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Boutique to boutique: Startup launches online fashion marketplace

By   /  Friday, August 15th, 2014  /  Small Business, South Coast, Technology, Tri-County Economy, Women Inc.  /  No Comments

Gwen Jones inside Whistle Club, a Santa Barbara boutique owned by Rebecca McKinney, right. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

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Announcing the 2014 Spirit of Small Business winners

By   /  Friday, July 25th, 2014  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, Green Coast, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County, Women Inc.  /  Comments Off

Mark Steller, owner of Old Town Market in Orcutt and this year’s North Santa Barbara County Spirit of Small Business award winner. (Nik Blaskovich photo)

The Pacific Coast Business Times is pleased to announce our 2014 class of Spirit of Small Business award winners. The annual special section, now in its 12th year, celebrates small-business ownership and entrepreneurship in the Tri-Counties.

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Behind the scenes: Architect’s love of art fuels theater restorations

By   /  Friday, June 27th, 2014  /  Real Estate, South Coast, Tri-County Economy, Women Inc.  /  Comments Off

Recently named an associate at PMSM Architects in Santa Barbara, Monisha Adnani has worked on theater and performance spaces ranging from the historic renovation of the Granada Theatre and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara to the Fred Kavli Theater for Performing Arts in Thousand Oaks.

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Great Danes: Andersen’s celebrates four decades in Santa Barbara

By   /  Friday, May 23rd, 2014  /  Restaurants, Small Business, Top Stories, Tourism, Women Inc.  /  Comments Off

Birte, left, and Charlotte Andersen are the mother-daughter duo behind Andersen’s Danish Restaurant and Bakery in Santa Barbara. The business was started by Birte and her late husband Alfred in 1976 and is now a downtown landmark. The painting is by Alfred. (Wendy Jensen / courtesy photo)

A Danish immigrant and professional chef named Alfred Andersen opened a small bakery on Santa Barbara’s Milpas Street in 1976, with his wife Birte and 2-year-old daughter Charlotte at his side. Today, that same Danish pastry shop is Andersen’s Danish Restaurant and Bakery, a nearly 40 year-old landmark in downtown Santa Barbara. The birth of […]

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Stand and deliver: Lori’s Original Lemonade lands in 300 stores

By   /  Friday, May 16th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Small Business, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, Women Inc.  /  Comments Off


Ojai-based beverage maker Lori’s Original Lemonade has quickly spread its zest across the West Coast.

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The Lee legacy: Clarke mentors women in commercial real estate

By   /  Friday, April 25th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Real Estate, Small Business, South Coast, Tri-County Economy, Women Inc.  /  Comments Off

The women of Lee & Associates Central Coast, from left: Nina Stormo, Jenna Kootstra, Natalie Wagner, Vivian Hanover, Christi Vior, Clarice Clarke, Pamela Scott, Karen Helton, Theresa Nealon and Jody Walters.

Clarice Clarke, president of Lee & Associates Central Coast, has quietly built out a team of brokers in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties that includes some of the most experienced women in the business.

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Sebelius speaks frankly about women in leadership at Fielding talk

By   /  Tuesday, April 8th, 2014  /  Health Care, Top Stories, Women Inc.  /  Comments Off

Kathleen Sebelius at an HHS meeting in 2009. (White House media photo)

  [EDITOR'S NOTE: Kathleen Sebelius resigned on April 10, the New York Times and other national media outlets reported.] On a day when President Barack Obama signed an executive order mandating equal pay for women working for federal contractors, Fielding Graduate University hosted Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for a more down-to-earth discussion […]

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