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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


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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In their own words: Spirit of Small Business 2014 winners

By   /  Thursday, August 21st, 2014  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, Green Coast, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  1 Comment


The Pacific Coast Business Times’ 2014 class of Spirit of Small Business winners were honored at an awards luncheon on Aug. 14, 2014 following the publication of a special edition on July 25, 2014. The special section, produced in partership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, highlights entrepreneurship in the Tri-Counties, with profiles on successful […]

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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.  /  No Comments

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

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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  /  No Comments

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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Startup Weekend, en Español: Entrepreneurs pitch in Santa Maria

By   /  Friday, August 8th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Small Business, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments


  A design for a face-mask to protect farm laborers from dust, pesticides and sun damage took home the top spot at the first Spanish Startup Weekend in the U.S. The event, held the weekend of Aug. 1-3 in Santa Maria, gathered four teams who spent 54 hours working on prototypes and presentations for their […]

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Portable power: Ojai firm makes battery systems that can go anywhere

By   /  Friday, August 1st, 2014  /  Small Business, Technology, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  No Comments


An Ojai company’s creation that started as a way to run camera and lighting gear for on-location film shoots has evolved into a battery system that can power everything from military forces in Afghanistan to an off-grid organic vodka distillery in Hawaii.

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Snatching a larger slice: Persona pizzeria plots nationwide expansion

By   /  Friday, August 1st, 2014  /  Restaurants, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

Persona Neapolitan Pizza opened on State Street in downtown Santa Barbara last year. It now hopes to have 250 franchise locations around the country within five years. (courtesy photo)

Santa Barbara-based Persona Neapolitan Pizza is embarking on a nationwide expansion as competition heats up in the fast-casual, wood-fired pizza market.

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