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Figueroa Mountain says ‘Prost!’

By   /  Friday, October 31st, 2014  /  Central Coast, Latest news, Real Estate, Restaurants, Small Business, South Coast  /  No Comments

Buellton-based craft brewer Figueroa Mountain is headed across the pond with plans to open a new taproom and brewing operation in Germany. Brewbound, a source for all things beer industry related, dropped the news Oct. 30 that Figueroa is headed to the Bavaria region of the country and plans to start contract brewing there within […]

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Pumpkin growers spooked by drought conditions

By   /  Friday, October 24th, 2014  /  Agriculture, Latest news, Small Business, Subscriber content, Top Stories  /  No Comments

Ventura resident Ayden Hilpert, age 4, proudly shows his pumpkin selection at McGrath Street Pumpkin Patch. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times Photo)

With an emergency drought in full swing, tri-county pumpkins farmers had to cut back acreage and plant the seasonal crop a little earlier than usual to avoid over-ripening or rotting.

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Pressing ahead: Olive growers brace for tighter standards

By   /  Friday, October 17th, 2014  /  Agriculture, Latest news, Small Business, Subscriber content, Top Stories  /  No Comments

Yves and Clotilde Julien, owners of Olea Farm, where they grow and process olives to be sold in their tasting room. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

In the quiet hills of Templeton, dense rows of olive branches line a narrow dirt road that winds through the fields and right up to the doorstep of Olea Olive Farm, where visitors can taste an array of specialty extra virgin olive oils made on-site.

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Chamber chief has growth plan for Santa Maria

By   /  Friday, October 17th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Latest news, Small Business, Top Stories  /  No Comments

Glenn Morris, who stepped in to lead the Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce this June, inherits the steep climb city officials have faced in galvanizing industry.

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USDA taps VSolvit team for 5-year, up to $500M contract

By   /  Friday, October 17th, 2014  /  Agriculture, Latest news, Small Business, Technology, Top Stories, West Ventura County  /  No Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency has awarded a five-year, $500 million contract to the Ventura-based tech firm VSolvit to provide software tech support for the department in areas such as budget and finance and management solutions.

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Circa Terra hopes to emulate Magellan’s South Coast success

By   /  Friday, October 17th, 2014  /  Latest news, Real Estate, Small Business, Subscriber content, Top Stories  /  No Comments

Circa Terra’s first outpost in Santa Barbara, which occupies the Loreto Plaza space formerly home to Magellan’s Travel Supplies. (Courtesy photo)

A former South Coast standard in travel gear is returning to its Santa Barbara roots and operating under a new name.

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CircaTerra revives Magellan’s history in Santa Barbara

By   /  Monday, October 13th, 2014  /  Latest news, Real Estate, Small Business, South Coast  /  No Comments

A former South Coast standard in travel gear is returning to its Santa Barbara roots and operating under a new name. CircaTerra Travel Outfitters is planning an Oct. 24-26 grand opening with former Magellan’s Travel Supplies CEO Mark Gallo and his wife Kathy at the helm. The pair bought the former Magellan’s retail store in […]

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