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Drones spark interest from startups to CSUCI

By   /  Friday, December 19th, 2014  /  Latest news, Small Business, Technology, Top Stories  /  No Comments

As drones migrate from the military space into the private sector, their potential uses reach far wider than the home delivery efforts that made headlines a year ago.

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Seacoast Yachts plots expansion course

By   /  Friday, December 12th, 2014  /  Latest news, Small Business, Top Stories, Tourism  /  No Comments

From left, Seacoast Yachts co-owner Brian Coryat, Business Manager Patti Lendick, co-owner Vicki Van Hook and co-owner Bob Nahm stand aboard a yacht in Santa Barbara harbor. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

With sales running at their highest rate since the pre-financial crisis days of 2006, Santa Barbara-based Seacoast Yachts is now expanding to the Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard.

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Worth the weight: State Street venue features 250 million-year-old salt rocks

By   /  Friday, December 12th, 2014  /  Latest news, Small Business, Subscriber content, Top Stories  /  No Comments

Salt, located at the heart of State Street in Santa Barbara, is home to North America’s largest salt cave founded by Pam McCaskey, center. (Courtesy image)

To build the one-of-a-kind structure, McCaskey imported 47 tons of pink Himalayan salt from Pakistan, regarded as the purest salt on Earth.

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The business cycle: Leadership program helps Newbury Park entreprenuer

By   /  Friday, November 28th, 2014  /  Latest news, Small Business, Subscriber content, Top Stories  /  No Comments

Worldwide Cyclery co-owners, from left, Jeff Cayley, Andy Anderson, Patrick Barbee and Michael Bartovsky. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

At the age of 25, Jeff Cayley has transformed a career in mountain bike racing into a booming cycling business that raked in nearly $3 million in sales this past year.

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The dish on surviving a recession

By   /  Friday, November 28th, 2014  /  Latest news, Restaurants, Small Business, Top Stories  /  No Comments

Justin West, owner of downtown Santa Barbara restaurant Julienne. Despite founding the eatery with his wife Emma during the depths of the recession in 2008, the two have found a recipe for success. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

After opening at the peak of the 2008 recession, downtown Santa Barbara restaurant Julienne has since managed to woo the likes of Anthony Bourdain and the Los Angeles Times.

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Teenage powerhouse revolutionizes cinemas for hearing impaired

By   /  Friday, November 21st, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Latest news, Small Business, Subscriber content, Technology, Top Stories, Women Inc.  /  No Comments

Valedictorian will be an afterthought on resumes for Alexandra Kukoff, a half-deaf, 15-year-old Thousand Oaks-native who is attending high school and college simultaneously, working towards her associate’s degree in women’s history.

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End of the road: Family business loses bus contract

By   /  Friday, November 14th, 2014  /  Latest news, Small Business, Top Stories  /  Comments Off

Chap Morris, owner of bus service Fillmore Area Transit Corp., stands alongside one of the company’s buses. After 40 years in business, the firm will shutter by February. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

FATCO will end its current contract with Ventura County Transportation Commission in February, when MV Transportation, which currently serves the majority of Ventura County, takes over services for the Fillmore and Santa Paula area.

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