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Amgen to slash 2,400 jobs, shrink Thousand Oaks HQ

Thousand Oaks-based biotech giant Amgen is the region's largest private employer and only blue-chip stock. (Amgen courtesy photo)

By   2 days ago

Thousand Oaks-based Amgen will cut staff at its Conejo Valley headquarters and consolidate into fewer buildings as part of a company-wide restructuring plan that will eliminate between 2,400 and 2,900 jobs and shutter facilities in Colorado and Washington. Amgen said the moves are designed to reduce operating expenses by $700 million by 2016, money that […]

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Ventura County’s ripe farm loan market drives $15.3M bank deal

By   6 days ago

Sierra Bancorp is placing a $15.3 million bet on the agricultural bounty of Ventura County. The Porterville-based parent company of Bank of the Sierra said July 17 that it is purchasing Santa Paula-based Santa Clara Valley Bank in an all-cash deal that includes three branches and $105 million in deposits. The deal gives the Central […]

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Allergan’s South Coast exit reshapes breast implant industry

By   6 days ago

The region’s status changed dramatically on July 21 when Irvine-based Allergan announced that it would shutter its Santa Barbara operations and eliminate 300 jobs there.

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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   6 days 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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A clean start: Emissions firm names new CEO, moves back home

Clean Diesel Technologues assemblyworkers at its Oxnard factory, where the company is consolidating its headquarters. The firm recently promoted executive Chris Harris to CEO as it works toward profitability. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   6 days ago

Clean Diesel Technologies has a new CEO and an old headquarters.

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Keeping Score: Nonprofit business advisers celebrate 50 years

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By   6 days 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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Pacific Hospitality plans multimillion-dollar facelift for Bacara

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By   6 days ago

The 360-room Bacara Resort & Spa is slated to undergo a multimillion-dollar top-to-bottom renovation in coming years.

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Deckers shares jump as firm raises full-year outlook on higher Q1 sales

Deckers' Ugg store on Madison Avenue in New York. (courtesy photo)

By   7 days ago

  Shares of Deckers Outdoor Corp. hopped 5.6 percent in after-hours trading on July 24 as the footwear firm reported better-than-expected sales and raised its outlook for the full year. The firm’s loss widened to $37.1 million, or $1.07 per share, compared to a loss of $29.3 million in the same period a year earlier. […]

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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   6 days 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.

Read More →

Keeping Score: Nonprofit business advisers celebrate 50 years

FuelBoxWEB2

By   6 days 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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Tracking trucks: ClearPathGPS offers fleet monitoring from the cloud

Chris Fowler, left, and Steve Wells are two veteran software executives who founded Santa Barbara-based ClearPathGPS. The service allows owners of commercial vehicle fleets to track drivers, fuel usage, maintenance schedules and more. (Stephen Nellis / Business Times photo)

By   2 weeks ago

Two Santa Barbara software veterans have started ClearPathGPS to make that technology affordable and easy to use for fleets as small as five vehicles.

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A labor of leather: Craftsman adds artisan touch to family trade

Steven Soria, a third-generation leather craftsman in Santa Barbara, launched Make Smith last year. The business makes purses, wallets, belts and home goods such as coasters and pot handles at a small shop on De La Guerra Street. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   3 weeks ago

With the warm, heavy smell of leather in the air, Steven Soria sits in his single-room shop in downtown Santa Barbara amid work tables crowded with metal machinery and tools.

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Playing your cards right: How to pick a payment processing service

Cynthia Villalobos, a barista at Green Star Coffee in Santa Barbara, swipes a customer's card. An iPad makes up the business’ entire point-of-sales system, 
with the ShopKeep app tracking sales and cash payments and Square handling credit card processing. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   3 weeks ago

The Business Times spoke with several retailers and merchant-processing services to find out what sorts of factors small-business owners should weigh when deciding on a point-of-sales system.

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American Dream, millennial edition: Young restaurateurs in Isla Vista

Daniel Dunietz, left, owns Buddha Bowls in Isla Vista, while Sean Evans owns the Jimmy John’s restaurant next door. Both entrepreneurs are in their 20s and moved to the college town to start their own businesses. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   4 weeks ago

Daniel Dunietz and Sean Evans, both in their 20s, enjoy a friendly rivalry as neighboring small-business owners in the student-dominated community of Isla Vista, next to UC Santa Barbara.

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Apeel blooms: Startup gets $1.3M to explore flower, produce coatings

From left: Jenny Du, Kelsey Mollick, James Rogers and Louis Perez of Apeel Sciences, a UC Santa Barbara spinout that makes an edible, sprayable plant compound that can be applied to produce and flowers to keep them fresh longer. (Stephen Nellis / Business Times photo)

By   4 weeks ago

Apeel Sciences has raised $1.3 million and is working on a new product for flower growers to complement its existing efforts to prevent fruit and produce losses to pests and spoilage.

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Tech-savvy Ventura County grower re-engineers approach to raspberries

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By   4 weeks ago

Jurgen Gramckow is one of a few Ventura County raspberry growers who are making the crop one of the county’s highest-grossing agricultural products.

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Amgen to slash 2,400 jobs, shrink Thousand Oaks HQ

Thousand Oaks-based biotech giant Amgen is the region's largest private employer and only blue-chip stock. (Amgen courtesy photo)

By   2 days ago

Thousand Oaks-based Amgen will cut staff at its Conejo Valley headquarters and consolidate into fewer buildings as part of a company-wide restructuring plan that will eliminate between 2,400 and 2,900 jobs and shutter facilities in Colorado and Washington. Amgen said the moves are designed to reduce operating expenses by $700 million by 2016, money that […]

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Teledyne revenues dip as profits, outlook rise

By   6 days ago

Though Thousand Oaks-based conglomerate Teledyne missed its revenue mark for the second quarter, profits jumped 30 percent compared to a year prior, beating analysts estimates. The company also boosted its full-year profit outlook.

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Allergan’s South Coast exit reshapes breast implant industry

By   6 days ago

The region’s status changed dramatically on July 21 when Irvine-based Allergan announced that it would shutter its Santa Barbara operations and eliminate 300 jobs there.

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A clean start: Emissions firm names new CEO, moves back home

Clean Diesel Technologues assemblyworkers at its Oxnard factory, where the company is consolidating its headquarters. The firm recently promoted executive Chris Harris to CEO as it works toward profitability. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   6 days ago

Clean Diesel Technologies has a new CEO and an old headquarters.

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New Yorker faces SEC charges over Clean Diesel trades

By   1 week ago

A New York investor relations executive has been charged with insider trading for using knowledge gained preparing press releases for Oxnard-based Clean Diesel Technologies for personal profit.

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Allergan to shutter Goleta facility, cut 300 jobs

By   1 week ago

Allergan will close its Goleta facility and eliminate about 300 positions there as part of a broader cost tightening effort as the Irvine company fends off a hostile takeover attempt. Allergan makes Botox and other cosmetic drugs and devices. The company became a major South Coast employer in 2005 when it bought breast implant maker […]

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Network Hardware Resale becomes Curvature as strategy shifts

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By   2 weeks ago

Network Hardware Resale has changed its name to Curvature. The change comes as one of Goleta’s biggest employers shifts its focus away from selling used gear and toward becoming a technology consulting firm.

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Rewinding the tape: After ouster, Qualstar consolidates in Simi Valley

A year ago, the management team at Simi Valley-based Qualstar was ousted by Florida-based BKF Capital, which vowed to cut costs and executive compensation while expanding international sales.  (Stephen Nellis / Business Times photo)

By   2 weeks ago

One year after outside investors ousted Simi Valley-based Qualstar’s management and installed a new team, the company has reduced expenses and is working towards profitability.

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A clean start: Emissions firm names new CEO, moves back home

Clean Diesel Technologues assemblyworkers at its Oxnard factory, where the company is consolidating its headquarters. The firm recently promoted executive Chris Harris to CEO as it works toward profitability. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   6 days ago

Clean Diesel Technologies has a new CEO and an old headquarters.

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Pacific Hospitality plans multimillion-dollar facelift for Bacara

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By   6 days ago

The 360-room Bacara Resort & Spa is slated to undergo a multimillion-dollar top-to-bottom renovation in coming years.

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Downtown Oxnard shops struggle against The Collection’s clout

By   6 days ago

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Santa Maria, remixed: City looks for winning formula

Santa Barbara County’s largest city is counting on projects such as a new 14-screen Edwards Theatres to give its downtown district a new look for the 21st Century. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   2 weeks ago

A year after Santa Maria got a new theater complex and a Fallas Discount Store moved into the space formerly occupied by a Mervyn’s department store, city leaders are still scratching their heads over how best to revitalize its struggling retail core.

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Mixed-use project planned for midtown Santa Barbara corridor

By   2 weeks ago

A new mixed-use development on upper De La Vina Street in Santa Barbara is the latest in a series of locally driven projects in the midtown neighborhood in the last few years.

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L.A. developer snaps up Isla Vista complex for $6M

Elijah Brumback

By   2 weeks ago

Los Angeles investment firm Majestic Asset Management has purchased a 36-unit apartment complex in Isla Vista for about $6 million.

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Pent-up demand drives surge of deals on Chapala Street

By   3 weeks ago

With highly coveted square footage virtually unavailable on State Street in downtown Santa Barbara, many companies trying to stay in the market are gobbling up space on the nearby Chapala Street corridor.

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Historic Ventura hotel changes hands

By   3 weeks ago

Sandpiper Capital Partners has purchased the 37-room Leewood Hotel in downtown Ventura from its longtime owner and plans to convert it to an apartment complex. The firm purchased the property for just under $2.7 million, Justin Egerer, founder and managing member of Sandpiper Capital Partners, said in an email to the Business Times. The property is […]

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Amgen to slash 2,400 jobs, shrink Thousand Oaks HQ

Thousand Oaks-based biotech giant Amgen is the region's largest private employer and only blue-chip stock. (Amgen courtesy photo)

By   2 days ago

Thousand Oaks-based Amgen will cut staff at its Conejo Valley headquarters and consolidate into fewer buildings as part of a company-wide restructuring plan that will eliminate between 2,400 and 2,900 jobs and shutter facilities in Colorado and Washington. Amgen said the moves are designed to reduce operating expenses by $700 million by 2016, money that […]

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Heritage Oaks Q2 profits jump 25%

By   2 days ago

Paso Robles-based Heritage Oaks Bancorp’s second-quarter profits jumped 25.1 percent to $2.9 million. Net income from its acquisition of Mission Community Bancorp in February drove the increase, Heritage Oaks said in a July 28 earnings release. The bank’s loans grew 46.9 percent to $1.1 billion, year-over-year, as it added $280.7 million of Mission’s loans to […]

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Community West Bank profits fall 19.8 percent

By   6 days ago

Goleta-based Community West Bancshares, the holding company for Community West Bank, reported that earnings per diluted share fell to $0.18 for the second quarter while net interest income rose to $6.3 million.

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Teledyne revenues dip as profits, outlook rise

By   6 days ago

Though Thousand Oaks-based conglomerate Teledyne missed its revenue mark for the second quarter, profits jumped 30 percent compared to a year prior, beating analysts estimates. The company also boosted its full-year profit outlook.

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Ventura County’s ripe farm loan market drives $15.3M bank deal

By   6 days ago

Sierra Bancorp is placing a $15.3 million bet on the agricultural bounty of Ventura County. The Porterville-based parent company of Bank of the Sierra said July 17 that it is purchasing Santa Paula-based Santa Clara Valley Bank in an all-cash deal that includes three branches and $105 million in deposits. The deal gives the Central […]

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A clean start: Emissions firm names new CEO, moves back home

Clean Diesel Technologues assemblyworkers at its Oxnard factory, where the company is consolidating its headquarters. The firm recently promoted executive Chris Harris to CEO as it works toward profitability. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   6 days ago

Clean Diesel Technologies has a new CEO and an old headquarters.

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Deckers shares jump as firm raises full-year outlook on higher Q1 sales

Deckers' Ugg store on Madison Avenue in New York. (courtesy photo)

By   7 days ago

  Shares of Deckers Outdoor Corp. hopped 5.6 percent in after-hours trading on July 24 as the footwear firm reported better-than-expected sales and raised its outlook for the full year. The firm’s loss widened to $37.1 million, or $1.07 per share, compared to a loss of $29.3 million in the same period a year earlier. […]

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New Yorker faces SEC charges over Clean Diesel trades

By   1 week ago

A New York investor relations executive has been charged with insider trading for using knowledge gained preparing press releases for Oxnard-based Clean Diesel Technologies for personal profit.

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Op/ed: Collaboration is the key to ending hunger in the Tri-Counties

Ventura County FOOD Share CEO Bonnie Weigel, right, with Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus.  (courtesy photo)

By   6 days ago

During the past five years, Ventura County FOOD Share has gone from serving 33,000 people per month to more than 74,500 today.

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Editorial: Power rides into auto history

By   6 days ago

We’ll take a few words to recognize J.D. “Dave” Power, this year’s Business Times Hall of Fame inductee, for yet another honor. The man who masterminded the ubiquitous brass, black and glass awards is picking up some additional hardware this week in Detroit. That’s because he’s being inducted this year into the Automotive Hall of […]

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Entrepreneurs thrive in years after celebration in Spirit awards

Henry Dubroff

By   6 days ago

C’est Cheese is not the only Spirit of Small Business winner we’ve seen grow up a lot over the years.

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Editorial: Cuyama solar array reignites region’s energy prospects

By   6 days ago

Santa Barbara County’s ability to embrace a large-scale energy project of any kind got a major test on July 22, when its planning commission heard testimony about the proposed 40-megawatt Cuyama Solar Project. Developed by First Solar, which previously owned the 550-megawatt Topaz Solar Farm project in San Luis Obispo County, this project would modestly […]

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Editorial: VCHCA earns high-profile grant to study disease

By   2 weeks ago

While diabetes, cancer and heart disease grab the headlines and the lion’s share of grant funding, other major illnesses can fall off the map.

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Op/ed: Obamacare, and where we go from here

By   2 weeks ago

By Jim Wisdom The early results are in for the Affordable Care Act. What are the results and who are the early winners and losers? More importantly, what should we expect in 2015 and beyond? In California, 3.1 million people enrolled in a health-insurance plan through either Covered California, the state’s new health care exchange, […]

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Editorial: Thanks, but we’ll stay in California

By   2 weeks ago

Oh no, not L.A. Reports that a proposed initiative to split California into six states might make the ballot in 2016 has our blood boiling. That’s because the author of the cockamamie scheme, Bay Area venture capitalist Tim Draper, insists on lumping Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties together with Los Angeles County […]

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How Mission & State became foundation’s Mission Impossible

By   2 weeks ago

It’s time to hit “pause” on the Santa Barbara Foundation’s Mission & State public-interest journalism project. That’s not just my view. At a packed community meeting with representation from a half-dozen media organizations in the area, Lois Mitchell, president of The Orfalea Foundation, a program funder, urged the foundation to suspend a controversial contract that […]

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Amgen to slash 2,400 jobs, shrink Thousand Oaks HQ

Thousand Oaks-based biotech giant Amgen is the region's largest private employer and only blue-chip stock. (Amgen courtesy photo)

By   2 days ago

Thousand Oaks-based Amgen will cut staff at its Conejo Valley headquarters and consolidate into fewer buildings as part of a company-wide restructuring plan that will eliminate between 2,400 and 2,900 jobs and shutter facilities in Colorado and Washington. Amgen said the moves are designed to reduce operating expenses by $700 million by 2016, money that […]

Read More →

Ventura County’s ripe farm loan market drives $15.3M bank deal

By   6 days ago

Sierra Bancorp is placing a $15.3 million bet on the agricultural bounty of Ventura County. The Porterville-based parent company of Bank of the Sierra said July 17 that it is purchasing Santa Paula-based Santa Clara Valley Bank in an all-cash deal that includes three branches and $105 million in deposits. The deal gives the Central […]

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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   6 days 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.

Read More →

Keeping Score: Nonprofit business advisers celebrate 50 years

FuelBoxWEB2

By   6 days 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 […]

Read More →

Rewinding the tape: After ouster, Qualstar consolidates in Simi Valley

A year ago, the management team at Simi Valley-based Qualstar was ousted by Florida-based BKF Capital, which vowed to cut costs and executive compensation while expanding international sales.  (Stephen Nellis / Business Times photo)

By   2 weeks ago

One year after outside investors ousted Simi Valley-based Qualstar’s management and installed a new team, the company has reduced expenses and is working towards profitability.

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Ventura County to get $4.1M Health Care Innovation Award

By   3 weeks ago

The Ventura County Health Care Agency is slated to receive $4.1 million in federal funding to study treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, one of the most common lung conditions in the U.S.

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Ceres inks deal to sell plant genetics software

By   3 weeks ago

Shares of Thousand Oaks-based energy crop firm Ceres were up 8 percent in midday trading on news that the company inked a deal to monetize its genome viewing software through a deal with Bayer CropScience.

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Simi Valley hotel dreams take flight with Hummingbird development

The existing main villa is  slated for redevelopment as a boutique hotel. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   4 weeks ago

  In a bid to attract more tourism dollars from nearby Los Angeles, city officials in Simi Valley are pinning their hopes on the development of a five-star hotel at Hummingbird Nest Ranch. But the developer behind the 126-acre ranch says the largest component of the resort development hinges on how well the early phases […]

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Ventura County’s ripe farm loan market drives $15.3M bank deal

By   6 days ago

Sierra Bancorp is placing a $15.3 million bet on the agricultural bounty of Ventura County. The Porterville-based parent company of Bank of the Sierra said July 17 that it is purchasing Santa Paula-based Santa Clara Valley Bank in an all-cash deal that includes three branches and $105 million in deposits. The deal gives the Central […]

Read More →

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   6 days 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.

Read More →

Keeping Score: Nonprofit business advisers celebrate 50 years

FuelBoxWEB2

By   6 days 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 […]

Read More →

New Yorker faces SEC charges over Clean Diesel trades

By   1 week ago

A New York investor relations executive has been charged with insider trading for using knowledge gained preparing press releases for Oxnard-based Clean Diesel Technologies for personal profit.

Read More →

Teledyne dives into underwater drone business with Ocean Aero deal

By   3 weeks ago

While other companies look to the skies for drone business opportunities, Teledyne Technologies is looking to the seas. The Thousand Oaks-based conglomerate has been investing in so-called autonomous underwater vehicles that are used by oceanographers, oil and gas companies and for military missions. On July 2, Teledyne invested in a San Diego company called Ocean […]

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Ventura County to get $4.1M Health Care Innovation Award

By   3 weeks ago

The Ventura County Health Care Agency is slated to receive $4.1 million in federal funding to study treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, one of the most common lung conditions in the U.S.

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Historic Ventura hotel changes hands

By   3 weeks ago

Sandpiper Capital Partners has purchased the 37-room Leewood Hotel in downtown Ventura from its longtime owner and plans to convert it to an apartment complex. The firm purchased the property for just under $2.7 million, Justin Egerer, founder and managing member of Sandpiper Capital Partners, said in an email to the Business Times. The property is […]

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Clean Diesel names new CEO

By   3 weeks ago

Ventura-based Clean Diesel Technologies has promoted Christopher Harris to president and CEO, filling a vacancy created by former chief executive Craig Breese’s sudden departure in late 2013. Harris joined Clean Diesel as chief operations officer in late 2010, with the merger of Clean Diesel and Catalytic Solutions. He has served as the company’s chief operating […]

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Heritage Oaks Q2 profits jump 25%

By   2 days ago

Paso Robles-based Heritage Oaks Bancorp’s second-quarter profits jumped 25.1 percent to $2.9 million. Net income from its acquisition of Mission Community Bancorp in February drove the increase, Heritage Oaks said in a July 28 earnings release. The bank’s loans grew 46.9 percent to $1.1 billion, year-over-year, as it added $280.7 million of Mission’s loans to […]

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Allergan’s South Coast exit reshapes breast implant industry

By   6 days ago

The region’s status changed dramatically on July 21 when Irvine-based Allergan announced that it would shutter its Santa Barbara operations and eliminate 300 jobs there.

Read More →

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   6 days 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.

Read More →

Keeping Score: Nonprofit business advisers celebrate 50 years

FuelBoxWEB2

By   6 days 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 […]

Read More →

GoBiz director calls on communities to invest in workforce development

GoBiz director Kish Rajan (courtesy photo)

By   7 days ago

California’s sometimes inward-looking cities need to make economic and business development a key part of their plans. And they will probably have more success if they can think regionally about workforce and business issues. That was the message that Kish Rajan, director of the Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development, or GoBiz, brought to […]

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Allergan to shutter Goleta facility, cut 300 jobs

By   1 week ago

Allergan will close its Goleta facility and eliminate about 300 positions there as part of a broader cost tightening effort as the Irvine company fends off a hostile takeover attempt. Allergan makes Botox and other cosmetic drugs and devices. The company became a major South Coast employer in 2005 when it bought breast implant maker […]

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Community West Bank COO dies

By   1 week ago

Michael Phlaum, chief operating officer at Goleta-based Community West Bank, died Friday evening from complications related to a stroke, the bank said on July 21. Phlaum joined the bank in February 2012 and was promoted to COO and executive vice president in February of this year. “This is a tragic loss for me personally and […]

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Network Hardware Resale becomes Curvature as strategy shifts

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By   2 weeks ago

Network Hardware Resale has changed its name to Curvature. The change comes as one of Goleta’s biggest employers shifts its focus away from selling used gear and toward becoming a technology consulting firm.

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Heritage Oaks Q2 profits jump 25%

By   2 days ago

Paso Robles-based Heritage Oaks Bancorp’s second-quarter profits jumped 25.1 percent to $2.9 million. Net income from its acquisition of Mission Community Bancorp in February drove the increase, Heritage Oaks said in a July 28 earnings release. The bank’s loans grew 46.9 percent to $1.1 billion, year-over-year, as it added $280.7 million of Mission’s loans to […]

Read More →

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   6 days 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.

Read More →

Keeping Score: Nonprofit business advisers celebrate 50 years

FuelBoxWEB2

By   6 days 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 […]

Read More →

GoBiz director calls on communities to invest in workforce development

GoBiz director Kish Rajan (courtesy photo)

By   7 days ago

California’s sometimes inward-looking cities need to make economic and business development a key part of their plans. And they will probably have more success if they can think regionally about workforce and business issues. That was the message that Kish Rajan, director of the Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development, or GoBiz, brought to […]

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Santa Maria, remixed: City looks for winning formula

Santa Barbara County’s largest city is counting on projects such as a new 14-screen Edwards Theatres to give its downtown district a new look for the 21st Century. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   2 weeks ago

A year after Santa Maria got a new theater complex and a Fallas Discount Store moved into the space formerly occupied by a Mervyn’s department store, city leaders are still scratching their heads over how best to revitalize its struggling retail core.

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Chumash winemaker brings European training to tribe’s new enterprise

Tara Gomez of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is the country’s only Native American winemaker. (Tom Bronzini / Business Times photo)

By   2 weeks ago

The nation’s only Native American winemaker is a young woman from the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians who was ready for the challenge when the tribe entered the wine business.

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Found in the wilderness: Queen bed, hot shower, soft sheets

The interior of a cabin at the El Capital Canyon ranch in Santa Barbara County. The property is one of a handful of regional sites offering luxury camping options. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   3 weeks ago

Glamping, short for glamor camping, is a niche segment of the outdoor recreation industry. A number of long-standing Central and South Coast retreats are cashing in as the trend’s popularity peaks.

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Hawaii utility project is largest-ever for REC Solar

By   3 weeks ago

San Luis Obispo-based REC Solar has broken ground on its biggest project yet, a 12-megawatt installation for a Hawaiian utility cooperative.

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