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Pressing ahead: Olive growers brace for tighter standards

By   /  Friday, October 17th, 2014  /  Agriculture, Latest news, Small Business, Subscriber content, Top Stories  /  No Comments

Yves and Clotilde Julien, owners of Olea Farm, where they grow and process olives to be sold in their tasting room. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

In the quiet hills of Templeton, dense rows of olive branches line a narrow dirt road that winds through the fields and right up to the doorstep of Olea Olive Farm, where visitors can taste an array of specialty extra virgin olive oils made on-site.

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USDA taps VSolvit team for 5-year, up to $500M contract

By   /  Friday, October 17th, 2014  /  Agriculture, Latest news, Small Business, Technology, Top Stories, West Ventura County  /  No Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency has awarded a five-year, $500 million contract to the Ventura-based tech firm VSolvit to provide software tech support for the department in areas such as budget and finance and management solutions.

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Herds shrink, ranchers suffer as drought takes toll

By   /  Friday, October 10th, 2014  /  Agriculture, Central Coast, Latest news, Subscriber content, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

Ventura County rancher Bud Sloan is still herding cattle after more than a decade in the industry. (Courtesy photo)

Cattle ranchers all over the Tri-Counties are reeling from the effects of the drought, with the last decade of unusually warm, dry conditions making the industry especially difficult to continue in the county where it has previously prospered most — San Luis Obispo.

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San Luis Obispo discoveries expand citrus industry’s psyllid watch

By   /  Friday, October 3rd, 2014  /  Agriculture, Central Coast, South Coast, Top Stories, West Ventura County  /  No Comments

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The dreaded Asian citrus psyllid made its first appearance in San Luis Obispo County over the summer, making the pest truly a regional problem for tri-county agriculture.

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Fit Buddha expands to Ventura

By   /  Friday, October 3rd, 2014  /  Small Business, Subscriber content, Top Stories, West Ventura County  /  No Comments

The gyms combine a Buddhist temple-inspired atmosphere with pilates, cardio, belly dancing and pole fitness classes. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

A gym adorned in Far East-inspired décor and a tranquil atmosphere, Fit Buddha in Ventura offers gym-goers a unique workout experience featuring a celebrity trainer brand of Pilates and a line of other fitness classes.

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Nurturing the sole: Heeluxe leverages deals with Deckers, New Balance

By   /  Friday, September 26th, 2014  /  Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories  /  No Comments

Heeluxe founder and CEO Geoffrey Gray at the company’s Goleta headquarters. With a state-of-the-art shoe lab, the company is helping brands such as Teva, New Balance and Hoka perfect the fit and performance of their shoes. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

Four years after launching a shoe insert that failed to bring homerun sales, Geoffrey Gray now has a thriving business in Heeluxe, a Goleta-based research lab for developing high performance footwear for the likes of New Balance, Mizuno and Deckers Brands, the parent company of Teva sandals.

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Frontier Airlines to drop Santa Barbara service

By   /  Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014  /  South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

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  Frontier Airlines will suspend all flights from the Santa Barbara Airport starting in January, the company has confirmed to the Business Times. The budget airline will continue to offer about four flights a week to Denver, its home airport, until Jan. 6, 2015, when these flights will be halted completely until late May 2015.  […]

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