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After Ventura County court battle, pension tensions endure

By   /  Friday, August 29th, 2014  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  5 Comments

For most of the summer, Ventura County was at the heart of a statewide debate over public-sector pensions. Reformers spent tens of thousands of dollars on a proposed referendum to change Ventura County’s public employee retirement system from a defined-benefit system to a 401(k)-style system. On Aug. 4, the battle ended when a judge struck Read More →

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Startup Weekend, en Español: Entrepreneurs pitch in Santa Maria

By   /  Friday, August 8th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Small Business, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Startup Weekend, en Español: Entrepreneurs pitch in Santa Maria

  A design for a face-mask to protect farm laborers from dust, pesticides and sun damage took home the top spot at the first Spanish Startup Weekend in the U.S. The event, held the weekend of Aug. 1-3 in Santa Maria, gathered four teams who spent 54 hours working on prototypes and presentations for their Read More →

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A heartbeat away: Advances in diabetes tech promise better self-care

By   /  Friday, August 8th, 2014  /  Health Care, Technology, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on A heartbeat away: Advances in diabetes tech promise better self-care

In May 1922, Dr. William Sansum injected a diabetes patient with insulin for the first time in the U.S., instantly increasing life expectancy from mere weeks to many years. His patient lived to 90.

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Pension opponents won’t appeal court defeat

By   /  Wednesday, August 6th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Latest news, Law, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Pension opponents won’t appeal court defeat

A proposal to overhaul Ventura County’s public pension system appears dead after the Ventura County Taxpayers Association said it will not appeal a judge’s Aug. 4 ruling that tossed the ballot measure.

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Keeping Score: Nonprofit business advisers celebrate 50 years

By   /  Friday, July 25th, 2014  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Keeping Score: Nonprofit business advisers celebrate 50 years

  The business-advice nonprofit Score just turned 50, but the advice it provides is ageless. The national organization is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and the San Luis Obispo branch is celebrating 30 years. For half a century, Score has provided free or low-cost mentoring and workshops to entrepreneurs and business owners around the Read More →

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Rewinding the tape: After ouster, Qualstar consolidates in Simi Valley

By   /  Friday, July 18th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Rewinding the tape: After ouster, Qualstar consolidates in Simi Valley

One year after outside investors ousted Simi Valley-based Qualstar’s management and installed a new team, the company has reduced expenses and is working towards profitability.

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Playing your cards right: How to pick a payment processing service

By   /  Friday, July 11th, 2014  /  Small Business, Technology, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Playing your cards right: How to pick a payment processing service

The Business Times spoke with several retailers and merchant-processing services to find out what sorts of factors small-business owners should weigh when deciding on a point-of-sales system.

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