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Navy turns to area firms for work at Surface Warfare Center

By   /  Friday, March 27th, 2015  /  Latest news, Small Business, Top Stories  /  No Comments

Officials from the testing and research facility told tri-county businesses during an industry forum on March 25 that it’s now sourcing nearly half of its work from area small businesses.

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SLO restaurateur rides a wave of business, tourism growth

By   /  Friday, March 27th, 2015  /  Latest news, Real Estate, Restaurants, Small Business, Top Stories, Tourism  /  No Comments

Arroyo Grande’s Rooster Creek Tavern.

The city is building an impressive lineup of new restaurants, which are filling up vacant real estate.

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Pedal to the metal: Stinner Frameworks expands

By   /  Friday, March 20th, 2015  /  Latest news, Small Business, Top Stories  /  No Comments

Aaron Stinner works in his shop near the Santa Barbara Airport. His company, Stinner Frameworks, has a fast-growing presence in the world of hand-built bicycles. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

The company is one of just 100 or so handmade bike builders in the U.S. that, save for components like brakes and wheels, custom manufacture everything from the bicycle frame to the paint.

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Oil and gas software firm scores $20M

By   /  Friday, March 20th, 2015  /  Latest news, Small Business, Technology, Top Stories  /  No Comments

Founded in 2009, Seven Lakes Technologies develops plug-and-play software that optimizes operations at oil and gas companies using data-driven analytics.

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FarmSolutions gives growers tools to monitor crops

By   /  Friday, March 20th, 2015  /  Agriculture, East Ventura County, Latest news, Small Business, Subscriber content, Technology, Top Stories  /  No Comments

FarmSolutions Technician Justin Gormly assembles a remote-controlled airplane with a built in camera, used to monitor farms. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

With California in the midst of some of its driest months on record, the statewide drought is far from over, and one Westlake Village firm is looking to bring farmers some solutions.

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Spencer Makenzie’s takes seafood formula from Ventura to SLO

By   /  Friday, March 20th, 2015  /  Latest news, Restaurants, Small Business, Subscriber content, Top Stories  /  No Comments

Family-owned Spencer Makenzie's fish tacos at the San Luis Obispo location. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

Late on a recent Monday afternoon, patrons packed the walls of the restaurant on Thompson Boulevard, lining up for the award-winning fish tacos and Southern California staples like ceviche and burgers.

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Craft brew startups look for niches as capital bubbles up

By   /  Friday, March 13th, 2015  /  Latest news, Small Business, Top Stories  /  No Comments

MadeWest Brewing Co.’s co-founder Seth Gibson, left, and head brewer Mike Morrison. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photos)

While jousting in the upper rungs of the craft beer industry is limited, the battle at the bottom is getting interesting.

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