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About the Pacific Coast Business Times

Pacific Coast Business Times is the weekly business journal of record serving Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties.

Now in its 21st year of publication, the Business Times has won numerous awards, including a national Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi award for breaking news, “Best in Business” awards from the Society of Business Editors and Writers, and several Los Angeles Press Club awards. Our web site has twice been recognized in Editor & Publisher magazine’s “Ten that do it Right” competition.

The Business Times has the largest team devoted full-time to business and financial news on the Central Coast. Our multimedia platform includes weekly print editions delivered each Friday, email newsletters and alerts, events and a combined print-digital subscription that provides full access our website.

Included with each subscription are 24 special reports, including Dealmakers of the Year, Professional Careers & Higher Education, Giving Guide, our Year-end Tax & Financial Planning Guide and a number of Who’s Who sections that profile the major players in key industries. Subscriptions also include a copy of our Book of Lists, the region’s most comprehensive business-to-business directory.

Pacific Coast Business Times produces numerous awards events each year, including Spirit of Small Business, Top 50 Women in Business, Central Coast Best Places to Work, Business Hall of Fame, Latino Business Awards, Fastest Growing Companies, 40 Under 40 and Central Coast Innovation Awards. These events offer unique sponsorship and networking opportunities as well as a chance to get to know the region’s top companies. More information is available on our events page, here.

The Business Times is delivered to subscribers’ offices and homes each Friday. Copies of the newspaper are also available at local newsstand locations.

Our Contact Info

We are always happy to hear from our readers. You may reach us at the following contact information:

Our offices:

14 E. Carrillo St., Ste. A.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 560-6950


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Newsroom Staff

Henry Dubroff

Founder and Editor
Henry Dubroff is the chairman, editor and majority owner of the Pacific Coast Business Times. He has served as the editor of The Denver Business Journal and the business editor of The Denver Post. He is a past president of the Society of American Business Editors & Writers and serves in leadership positions with United Way, Ventura County Economic Development Association, the UCSB Economic Forecast Project, the San Luis Obispo County Economic Vitality Corp., the Central Coast MIT Enterprise Forum and CSU Channel Islands.

Neal Koch

Executive Editor

Neal Koch is the executive editor of the Pacific Coast Business Times. Trained as an attorney, he’s a veteran of Southern California business journalism, editing at The Los Angeles Herald Examiner and The Los Angeles Business. He’s also reported on and written about the region for The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times, among others, and been an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Southern California.

Amber Hair

Assistant Managing Editor for Special Reports and Research

Amber Hair is the assistant managing editor of the Pacific Coast Business Times and oversees the publication’s special reports and research. She has been covering business news in the region since 2019, when she moved from Central Florida. When she started at the Business Times, she covered commercial real estate, health, regional economics and higher education. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Central Florida and her master’s degree in business journalism from Arizona State University. She was a Dow Jones News Fund scholar in 2016 and a Goldschmidt Fellow with the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing in 2020.

Jorge Mercado

Staff Writer

Jorge Mercado covers technology, agribusiness, energy and the environment, startups and higher education for the Pacific Coast Business Times. Prior to joining the team in October 2020, he worked for the Santa Barbara News-Press for a year covering sports and writing features on local businesses and the community. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2019, and worked at his college paper, The Daily Nexus, for four years, serving as editor in chief in his senior year.

Madeleine Benn

Staff Writer

Madeleine Benn is a staff writer for the Pacific Coast Business Times, covering commercial real estate, healthcare, law and government, the regional economy, and travel and tourism and other topics. She graduated from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School in 2020. As a student she was involved with Annenberg Media and Trojan Vision (the university’s two television stations) as well as KXSC (the alternative radio station) and The Daily Trojan (the campus-wide newspaper).

Advertising Staff

Linda le Brock

Publisher

Linda le Brock is the publisher of the Pacific Coast Business. Le Brock happily rejoined the team at the Business Times after she was the development director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oxnard and Port Hueneme for four years. Before that she was the senior account executive at the Business Times. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in Business Administration with a minor in marketing.

Jennifer Carusa

Marketing Coordinator

Jennifer Carusa is the marketing coordinator for Pacific Coast Business Times. She manages the advertising schedule, plans the Business Times’ special events and assists with website updates. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with an emphasis in Marketing from UW Green Bay.

Veronica Kusmuk

Advertising Account Executive

Veronica Kusmuk is responsible for working with advertising clients in the following industries: banking, finance, technology, business services (CPA and law firms), hospitality, utilities, and all forms of media deals.

Sean McCullough

Advertising Account Executive

Sean McCullough is responsible for working with clients in the following industries: real estate and construction, insurance and health care, technology, education, government & nonprofits and business products and services.

Courtney Abercrombie

Ad Production Coordinator/Designer

Courtney is responsible for the creation of all in-house ads, working with the advertising sales reps to design, create and produce advertiser designs and all other related artwork. She also designs all special sections from covers to layouts. She manages the advertising and pre-press of the newspaper. She graduated from CSU Fullerton, is a big supporter of dog rescue,  and lives in Ventura.

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The Pacific Coast Business Times is a weekly business newspaper that covers Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

An annual subscription includes:

  • 52 issues of the newspaper, which is mailed to subscribers’ homes and offices each Friday and is available on our website to subscribers.
    Each issue includes in-depth and exclusive business stories on business and economic trends, startup companies and venture capital, business deals and small businesses.
    A weekly editor’s column, a weekly column on commercial real estate, a personal finance section,
    stock tables and Sales Leads section with real estate, bankruptcy and civil lawsuit records
  • Monthly focus sections include Small Business, Technology and Central Coast/East Ventura County.
    We do a quarterly focus on Nonprofits & Philanthropy.
  • Monthly columnists include technology, law, restaurants and wine & viticulture.
  • Our collection of special reports (22 this year), including Spirit of Small Business, Fastest-Growing Companies, 40 Under 40, a collection of Who’s Who reports, Green Coast, Top Women in Business, and more.
  • The annual print Book of Lists, mailed out at the start of your subscription and each December.
  • Digital access to all of our online stories.

Cost: $59.99/year

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