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Posted: April 30, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 30, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Boutique gives Old Town Fresh look
After studying fashion at FIDM, 23 year old entrepreneur Madison Schwartz owns and operates the Newhall clothing boutique “Fresh.” A member of local business and charitable organizations, Schwartz appreciates the support she has from women in the community.

An opportunity to Dream and Discover
2011 Dream and Discover Entrepreneurs Conference is today, May 5, at the College of the Canyons Valencia campus. Sponsored by the Small Business Development Center, the event was designed to encourage business leaders to think entrepreneurially and embrace their dreams.

City, dealers help pave way for sales
City officials and Valencia Auto Center business owners officially cut the ribbon on Creekside Road improvements Tuesday, aimed at drawing customers to Southern California’s largest auto mall. The pedestrian friendly street and landscape improvements were paid for the SCV automotive dealers.

New codes connect consumers, business
The bar code of the future, the new QR codes open doors to multimedia advertising that offers every convenience to on-the-go consumers. And perhaps best of all, it’s free for businesses and consumers alike. Scanning a QR code with a smart phone links customers with information they seek on any given product or service.

Nick Levin of Valencia Acura honored
Nick Levin, Valencia Acura sales consultant, was recently honored by the Acura division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. for achieving the Gold Master membership level in the Council of Sales Excellence program.

Santa Clara Valley Bank posts solid operating profits
Santa Clara Valley Bank announced a solid operating profit, reporting a net profit of $131,000 for the first quarter of 2011, compared to a loss of $181,000 experienced a year earlier. Noninterest income increased from $33,000 to $130,000 year-over-year.

Meet the Winemaker series at Vino 100
Vino 100’s Meet the Winemaker series features Petra Santa Winery from California’s central coast. Cost for the wine-tasting is $15 per person. Contact the store for details at (661) 294-6886.

Rodriguez re-opens State Farm office
Henry Rodriguez has re-opened a State Farm insurance agency on Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country. The office will take care of many of the clients who worked with retiring agent Ron Thompson.

Home Based and Small Biz Symposium
Tidbits Home Based and Small Biz Symposium Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Valencia, from 8:30 am to 5:30 p.m. More information can be found at


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