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State Street struggles while Ventura, SLO retailers thrive

By   /  Friday, June 16th, 2017  /  Latest news, Real Estate, Small Business, South Coast, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on State Street struggles while Ventura, SLO retailers thrive

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Downtown retail study recommends ways to revitalize State Street

By   /  Friday, June 9th, 2017  /  Latest news, Small Business, South Coast  /  Comments Off on Downtown retail study recommends ways to revitalize State Street

Addressing loitering and panhandling and encouraging more mixed-use developments that include residential are among the recommendations to revitalize State Street in a retail strategy study released by the Downtown Organization of Santa Barbara on June 9. Seattle-based retail consulting firm Downtown Works said that loitering by homeless people is perhaps the biggest challenge facing State Read More →

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Santa Barbara mayor concerned about city’s lack of enough revenue

By   /  Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on Santa Barbara mayor concerned about city’s lack of enough revenue

Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider shared a lot of positive news in her state of the city address at the Lobero Theater on March 22 but said the city’s lack of enough revenue is concerning. Schneider said she was encouraged by lower State Street’s growth on Cabrillo Boulevard, with construction of the MOXI museum and Read More →

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Changes take flight at Central Coast airports

By   /  Friday, June 19th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Latest news, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Changes take flight at Central Coast airports

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Beach closures take toll on Santa Barbara County businesses

By   /  Friday, May 29th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Beach closures take toll on Santa Barbara County businesses

The oil spill near Refugio State Beach dealt a financial blow to a handful of businesses with more revenue being lost every day. Although the total impact on Santa Barbara’s $1 billion tourism industry is likely to be offset by increased hotel stays by cleanup crews, there was no sign of relief for those directly Read More →

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Economy will strengthen, experts say

By   /  Friday, January 2nd, 2015  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Economy will strengthen, experts say

Despite the optimism from nostalgic gas prices and an encouraging unemployment rate, issues including lack of water, troubled global economy, and looming interest hikes still threaten the Tri-Counties’ 2015 economic outlook.

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Taking on the sharks: SLO family gets Mark Cuban’s cash for Q-Flex expansion

By   /  Friday, December 19th, 2014  /  Central Coast  /  Comments Off on Taking on the sharks: SLO family gets Mark Cuban’s cash for Q-Flex expansion

  What began as a daughter’s idea to help her ailing mother after 12-hour workdays has turned into a cameo on primetime television and a partnership with a billionaire businessman. The concluding results couldn’t have worked out better for 13-year-old San Luis Obispo-native Andrea Cao and her mother, Hong Cao, after the two appeared on Read More →

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