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Watkins: California’s budget surplus thanks to stock market, not Brown

By   /  Friday, March 14th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Watkins: California’s budget surplus thanks to stock market, not Brown

California is adding jobs faster than the national average, and the state has a budget surplus for the first time since the dot-com bubble burst in 2000. That’s led to some glowing national press for Gov. Jerry Brown, including a Rolling Stone article that called his budget turnaround a “miracle.”

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Belt tightening: Amid drought, food banks face bare cupboards

By   /  Friday, March 7th, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Features, Health Care, Nonprofits, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Belt tightening: Amid drought, food banks face bare cupboards

Erik Talkin, CEO of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. Its cooler shelves are down to 75 percent of usual capacity of fresh produce as farmers donate less during the drought. (Alex Drysdale / Business Times photo)

Demand is up at the region’s food banks, and supply is down. In the for-profit world, those two factors would mean higher prices, but since food banks give away their products, their cupboards are starting to look a bit bare.

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Sharp idea: Santa Barbara razor entrepreneur taps crowdfunding

By   /  Friday, November 15th, 2013  /  Features, Small Business, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Sharp idea: Santa Barbara razor entrepreneur taps crowdfunding

Santa Barbara entrepreneur and former hedge fund manager Steve Worthington has created BornSharp, a self-sharpening razor designed to last five years.

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In good company: Co-working spaces proliferate in region

By   /  Friday, November 8th, 2013  /  Features, Small Business, Technology, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on In good company: Co-working spaces proliferate in region

This has been the year co-working hit the Tri-Counties. With the opening on Nov. 4 of Connect Ventura in the Working Artists Ventura building, there are now co-work spaces in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.

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Retired Ventura County sheriff sues for supplemental pension

By   /  Friday, October 18th, 2013  /  East Ventura County, Law, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  5 Comments

Former Ventura County Sheriff Bob Brooks, whose $283,000 pension is among the largest of any retired government employee in California, is suing the county for a supplemental benefit that would pay him another $75,000 a year.

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Strolling into a bigger market: SeaVees opens first company-owned showroom

By   /  Friday, October 11th, 2013  /  Features, Small Business  /  Comments Off on Strolling into a bigger market: SeaVees opens first company-owned showroom

As corporate relocations go, this was a minor one. SeaVees, the shoe company that resurrected a 50-year-old brand name a few years ago, recently moved its headquarters about a block and a half in downtown Santa Barbara.

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Forging ahead: Blacksmith melds art and industrial design

By   /  Friday, August 2nd, 2013  /  Features, Small Business  /  Comments Off on Forging ahead: Blacksmith melds art and industrial design

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