Business

Palmdale Chick-fil-A to open in September

Chick-fil-A

PALMDALE – A stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurant at 730 W. Rancho Vista Blvd. in Palmdale is projected to open in September. The new restaurant will generate approximately 80 new jobs and bring the chain’s signature Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich that turned 50 last year, company officials announced in a press release. The new location will feature an…

Minimum wage increase forum April 30 in Lancaster

Business forum minimum wage increase Lancaster

LANCASTER – The Department of Consumer and Business Affairs is conducting a business forum in Lancaster to gather input on a potential minimum wage increase. Officials are seeking comments about the potential minimum wage increase from businesses in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. The local forum will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday,…

Palmdale ranked as 12th most diversified economy

City of Palmdale

PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale was recently notified by WalletHub.com that its economy has been ranked by the personal finance outlet as the 12th most diversified in 2015. Scoring number 1 as the best and 175 as most average, the WalletHub study identified 350 of the largest U.S. economies with the highest mix of…

Palmdale accepting vendor applications for TNOTS

The city offers three types of applications to choose from

PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale’s recreation and culture department has begun accepting applications for interested vendors to participate in the city’s Thursday Night on the Square (TNOTS) events for 2015. Now in its 15th year, TNOTS is an award-winning event that brings families and businesses together for eight summer evenings. Each event features live…

Walmart Neighborhood Market opens in Palmdale

The new store employs up to 95 full- and part-time associates, according to company officials.

PALMDALE – Mayor Jim Ledford, Palmdale Chamber Board Chair Laura Gordon, and the Highland High School Marching Band and ROTC helped open the new Walmart Neighborhood Market in Palmdale Wednesday morning. Located at the corner of Rancho Vista Blvd. and Town Center Dr., the new 24-hour store is Walmart’s first neighborhood market in the Antelope…

Palmdale begins recruitment for lifeguard summer jobs

Job recruitment will close March 12 or when 100 applications with minimum qualifications are received, whichever comes first.

PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale’s recreation and culture department has begun accepting applications for summer jobs for the position of Lifeguard I. Details and applications are available at www.cityofpalmdale.org/jobs. Qualified applicants must be 17 years of age by May 15, 2015. They will possess knowledge of rescue methods and first aid as applied to…

AVTA conducting nationwide search for new director

AVTA bus from vid

Lancaster – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) is conducting a nationwide search for qualified candidates interested in serving as the agency’s next executive director. An executive hiring committee has been created to oversee the search for a seasoned professional to lead the agency. The executive director serves as the chief executive officer of the…

Habit Burger to open in Palmdale with 3 local fundraisers

The Habit is known for its Charburgers, made-to-order and cooked over an open flame.  (Contributed)

PALMDALE – The Habit Burger Grill officially opens Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Shops at Rancho Vista Gateway, located at 748 West Rancho Vista Blvd. in Palmdale. However, the public may get a preview of the menu during fundraisers this Sunday and Tuesday to benefit three local non-profits, company officials announced. The Habit will open…

The sweet lives of two local entrepreneurs

Crystal Ruelas (Contributed)

PALMDALE – Wendy Gonzalez and Crystal Ruelas are fulfilling their dreams. They made the leap to entrepreneurship and now they’re making a living out of doing what they love. Gonzalez opened Simply Sweet this past November inside the Palmdale International Shopping Mall, located at 2520 E. Palmdale Blvd.; while Ruelas opened Sinful Treats in October…

California launches public works contractor registration program

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PALMDALE – California’s Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has launched a registration program for all contractors and subcontractors that work on public works projects. As defined by the California labor code, public works are those endeavors utilizing public funds or other considerations at or above $1,000, and engaging construction, alteration, demolition, installation, or repair work…

Antelope Valley CEOs offer advice to young entrepreneurs

Dan Jacobs (left), CEO of Antelope Valley Fair, and Gus Camacho (right), CEO of Camacho Auto Group. (Jim E. Winburn)

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley CEOs offered enriching advice to budding entrepreneurs at a roundtable discussion Thursday night, emphasizing how the road to a rewarding future is paved with personal responsibility. The CEO Roundtable discussion at Antelope Valley College provided an enterprising forum for the 20 middle school students participating in the local Young Entrepreneurs Academy’s…

Palmdale summer job recruitment begins Monday

Save the Date

PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale’s recreation and culture department will be accepting applications for summer jobs beginning this Monday, Feb. 2. Recruitment will begin on Feb. 2 for the positions of program leader, senior lifeguard and head lifeguard. Recruitment for lifeguard I will begin Feb. 17. A variety of program areas are available for…

Job recruitment Feb. 5 for Kinkisharyo

PALMDALE – The South Valley WorkSource Center will host a special job recruitment next week for quality technicians for rail manufacturing company Kinkishayro International, LLC, now operating in Palmdale. The event will take place Thursday, Feb. 5, at the Center, located at 38510 Sierra Highway in Palmdale. Job recruitment for military veterans will be held…

Galli named GAVAR president

Greg Galli

PALMDALE – The former President of the Palmdale Board of Realtors, Greg Galli, has been named president of the Greater Antelope Valley Association of Realtors (GAVAR). After 25 years in the real estate business, Galli still expresses passion for the industry. According to Galli, “I still love real estate and being able to help solve…

AVTA to host 2015 Business Workshop

AVTA logo

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority is hosting a workshop to assist local business owners who want to work with civic agencies but find it difficult to navigate the process. Themed “Local Government Empowering Local Businesses,” the event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, in the AVTA Community Room,…