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Crunchies moves to block takeover bid with Chapter 11 filing

By   1 day ago

Westlake Village-based Crunchies Food Co. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, alleging that one of its largest vendors has attempted a hostile takeover of the fast-growing freeze-dried snacks maker.

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50 Fastest-Growing Companies 2014 announced

Mindbody, ranked No. 11 on the Business Times' 50 Fastest-Growing Companies

By   3 days ago

Learn more about this year’s featured companies and the Sept. 18 awards event.

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Venoco to sell Oxnard oil field for $200M

By   5 days ago

With revenue sagging and pressure mounting to reduce its debt load, Venoco has agreed to sell an oil field near Oxnard for $200 million.

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IQMS readies for big leagues with first outside investment

By   6 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 Facebook, 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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iFixit taps its own mantra for new corporate digs in SLO

iFixit co-founders Luke Soules, left, and Kyle Wiens at the technology repair company’s new headquarters in San Luis Obispo. (Stephen Nellis / Business Times photo)

By   6 days ago

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Competition heats up in infrared market as Flir, Seek Thermal release smartphone products

Flir General Manager Bill Terre shows the company’s new infrared phone app recording a cup of coffee. (Stephen Nellis / Business Times photo)

By   6 days ago

  This holiday season, two South Coast firms will compete to sell what could be the hottest gadget gift of the year: affordable thermal cameras for smartphones. Goleta-based Seek Thermal, the company founded by longtime infrared entrepreneurs Bill Parrish and Tim Fitzgibbons that has raised $30 million, said Aug. 19 that it will offer a […]

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Pacifica Hotels, Eastern Real Estate team up on hostel takeover

Elijah Brumback

By   6 days ago

Last week, Santa Barbara firms Pacifica Hotels and Eastern Real Estate purchased the hostel from the Parker family.

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Lynda.com hires public-company exec

By   6 days ago

Carpinteria-based online education firm Lynda.com has hired a new executive to drive its global expansion and has opened an office in San Francisco to tap Bay Area talent.

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Pour no more: Small wineries oppose Santa Barbara County tasting-room ordinance

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By   6 days ago

Many small wineries in rural areas of Santa Barbara County such as the Santa Ynez Valley may be unable to house tasting rooms or hold special events if county officials approve changes to a winery ordinance that has been in place since 2004.

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In their own words: Spirit of Small Business 2014 winners

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By   6 days 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   2 weeks 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   2 weeks 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   3 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   4 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   4 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   1 month 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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QAD’s second-quarter profits drop despite record revenue

By   11 hours ago

Shares of Summerland-based business software firm QAD fell Aug. 27 on news that the company’s second-quarter profits dropped 24.2 percent to $985,000. QAD reported record revenues and higher operating income during the second quarter. Its total revenue climbed 12 percent to a second-quarter record of $73.1 million, it said, up from $65.2 million in the […]

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IQMS readies for big leagues with first outside investment

By   6 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 Facebook, 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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iFixit taps its own mantra for new corporate digs in SLO

iFixit co-founders Luke Soules, left, and Kyle Wiens at the technology repair company’s new headquarters in San Luis Obispo. (Stephen Nellis / Business Times photo)

By   6 days ago

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Competition heats up in infrared market as Flir, Seek Thermal release smartphone products

Flir General Manager Bill Terre shows the company’s new infrared phone app recording a cup of coffee. (Stephen Nellis / Business Times photo)

By   6 days ago

  This holiday season, two South Coast firms will compete to sell what could be the hottest gadget gift of the year: affordable thermal cameras for smartphones. Goleta-based Seek Thermal, the company founded by longtime infrared entrepreneurs Bill Parrish and Tim Fitzgibbons that has raised $30 million, said Aug. 19 that it will offer a […]

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Lynda.com hires public-company exec

By   6 days ago

Carpinteria-based online education firm Lynda.com has hired a new executive to drive its global expansion and has opened an office in San Francisco to tap Bay Area talent.

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Semtech earnings on track after layoffs

By   7 days 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   1 week 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   1 week 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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$10M Pismo Beach tract to be preserved

By   1 day ago

The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo now has the funds to complete the purchase of the 900-acre Pismo Preserve thanks to an additional contribution from the County Board of Supervisors.

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Pacifica Hotels, Eastern Real Estate team up on hostel takeover

Elijah Brumback

By   6 days ago

Last week, Santa Barbara firms Pacifica Hotels and Eastern Real Estate purchased the hostel from the Parker family.

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Architectural products maker to leave Carpinteria

By   6 days 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   1 week 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   2 weeks 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   2 weeks 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   2 weeks ago

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80-acre home development in Orcutt sells

By   2 weeks 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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QAD’s second-quarter profits drop despite record revenue

By   11 hours ago

Shares of Summerland-based business software firm QAD fell Aug. 27 on news that the company’s second-quarter profits dropped 24.2 percent to $985,000. QAD reported record revenues and higher operating income during the second quarter. Its total revenue climbed 12 percent to a second-quarter record of $73.1 million, it said, up from $65.2 million in the […]

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Semtech earnings on track after layoffs

By   7 days 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   1 week 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

VistaDelMarWEB

By   1 week 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   2 weeks 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   2 weeks 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   2 weeks 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   2 weeks 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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Measure P rekindles north-south feud in Santa Barbara County

Henry Dubroff

By   6 days ago

Large energy companies, most of the North County’s elected officials and chambers of commerce and many others are firmly opposed to this November ballot measure, which would bar “high-intensity” energy production in the county.

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Editorial: Paso Robles makes progress on water issue

By   6 days ago

Gov. Jerry Brown has proved himself to be adept at the use of sharp elbows and brute power to get what he wants. His water bond is a clear example of the use of power to tame public policy — it paves the way for voters to approve a scaled-down, $7 billion issue that would […]

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

Henry Dubroff

By   2 weeks 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   2 weeks 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   3 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   3 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   3 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   4 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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Crunchies moves to block takeover bid with Chapter 11 filing

By   1 day ago

Westlake Village-based Crunchies Food Co. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, alleging that one of its largest vendors has attempted a hostile takeover of the fast-growing freeze-dried snacks maker.

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50 Fastest-Growing Companies 2014 announced

Mindbody, ranked No. 11 on the Business Times' 50 Fastest-Growing Companies

By   3 days ago

Learn more about this year’s featured companies and the Sept. 18 awards event.

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In their own words: Spirit of Small Business 2014 winners

ScreenShot

By   6 days 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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Limoneira buys stake in Chilean citrus packing operation

By   1 week 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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Ventura County Credit Union purchases former Affinity Group HQ

VistaDelMarWEB

By   1 week 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   2 weeks 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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Simi Valley gains traction as Tylt expands

By and   2 weeks 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   2 weeks 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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50 Fastest-Growing Companies 2014 announced

Mindbody, ranked No. 11 on the Business Times' 50 Fastest-Growing Companies

By   3 days ago

Learn more about this year’s featured companies and the Sept. 18 awards event.

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Venoco to sell Oxnard oil field for $200M

By   5 days ago

With revenue sagging and pressure mounting to reduce its debt load, Venoco has agreed to sell an oil field near Oxnard for $200 million.

Read More →

In their own words: Spirit of Small Business 2014 winners

ScreenShot

By   6 days 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   7 days 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   1 week 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   2 weeks 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   2 weeks 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   2 weeks 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 →

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QAD’s second-quarter profits drop despite record revenue

By   11 hours ago

Shares of Summerland-based business software firm QAD fell Aug. 27 on news that the company’s second-quarter profits dropped 24.2 percent to $985,000. QAD reported record revenues and higher operating income during the second quarter. Its total revenue climbed 12 percent to a second-quarter record of $73.1 million, it said, up from $65.2 million in the […]

Read More →

Santa Barbara chamber opposes anti-oil effort Measure P

By   13 hours ago

Proponents of Santa Barbara County’s Measure P, an anti-fracking measure that could also shut down conventional oil and gas production, suffered a setback on Aug. 27 when the largest South Coast chamber of commerce said it opposed the November ballot initiative. The Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce said that its board voted to “urge […]

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50 Fastest-Growing Companies 2014 announced

Mindbody, ranked No. 11 on the Business Times' 50 Fastest-Growing Companies

By   3 days ago

Learn more about this year’s featured companies and the Sept. 18 awards event.

Read More →

Competition heats up in infrared market as Flir, Seek Thermal release smartphone products

Flir General Manager Bill Terre shows the company’s new infrared phone app recording a cup of coffee. (Stephen Nellis / Business Times photo)

By   6 days ago

  This holiday season, two South Coast firms will compete to sell what could be the hottest gadget gift of the year: affordable thermal cameras for smartphones. Goleta-based Seek Thermal, the company founded by longtime infrared entrepreneurs Bill Parrish and Tim Fitzgibbons that has raised $30 million, said Aug. 19 that it will offer a […]

Read More →

Pacifica Hotels, Eastern Real Estate team up on hostel takeover

Elijah Brumback

By   6 days ago

Last week, Santa Barbara firms Pacifica Hotels and Eastern Real Estate purchased the hostel from the Parker family.

Read More →

Lynda.com hires public-company exec

By   6 days ago

Carpinteria-based online education firm Lynda.com has hired a new executive to drive its global expansion and has opened an office in San Francisco to tap Bay Area talent.

Read More →

Pour no more: Small wineries oppose Santa Barbara County tasting-room ordinance

WineryWEb1

By   6 days ago

Many small wineries in rural areas of Santa Barbara County such as the Santa Ynez Valley may be unable to house tasting rooms or hold special events if county officials approve changes to a winery ordinance that has been in place since 2004.

Read More →

In their own words: Spirit of Small Business 2014 winners

ScreenShot

By   6 days 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 →

Central Coast View All →

Santa Barbara chamber opposes anti-oil effort Measure P

By   13 hours ago

Proponents of Santa Barbara County’s Measure P, an anti-fracking measure that could also shut down conventional oil and gas production, suffered a setback on Aug. 27 when the largest South Coast chamber of commerce said it opposed the November ballot initiative. The Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce said that its board voted to “urge […]

Read More →

$10M Pismo Beach tract to be preserved

By   1 day ago

The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo now has the funds to complete the purchase of the 900-acre Pismo Preserve thanks to an additional contribution from the County Board of Supervisors.

Read More →

50 Fastest-Growing Companies 2014 announced

Mindbody, ranked No. 11 on the Business Times' 50 Fastest-Growing Companies

By   3 days ago

Learn more about this year’s featured companies and the Sept. 18 awards event.

Read More →

IQMS readies for big leagues with first outside investment

By   6 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 Facebook, 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 […]

Read More →

iFixit taps its own mantra for new corporate digs in SLO

iFixit co-founders Luke Soules, left, and Kyle Wiens at the technology repair company’s new headquarters in San Luis Obispo. (Stephen Nellis / Business Times photo)

By   6 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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Pour no more: Small wineries oppose Santa Barbara County tasting-room ordinance

WineryWEb1

By   6 days ago

Many small wineries in rural areas of Santa Barbara County such as the Santa Ynez Valley may be unable to house tasting rooms or hold special events if county officials approve changes to a winery ordinance that has been in place since 2004.

Read More →

In their own words: Spirit of Small Business 2014 winners

ScreenShot

By   6 days 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   2 weeks 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 →