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Mentor fetches $1B but J&J walks away with bargain

By   /  Sunday, December 7th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Mentor fetches $1B but J&J walks away with bargain

There is a saying on Wall Street that industries consolidate at the top of a market and at the bottom. Consider, if you will, the case of Johnson & Johnson, which is buying Santa Barbara-based Mentor Corp. for $31 per share — or slightly more than $1 billion total. That’s basically a 100 percent premium Read More →

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Dolan takes a leap into transcription game

By   /  Sunday, December 7th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Dolan takes a leap into transcription game

Bob Dolan, the co-founding chief executive officer of CallWave, is back. He’s the co-founding CEO of a new Santa Barbara company called Cogi. Pronounced koh-gee and established in 2007, Cogi provides an online service to record telephone conversations and select, transcribe and share the most cogent parts. Now several CEOs removed from Dolan, Callwave shifted Read More →

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Ventura Investment Co. celebrates 50 years at its Camarillo HQ

By   /  Sunday, December 7th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Ventura Investment Co. celebrates 50 years at its Camarillo HQ

Camarillo-based real estate development and brokerage firm Ventura Investment Co. celebrates its 50th anniversary this month. “In the past 50 years, we’ve shifted focus from new development to purchasing and renovating,” said Barton Stern, president of Ventura Investment Co. “However, we do continue to focus on multi-family and office properties.” Stern’s father, Robert, founded the Read More →

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Make It Work, Circuit City exit, setting the table for Whole Foods

By   /  Sunday, November 30th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Make It Work, Circuit City exit, setting the table for Whole Foods

Shortly after Circuit City announced that it would be closing its Santa Barbara branch, Make It Work founding partners Eric David Greenspan and Jeremy Anticouni decided it was time to go location shopping. “When we moved in, we were aware of the fact that it wouldn’t be forever,” Greenspan said. “We wanted to leave as Read More →

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Foundation leader put strategic partnerships on map

By   /  Wednesday, November 26th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Foundation leader put strategic partnerships on map

There’s no doubt that among donor organization in the Tri-Counties, the Santa Barbara Foundation is at the top of the food chain. With $300 million in assets and the ability to provide $27 million a year in community grants, it ranks among the top 50 community foundations in the country. But these days even the Read More →

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Ventura wine country sets sibling rivalry

By   /  Saturday, November 22nd, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Ventura wine country sets sibling rivalry

Think of Ventura County as a bubbly and energetic younger sister to Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. It’s just starting to emerge as a wine region, thanks largely to the release of the Ventura County Wine Trail Map. Now, the area’s half dozen or so wineries have been promoted not only to tourists Read More →

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TOLD completes 5M square feet of Ventura County construction

By   /  Saturday, November 22nd, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on TOLD completes 5M square feet of Ventura County construction

The completion of Flynn Road Business Park in Camarillo marks TOLD Corp.’s 5 millionth square foot of construction in Ventura County. Located near the corner of Flynn and Adolfo roads, Flynn Road Business Park boasts 63 industrial and 14 office condominium units. “TOLD Corporation has been able to reach this impressive milestone because high quality Read More →

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