit.
Deborah Sweeney buys back MyCorporation, from Intuit claiming the financial services giant didn’t grow to its full potential.
COMMERCIAL: U.S. assistance may make or break today’s deals.
SBA loans are spurring commercial real estate transactions and with President Obama’s signing of the Small Business Jobs Act these transactions are expected to increase.
OFFICE: One Lambda will move part of operations as its niche in industry keeps evolving.
Biotech company One Lambda purchases a building in Woodland Hills.