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Craft brewing’s steady rise: StartupSB panel forecasts growth for boutique labels

By   /  Friday, May 22nd, 2015  /  Latest news, Small Business, Top Stories  /  No Comments

Telegraph Brewery founder and CEO Brian Thompson says quality and business savy are the keys to success as a craft beer maker. (Nik Blaskovich Photo)

  Firestone Walker Brewing Co.’s flagship beer, 805, is the best thing that ever happened to Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., according to Jaime Deitenhofer, founder of the growing Buellton-based label. The adoption of 805 by traditional macro-beer drinkers as their go-to adult beverage has given Fig Mountain and other startup craft breweries in the region […]

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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  /  Comments Off on SLO incubator expands, will accept non-Cal Poly startups

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  /  Comments Off on Ice cream venture thrives in small retail spaces

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  /  Comments Off on Santa Barbara startup to close crowdfunding’s missing link

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  /  Comments Off on Independent bookstores on decline as Granada Books shuts doors

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  /  Comments Off on Public market project celebrates one year

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  /  Comments Off on Navy turns to area firms for work at Surface Warfare Center

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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