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

Farm Market Finds Buyers At Night

Westfield Topanga relaunches event with entertainment draw.

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

Metro Meets Worried CEOs

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

Businesses face hardships from potential new rail yard.

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.

Self-Help for Homeless

REGION: Businesses adapt to street people near premises.

Local businesses find ways to address homelessness.

Political Advocacy Mission Critical for Chambers

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

How chambers of commerce strive for relevance.

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.

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.

Reaching Par

SPORTS: Pivotal year for PGA tournament in Thousand Oaks.

Will PGA championship in Thousand Oaks become an annual event?

NoHo Hosts Vegan Nights Food Festival

Event organizers hope to replicate small city format elsewhere.

North Hollywood celebrates natural food with its own festival.

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.

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.

Salem Media Acquires Investment Newsletter

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.

Violin Duel Delights Fans At Fundraiser

New West Symphony pits two maestros in strumming contest.

Dueling violinists plus antique violins equals top attendance for New West Symphony

Time Sharing

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!

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Bangladesh Lab Wins Hilton’s $2 Million Prize

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.

Westfield to Partner with Uber for Service at Retail Centers

Tracking down an Uber after a day at the mall is about to get a little easier.

Electric Bus to Start Rolling in Lancaster

The world’s first all-electric articulated bus will roll into service Friday in Lancaster, the Antelope Valley Transit Authority has announced.

Limoneira Signs Collegiate Tennis Marketing Sponsorship

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.

Valencia Kmart to Close

A new wave of Sears Holding Corp. closures will include a Kmart location in Valencia.

Year-Round Magic Mountain Will Benefit Santa Clarita

Six Flags Magic Mountain will welcome guests 365 days a year beginning Jan. 1, the Valencia theme park announced Wednesday.

Burbank Hosts 'Pop Up' Flights for Football Fans

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.

Hilton Foundation Gives $2 Million to Bangladesh Research Group

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.

Beauty Pros Eagerly Take Eye Test

Survey results give Glad Lash insights into customer base.

Eye makeup company connects with customers through survey.

DineEquity CEO Starts With Restaurant Closures

HOSPITALITY: Investors react positively to same-day hire and location shrinkage.

DineEquity hires new CEO and closes more locations.

Aliso Reopens

ENERGY: SoCalGas renews operations at methane leak site.

Residents express concerns over reopening of Aliso Canyon gas storage facility.

Bowling Tournament Attracts Cops, Firefighters

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 Jumps on Amended Debt Deal

Cherokee Global Brands has amended its credit facility with Cerberus Business Finance, sending the company’s stock up more than 10 percent.

DineEquity Appoints New CEO

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 Letter Clarifies Rite Aid Deal

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 Appoints IHOP Chief Marketing Officer

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.

Radio’s Squeeze Play

Stations want to carry live broadcasts from Sports USA, but advertisers have other options.

Sports USA recruits a top sportscaster.

Ventura Opens Office in China

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?

Goodwill Launches Youth Program in Valley

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.