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Amazon invests in Santa Barbara’s TrackR  

Philip Joens I 3 days ago

An investment of at least $250,000 by Amazon will help TrackR become a medium-sized business. The Santa Barbara-based company received an investment from Amazon’s Alexa Read More →
The winner of the 2016 UC Santa Barbara New Venture Competition is water sampling device maker Osmo.

UC Santa Barbara New Venture Competition breeds winners  

Philip Joens I 3 days ago

For 16 years, the UC Santa Barbara New Venture Competition has given startups a platform from which to launch. The annual competition — this year’s Read More →
Alex Kacik

Tri-county Sports Authority spaces could end up split up  

Alex Kacik I 3 days ago

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Henry Dubroff

New labor rules may create permanent underclass of businesses  

Henry Dubroff I 3 days ago

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Alex Kacik

Action plan calls for food system reform  

Alex Kacik I 3 days ago

A group of area nonprofits are working with government to create a better food system in Santa Barbara County. The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County Read More →
Workers donned protective gear to clean up the Refugio oil spill.

Charges, lawsuits Plains’ Refugio oil spill legacy  

Henry Dubroff I 3 days ago

One year later, the Refugio oil spill remains in the headlines amid rising costs and the first of what could be a series of criminal Read More →
Matthew Fienup

Ventura County leader in water management  

Guest commentary I 3 days ago

By Matthew Fienup As forecasts of torrential El Nino rains have given way to the hard reality of another year of drought on the Central Read More →
Mohan Maheswaran

Turn diversity into a strategic advantage  

Guest commentary I 3 days ago

By Mohan Maheswaran Unleashing the creative thinking and world experiences of a diverse executive team along with a diverse global workforce is simply the best Read More →
NRG Energy’s Mandalay Generating Station along Oxnard’s shores would be replaced if state officials approve the project.

CPUC OKs construction of NRG Energy’s Puente Power Project in Oxnard  

Staff Report I 3 days ago

The California Public Utilities Commission greenlit Oxnard’s Puente Power Project at a May 26 meeting in San Francisco. In a 5-0 vote, the commission unanimously Read More →
Despite record-breaking profits last year, Ugg boot parent company Deckers Outdoor Corp. expects earnings to flatline this year, partly because of higher prices for sheepskin, the key raw material in its signature boots.

Deckers Brands CEO retiring; earnings per share nose dive  

Staff Report I 3 days ago

Goleta-based Deckers Brands beat quarterly revenue estimates but still posted a loss of 73 cents per share when the company reported fourth quarter and fiscal Read More →

2016 Champions in Health Care announced  

Staff Report I 4 days ago

  The Pacific Coast Business Times announced its 2016 Champions in Health Care. The special report published May 20. The winners will be honored at Read More →

EVC of SLO County rolls out Economic Dashboard  

Staff Report I 1 week ago

The Economic Vitality Corp. of San Luis Obispo County launched a web-based Economic Dashboard to give residents and businesses a quick look at the area Read More →

Ventura’s Biodico gets $1.2 million grant farm electricity project  

Staff Report I 1 week ago

Ventura biofuel company Biodico received a $1.2 million grant from the California Energy Commission for its solar, wind and bioenergy project, “Zero Net Energy Farms.” Read More →
Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, left, and Bernie Kohn of Bloomberg News at the Society of American Business Editors and Writers conference in Washington, D.C.

Labor secretary defends new overtime rules  

Henry Dubroff I 1 week ago

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Labor Secretary Thomas Perez mounted a vigorous defense of the administration's new overtime rules, saying objections by universities and retailers are overblown. Read More →
Dr. Frederick Beddingfield, left, CEO of Sienna Biopharmaceuticals, and Bob More, 
managing director at venture capital firm Alta Partners, spoke to entrepreneurs on May 16.

Ex-Kythera execs build Westlake Village startup  

Philip Joens I 1 week ago

A team of Kythera Biopharmaceuticals executives hit reset after the company’s sale and are now leading a Westlake Village startup. Dr. Frederick Beddingfield, Kythera Biopharmaceuticals’ Read More →
Tom Bronzini

Syrah not getting love it deserves in marketplace  

Tom Bronzini I 1 week ago

Over the last year or so I’ve asking vintners, ‘What’s going on with syrah?’ It’s getting harder and harder to find on retail shelves. When Read More →
Alex Kacik

More affordable housing can be developed on South Coast  

Alex Kacik I 1 week ago

While housing in Santa Barbara County has become slightly more affordable over the past year, it is still one of the least affordable counties in Read More →
Santa Barbara’s new hydrogen fueling station is at 150 S. La Cumbre.

Hydrogen fueling station serves Central Coast  

Natasha Moss I 1 week ago

Santa Barbara is home to the first retail hydrogen fueling station on the Central Coast, relieving hyrdogen fuel cell electric vehicle drivers of their range Read More →
Henry Dubroff

Dubroff: Plains prosecution either carefully crafted or grandstanding  

Henry Dubroff I 1 week ago

There are two ways to look at the May 17 announcement that Plains All American Pipeline will face criminal charges over last year’s Refugio oil Read More →
California Attorney General Kamala Harris discusses the Plains All American Pipeline indictment outside of the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's office on May 17. (Alex Kacik)

Plains faces criminal charges over Refugio oil spill  

Alex Kacik I 1 week ago

A California grand jury indicted Plains All American Pipeline on four felony counts in connection with the Refugio oil spill, prosecutors announced May 17. The Read More →

Settlement reasonable amid political pressure  

Henry Dubroff I 1 week ago

Maybe there’s not a major Supreme Court decision lurking in every case that’s in the headlines. That’s our takeaway from the court’s order to litigants Read More →
Daniel S. Fabiano

New regulation allows everyone to invest in private companies  

Guest commentary I 1 week ago

By Daniel S. Fabiano Until now, private businesses were banned from soliciting the public for equity investments. At the same time, individual investors were barred Read More →
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Osmo wins UCSB New Venture  

Philip Joens I 1 week ago

Osmo, a device that simplifies water sampling and makes it easier for scientists to collect water samples, won the UC Santa Barbara New Venture Competition Read More →
Workers donned protective gear to clean up the Refugio oil spill.

Federal regulators say Plains failed to prevent Refugio oil spill  

Alex Kacik I 1 week ago

Story updated at 5:20 p.m. May 19: Plains All American Pipeline did not adequately protect its lines from corrosion, properly measure the worn pipes nor Read More →
Sports Authority

Sports Authority closing all stores, including 6 in Tri-Counties  

Staff Report I 2 weeks ago

Sports Authority plans to close all of its 463 stores, including six in the Tri-Counties, according to documents filed in bankruptcy court in Delaware. Tiger Read More →