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Port of Hueneme and city are at odds over Measure M

By   /  Friday, September 12th, 2014  /  West Ventura County  /  No Comments

Measure M, the ballot measure that could raise taxes on contractors and other businesses in the Port of Hueneme and Naval Base Ventura County, is at the center of a political battle that pits community groups and businesses against city officials. Businesses and community groups say that if it passes, the ballot measure would create […]

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Antioch puts social-business spin on new MBA program

By   /  Friday, September 5th, 2014  /  South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

Antioch University in downtown Santa Barbara is launching an MBA program that stands out from the rest by teaching students not only how to do business, but also how to do good. With a class of 22 students and a start date of Sept. 5, the new 16-month program isn’t your everyday MBA degree. “It’s […]

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Firms shape up for success with workplace wellness programs, perks

By   /  Friday, August 29th, 2014  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, Green Coast, Health Care, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  No Comments

Employees at software firm Mindbody enjoy benefits ranging from on-site yoga classes to opportunities to play Frisbee and board games. It’s all part of maintaining a happier workforce, the company said, which in turn leads to lower insurance costs. (Nik Blaskovich photo)

  At the San Luis Obispo headquarters for international software company Mindbody, employees can break away for noontime yoga or retreat to one of the building’s downstairs spa rooms for a massage or facial. Amid high ceilings, colorful beanbag chairs and exercise balls, employees at Mindbody are working in an atmosphere that’s anything but the […]

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

By   /  Friday, August 22nd, 2014  /  Agriculture, Central Coast, Small Business, South Coast, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  No Comments

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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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Billion-dollar bond bonanza bound for ballot box

By   /  Friday, August 15th, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Central Coast, East Ventura County, Personal Finance, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  1 Comment

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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Boutique to boutique: Startup launches online fashion marketplace

By   /  Friday, August 15th, 2014  /  Small Business, South Coast, Technology, Tri-County Economy, Women Inc.  /  Comments Off

Gwen Jones inside Whistle Club, a Santa Barbara boutique owned by Rebecca McKinney, right. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

A Santa Barbara startup has stitched together a network of high-end clothing boutiques with an online marketplace where consumers can peruse independent stores across the country.

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Persona signs deal to roll out 20 pizza restaurants in Florida

By   /  Monday, August 11th, 2014  /  Small Business, South Coast, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off

Persona offers a build-your-own pizza that cooks in 90 seconds. (courtesy photo)

  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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