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Hard lessons for surviving economic troubles

By   /  Saturday, October 18th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Hard lessons for surviving economic troubles

On Friday, Oct. 10, I had the honor of delivering the keynote address to the annual meeting of Coastal Business Finance, a nonprofit organization that helps small businesses get financing on the Central Coast. It was a sunny afternoon in Santa Maria and I was trying to strike an upbeat note as the stock market Read More →

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Wood & Bender attorneys go on tour to discuss AIG issues

By   /  Friday, October 10th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Wood & Bender attorneys go on tour to discuss AIG issues

In the wake of the federal government’s $85 billion seizure of insurance giant American International Group, or AIG, Wood & Bender, a Ventura-based firm that specializes in helping companies wrench claims from their insurers, has gone on tour to explain what it all means and how companies can boost their chances of getting insurers to Read More →

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Campus housing in the Tri-Counties continues to grow by leaps and bound

By   /  Friday, October 10th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Campus housing in the Tri-Counties continues to grow by leaps and bound

On the Central Coast, there’s one big exception to the industry-wide slowdown of the residential real estate market: university housing. Area colleges are planning, building or opening dormitory projects that could add more than 8,500 beds to the region’s student housing stock and 2,500 faculty and staff residential units. Cal Poly California Polytechnic State University, Read More →

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California, Iceland caught in economic meltdown

By   /  Friday, October 10th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on California, Iceland caught in economic meltdown

Iceland and California are two places you don’t often find mentioned in the same sentence. But they are part of the reason why mayhem in the financial markets shows no sign of quieting down anytime soon. California’s budget problems are well documented in these news pages. This newspaper warned just a few weeks ago that Read More →

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101 corridor tech firms reposition for the future

By   /  Saturday, October 4th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on 101 corridor tech firms reposition for the future

Even amid uncertainty, the tri-county economy continues to chug along. One reason for this is that the region’s technology companies keep an eye to the future. Two concrete examples: San Luis Obispo-based digital agency LEVEL Studios, formerly Web Associates, has undertaken a major re-invention to take itself from a respected Web developer to an online Read More →

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Santa Maria joins the ranks of cities rebuilding hospitals

By   /  Saturday, October 4th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Santa Maria joins the ranks of cities rebuilding hospitals

Santa Maria’s Marian Medical Center, a not-for-profit hospital founded by the Sisters of Saint Francis, is set to break ground on a new facility Oct. 6. The estimated $210 million project is expected to be funded by operating costs and philanthropic support, a hospital representative said. Scheduled for completion in 2011, the new hospital will Read More →

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The economy has changed but the rules are the same

By   /  Saturday, October 4th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on The economy has changed but the rules are the same

There’s a reason why the founding fathers put the seat of government in a remote city that was basically built on a swamp. Washington, D.C. proved again in recent days that it was very smart to keep the political capital of the nation and its economic epicenter — first Philadelphia, then New York — at Read More →

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