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Allergan’s South Coast exit reshapes breast implant industry

By   /  Friday, July 25th, 2014  /  Health Care, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

The region’s status changed dramatically on July 21 when Irvine-based Allergan announced that it would shutter its Santa Barbara operations and eliminate 300 jobs there.

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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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Allergan to shutter Goleta facility, cut 300 jobs

By   /  Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014  /  Earnings, Health Care, Latest news, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Public Companies  /  No Comments

Allergan will close its Goleta facility and eliminate about 300 positions there as part of a broader cost tightening effort as the Irvine company fends off a hostile takeover attempt. Allergan makes Botox and other cosmetic drugs and devices. The company became a major South Coast employer in 2005 when it bought breast implant maker […]

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Community West Bank COO dies

By   /  Monday, July 21st, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, South Coast, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

Michael Phlaum, chief operating officer at Goleta-based Community West Bank, died Friday evening from complications related to a stroke, the bank said on July 21. Phlaum joined the bank in February 2012 and was promoted to COO and executive vice president in February of this year. “This is a tragic loss for me personally and […]

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Network Hardware Resale becomes Curvature as strategy shifts

By   /  Friday, July 18th, 2014  /  South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

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Network Hardware Resale has changed its name to Curvature. The change comes as one of Goleta’s biggest employers shifts its focus away from selling used gear and toward becoming a technology consulting firm.

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