September 2005 Business Brief
September, 2005 - Issue #11
Career Central

The SCV School & Business Alliance has announced the re-launch of, an online database for students and educators, of local companies and individuals willing to offer workplace tours, shadowing experiences, internships and guest speakers.

You can help connect students to their future. With school opening in just a few weeks the Alliance invites you to post your availability on the website - Whether you enjoy visiting a classroom as a guest speaker, or hosting a student as a job shadow or intern, there's lots of ways to help students discover what it takes to be successful in the workplace.

Welcome to the SCV

Newcomers to the Santa Clarita Valley can expect a warm smile and a handshake from residents Judith Cassis and Nicole Stinson, co-owners of SCV Home Sweet Home. The pair deliver gift bags chock full of gift certificates and goodies from area merchants to new homebuyers. A variety of free service certificates, goodies, and small gifts donated by SCV Home Sweet Home sponsors are nestled among brochures and information, introducing newcomers to the Santa Clarita Valley. For more information or to contact Cassis or Stinson, log on to

Grocery Shop for Carousel Ranch

On Wednesday, September 21, Whole Foods Market will donate 5 percent of their daily gross totals to the equestrian therapy organization, Carousel Ranch. The Ranch, which is currently searching for a permanent home, provides services to mentally and physically disabled children. Please consider doing some major grocery shopping at Whole Foods Market in Valencia on September 21!

Santa Clarita Valley's Amazing Race - October 8

In this exciting race throughout more than 50 possible retail establishments in the Valencia Town Center, SCV Amazing Race contestants will try to outperform each other in a battle of intellect and strategy. Teams of five local teens will have to work together to stay ahead of the competition to win the race.

The pace is fast and those who fail to keep up will be left behind as the mad dash begins to complete all ten challenging tasks correctly in the shortest possible amount of time. Winners of the race will receive an array of prizes and congratulations as they sprint to the finish line.

Local community members and businesses are invited to participate in the following ways: sponsorship opportunities ranging from $100 to $15,000, volunteers for a variety of positions and in kind donations for door prizes, raffle items, goodie bags, etc.

The Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project has a vision to create a world in which no child will face depression, despair or difficulty alone. Their innovative, community-based organization assists over 14,000 area high school students. Call 250-5355 for more information.

Teen Scene Unplugged: Connect, Communicate & Cope During the Teenage Years

On September 21, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Valencia, community members are invited to discuss teen issues. This program will address parent-teen communication as it relates to tough teen issues. Tune-in to the needs of young people and learn life strategies that work. Leave with plenty of expert advice and concrete suggestions you can use right away. Hosted by the City of Santa Clarita and Blue Ribbon Task Force, this is a must-attend event for parents and their teenagers, and interested community members. Free and open to the public. For more information call 255-4965 or visit

Happy Anniversary to Spa Villa Salon & Day Spa

Tucked away in the Santa Clarita Medical Center on Lyons, Spa Villa Salon & Day Spa is a tranquil place to rest weary bones or enjoy a full makeover. The 2,200 square foot Tuscan Villa themed spa and salon, also featured on Star 98.7 radio station, boasts the popular signature "Villa Revitalize Facial" that achieves maximum hydration for over-stressed, dehydrated and tired skin. Spa Villa is proud to offer cutting-edge fashion technology, like eyelash extensions. Spa Villa has two facial rooms, massage and Vichy room (for body wraps), two Spa Belvedere Pedicure chairs (built-in disinfectant system), four manicuring stations and nine hair stations. To celebrate this past year's success Spa Villa Salon is offering a great special until the end of the summer.

For more information on Spa Villa Salon & Day Spa in Santa Clarita visit

Happy Anniversary to Jon Gardner Insurance and Financial Services

This August marks the third anniversary of this locally owned and operated insurance agency. Jon's business has been built on the idea that people should understand their insurance coverage before they have a loss. Through community involvement and his locally published articles, Jon has helped many people in Santa Clarita better understand their insurance coverage. The business was also recognized last year by the Chamber of Commerce as a nominee for Small Business of the Year.

Prior to opening his office, Jon spent 14 years working in the insurance industry where he held management positions in Underwriting, Marketing, Project Management, and Agency Training. Combined with a Marketing degree, an MBA, and a C.P.C.U. (Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter) designation, Jon has the knowledge and experience to help his clients implement effective insurance strategies for their personal and business needs.

Jon Gardner Insurance and Financial Services offers a full array of products including insurance for Auto, Home, Life, Umbrella, Business, Workers Compensation and Health.

Jon also works with clients to help them develop college savings and retirement strategies. Jon offers complimentary evaluations for all Santa Clarita residents.
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