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SLO incubator expands, will accept non-Cal Poly startups

By   /  Friday, April 10th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Latest news, Small Business, Technology, Top Stories  /  No Comments

The HotHouse will more than double its space in downtown San Luis Obispo. (Courtesy photo)

After operating full-time for just over two years now, the program will move from its current 6,000-square-foot space to a 15,000-square-foot building in downtown San Luis Obipso.

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Ice cream venture thrives in small retail spaces

By   /  Friday, April 10th, 2015  /  Latest news, Small Business, Top Stories  /  No Comments

Rori’s employee Samantha Keyes-Levine prepares a double scoop ice cream cone at the creamery’s original Montecito location. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

Rori’s Creamery has whipped up a plan for retail expansion.

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Santa Barbara startup to close crowdfunding’s missing link

By   /  Friday, April 3rd, 2015  /  Columns, Latest news, Small Business, Technology, Top Stories  /  No Comments

GroupGets is an online platform that hopes to democratize access to high-tech components.

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Independent bookstores on decline as Granada Books shuts doors

By   /  Friday, April 3rd, 2015  /  Latest news, Small Business, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

Book Buyer Vanessa Arizmendi, left, and Children’s Coordinator Ellen Jue ring up customer purchases at Granada Books. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

With the rise of book-selling giants like Borders and Barnes & Noble in the 1990s, followed by digitized selling popularized by Amazon in the new millennium, independently owned bookstores like Granada have become a rarity.

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Public market project celebrates one year

By   /  Friday, April 3rd, 2015  /  Latest news, Real Estate, Small Business, Top Stories  /  No Comments

Jerry Lee, owner of Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar, runs the cash register as customers shop at the Santa Barbara Public Market. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

Although patrons initially recoiled from sticker shock, the market continues to grind it out and some tenants are thriving.

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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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