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Governor pays tribute to Towbes at memorial service

Gov. Jerry Brown made a rare appearance in Santa Barbara on May 23, paying a brief but personal tribute to tri-county businessman Michael Towbes. Towbes died April 11 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 87. Speaking at a memorial service that filled the Granada Theatre, Brown described Towbes as “a helluva guy.” Towbes, Read More →

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Port of Hueneme getting funds from Army Corps of Engineers  

Staff Report I 3 hours ago

The Port of Hueneme will receive $778,000 from the Army Corps of Engineers, the first of the port funds it became eligible to receive with Read More →

Manufacturing software provider QAD reports net loss  

Staff Report I 38 mins ago

Santa Barbara-based manufacturing software provider QAD reported a $2.6 million net loss for the fiscal first quarter 2018, ended April 30. Revenues grew 9.1 percent Read More →

Deckers Brands’ losses grow as footwear sales decline  

Staff Report I 21 mins ago

Deckers Brands reported a net loss of $15.76 million for its fourth quarter, bringing it to a net loss of $12.7 million for its full Read More →

Cryptix wins top prize at UCSB New Venture Competition  

Marissa Nall I 1 hour ago

Ticketing platform software company Cryptix took home the $10,000 top prize at the UC Santa Barbara New Venture Competition on May 24. Hosted by the Read More →

PennyMac declares dividend of 54 cents  

Staff Report I 2 days ago

The board of trustees for PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust declared a dividend of 54 cents for the Westlake Village company’s stockholders May 23. The dividend Read More →

MindBody expects to raise $120 million with stock offering  

Staff Report I 2 days ago

San Luis Obispo-based MindBody announced a follow-on stock offering May 22 that would raise around $120 million for the company. The wellness-oriented software company plans Read More →

Westlake Village-based PizzaRev acquired  

Staff Report I 3 days ago

Chicago accelerator firm Cleveland Avenue acquired a majority stake in Westlake Village-based pizza chain PizzaRev. Cleveland Avenue, founded by retired McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson, invests Read More →

Stock soars at The Trade Desk over news of $200 million offering  

Staff Report I 3 days ago

The Trade Desk stock gained 3.5 percent on the news that it had filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a Read More →

Housing conference calls for new supply, development  

Joshua Molina I 6 days ago

Some of the region’s most prominent housing experts converged in downtown Santa Barbara on May 19 for an all-day conference hosted by the Coastal Housing Coalition. Read More →

Westlake Village drone business taking off  

Marissa Nall I 6 days ago

Some of the most crowded airspace in the country is located atop some of the highest value crops. Enter Brittany Collins: veteran, pilot and entrepreneur. Read More →

Paso Robles vineyard gets makeover as new home for winery  

Tom Bronzini I 6 days ago

I was seeing the rebirth of a vineyard as I walked along rows of woody vine stumps with Guillaume Fabre on his recently acquired property Read More →

Isla Vista apartment projects sell for a combined $51.8M  

Joshua Molina I 6 days ago

The Hive at Breakpointe and the Coronado Apartments, two multi-family properties at 6672 Abrego and 6626 Picasso Road in Isla Vista, sold for a combined Read More →

Our view: Small businesses shine with plenty of support  

Henry Dubroff I 6 days ago

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate National Small Business Week than to provide a report on the state of entrepreneurship in our Read More →

Enegren lager lauded at Casa Pacifica’s beer competition  

Amanda Rosengarten I 1 week ago

Enegren Brewing Co. in Moorpark recently won first place for its Maibock brew at the “Best in Fest” 2017 Brewery Competition for the Casa Pacifica Read More →
Henry Dubroff

Dubroff: End of merger proposal leaves health care future up in the air  

Henry Dubroff I 1 week ago

The debate over the future of health care — in the nation and in the region — comes down to a single question. Is health Read More →

Camarillo sportswear company Neff Headwear acquired  

Staff Report I 1 week ago

Camarillo sportswear company Neff Headwear was acquired by Mad Engine, the licensed apparel wholesaler for Disney and its affiliated companies, according to a news release Read More →

Clean Diesel revenue down, net loss grows  

Staff Report I 1 week ago

Oxnard-based Clean Diesel Technologies reported a drop in first quarter revenue year-over-year and an increase in its net loss to $3.1 million. The emissions control Read More →

Housing, jobs, robotics will shape tri-county economy  

Joshua Molina I 2 weeks ago

A lack of new housing supply, the loss of manufacturing jobs and the rise of robotics are all major economic factors that will have widespread Read More →

Tourism spending rises across the Tri-Counties  

Marissa Nall I 2 weeks ago

Tourism spending increased in the Tri-Counties in 2016 to more than $5.4 billion but the region still lagged behind a statewide surge. International visitors declined, Read More →

Whalebird Kombucha expanding with help from peer lenders  

Marissa Nall I 2 weeks ago

New tanks and shelves along the wall at Whalebird Kombucha put every cubic inch of its San Luis Obispo space to use, funded by a Read More →

Investor-owners can get more out of retail property leases  

Joshua Molina I 2 weeks ago

Ventura County’s Marcus and Millichap is trying to serve what it believes is an unmet need in the investment real estate market: Maximizing retail space. Read More →

Regulations causing employers to flee the state  

Guest commentary I 2 weeks ago

By Jonathan Fraser Light I have a running sick joke with one of my insurance broker clients. Every month he tells me how many of Read More →

How to win the recruiting war for the best talent  

Guest commentary I 2 weeks ago

By Sumantra Sengupta Just prior to joining academia, I had the pleasure of serving as the interim group president for a multinational agriculture farming, processing Read More →

Our view: Ventura County students on path to attend college  

Henry Dubroff I 2 weeks ago

Ventura County has taken a big step forward when it comes to math and science education with the P-20 Council, a business-education group, forming better Read More →
Henry Dubroff

Dubroff: Trump boosts prospects for Cadiz desert water project  

Henry Dubroff I 2 weeks ago

A desert water project that could supply as many as 400,000 Californians per year is moving through the final approval process with favorable political winds Read More →