Staff Reporter (Retail, Nonprofits)
Helen covers retail, hospitality and nonprofits in the greater Valley region.
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Westfield Topanga relaunches event with entertainment draw.
Westfield Topanga mall turned day into night for its farmers market.
REAL ESTATE: Rail yard could claim premises of 186 firms.
Businesses face hardships from potential new rail yard.
BIOTECH: Shares gain 152 percent on perception that sales will likely rise.
Can MannKind maintain its recent stock price surge?
LOBBYING: Armenia Fund seeks better trade relations with homeland.
Stronger trade ties between the U.S. and Armenia may be on the horizon thanks to Glendale-based Armenia Fund, which rounded up a group of U.S. Congressmen for three-day trip to Armenia in mid-September.
A Sun Valley scrap metal recycling business has been convicted for failing to properly dispose of hazardous waste.
A group of Van Nuys businesses – facing possible eviction to make way for a proposed train yard – got disappointing news Tuesday evening.
Radio broadcaster Salem Media Group in Camarillo has renewed its contract with KRLA-AM and KTIE-AM personality Brian Whitman, co-host of The Morning Answer radio show in Los Angeles.
The inventor of the original zipper has been awarded a patent for a textile technology that promises to put an end to tight shirt collars.
Back from the brink of closure, the Pacoima Development Federal Credit Union has launched a new microloan program for entrepreneurs and small businesses located in Pacoima and the San Fernando Valley.
Emerging details about the life of Stephen Paddock, the man who opened fire Sunday on a crowd at a Las Vegas concert before killing himself, reveal ties to the San Fernando Valley.
REGION: Businesses adapt to street people near premises.
Local businesses find ways to address homelessness.
LIST: Technology and time constraints make groups ‘more relevant than ever.’
How chambers of commerce strive for relevance.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley has appointed Kanoe Nāone as chief executive.
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation in Agoura Hills has awarded $8.5 million in grants to combat homelessness in Los Angeles County.
The northeast San Fernando Valley’s only credit union has been saved from closure by a sponsorship from the Valley Economic Alliance, a nonprofit based in Sherman Oaks.
Broadcaster Salem Media Group in Camarillo has promoted the sales manager of its KKLA-FM Los Angeles radio station to the role of general manager for its San Diego station cluster.
A chokehold on housing development threatens to knock California from its position as a national leader for economic growth, according to a report published Thursday by the Center for Economic Research and Forecasting at California Lutheran University.
Software-as-a-service firm Vroozi Inc. in Sherman Oaks announced Wednesday that it has appointed former software executive Greg Butterfield as chairman of its board of directors.
INTERNET: She automated management of her vacation house and plans to share the system.
Nomadness Rentals’ software appeals to small landlords.
SPORTS: Pivotal year for PGA tournament in Thousand Oaks.
Will PGA championship in Thousand Oaks become an annual event?
Event organizers hope to replicate small city format elsewhere.
North Hollywood celebrates natural food with its own festival.
MARKETING: Promotion for Armenian genocide film will reach shoppers for free.
Top Caruso executives met with representatives of the Glendale chapter of the Armenian National Committee of America, or ANCA, in early September to address concerns about the relationship between the Armenian community and the luxury retail developer’s Americana at Brand shopping center in Glendale.
The business community put local leaders on the hot seat Thursday at the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce’s State of the Valley luncheon, an annual panel discussion that gives businesses the chance to pose questions about public policy to San Fernando Valley legislators.
One of the three just-completed buildings in Valencia that make up the Valencia Gateway V project has been leased to Vision Media Management & Fulfillment, according to CBRE Group Inc.
Los Angeles County once again failed to halt natural gas operations at the Southern California Gas Co.’s Aliso Canyon facilities, after the state Supreme Court on Wednesday said it would not review a lower court’s decision that permitted limited operations at the site.
The stock of Cherokee Global Brands (CHKE) fell to a five-year low Friday, a day after the company disclosed financial results for its second fiscal quarter of 2018.
The Valley Economic Alliance, an economic development nonprofit based in Sherman Oaks, has appointed longtime member Randy Witt as chairman. Witt succeeds Richard Katz, who has held the post since 2015.
Salem Media Group Inc. has tapped Triton Digital, a Sherman Oaks-based technology provider for the audio industry, to build out its podcast strategy.
Salem Media Group Inc.’s investment publication division, Eagle Financial Publications, has acquired Intelligence Report, a financial strategy newsletter. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
New West Symphony pits two maestros in strumming contest.
Dueling violinists plus antique violins equals top attendance for New West Symphony
For members of Watch Gang’s subscription service, the clock starts anew every month with a surprise package at a discount price.
Would you subscribe monthly for a watch? Collectors would!
FOUNDATION: Humanitarian award recognizes value of public health research.
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, based in Agoura Hills, has awarded its annual $2 million Hilton Humanitarian Prize to the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Control, Bangladesh, or iccdr,b.
Tracking down an Uber after a day at the mall is about to get a little easier.
The world’s first all-electric articulated bus will roll into service Friday in Lancaster, the Antelope Valley Transit Authority has announced.
Limoneira Co. has formed marketing partnership with the Intercollegiate Tennis Association to sponsor the organization’s upcoming community service month, the Santa Paula citrus grower announced Tuesday.
A new wave of Sears Holding Corp. closures will include a Kmart location in Valencia.
Six Flags Magic Mountain will welcome guests 365 days a year beginning Jan. 1, the Valencia theme park announced Wednesday.
JetSuiteX will fly football fans this fall out of the Hollywood Burbank Airport to two USC and UCLA games in the Bay Area and Arizona, the company announced Wednesday.
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has awarded its $2 million Hilton Humanitarian Prize to International Center for Diarrheal Disease Control, Bangladesh, or iccdr,b, an international research institute focused on improving public health in developing countries.
Survey results give Glad Lash insights into customer base.
Eye makeup company connects with customers through survey.
HOSPITALITY: Investors react positively to same-day hire and location shrinkage.
DineEquity hires new CEO and closes more locations.
ENERGY: SoCalGas renews operations at methane leak site.
Residents express concerns over reopening of Aliso Canyon gas storage facility.
Tourism: Studio City alley hosts hundreds for the World Police & Fire Games.
More than 150 police and firefighters from 20 countries around the globe descended on Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City Aug. 9 to 11 to take part in the World Police & Fire Games bowling tournament, one of 65 athletic events held throughout the Los Angeles area.
Cherokee Global Brands has amended its credit facility with Cerberus Business Finance, sending the company’s stock up more than 10 percent.
Shares of DineEquity Inc. jumped more than 4 percent Thursday after the release of the company’s second-quarter financial results and the news of hiring a new chief executive.
Provision Holding Inc. anticipates the number of 3D shopping kiosks it will install in Rite Aid Corp. stores may stay at 700 rather than the 4,500 it once anticipated, the software and technology firm announced Wednesday in a letter to shareholders.
DineEquity Inc. in Glendale has appointed former CKE Restaurants Inc. executive Brad Haley to oversee marketing initiatives for its IHOP brand. He will assume the post Aug. 14.
Stations want to carry live broadcasts from Sports USA, but advertisers have other options.
Sports USA recruits a top sportscaster.
TRADE: County to promote exports, investment in Shanghai.
Ventura County’s Small Business Development Center expands to China. What’s the benefit for local businesses?
CAREER: Dual approach serves both job-seekers and companies with positions.
The Southern California branch of Goodwill Industries International Inc. is extending a helping hand to the Valley’s struggling teens and young adults through its new YouthSource Center in Panorama City.