July 6, 2022

		

Jorge Mercado

Jorge Mercado is a staff writer with the Business Times. His beats include technology, agriculture, cannabis, energy and the environment, and higher education.


| Thursday, December 31st, 2020

Five tech business trends to watch in 2021

Central Coast, East Ventura County, Health Care & Life Science, Latest news, middle, South Coast, Subscriber content, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County

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| Monday, December 21st, 2020

More avocado consumption doesn’t add up to more profit for Calavo

Agribusiness, Banking & Finance, Earnings, Latest news, right, Top Stories, Tri-County Public Companies

Americans have been eating more avocados than ever during the pandemic, but the companies that sell them avocados aren’t necessarily profiting from the growing volume. Around 70% of U.S. households will have purchased avocados in 2020, with consumption on pace to top 6.25 billion avocados, 64% more than U.S. consumers bought in 2014, according to Read More →

| Friday, December 18th, 2020

‘Golden age of biotechnology’ comes to Conejo Valley

Banking & Finance, East Ventura County, Health Care & Life Science, Latest news, Startups, Subscriber content, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy

Westlake Village BioPartners has launched two new funds worth a total of $500 million, bringing the total raised by the firm to more than $820 million since it was founded in 2018.

| Friday, December 18th, 2020

Hemp growers hope for comeback as Ventura County loosens buffer rules

Agribusiness, East Ventura County, Latest news, Subscriber content, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors voted Dec. 15 to adopt new regulations on industrial hemp. Growers are hoping this will help reverse the decline of a crop that lost more than 90% of its Ventura County acreage from 2019 to 2020.

| Friday, December 18th, 2020

GeoLinks wins federal broadband contract, plans ‘massive growth’

Latest news, Small Business, Subscriber content, Technology, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County

For the past few years, GeoLinks’ goal as an internet service provider has been bringing connectivity to rural areas in California not prioritized by the bigger providers like Verizon or AT&T. It recently got a big boost in that effort in the form of a $234.9 million federal contract.

| Thursday, December 17th, 2020

Two Central Coast economic development nonprofits to merge

Central Coast, Latest news, Nonprofits, Tri-County Economy

The economic development groups Reach and the San Luis Obispo Economic Vitality Corporation announced a merger on Dec. 17, one that will bring the EVC under the Reach banner in a combined effort to improve the economies of San Luis Obispo County and northern Santa Barbara County. The boards of both Reach and the EVC Read More →

| Friday, December 11th, 2020

AeroVironment expands into ground robotics with German acquisition

Banking & Finance, Earnings, East Ventura County, Latest news, Subscriber content, Technology, Tri-County Economy, Tri-County Public Companies

AeroVironment, an aerial drone company based in Simi Valley, reached an agreement Dec. 8 to acquire Telerob, a German robotics company, in a deal worth approximately $45.4 million in cash.