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Nurturing the sole: Heeluxe leverages deals with Deckers, New Balance

By   /  Friday, September 26th, 2014  /  Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories  /  No Comments

Heeluxe founder and CEO Geoffrey Gray at the company’s Goleta headquarters. With a state-of-the-art shoe lab, the company is helping brands such as Teva, New Balance and Hoka perfect the fit and performance of their shoes. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

Four years after launching a shoe insert that failed to bring homerun sales, Geoffrey Gray now has a thriving business in Heeluxe, a Goleta-based research lab for developing high performance footwear for the likes of New Balance, Mizuno and Deckers Brands, the parent company of Teva sandals.

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A swing at success: Edufii gets $1.4M to fund sports training platform

By   /  Friday, September 19th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Small Business, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

Edufii Chief Revenue Officer Andrew DeMille demonstrates a golf swing recorded with the San Luis Obispo-based company’s online sports training platform, which recently raised $1.4 million from investors. (courtesy photo)

San Luis Obispo-based Edufii has raised a $1.4 million round of investment for its online sports training platform.

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The Mill hopes to bring Funk Zone style to Santa Barbara’s Haley Street corridor

By   /  Friday, September 12th, 2014  /  Real Estate, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  No Comments

The project at the intersection of Laguna and Hayley streets in Santa Barbara is slated to become a local-goods market. The first confirmed tenant is a winery, but the property is being marketed to South Coast vendors as a place to showcase products as well. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

A much-wondered-about project at the corner of Laguna and Haley streets in Santa Barbara is poised to become the next big attraction to a corridor that area real estate insiders say is shaping up as the latest extension of the city’s Funk Zone.

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$2.6M deal marks record for Summerland CRE market

By   /  Monday, September 8th, 2014  /  Real Estate, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

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  The recent sale of a high-profile mixed-use property on Lillie Avenue in Summerland marks the highest price per square foot for a commercial property larger that 2,000 square feet in the coastal town. The property, located at 2330 Lillie Ave. and home to Summerland Winery’s tasting room and Bonita Boutique, sold for more than […]

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The posting police: Social Intelligence roots out workers’ comp fraud

By   /  Friday, September 5th, 2014  /  Small Business, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

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Santa Barbara-based Social Intelligence, a firm that combs social media and other sites for red flags about potential employees, has inked a new deal to help combat workers’ compensation fraud.

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28 tri-county firms rank on 2014 edition of Inc. 5000

By   /  Friday, August 29th, 2014  /  Small Business, Technology, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off

Twenty-eight firms based in the Tri-Counties made the 2014 edition of Inc. magazine’s ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. This year’s ranking was based on revenue growth between 2010 and 2013. PackIt, a company that makes bags with freezable gel in the linings that keep food and drinks cold for up to […]

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Cabbies hail help from Sacramento: Bills target Uber, Lyft

By   /  Friday, August 29th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Law, Small Business, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off

Santa Barbara Lyft driver Tye Gomez with the brand's signature pink faux mustache. Two pending bills in the state Senate look to add new restrictions and requirements to ridesharing services such as Lyft and its rival, Uber. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

Two pending bills in the state Senate could significantly change the competitive landscape between booming ridesharing startups such as Lyft and Uber and the flagging taxi-cab industry in California.

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