August Business Brief
August, 2007 - Issue #34
GNP/ICP Scholarship Golf Classic
Pictured are the first-place winners of the fifth-annual GNP/ICP Scholarship Golf Classic held on June 13 at Robinson Ranch. The team, sponsored by Salt Creek Grille and Affordable Quality Moving and Storage, are Brad Uptgraft, Dave Dyck, Casey Kirkman, Joe Greiner, Dave Fong, David Breslow and Tucker Brown. The tournament raised over $230,000 to be used for scholarships for pharmacy students attending USC School of Pharmacy and Western University School of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy who are pursuing careers as independent community pharmacists. In addition, The Institute for Community Pharmacy will receive $50,000 to be used for continuing education for practicing pharmacists.

Local Business Owner Honored at Santa Clarita Symphony Fundraiser
Virgil Walker, founder and president of Auton Motorized Systems, received an award for Visionary Leadership and Outstanding Support at the Santa Clarita Symphony's first annual fundraiser, Evening Under the Oaks. The event was hosted by City Councilman Bob Kellar. Andy Pattantyus, Santa Clarita Symphony board pesident, presented Walker with the award saying, "Virgil has been supporting the symphony long before anyone else had even heard of the idea. No one has been as generous as Virgil and no one has shown such unwavering support along the way."

Newly-private TPC Unveils Expanded Clubhouse
The Tournament Players Club at Valencia has unveiled a beautiful new clubhouse offering members and guests over 3,800 square feet of dining at the Oaks Grille with a glass enclosed atrium, a brand new veranda as well as a 5,000-square-foot locker room for the male members. "It has been exciting to see the club change shape not only with the construction but through the privatization and growing membership. We have prided ourselves on providing our members and guests with the best experience in service and amenities in the valley, and I believe we are continuously exceeding those expectations," says Ron Horton, general manager of the TPC at Valencia. For more information call 661-288-1995.

Foundation for Children's Dental Health of Santa Clarita Event
More SCV children are smiling brightly because of two local dentists, Gina Dorfman and Carla Abboud of Dentistry for Kids & Adults. Along with generous volunteers, the pair provided free dental care to local kids from low income families last month. The event was organized by the Foundation for Children's Dental Health of Santa Clarita and was hosted by Dr. Dorfman at her Canyon Country office. The team was assisted by registered dental professionals Shannon Hanrahan, Al Cornejo, Jessica Gonzalez and pre-dental student Jason Lam. They completed dozens of fillings, crowns, baby root canals and extractions. The kids received home care instructions, as well as balloons and prizes. For more information visit

Advantage Tile Stone Design Celebrates One-year Anniversary
Gragg family, SCV residents and owners of Advantage Tile Stone Design, has been in the tile/wood installation business for 25 years. The company provides exclusive lines, with or without installation, plus knowledge, industry experience and value. For more information call 661-295-9819.

SCV Bank Elects Terry Martin to Board
SCV Bank recently announced the election of longtime Santa Clarita CPA and resident Terry Martin to its board of directors. Martin is the tax partner of Martin & Coy CPA's, with over 25 years experience with both international and local accounting firms. He currently serves as an executive board member of the Child & Family Center. For more information call 661-255-9250.

Valencia Vinyl Anniversary
Valencia Vinyl is celebrating their one-year anniversary. Valencia Vinyl is locally owned and operated; the owners have over 20 years experience specializing only in vinyl structures. All materials come with a lifetime guarantee and each product is custom fabricated. Whether you have a brand-new construction or an older home, the company can enhance the architectural style of your property with their turn-of-the-century products that do not yellow, crack, decay, splinter or warp. Visit, call 661-702-1347, or stop by the showroom at 27734 Avenue Scott #130 in Valencia.

J&M Entertainment Adds Casino-tainment to Services
Since 1979, J&M Entertainment has grown from a humble single operator DJ company to one of the most respected event production organizations in the industry. Recently, the company has expanded to include Casino-tainment. This casino-style event has a J&M touch, combined with a DJ and MC. For more information call 800-585-4235.

New Provider of Documentation and Data Destruction
Responding to the growing threat of information and identity theft, Steve Sturgeon has opened a new business called Confidential Data Destruction Company. Confidential Data Destruction Company, a division of AVM Technologies, will be one of Santa Clarita's first local providers of documentation and data destruction. Sturgeon said that he will begin to provide a wide range of secure destruction services to his clientele, from large national Fortune 500 companies to small local businesses and individuals. CDDC provides four primary services: scheduled container pick-up, purge service, witnessed destruction and customer drop-off. SCV Chamber members are eligible for a special offer. For more information call 800-884-9399.

Ted Dayton to Teach Not-So-Beginning PhotoShop Class
Sponsored by the Santa Clarita Valley Photographers Association, this workshop, held on Thursday, July 26, will provide simple advice on how to make your digital photos look great using common PhotoShop tools. Advice for taking good pictures to begin with will also be provided by Dayton, who has been recognized internationally for his photography work. The cost is $20. Register and pay online or pay at the door. Held at the Community Room at the Valencia Town Center near Starbuck's, the event runs from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Bring your laptop to work alongside Dayton on files distributed at the workshop. Log onto for more information.

Exclusive Sedan Service Wins Prestigious Operator of the Year Award
Exclusive Sedan Service won Limousine & Chauffeured Transportation (LCT) Magazine's Operator of the Year award at its annual convention & trade show in Las Vegas. The Award honors excellence in management leadership, community service and industry involvement, staff training, fleet safety, and innovation among companies in the chauffeured transportation industry. Exclusive Sedan Service provides luxury transportation services to a diverse group of clients. The company has been in business for 27 years and prides itself on their reputation for excellent safety and employee training. For more information call 818-765-7311.

Mission Valley Bank Announces New Office in Centre Pointe Area
Tamara Gurney, president and CEO of Mission Valley Bank, has announced plans to open a new, full-service banking office in the Centre Pointe area of the Santa Clarita Valley. "We are excited about the location of this new branch and believe that the selected site is centrally located in the heart of Centre Pointe, allowing us to provide yet another convenient location to serve our clients throughout the Santa Clarita Valley," she says. Mission Valley Bank's new office will be located at 26415 Carl Boyer Drive in Santa Clarita (at the corner of Center Pointe Parkway and Carl Boyer Drive). Marti Heinbaugh, vice president, will manage the Centre Pointe branch of Mission Valley Bank. Marti, a long time resident of Santa Clarita has more than 30 years of banking experience. The new office will open in fall of this year.

Kym's Kreations Murals Expands Brand
The popular muralist and interior home painter Kym Cappi has turned her love of animals into an expanded service for her business. Cappi provides realistic painted pet portraits, called Pampered Pet Purse Portraits, into wearable art. For more information call 661-251-5929.

McKenna & Greene Hosts Ice Cream Social
From 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., taste delectable toppings from Stonewall Kitchen, including Black Cherry Cognac Sauce, Coffee Caramel Sauce and Raspberry Liqueur Hot Fudge. McKenna & Greene is located at the corner of Seco Canyon and Copper Hill in the CVS Plaza; 661-296-0935.

Balance Point Hosts Spa Fun and Charity Night Benefiting Domestic Violence Center of SCV
Enjoy wine tasting, snacks, mini-services, readings, hands-on hypnosis, cake tasting by Let'Em Eat Cake, clothing sales by Stylish Housewives and more. Balance Point is located at 18285 Soledad Canyon Road; 661-252-0650.
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