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Location, location is key to drought outlook for region’s vintners

By   /  Friday, April 18th, 2014  /  Agriculture, Central Coast, Small Business, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  No Comments

California’s production of wine grapes is likely to decline this year after record yields in 2012 and 2013, but it’s uncertain whether the booming Central Coast will join in the slide.

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Artisan food vendors flock to Santa Barbara Public Market

By   /  Friday, April 11th, 2014  /  Latest news, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  No Comments

Frederic and Dana Blaudeau, managers of  The Culture Counter in their soon-to-open space in the Santa Barbara Public Market. Their shop sells cheese, charcuterie and other artisan foods from around the world. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

Vendors will offer sustainably and humanely-raised meat and poultry; vegetable and fruit juices pressed on site; fresh seafood; cheeses and salumi; cupcakes and cakes; olive oils and vinegars; and a wine and beer tasting bar.

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20 years of honoring innovation: Business & Technology honorees announced

By   /  Friday, April 11th, 2014  /  Features, Nonprofits, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories  /  No Comments

Victor Schaff founded S&S Seeds, the only commercial grower of drought-resistant plants native to California. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

The South Coast Business and Technology Awards, the largest business networking and educational fundraising event in the region, will honor a green packaging company, a drought-resistant seed company and a rescue equipment maker, among others, as it celebrates its 20th year.

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All fired up: PizzaRev joins with Buffalo Wild Wings on expansion

By   /  Friday, April 4th, 2014  /  Restaurants, Small Business, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

Elyse Doyle-Martinez, supervisor of the PizzaRev restaurant in Oxnard, places a pizza in the oven. Westlake Village-based PizzaRev is expanding across the country with 27 franchise deals currently in the works. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

A large, publicly traded restaurant chain has grabbed a slice of Westlake Village-based PizzaRev in a bid to help the Southern California startup roll out nationwide.

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A soft touch for transit: CHK America builds interactive route maps for cities

By   /  Friday, March 28th, 2014  /  Small Business, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories  /  No Comments

CHK America CEO Rick Wood with one of the company’s new automated transit kiosks. The firm counts transit systems in Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C. among its clients. (Stephen Nellis / Business Times photo)

The first unit is being tested at the Santa Barbara MTD Transit Center, where the company will be refining the software that runs the system to make it as useful as possible to riders.

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AmeriFlex celebrates 25 years of helping entrepreneurs

By   /  Friday, March 28th, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Personal Finance, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

After a quarter century in an industry that’s changed tremendously, AmeriFlex Financial Services is gearing up for its biggest year.

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Building on a green foundation: SLO interiors firm expands down the coast

By   /  Friday, March 21st, 2014  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, Green Coast, Small Business, South Coast, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off

Mikel Robertson and his brother, Brian, founded Green Goods in San Luis Obispo in 2005. The company, which supplies eco-friendly materials for building interiors, is expanding into Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. (Stephen Nellis / Business Times photo)

Green Goods is expanding from its San Luis Obispo base into Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

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