April 12, 2024


Guest Commentary

| Friday, April 12th, 2024

Guest commentary: Making lemonade out of lemons

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By John Grace There’s a stark divide among experts regarding the future of artificial intelligence (AI). While some see it as a surefire path to wealth, others are gripped by the fear that it could become our master.  We accept that AI enables machines to perform advanced, humanlike functions and promises breakthroughs in health care, Read More →

| Monday, April 8th, 2024

Guest commentary: Key Inflection Points for a Late-Stage Tech Startup

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By Scott Olmsted & Gabriel Simon The Central Coast is a thriving tech hub, home to some of the world’s leading companies with operations in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.   It’s an exciting entrepreneurial ecosystem, dubbed the “Silicon Coast,” for good reason, especially when you include the region also being home to two Read More →

| Monday, March 25th, 2024

Guest commentary: Seven tips for women to prepare their pitch presentation 

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By Lois Phillips Pitching a bold idea has the potential to advance your career and can be lucrative. An innovative product, service, or operational improvement can benefit everyone.  In today’s complex, uncertain world, organizations need to create a culture in which it’s safe to offer ways to shake things up, be more efficient, find new Read More →

| Friday, March 15th, 2024

Guest commentary: Wing it and risk it: Six tips for women speakers

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By Lois Phillips As a woman with something to say, you need to be well prepared to gain credibility as the voice of authority, which has traditionally been a man’s voice.  A presentation that flounders — that’s redundant, ignores a current reality or presents inaccurate information — can undermine not only your present authority but Read More →

| Friday, March 15th, 2024

Guest commentary: A solid F: The grade most Americans and AI earn on retirement literacy 

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By John Grace Let me take a moment to set the stage. Do you think you are an above-average driver, as most people do?  We have known for some time that people tend to rank themselves imperfectly. While some are sure they are better than average at a skill, others know they are much worse.  Read More →

| Friday, March 8th, 2024

Guest commentary: Black business ownership and bridging the wealth gap

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By Gilbert McAllister The persistent wealth gap in the United States disproportionately affects Black and African American communities, where systemic barriers like limited access to capital and unequal opportunities hinder economic mobility and wealth creation.  However, African American entrepreneurship offers a pathway toward individual and community empowerment. Central Coast Minority Enterprise Resource Affiliates (CCMERA), an Read More →

| Friday, March 1st, 2024

Guest commentary: Why and how your company should celebrate Women’s History Month

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By Lois Phillips Women’s History Month has been celebrated every March for the last 45 years to honor the historical and societal impacts made by women all around the world.  Unfortunately, companies tend to lag behind when it comes to seizing this opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of businesswomen in general as well as accomplished Read More →