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Chumash winemaker brings European training to tribe’s new enterprise

By   /  Friday, July 18th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  No Comments

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

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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New tasting room opens wider window into Ojai vintner’s craft

By   /  Friday, June 20th, 2014  /  Columns, East Ventura County, Top Stories, Tourism, West Ventura County, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off

The first thing you would likely notice upon entering the new, expanded Ojai Vineyard tasting room in downtown Ojai is an impressive wine library in a cooled, glass-fronted space that dominates the rear wall.

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Homework done: Sylvan Learning franchisees plan to widen impact

By   /  Friday, June 13th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Small Business, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off

Sonia and Joe Cardenas purchased the Conejo Valley rights for the Sylvan Learning Center in March. The business currently breaks even, but the veteran franchisees hope to make it profitable while providing greater access to tutoring in the region. (Nik Blaskovich photo)

The new owners of Sylvan Learning Center in Westlake Village plan to open satellite locations at schools and libraries to better serve the surrounding communities, a move they say will also boost the business’ bottom line.

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Avila schoolhouse tasting room changing hands amid Ch 7. filing

By   /  Friday, May 16th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Real Estate, Top Stories, Tourism, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off

The Salisbury Vineyards tasting room in a historic old schoolhouse in Avila Valley has closed amid a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing, and a new venue will open there in June under the banner of newcomer Biddle Ranch Vineyard.

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CMH launches residency program to combat coming doctor shortage

By   /  Friday, May 9th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Health Care, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off

Ventura County’s Community Memorial Health System has embarked on an ambitious effort to address a severe shortage of family doctors that is looming nationwide. About a third of physicians now practicing are age 58 or older, Community Memorial President and CEO Gary Wilde said in answering questions after a State of the Health System address […]

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A fully baked idea: After TV success, Sweet Arleen’s goes nationwide

By   /  Friday, May 9th, 2014  /  Small Business, Top Stories  /  Comments Off

Arleen Scavone was a longtime bank executive until she lost her job in the financial crisis. She turned to baking, and after being featured on Food Network, her Westlake Village-based cupcake shop is preparing for a national brand rollout. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

Arleen Scavone, three-time champion in the Food Network’s televised “Cupcake Wars,” used a winning formula that she now hopes will help turn her Westlake Village boutique cupcake shop into a national brand.

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A premium on historic Oxnard: Barkley buys Bank of A. Levy site

By   /  Friday, April 18th, 2014  /  Real Estate, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off

Al Barkley, left, and his son Griffin and wife Rebecca inside the historic Bank of A. Levy builing in downtown Oxnard. Al and Rebecca purchased and refurbished the property at 143 W Fifth St. and now lease it the family firm, Barkley Insurance & Risk Management.

A historic bank building in downtown Oxnard is now home to Barkley Insurance & Risk Management, a 20-year-old family firm.

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