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Nebil "Bilo" Zarif, owner of Summerland Winery, was this year's Spirit of Small Business winner for Santa Barbara County. (Nik Blaskovitch photo).

2016 Spirit of Small Business Awards winners announced  

Staff Report I 19 hours ago

  The Pacific Coast Business Times is pleased to announce our 2016 class of Spirit of Small Business Awards winners. This annual special section, now in its 14th year, celebrates Read More →

CLU hosts Center for Nonprofit Leadership  

Alex Kacik I 21 hours ago

California Lutheran University has tapped a former Ventura County Community Foundation executive to start a nonprofit leadership center that aims to help fill the void Read More →

Some chambers back candidates, others neutral  

Supriya Yelimeli I 22 hours ago

As a blistering election year consumes the Central Coast, chambers of commerce are deciding their role in the political process. The chambers in the Tri-County Read More →
Alex Kacik

Showdown looms as controversial Chumash land trust bill advances  

Alex Kacik I 22 hours ago

The Santa Ynez Chumash Indians can move forward with plans to build 143 single-family homes for tribal members, per a U.S. House Committee on Natural Read More →
Henry Dubroff

Dubroff: Montecito Bank & Trust beefs up management team with Leis  

Henry Dubroff I 23 hours ago

Montecito Bank & Trust wrote the latest chapter in the saga of regional banking when it announced late July 18 that it was adding Union Read More →
Alex Kacik

Cybersecurity scares spawn legislation, new businesses  

Alex Kacik I 23 hours ago

Businesses, government entities and consumers are increasingly aware of the threat of cyberattacks. High-profile security breaches like the ones experienced by health insurer Anthem Blue Read More →
Henry Dubroff

Life is precious takeaway from terror attack in Nice  

Henry Dubroff I 23 hours ago

Westlake Village financial planner John C. Lindsey had just arrived in Nice for a family vacation when his ordeal began. After an “awesome Bastille Day Read More →
Vlad Vaiman

Soft skills key to successful managers  

Guest commentary I 23 hours ago

By Vlad Vaiman Executives often promote outstanding employees to supervisory or managerial positions as part of their strategy to retain the best ones. There is Read More →
Thousand Oaks-based biotech giant Amgen is the region's largest private employer and only blue-chip stock. (Amgen courtesy photo)

Amgen settles lawsuit, says biosimilar works as well as Herceptin  

Staff Report I 2 days ago

Amgen settled a lawsuit and released positive news about a breast cancer biosimilar this week. The Thousand Oaks-based biotech giant said July 20 the company Read More →

Santa Barbara’s Pensionmark adds affiliate in New York  

Staff Report I 2 days ago

Santa Barbara-based Pensionmark Retirement Group added an affiliate office in New York. Pensionmark is a financial retirement planning and executive compensation consulting firm. The New Read More →
Citizens Business Bank

Citizens Business Bank second quarter net income down from 2015  

Staff Report I 2 days ago

CVB Financial Corp. and its subsidiary Citizens Business Bank reported $25.5 million net income for the second quarter of 2016, or 23 cents per share. Read More →
Thousand Oaks-based biotech giant Amgen is the region's largest private employer and only blue-chip stock. (Amgen courtesy photo)

FDA declines to approve Novartis biosimilar for Amgen’s Neulasta  

Staff Report I 4 days ago

The Food and Drug Administration has declined for now to approve a copycat version of Amgen’s blockbuster drug Neulasta. Reuters reported July 19 that the Read More →

Lockheed Martin second quarter earnings beat analyst estimates  

Staff Report I 4 days ago

Lockheed Martin revenues increased slightly and the company beat analyst estimates when it reported second quarter earnings results July 19. Lockheed Martin said sales increased Read More →
Joseph Devivo

Goleta’s InTouch Health picks DeVivo to replace Wang as CEO  

Staff Report I 4 days ago

Goleta-based telemedicine provider InTouch Health appointed Joseph DeVivo as the new CEO to replace former CEO Dr. Yulun Wang, the company announced July 19. DeVivo Read More →
George Leis

Montecito Bank & Trust hires Leis to be COO  

Henry Dubroff I 4 days ago

Updated at 8:10 p.m.: Montecito Bank & Trust, one of the largest privately-owned banks in California, has hired veteran Union Bank executive George Leis to Read More →
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Ceres third-quarter revenue up, losses down  

Staff Report I 1 week ago

Thousand Oaks-based ag-biotech company Ceres Inc. released third quarter results in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission July 15. Ceres said revenues increased Read More →
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)

Regulations, payroll costs hurting Ventura County growers  

Marissa Nall I 1 week ago

The Ventura County agriculture sector will lose around 815 jobs this month as Mandalay Berry Farms and Hiji Brothers shut down operations on nearly 2,500 Read More →
This artist’s rendering shows an aerial view of the proposed power plant in Santa Paula.

Santa Paula power plant project lacks support  

Philip Joens I 1 week ago

A peaker power plant project near Santa Paula appears to be pushing forward despite a lack of support from the city’s residents and no contract Read More →
This aerial photo by Matt Trevisan shows the vineyard property that was stripped bare.

Justin Vineyards has work to do restoring trust  

Tom Bronzini I 1 week ago

As the year began, Justin Vineyards & Winery was the toast of the wine world — honored as Wine Enthusiast magazine’s American Winery of the Read More →
Henry Dubroff

Dubroff: Fork in the road for region’s health care delivery system  

Henry Dubroff I 1 week ago

By almost any standard, Cottage Health and Sansum Clinic are two of the most successful nonprofits on the Central Coast. They’ve got deep roots in Read More →
Alex Kacik

Beaver sells oldest commercial real estate firm in Central Coast  

Alex Kacik I 1 week ago

  Updated at 4 p.m. on July 18: The principals of Pacifica Commercial Central Coast purchased Pacifica Commercial Realty from its former owner Pacifica Real Read More →
Lynn Jacobs

Coastal housing advocate Lynn Jacobs left a legacy  

Henry Dubroff I 1 week ago

First it was providing housing for farmworkers. Later is was building homes for working families up and down the Central Coast. Later still, it was Read More →
The Nautilus is mapping the sea floor around the Channel Islands for the Ocean Exploration Trust.

Ocean exploration vital to Tri-Counties  

Guest commentary I 1 week ago

By Melissa Baffa As I write this, the exploration vessel Nautilus is “mowing the lawn,” proceeding back and forth in an orderly march around the Read More →
Burt Williamson

Fiduciary rule may get watered down  

Guest commentary I 1 week ago

By Burt Williamson The Department of Labor rule that Jim Wisdom addressed in the July 8-14, 2016 issue of the Pacific Coast Business Times is Read More →
Thousand Oaks-based biotech giant Amgen is the region's largest private employer and only blue-chip stock. (Amgen courtesy photo)

Amgen partnering with Japanese company to develop biosimilars  

Staff Report I 1 week ago

Thousand Oaks-based biotech giant Amgen said July 13 it will partner with a Japanese company to develop and commercialize biosimilars in Japan. Under the partnership, Read More →