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Heritage Oaks Q2 profits jump 25%

By   /  Tuesday, July 29th, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, Central Coast, South Coast, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

Paso Robles-based Heritage Oaks Bancorp’s second-quarter profits jumped 25.1 percent to $2.9 million. Net income from its acquisition of Mission Community Bancorp in February drove the increase, Heritage Oaks said in a July 28 earnings release. The bank’s loans grew 46.9 percent to $1.1 billion, year-over-year, as it added $280.7 million of Mission’s loans to […]

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Announcing the 2014 Spirit of Small Business winners

By   /  Friday, July 25th, 2014  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, Green Coast, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County, Women Inc.  /  No Comments

Mark Steller, owner of Old Town Market in Orcutt and this year’s North Santa Barbara County Spirit of Small Business award winner. (Nik Blaskovich photo)

The Pacific Coast Business Times is pleased to announce our 2014 class of Spirit of Small Business award winners. The annual special section, now in its 12th year, celebrates small-business ownership and entrepreneurship in the Tri-Counties.

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Keeping Score: Nonprofit business advisers celebrate 50 years

By   /  Friday, July 25th, 2014  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  No Comments

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  The business-advice nonprofit Score just turned 50, but the advice it provides is ageless. The national organization is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and the San Luis Obispo branch is celebrating 30 years. For half a century, Score has provided free or low-cost mentoring and workshops to entrepreneurs and business owners around the […]

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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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Santa Maria, remixed: City looks for winning formula

By   /  Friday, July 18th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Real Estate, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

Santa Barbara County’s largest city is counting on projects such as a new 14-screen Edwards Theatres to give its downtown district a new look for the 21st Century. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

A year after Santa Maria got a new theater complex and a Fallas Discount Store moved into the space formerly occupied by a Mervyn’s department store, city leaders are still scratching their heads over how best to revitalize its struggling retail core.

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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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Found in the wilderness: Queen bed, hot shower, soft sheets

By   /  Friday, July 11th, 2014  /  Central Coast, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

The interior of a cabin at the El Capital Canyon ranch in Santa Barbara County. The property is one of a handful of regional sites offering luxury camping options. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

Glamping, short for glamor camping, is a niche segment of the outdoor recreation industry. A number of long-standing Central and South Coast retreats are cashing in as the trend’s popularity peaks.

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