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Entrepreneurs should plan for retirement

By   /  Friday, April 29th, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  No Comments

Lee Schuh

  By Lee Schuh Few entrepreneurs really think about preparing financially for retirement. Too many are depending on Social Security. Frankly, Social Security is only a safety net and not intended to be anything else. You are not going to have a very satisfactory retirement if Social Security is the major financial contributor. When asked Read More →

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Landlords learn to repurpose their malls

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Lisa Spiwak

  By Lisa Spiwak This is a season of discontent for retailers. There doesn’t seem to be a week that goes by without a national chain closing stores or filing for bankruptcy protection. Most recently, we lost Sport Chalet. Before that, it was Sports Authority, Sears, Fresh & Easy, Office Depot, Radio Shack, Staples, Abercrombie Read More →

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Impact of Diablo Canyon closure needs studying

By   /  Friday, April 29th, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  No Comments

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant near San Luis Obispo County’s Avila Beach is the last operating nuclear plant on the West Coast. (photo courtesy of PG&E Corp.)

We didn’t pull any punches when we wrote about California’s war on business in the April 22 edition of the Business Times. For a classic example of the kind of thinking that’s just wrong about California’s path forward, it’s worth looking at opposition to SB 968. Introduced by Sen. Bill Monning, a Democrat from Santa Read More →

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California must end war on businesses

By   /  Friday, April 22nd, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  1 Comment

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We’ve had the war on women. And the war on immigrants. Is the war on business, next? That’s a fair question raised by many, including Ventura employer General Magnaplate Corp., which is closing after settling with the Environmental Defense Center over charges it polluted the Santa Clara River. In a statement, the company said it Read More →

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Marketing, innovation important but sales skills critical

By   /  Friday, April 22nd, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds  /  No Comments

Jim Cathcart

By Jim Cathcart In a recent discussion at a business school in California, it was pointed out that the curriculum had plenty of marketing and entrepreneurship courses, plus even some innovation courses, but none on sales skills. The rationale was, “Sales gets covered in the other courses so there’s no need for a separate class.” Read More →

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Profit not a dirty word for businesses

By   /  Friday, April 22nd, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  No Comments

Gary Wechter

  By Gary Wechter I must say I was outraged after reading Steven Mintz’ op-ed, “Minimum wage hike a moral issue,” in the April 8 issue. “Outraged” when at the end of the article I learn that Mintz is a professor in the Orfalea College of Business at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. I asked Read More →

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Rush developed CSUCI into source of pride

By   /  Friday, April 15th, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  No Comments

CSU Channel Islands President Richard Rush

Call him the Socrates of Camarillo. That’s the clever phrase used by Sage Publications CEO Blaze Simqu in tribute to outgoing CSU Channel Islands President Richard Rush. And while the line got a big laugh from the 900 people who attended Rush’s retirement dinner in Simi Valley on April 9, it is more than a Read More →

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