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In their own words: Spirit of Small Business 2014 winners

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By   2 hours ago

The Pacific Coast Business Times’ 2014 class of Spirit of Small Business winners were honored at an awards luncheon on Aug. 14, 2014 following the publication of a special edition on July 25, 2014. The special section, produced in partership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, highlights entrepreneurship in the Tri-Counties, with profiles on successful […]

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Architectural products maker to leave Carpinteria

By   2 hours ago

Forms+Surfaces plans to vacate its 65,000-square-foot campus in Carpinteria, a move that will affect 50 jobs as it shifts work to Arizona and other parts of California.

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Limoneira buys stake in Chilean citrus packing operation

By   2 days ago

Limoneira Co. has purchased a 35 percent stake in a Chilean citrus business for $1.75 million. Santa Paula-based Limoneira said Tuesday that it had made the investment in Rosales, a citrus packing, marketing and sales operation based in La Serena, Chile. The operation is located in the coastal region of northern Chile, which is a […]

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IQMS taps venture heavyweights for capital infusion

By   2 days ago

Paso Robles-based software firm IQMS has taken an outside investment for the first time in its 25-year history, raising an undisclosed sum from the same financiers who have backed Faceook, Expedia and Netflix. The company said Aug. 19 that Technology Crossover Ventures led the funding round with Banneker Partners participating. The terms of the deal […]

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Ventura County Credit Union purchases former Affinity Group HQ

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By   3 days ago

Ventura County Credit Union has purchased the 73,000-square-foot office building at 2575 Vista Del Mar Drive in Ventura for its new headquarters. The property was previously the corporate home of Affinity Group. The purchase price was not disclosed. The property previously changed hands for $4.4 million in late 2012, property records show. The credit union […]

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Billion-dollar bond bonanza bound for ballot box

By   7 days ago

Tri-county school and community college districts are seeking passage this fall of bond measures totaling more than $1 billion, with many officials saying outdated buildings and overcrowded classrooms are the reason for the onslaught of financing initiatives. Across the region, at least 11 districts have successfully placed bond measures on the November ballot. The largest […]

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A healthy image: Karl Storz counts on software to lead growth

Gary Macker, global vice president of manufacturing for Karl Storz. The German company plans to consolidate its Goleta operations into a 102,000-square-foot building. (Stephen Nellis / Business Times photo)

By   7 days ago

An emphasis on video processing and precision manufacturing are driving growth at Karl Storz Imaging in Goleta.

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Simi Valley gains traction as Tylt expands

By and   7 days ago

A Simi Valley consumer electronics accessories firm is opening a new 60,000-square-foot headquarters to boost its staff, launch new brands and push its venture capital arm forward.

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In their own words: Spirit of Small Business 2014 winners

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By   2 hours ago

The Pacific Coast Business Times’ 2014 class of Spirit of Small Business winners were honored at an awards luncheon on Aug. 14, 2014 following the publication of a special edition on July 25, 2014. The special section, produced in partership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, highlights entrepreneurship in the Tri-Counties, with profiles on successful […]

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Boutique to boutique: Startup launches online fashion marketplace

Gwen Jones inside Whistle Club, a Santa Barbara boutique owned by Rebecca McKinney, right. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   7 days ago

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Persona signs deal to roll out 20 pizza restaurants in Florida

Persona offers a build-your-own pizza that cooks in 90 seconds. (courtesy photo)

By   1 week ago

  Santa-Barbara-based Persona Neapolitan Pizzeria has inked a franchising deal to open up to 20 stores in Florida across a 10-year span, kicking off a development plan the restaurant announced earlier this year. The State Street restaurant, which serves fast-casual, thin-crust, Neapolitan-style pizzas, is launching a string of stores in South Florida through Sager Management […]

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Startup Weekend, en Español: Entrepreneurs pitch in Santa Maria

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By   2 weeks ago

  A design for a face-mask to protect farm laborers from dust, pesticides and sun damage took home the top spot at the first Spanish Startup Weekend in the U.S. The event, held the weekend of Aug. 1-3 in Santa Maria, gathered four teams who spent 54 hours working on prototypes and presentations for their […]

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Portable power: Ojai firm makes battery systems that can go anywhere

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By   3 weeks ago

An Ojai company’s creation that started as a way to run camera and lighting gear for on-location film shoots has evolved into a battery system that can power everything from military forces in Afghanistan to an off-grid organic vodka distillery in Hawaii.

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Snatching a larger slice: Persona pizzeria plots nationwide expansion

Persona Neapolitan Pizza opened on State Street in downtown Santa Barbara last year. It now hopes to have 250 franchise locations around the country within five years. (courtesy photo)

By   3 weeks ago

Santa Barbara-based Persona Neapolitan Pizza is embarking on a nationwide expansion as competition heats up in the fast-casual, wood-fired pizza market.

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Announcing the 2014 Spirit of Small Business winners

Mark Steller, owner of Old Town Market in Orcutt and this year’s North Santa Barbara County Spirit of Small Business award winner. (Nik Blaskovich photo)

By   4 weeks ago

The Pacific Coast Business Times is pleased to announce our 2014 class of Spirit of Small Business award winners. The annual special section, now in its 12th year, celebrates small-business ownership and entrepreneurship in the Tri-Counties.

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Keeping Score: Nonprofit business advisers celebrate 50 years

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By   4 weeks ago

  The business-advice nonprofit Score just turned 50, but the advice it provides is ageless. The national organization is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and the San Luis Obispo branch is celebrating 30 years. For half a century, Score has provided free or low-cost mentoring and workshops to entrepreneurs and business owners around the […]

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Semtech earnings on track after layoffs

By   3 hours ago

Shares of Camarillo-based chipmaker Semtech Corp. were up 4.8 percent after the company announced stronger-than-expected sales and profits. Semtech, which uses a fiscal year that ends in January each year, said Aug. 20 that its second-quarter fiscal 2015 revenues were $145.7 million, up 10 percent from the previous quarter but down 12 percent from the […]

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IQMS taps venture heavyweights for capital infusion

By   2 days ago

Paso Robles-based software firm IQMS has taken an outside investment for the first time in its 25-year history, raising an undisclosed sum from the same financiers who have backed Faceook, Expedia and Netflix. The company said Aug. 19 that Technology Crossover Ventures led the funding round with Banneker Partners participating. The terms of the deal […]

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Infrared firms face off in smartphone market

By   3 days ago

Affordable thermal imaging is coming to a smartphone near you, with the South Coast emerging as a technology hotspot. Goleta-based Tyrian Systems, the company founded by longtime infrared entrepreneurs Bill Parrish and Tim Fitzgibbons that has raised $28.3 million, is changing its name to Seek Thermal and will offer a camera that plugs into smartphones […]

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A healthy image: Karl Storz counts on software to lead growth

Gary Macker, global vice president of manufacturing for Karl Storz. The German company plans to consolidate its Goleta operations into a 102,000-square-foot building. (Stephen Nellis / Business Times photo)

By   7 days ago

An emphasis on video processing and precision manufacturing are driving growth at Karl Storz Imaging in Goleta.

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Simi Valley gains traction as Tylt expands

By and   7 days ago

A Simi Valley consumer electronics accessories firm is opening a new 60,000-square-foot headquarters to boost its staff, launch new brands and push its venture capital arm forward.

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TrueVision looks for growth with eye surgery system patent

By   7 days ago

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Mobile search drives sales growth on Invoca platform

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By   7 days ago

  Mobile search is experiencing a huge surge in volume of sales over Santa Barbara-based Invoca’s technology platform, with $1.7 billion of the $2.5 billion in customer sales that have happened since 2007 taking place in the past year. Invoca makes software that helps companies close more sales when customers call in and track where […]

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TechPitch seeks Central Coast entries for contest

By   7 days ago

TechPitch, the annual business plan contest held in San Luis Obispo, is calling for Central Coast startups to apply for this year’s competition. Now in its fourth year, TechPitch has become a must-attend event that draws hundreds of business, technology and civic leaders. It’s organized through a collaboration between Cal Poly’s Small Business Development Center […]

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Architectural products maker to leave Carpinteria

By   2 hours ago

Forms+Surfaces plans to vacate its 65,000-square-foot campus in Carpinteria, a move that will affect 50 jobs as it shifts work to Arizona and other parts of California.

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Ventura County Credit Union purchases former Affinity Group HQ

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By   3 days ago

Ventura County Credit Union has purchased the 73,000-square-foot office building at 2575 Vista Del Mar Drive in Ventura for its new headquarters. The property was previously the corporate home of Affinity Group. The purchase price was not disclosed. The property previously changed hands for $4.4 million in late 2012, property records show. The credit union […]

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Santa Barbara Community Bank to open on Carrillo Street

By   6 days ago

OCB Bancorp has taken over the 1,600-square-foot space at 21 E. Carrillo St. in downtown Santa Barbara for its new Santa Barbara Community Bank division. The location is a new branch for Ojai-based OCB Bancorp, which announced last month that it had tapped veteran banker Eloy Ortega to lead its expansion into the South Coast. […]

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Simi Valley gains traction as Tylt expands

By and   7 days ago

A Simi Valley consumer electronics accessories firm is opening a new 60,000-square-foot headquarters to boost its staff, launch new brands and push its venture capital arm forward.

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Property owner looks to shed luxury condominium project

Architectural rendering for the proposed development at 1825 State St. in Santa Barbara. After getting the project fully entitled, the owner is now looking to sell. (courtesy photo)

By   7 days ago

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80-acre home development in Orcutt sells

By   1 week ago

An 80-acre residential development in Orcutt has been sold for an undisclosed amount. The project, called Bradley Village, was purchased by an area investment group called Bradley Ventures after listing for $8 million, according to Hayes Commercial Group, which represented the buyer in the deal negotiations. Also known as Key Site 30, the project is […]

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Target toughens talk in Goleta store hunt

By   2 weeks ago

Target Corp., the second-largest discount retailer in the U.S., is searching for a new site for a potential store in Goleta. It is no longer under contract to purchase the site long planned for a store at Hollister Avenue and Los Carneros Way in Goleta, insiders say, but several options remain open as the big-box […]

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$55M refinancing paves way for Oxnard complex remodel

Elijah Brumback

By   2 weeks ago

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Semtech earnings on track after layoffs

By   3 hours ago

Shares of Camarillo-based chipmaker Semtech Corp. were up 4.8 percent after the company announced stronger-than-expected sales and profits. Semtech, which uses a fiscal year that ends in January each year, said Aug. 20 that its second-quarter fiscal 2015 revenues were $145.7 million, up 10 percent from the previous quarter but down 12 percent from the […]

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IQMS taps venture heavyweights for capital infusion

By   2 days ago

Paso Robles-based software firm IQMS has taken an outside investment for the first time in its 25-year history, raising an undisclosed sum from the same financiers who have backed Faceook, Expedia and Netflix. The company said Aug. 19 that Technology Crossover Ventures led the funding round with Banneker Partners participating. The terms of the deal […]

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Ventura County Credit Union purchases former Affinity Group HQ

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By   3 days ago

Ventura County Credit Union has purchased the 73,000-square-foot office building at 2575 Vista Del Mar Drive in Ventura for its new headquarters. The property was previously the corporate home of Affinity Group. The purchase price was not disclosed. The property previously changed hands for $4.4 million in late 2012, property records show. The credit union […]

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Santa Barbara Community Bank to open on Carrillo Street

By   6 days ago

OCB Bancorp has taken over the 1,600-square-foot space at 21 E. Carrillo St. in downtown Santa Barbara for its new Santa Barbara Community Bank division. The location is a new branch for Ojai-based OCB Bancorp, which announced last month that it had tapped veteran banker Eloy Ortega to lead its expansion into the South Coast. […]

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Billion-dollar bond bonanza bound for ballot box

By   7 days ago

Tri-county school and community college districts are seeking passage this fall of bond measures totaling more than $1 billion, with many officials saying outdated buildings and overcrowded classrooms are the reason for the onslaught of financing initiatives. Across the region, at least 11 districts have successfully placed bond measures on the November ballot. The largest […]

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CoastHills Credit Union expands to five counties

By   1 week ago

CoastHills Credit Union, the region’s largest credit union, has extended its reach from the southern edge of the Bay Area to the Los Angeles County line. The $750 million-asset financial institution said Aug. 13 that its July conversion from a federal to a state charter will allow it to set its service area as the […]

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Inogen raises 2014 guidance after beating on Q2 profits

By   1 week ago

Shares of Goleta-based Inogen climbed 4.3 percent in after-hours trading on Tuesday as the medical-device maker reported better-than-expected second-quarter revenue and profit. The company, which went public earlier this year, makes portable at-home oxygen concentrators. Its second-quarter revenue soared 50.8 percent to $30.4 million, beating the Capital IQ Consensus Estimate by $6.5 million. Product sales […]

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Funding farming’s future: USDA tags Tri-Counties for program

The value of the strawberry crop in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties dropped 5 percent to just over $1 billion last year as farmers struggled with the drought. (USDA photo)

By   2 weeks ago

  A $10 billion federal fund from the U.S. Department of Agriculture could provide much-needed assistance for developing water systems and other infrastructure in the Tri-Counties, where the region’s agriculture industry has suffered tremendous losses from the drought. The USDA has designated Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties as “drought disaster counties” as […]

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Dubroff: Santa Barbara County’s Economic Vitality Team gets ready for its closeup

Henry Dubroff

By   7 days ago

Santa Barbara County is about to fill what some people have taken to calling the region’s doughnut hole when it comes to economic development efforts. Thanks to a $150,000 grant in the recently approved county budget, the Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce will soon begin development of an Economic Vitality Team. What Chamber President […]

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Editorial: South Coast shoppers’ hunt for Target continues

By   7 days ago

Let the Target wars begin. South Santa Barbara County once again is in pursuit of the iconic red logo that has become a destination for typically female middle-class shoppers seeking home goods, back-to-school clothes and food at discount prices. Somehow, the South Coast wound up with K-Mart and Sears stores but Target so far has […]

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With pension measure dead, Ventura County needs a new fix

By   2 weeks ago

“You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.” Whether or not The Eagles’ classic rock song, “Hotel California,” was written as an homage to the former Camarillo State Hospital, now the campus of CSU Channel Islands, one thing about it rings true. When it comes to the Ventura County pension […]

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Op/ed: Sometimes you need a fire to set off sparks at your company

By   2 weeks ago

By Scott Harris Although it’s a controversial notion to some, most of those who manage our parklands have accepted the idea that forest fires can be good. This idea has even moved beyond letting natural fires continue to burn. We actually have a policy, Hazard Reduction Burning, of starting controlled fires. The theory — and […]

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Editorial: Measure M stands for government malpractice

By   2 weeks ago

“Mistake” might be a good way to characterize Measure M, an initiative that the city of Port Hueneme has hurriedly approved for the November ballot. In case you have not heard about it, Measure M would dispose of a minor tax on home-based businesses that now brings in about $7,000 per year and replace it […]

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Editorial: Large employers loosen grip on Ventura County

By   3 weeks ago

Half-a-dozen years ago, East Ventura County’s economy was heavily dependent on two very large employers: subprime lending giant Countrywide Financial Corp. and biotech behemoth Amgen.

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Dubroff: Wall Street rattles the West Coast, shaking up Amgen and Allergan

Henry Dubroff

By   3 weeks ago

What happens on Wall Street is having a direct impact on West Coast jobs, with indirect effects on housing and other markets.

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Op/ed: No easy answers in affirmative action debate

By   3 weeks ago

Last month, a federal appeals court revived the longstanding debate over affirmative action when it ruled that a race-conscious admissions policy at the University of Texas at Austin was constitutional.

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In their own words: Spirit of Small Business 2014 winners

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By   2 hours ago

The Pacific Coast Business Times’ 2014 class of Spirit of Small Business winners were honored at an awards luncheon on Aug. 14, 2014 following the publication of a special edition on July 25, 2014. The special section, produced in partership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, highlights entrepreneurship in the Tri-Counties, with profiles on successful […]

Read More →

Limoneira buys stake in Chilean citrus packing operation

By   2 days ago

Limoneira Co. has purchased a 35 percent stake in a Chilean citrus business for $1.75 million. Santa Paula-based Limoneira said Tuesday that it had made the investment in Rosales, a citrus packing, marketing and sales operation based in La Serena, Chile. The operation is located in the coastal region of northern Chile, which is a […]

Read More →

Ventura County Credit Union purchases former Affinity Group HQ

VistaDelMarWEB

By   3 days ago

Ventura County Credit Union has purchased the 73,000-square-foot office building at 2575 Vista Del Mar Drive in Ventura for its new headquarters. The property was previously the corporate home of Affinity Group. The purchase price was not disclosed. The property previously changed hands for $4.4 million in late 2012, property records show. The credit union […]

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Billion-dollar bond bonanza bound for ballot box

By   7 days ago

Tri-county school and community college districts are seeking passage this fall of bond measures totaling more than $1 billion, with many officials saying outdated buildings and overcrowded classrooms are the reason for the onslaught of financing initiatives. Across the region, at least 11 districts have successfully placed bond measures on the November ballot. The largest […]

Read More →

Simi Valley gains traction as Tylt expands

By and   7 days ago

A Simi Valley consumer electronics accessories firm is opening a new 60,000-square-foot headquarters to boost its staff, launch new brands and push its venture capital arm forward.

Read More →

Clinicas sues Gold Coast Health, alleging loss of 20K patients

By   7 days ago

Ventura County’s largest system of nonprofit health clinics is suing the entity that oversees the county’s Medi-Cal dollars, alleging that a breach of two contracts caused the clinics to lose 20,000 patients and at least $74,600 per month.

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CoastHills Credit Union expands to five counties

By   1 week ago

CoastHills Credit Union, the region’s largest credit union, has extended its reach from the southern edge of the Bay Area to the Los Angeles County line. The $750 million-asset financial institution said Aug. 13 that its July conversion from a federal to a state charter will allow it to set its service area as the […]

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Funding farming’s future: USDA tags Tri-Counties for program

The value of the strawberry crop in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties dropped 5 percent to just over $1 billion last year as farmers struggled with the drought. (USDA photo)

By   2 weeks ago

  A $10 billion federal fund from the U.S. Department of Agriculture could provide much-needed assistance for developing water systems and other infrastructure in the Tri-Counties, where the region’s agriculture industry has suffered tremendous losses from the drought. The USDA has designated Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties as “drought disaster counties” as […]

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In their own words: Spirit of Small Business 2014 winners

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By   2 hours ago

The Pacific Coast Business Times’ 2014 class of Spirit of Small Business winners were honored at an awards luncheon on Aug. 14, 2014 following the publication of a special edition on July 25, 2014. The special section, produced in partership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, highlights entrepreneurship in the Tri-Counties, with profiles on successful […]

Read More →

Semtech earnings on track after layoffs

By   3 hours ago

Shares of Camarillo-based chipmaker Semtech Corp. were up 4.8 percent after the company announced stronger-than-expected sales and profits. Semtech, which uses a fiscal year that ends in January each year, said Aug. 20 that its second-quarter fiscal 2015 revenues were $145.7 million, up 10 percent from the previous quarter but down 12 percent from the […]

Read More →

Ventura County Credit Union purchases former Affinity Group HQ

VistaDelMarWEB

By   3 days ago

Ventura County Credit Union has purchased the 73,000-square-foot office building at 2575 Vista Del Mar Drive in Ventura for its new headquarters. The property was previously the corporate home of Affinity Group. The purchase price was not disclosed. The property previously changed hands for $4.4 million in late 2012, property records show. The credit union […]

Read More →

Santa Barbara Community Bank to open on Carrillo Street

By   6 days ago

OCB Bancorp has taken over the 1,600-square-foot space at 21 E. Carrillo St. in downtown Santa Barbara for its new Santa Barbara Community Bank division. The location is a new branch for Ojai-based OCB Bancorp, which announced last month that it had tapped veteran banker Eloy Ortega to lead its expansion into the South Coast. […]

Read More →

Billion-dollar bond bonanza bound for ballot box

By   7 days ago

Tri-county school and community college districts are seeking passage this fall of bond measures totaling more than $1 billion, with many officials saying outdated buildings and overcrowded classrooms are the reason for the onslaught of financing initiatives. Across the region, at least 11 districts have successfully placed bond measures on the November ballot. The largest […]

Read More →

Clinicas sues Gold Coast Health, alleging loss of 20K patients

By   7 days ago

Ventura County’s largest system of nonprofit health clinics is suing the entity that oversees the county’s Medi-Cal dollars, alleging that a breach of two contracts caused the clinics to lose 20,000 patients and at least $74,600 per month.

Read More →

Funding farming’s future: USDA tags Tri-Counties for program

The value of the strawberry crop in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties dropped 5 percent to just over $1 billion last year as farmers struggled with the drought. (USDA photo)

By   2 weeks ago

  A $10 billion federal fund from the U.S. Department of Agriculture could provide much-needed assistance for developing water systems and other infrastructure in the Tri-Counties, where the region’s agriculture industry has suffered tremendous losses from the drought. The USDA has designated Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties as “drought disaster counties” as […]

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Courts say electronic records are on the docket

By   2 weeks ago

Coming soon to a courthouse near you: Electronic document filing, judges swiping through case files on touch pads and digital public access to court records.

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In their own words: Spirit of Small Business 2014 winners

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By   2 hours ago

The Pacific Coast Business Times’ 2014 class of Spirit of Small Business winners were honored at an awards luncheon on Aug. 14, 2014 following the publication of a special edition on July 25, 2014. The special section, produced in partership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, highlights entrepreneurship in the Tri-Counties, with profiles on successful […]

Read More →

Architectural products maker to leave Carpinteria

By   2 hours ago

Forms+Surfaces plans to vacate its 65,000-square-foot campus in Carpinteria, a move that will affect 50 jobs as it shifts work to Arizona and other parts of California.

Read More →

Infrared firms face off in smartphone market

By   3 days ago

Affordable thermal imaging is coming to a smartphone near you, with the South Coast emerging as a technology hotspot. Goleta-based Tyrian Systems, the company founded by longtime infrared entrepreneurs Bill Parrish and Tim Fitzgibbons that has raised $28.3 million, is changing its name to Seek Thermal and will offer a camera that plugs into smartphones […]

Read More →

Santa Barbara Community Bank to open on Carrillo Street

By   6 days ago

OCB Bancorp has taken over the 1,600-square-foot space at 21 E. Carrillo St. in downtown Santa Barbara for its new Santa Barbara Community Bank division. The location is a new branch for Ojai-based OCB Bancorp, which announced last month that it had tapped veteran banker Eloy Ortega to lead its expansion into the South Coast. […]

Read More →

Billion-dollar bond bonanza bound for ballot box

By   7 days ago

Tri-county school and community college districts are seeking passage this fall of bond measures totaling more than $1 billion, with many officials saying outdated buildings and overcrowded classrooms are the reason for the onslaught of financing initiatives. Across the region, at least 11 districts have successfully placed bond measures on the November ballot. The largest […]

Read More →

A healthy image: Karl Storz counts on software to lead growth

Gary Macker, global vice president of manufacturing for Karl Storz. The German company plans to consolidate its Goleta operations into a 102,000-square-foot building. (Stephen Nellis / Business Times photo)

By   7 days ago

An emphasis on video processing and precision manufacturing are driving growth at Karl Storz Imaging in Goleta.

Read More →

TrueVision looks for growth with eye surgery system patent

By   7 days ago

This article is only available to Business Times subscribers Subscribers: LOG IN or REGISTER for complete digital access. Not a Subscriber? SUBSCRIBE for full access to our weekly newspaper, online edition and Book of Lists. Check the STATUS of your Subscription Account.

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Mobile search drives sales growth on Invoca platform

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By   7 days ago

  Mobile search is experiencing a huge surge in volume of sales over Santa Barbara-based Invoca’s technology platform, with $1.7 billion of the $2.5 billion in customer sales that have happened since 2007 taking place in the past year. Invoca makes software that helps companies close more sales when customers call in and track where […]

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In their own words: Spirit of Small Business 2014 winners

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By   2 hours ago

The Pacific Coast Business Times’ 2014 class of Spirit of Small Business winners were honored at an awards luncheon on Aug. 14, 2014 following the publication of a special edition on July 25, 2014. The special section, produced in partership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, highlights entrepreneurship in the Tri-Counties, with profiles on successful […]

Read More →

Billion-dollar bond bonanza bound for ballot box

By   7 days ago

Tri-county school and community college districts are seeking passage this fall of bond measures totaling more than $1 billion, with many officials saying outdated buildings and overcrowded classrooms are the reason for the onslaught of financing initiatives. Across the region, at least 11 districts have successfully placed bond measures on the November ballot. The largest […]

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A taste of what’s coming at two Paso Robles wine venues

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By   7 days ago

  Two notable wine-industry projects are in the works in the Paso Robles area, one from a veteran winemaker and another from relative newcomers. Stephan Asseo, who began making wine in France in 1982 and established L’Aventure on Paso’s west side in 1998, expects to begin work this month on wine caves and a new, […]

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TechPitch seeks Central Coast entries for contest

By   7 days ago

TechPitch, the annual business plan contest held in San Luis Obispo, is calling for Central Coast startups to apply for this year’s competition. Now in its fourth year, TechPitch has become a must-attend event that draws hundreds of business, technology and civic leaders. It’s organized through a collaboration between Cal Poly’s Small Business Development Center […]

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A fungus among us: Team hopes to cultivate truffles on Central Coast

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By   7 days ago

  A group of French and Chilean truffle farmers are sniffing out the Central Coast’s potential to grow the highly prized fungi. A team from Beyond Truffles, a Chilean truffle producer, and Agri-Truffe, a French truffle-tree nursery operation, are reaching out to San Luis Obispo County farmers and vintners in hopes of launching large-scale production […]

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Santa Maria chamber names Citizen of the Year award for Bob Hatch

By   1 week ago

The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce has renamed its Citizen of the Year Award for outgoing President Bob Hatch and given him the inaugural honor. The change was announced at the chamber’s annual dinner on Aug. 13. The award is now called the Robert P. Hatch Citizen of the Year award. In accepting the […]

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CoastHills Credit Union expands to five counties

By   1 week ago

CoastHills Credit Union, the region’s largest credit union, has extended its reach from the southern edge of the Bay Area to the Los Angeles County line. The $750 million-asset financial institution said Aug. 13 that its July conversion from a federal to a state charter will allow it to set its service area as the […]

Read More →

80-acre home development in Orcutt sells

By   1 week ago

An 80-acre residential development in Orcutt has been sold for an undisclosed amount. The project, called Bradley Village, was purchased by an area investment group called Bradley Ventures after listing for $8 million, according to Hayes Commercial Group, which represented the buyer in the deal negotiations. Also known as Key Site 30, the project is […]

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