San Fernando Valley Business Journal

Helen covers retail, hospitality and nonprofits in the greater Valley region.

Recent Stories

Xypro Technology Acquires Database Software Firm

Xypro Technology Corp., a Simi Valley provider of security software for computer servers, on Tuesday announced it had completed the acquisition of Merlon Software Corp.

Carving Board to Open Franchise Locations

Local fast-casual chain Carving Board Sandwiches has announced plans to develop franchise locations of its restaurants.

Avery Dennison Selects Interim CFO

Avery Dennison Corp. in Glendale has named Gregory S. Lovins interim chief financial officer, effective immediately.

For Avery Dennison, It’s a Promotional Wrap

TECHNOLOGY: Investment puts label maker in ad business.

Avery Dennison invests in customer of its vehicle wrap materials.

Can Marketers Calm DineEquity Upheaval?

RESTAURANTS: After losing top talent, company hires executive and ad agency.

Glendale restaurant group DineEquity Inc., parent company of Applebee’s and IHOP restaurants, has recruited a well-reputed advertising agency and a lead marketer from Applebee’s pre-Recession days to strategize a turnaround for the casual dining chain.

Opposite of ‘Boring’

Lenelle Duecker started selling insurance out of necessity, but to her surprise she found it fun.

Lenelle Duecker thought insurance was boring until she started a career selling it.

Talon Wins Record for World’s Longest Zipper

APPAREL: Fastener firm reaches potential buyers at LA Fashion Week opening.

Who else would make the world’s longest zipper? Talon zips up LA Fashion Week with its record product.

Preview: For Avery Dennison, It's a Promotional Wrap

Avery Dennison invests $3 million in Wrapify.

ServiceTitan Gets Titanic Funding

Glendale startup ServiceTitan, the maker of a management software for home service companies, has secured $80 million in funding.

SoCal Gas Exec Named 'Latina of Influence'

Southern California Gas Co. Public Affairs Manager Maria Ventura has been named a “Latina of Influence” by the nationally syndicated PBS program “Hispanic Lifestyle” in recognition of her public service and professional accomplishments.

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