Helen Floersh

Staff Reporter (Retail, Nonprofits)

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

Email: hfloersh@sfvbj.com
Phone: 818-316-3121 Extension: 112

Recent Stories

Lancaster City Council Supports Water Rate Reform

The Lancaster City Council has put its stamp of approval on the efforts of a grassroots campaign that seeks to reform the way rates are set by private water companies.

Amgen to Lay Off 121

Amgen Inc. will lay off up to 121 workers at its California sites beginning Dec. 31, according to a notice filed in early November with the California Employment Development Department.

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Union Holds Protest in Warner Center

Workers and supporters of the local operating engineers union made themselves heard Monday morning during a protest at the Warner Center in Woodland Hills.

Legal Diplomats

Law firms need managers with special people skills, say authors Andrew Elowitt and Marcia Watson Wasserman.

Q&A: Lawyer manager Marcia Watson Wasserman and attorney Andrew Elowitt on how to manage law firms

50 Fastest Growing Private Companies 2017: Geolinks

Building Broadband Access for Rural America

Largest Company and Star Performer winners.

Simi Group Revives the Renaissance

Folk with 14th century interests gather for weekend event.

Businesses with medieval flair show their wares at Renaissance faire.

Amgen, Novartis Launch Alzheimer’s Drug Trial

PHARMA: Treatment could prevent symptoms, but prior therapies have failed.

Amgen Inc. and Swiss biopharma Novartis have launched a second clinical trial for their co-developed drug to prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in high-risk patients who are not yet showing symptoms.

Applebee’s Drags on DineEquity Earnings

Shares of DineEquity Inc. rose modestly Thursday following the release of the Glendale restaurant group’s third-quarter financial results, despite the company missing Wall Street expectations for earnings and revenue.

Salem, MannKind Stocks Droop

The stock prices of both Westlake Village biotech MannKind Corp. and Salem Media Group in Camarillo closed down Wednesday following the companies’ disclosure of their third-quarter financial results.

Ralphs to Offer Local Delivery Through Instacart

Ralphs Grocery Co. is joining a number of retail chains that have partnered with delivery service Instacart to bring groceries to customers’ doorsteps in the San Fernando and Conejo valleys.

AV Hospital, Kaiser Extend Care Agreement

Kaiser Permanente Inc. physicians will continue treating patients at the Antelope Valley Hospital for at least another decade.

Amgen, Novartis to Test Alzheimer’s Drug

Amgen Inc. and Novartis International, a Swiss biopharmaceutical company, have launched a new clinical trial to assess the effectiveness of their co-developed drug for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease in high-risk patients.

Walmart Opens Training Academy at Santa Clarita Store

The Santa Clarita location of Walmart will host the mega-retailer’s first employee training academy in Los Angeles County, the company has announced.

Amgen Buys Japanese Joint Venture

Amgen Inc. in Thousand Oaks has entered an agreement to buy Kirin-Amgen, its joint venture with Japan-based Kirin Holdings Co., for $780 million, the company announced.

Friends Help Each Other’s Businesses Shine

STARTUPS: Megan Dugan and Crystal Jones keep crossing paths at work.

In business, it’s not what you know that matters – it’s who you know.

Holiday Horse Extravaganza

ENTERTAINMENT: $30 million ‘Odysseo’ preps season run.

Cavalia horse and circus show could boost Camarillo’s economy in holiday season.

How to Read Resumes by Creatives

Staff firm’s website helps HR understand unconventional careers.

Creative Circles’ website helps HR professionals hire creative types.

Low-Capital Lender

With a near-death experience behind it, Pacoima Federal Development Credit Union plans to move into micro-loans.

Pacoima credit union’s new sponsorship.

Avery Dennison Beats the Street; Stock Jumps

Shares of Avery Dennison Corp. jumped more than 5 percent Wednesday following the release of its third-quarter financial results, which beat Wall Street expectations for earnings and revenue.

Wells Fargo Gives Grant to VEDC

The Valley Economic Development Center, a lending and economic development nonprofit based in Sherman Oaks, has received a $125,000 grant from Wells Fargo & Co. to support its work with women- and minority-owned businesses in the San Fernando Valley.

Salem Selects Director for Urban Gospel Station

Salem Media Group has tapped longtime radio personality Darrel Eason to oversee its new contemporary urban gospel music station in St. Louis.

Big Victory for Small Brewers in L.A.

The city of Los Angeles Public Works Committee has agreed to reduce water discharge permit and inspection fees for microbreweries following an appeal by craft brewery members of the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Metro Meets Worried CEOs

REAL ESTATE: Rail yard could claim premises of 186 firms.

Businesses face hardships from potential new rail yard.

Farm Market Finds Buyers At Night

Westfield Topanga relaunches event with entertainment draw.

Westfield Topanga mall turned day into night for its farmers market.

MannKind Stock Soars on Afrezza Label Update

BIOTECH: Shares gain 152 percent on perception that sales will likely rise.

Can MannKind maintain its recent stock price surge?

Glendale Group Sponsors Congressional Trip

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.

Sun Valley Firm Convicted on Hazardous Waste Charges

A Sun Valley scrap metal recycling business has been convicted for failing to properly dispose of hazardous waste.

Businesses’ Proposed Train Yard Shot Down

A group of Van Nuys businesses – facing possible eviction to make way for a proposed train yard – got disappointing news Tuesday evening.

Salem Renews Radio Host's Contract

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.

Talon Patents 'Flex Collar' Technology

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.

Pacoima Credit Union Launches Microloan Program

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.

Las Vegas Shooter a CSUN Graduate

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.

Political Advocacy Mission Critical for Chambers

LIST: Technology and time constraints make groups ‘more relevant than ever.’

How chambers of commerce strive for relevance.

Self-Help for Homeless

REGION: Businesses adapt to street people near premises.

Local businesses find ways to address homelessness.

Conejo Boys & Girls Clubs Appoints CEO

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley has appointed Kanoe Nāone as chief executive.

Hilton Gives Millions to Fight L.A. Homelessness

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation in Agoura Hills has awarded $8.5 million in grants to combat homelessness in Los Angeles County.

Valley Economic Alliance Sponsors Credit Union

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.

L.A. Salesman to Manage Salem's San Diego Radio Stations

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.

Forecast: Economic Growth Slowing in California

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 Startup Vroozi Names Chairman

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.

Americana at Brand Rethinks Advertising Policy

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.

NoHo Hosts Vegan Nights Food Festival

Event organizers hope to replicate small city format elsewhere.

North Hollywood celebrates natural food with its own festival.

Reaching Par

SPORTS: Pivotal year for PGA tournament in Thousand Oaks.

Will PGA championship in Thousand Oaks become an annual event?

Home Rental In a Box

INTERNET: She automated management of her vacation house and plans to share the system.

Nomadness Rentals’ software appeals to small landlords.

Homelessness, Disasters Topics at State of the Valley Lunch

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.

New Valencia Building Leases Up

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.

Court: Aliso Canyon Can Stay Open

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.

Cherokee Falls to 5-Year Low on Quarterly Results

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.

Valley Economic Alliance Installs New Chairman, Directors

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.

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Salem Taps Triton Digital for Podcast Strategy

Salem Media Group Inc. has tapped Triton Digital, a Sherman Oaks-based technology provider for the audio industry, to build out its podcast strategy.