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Entrepreneurs thrive in years after celebration in Spirit awards

By   /  Friday, July 25th, 2014  /  Columns, Opinion  /  No Comments

Henry Dubroff

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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GoBiz director calls on communities to invest in workforce development

By   /  Thursday, July 24th, 2014  /  Central Coast, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

GoBiz director Kish Rajan (courtesy photo)

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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How Mission & State became foundation’s Mission Impossible

By   /  Friday, July 18th, 2014  /  Columns, Opinion  /  No Comments

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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Dubroff: The role of a 21st Century chamber is economic development

By   /  Friday, July 11th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  No Comments

Henry Dubroff

Zoe Taylor had literally packed her bags the night before in Paso Robles when I caught up with her on her way home to Ventura. She had just wrapped up her fifth assignment as an interim chamber of commerce CEO, including a stint in Santa Barbara, Huntington Beach, Manhattan Beach and Kingman, Arizona. Before that, […]

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Dubroff: Next Santa Barbara city manager must continue fiscal focus

By   /  Friday, July 4th, 2014  /  Columns, Opinion  /  No Comments

Henry Dubroff

“Methodical” is a word you might use to describe Jim Armstrong, the Santa Barbara City Manager who announced June 27 that he will be stepping down in September after 13 years on the job. Ironically, that’s not always the word you’d choose to describe Santa Barbara itself. It is, after all, a city with an […]

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Op/ed: Morro Bay leads the way on sustainable fisheries management

By   /  Monday, June 30th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  No Comments

Henry Dubroff

Morro Bay continues to be one of the up-and-coming places on the Central Coast. It has largely revitalized its tourism industry, in part by producing a series of successful seasonal festivals centered around seafood. But if my sources and research are correct, bigger rewards for the city will come in future years as a unique […]

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For region’s corporate data users, it’s worth watching telecom mergers

By   /  Friday, June 20th, 2014  /  Columns, Opinion  /  Comments Off

Henry Dubroff

For region’s corporate data users, it’s worth watching telecom mergers

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