Jessica Vernabe covers education, family business, health care, hospitality and tourism, insurance, restaurants, retail and the Cities of Glendale and Santa Clarita. She joined the company in May 2010.
Vernabe previously worked as a staff reporter for The Signal newspaper in Santa Clarita.
She has a master’s degree in print journalism from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. She also has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside.
Learning: Entertainment companies partner with school to give students hands-on training.
University offers degrees for the entertainment industry.
MEDICAL: Company aims to save money through restructuring.
Medtronic is laying off 468 employees at its Northridge division.
growth: Organization says expansion will not hinder efforts to help companies in the Valley.
The Valley Economic Development Center acquires Pasadena Development Corp.
Cluster: Location chosen for proximity to big-box retailers and other furniture stores.
Ashley Furniture opening a new store in Santa Clarita.
HEALTH: Antelope Valley Hospital adding cath labs and 15-bed cardiocvascular center.
Health Care column: Antelope Valley Hospital upgrading facilities to be more competitive
DVA Inc. in Burbank sells CDs, DVDs, electronics --- even your mother’s cookware.
Ryan Kugler, co-owner of entertainment media liquidation company DVA Inc.
CHANGE: Investors rescue bankrupt hair care company.
Sexy Hair Concepts acquired by an investment firm and emerges from bankruptcy.
TECH: Location is expected to ‘springboard’ international growth for company, CEO says.
Providea Conferencing LLC opens its first office outside the U.S.
OFFICES: Company may franchise business concept.
Owners of cooperative workspace considering franchising.
Hair Care Company Fills Gap for Bi-Racial Consumers
ENTREPRENEUR: Hair products manufacturer Mixed Chicks in Canoga Park.
MEDICAL: Valley Presbyterian taps former assistant CNO to monitor patient satisfaction.
Healthcare Column: Valley Presbyterian Hospital hires new executive to monitor patient satisfaction.
Industry and economic groups say giving California insurance regulators authority to deny rate increases deemed excessive is unnecessary and would jeopardize the quality of health care.
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones told local insurance professionals he has been monitoring the state’s largest health insurers and hopes to soon have the power to reject excessive rate hikes.
alliances: Companies align with professionals who offer customers added services.
PARTNERSHIPS: Insurance brokerage firms are partnering with other service providers to refer business and help clients.
HEALTH CARE: Facilities meet company’s needs as it expands business nationally.
Medical technology company expands with new offices in two cities and grows in another location.
MARKETING: Carriers hope to give more of a personal touch amid negative publicity.
CARRIERS: Carriers are using social media and online forums to answer clients’ insurance questions.
ACTIVITY: Some companies also undergoing changes in structure, adding divisions.
ABOUT THE LIST: The major players in the insurance brokerage business: who’s doing what in the industry? Includes the 2011 SFV'S LARGEST INSURANCE BROKERS list for download (pdf)
INNOVATION: Companies say digital systems save time and money for their clients.
TECH: Insurance brokerage firms increase efficiency and save money with system upgrades. Clients are benefiting from the digital improvements, too.
The Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys are expected to finally feel improvements in the housing market this year while job growth is expected to continue in both northern Los Angeles County and California, economists said today at an economic forecast conference in Santa Clarita.
HOSPITALITY: Better climate expected to continue with growth this year.
ABOUT THE LIST: HOSPITALITY: Hotels change tactics and undergo renovations as conditions improve in the industry. Includes the 2011 SFV'S LARGEST HOTELS list for download (pdf)
CONSTRUCTION: Cost savings expected at $180 million facility to open in May.
HOSPITAL: The new wing of Providence Holy Cross is one of the first “green” hospital buildings in California.
HEALTH CARE: Staffing levels expected to increase.
West Hills Hospital and the parent of Lakeside Medical enter into an agreement that will bring more business to the hospital.
CONSTRUCTION: Old Community Chevrolet building will have several tenants.
The 67,000 square foot Community Chevrolet building in Burbank has been sold to investors who will create an entertainment hub.
CorporateImpressionsLA Inc.’s latest move into the music packaging business shows how creativity can help a firm grow even in a traditional industry.
ENTREPRENEUR: Corporate Impressions L.A. Inc.
DEVELOPMENT: Santa Clarita picked over several other areas.
BIOMED: A medical equipment development company has recently moved from New York to Santa Clarita in order to tap into its biomedical sector and skilled workforce.
ASSIST: City now offering incentives to draw interest.
Kinetic Lighting has moved from North Hollywood to be one of the first businesses to join Glendale’s newly formed creative corridor after its new incentives were approved.
Brand management company Cherokee Inc. has entered into an exclusive license agreement for its Sideout brand for volleyballs and related volleyball accessories with Irvine-based Mikasa Sports USA Inc.
IKEA’s Burbank store has officially plugged in its new solar energy system, marking the company’s fourth operational solar energy project in the United States and its first in California.
Biotechnology company Amgen is acquiring Brazil-based pharmaceutical company Bergamo and is re-acquiring rights to its products in Brazil from the company Hypermarcas.
Dozens of New Bankers Bulking Up BofA Business Unit
Bank of America is hiring dozens of new small business bankers in the San Fernando Valley region this year to improve its services for small companies.
LABOR: Henry Mayo sets requirements in new contract.
In an unusual move, more than 120 workers laid off by a vendor of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia are getting the chance to continue working at the Valencia-based health care facility.
BUILDING: Southeast strategy boosts value.
CONSTRUCTION: Sylmar construction company Tutor Perini Corp. has acquired Anderson Companies, improving its national footprint by expanding into a new market.
HOSPITALITY: Proprietor widens access to public.
Lindero Country Club is marketing its recently improved property to the public, making more amenities available for business and social events. The club’s restaurant and banquet room were renovated, along with other areas.
LENDING: Panorama City facility designed to be resource for neighborhood’s small firms.
U.S. Bank’s recently opened Panorama City branch is reaching out to local small businesses. The opening reflects a larger expansion effort by the bank in the Valley.
RETAIL: Mall executives claim 2011 bringing higher spending per customer visit.
THE LIST: Valley-Area Shopping Centers: Brighter 2011 seen. Includes the 2011 SFV'S LARGEST SHOPPING CENTERS list for download (pdf)
RANKING: Firm holds on to No. 1 spot but total value of Valley-area deals declines.
ABOUT THE LIST: Valley's Largest commercial real estate brokers. Includes the 2011 SFV's LARGEST COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE FIRMS list for download (pdf)
DineEquity Inc.’s Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurant chain is moving its headquarters.
A couple of Woodland Hills businesses have temporarily relocated their offices due to building water damage that resulted from the recent heavy rains.
City officials have cleared the way for the creation of a tourism marketing district that would help attract more visitors to the city.
ENTREPRENEURS: Owners find they must always evolve and change to stay ahead of the pack.
IDEAS: It’s one thing to have an idea and another to make that idea work as a successful manufacturing business.
ISSUES: Rocketdyne waits for NASA decision.
Despite difficulties in the overall manufacturing industry in the past several years, some companies seek opportunities.
JOBS: Military program helps boost employee count among Valley-area’s largest companies.
THE LIST: Some of the region’s largest manufacturing companies brought more jobs last year to the area where aviation and aerospace manufacturing have a stronghold. Includes the 2011 SFV'S LARGEST MANUFACTURING COMPANIES list for download (pdf)
PROCESSES: ‘Lean manufacturing’ methods are must-haves for many firms. Subhead
Lean manufacturing is an efficiency model that has been used for many years. Companies that have utilized the system’s various components are finding there is payoff.
TRADE: More companies of all sizes looking globally.
Companies see increase in international sales during the economic downturn as more Valley manufacturing firms of varying sizes seek more global markets.
PROPULSION: Firm has managed to morph and overcome government’s whims.
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne has been a fixture in the local manufacturing scene, acting as a major employer and bringing innovations to aerospace and other industries.
Local officials called a planned 20,000-square-foot retail development in Sylmar an economic boost for the community at the future center’s groundbreaking celebration today.
The San Fernando Valley Green Team is partnering with Pierce College in a program that will teach businesses and homeowners how to better conserve energy and water.
PUBLISHING: Wurth chronicles how top-level executives made it big.
LEADERSHIP: 20 IN THEIR 20s - David Wurth, CSQ - C-Suite Quarterly magazine
MARKETING: Duo finds friends first, business second.
LEADERSHIP: 20 IN THEIR 20s - Parham Nabatian and Kayvan Mott, Infinite Communications
SHOPPING: Westfield readies portfolio for Village project.
Westfield starts lining up its retail mix at the proposed Village development that will link Topanga Plaza and the Promenade in the next several years. The company in the past few weeks has been giving more details about the project and sending out glossy brochures to the neighborhood.