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Spirit award winners make key social contributions

By   /  Friday, July 25th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Spirit award winners make key social contributions

When Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus of Grameen Bank spoke in Santa Barbara earlier this spring, I must confess I was puzzled about his message. He talked about turning traditional banking upside down and creating a new form of business, a so-called “social business” that did not exist just to make a profit. But the Read More →

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Schwarzenegger buys time while California builders raise dough

By   /  Friday, July 25th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Schwarzenegger buys time while California builders raise dough

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation July 15 extending the expiration for subdivision maps, giving developers a chance to wait for the housing slump to pick up before embarking on major projects. The struggling residential market, the governor’s office reported, is making it tough for builders to secure financing. In an effort to save developers from Read More →

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Banks playing it safe in real estate lending

By   /  Friday, July 18th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Banks playing it safe in real estate lending

Steer clear of speculation. That’s the name of the game for banks involved with commercial real estate lending in today’s market Kenneth Jacobsen, vice president and the newly appointed Santa Barbara and Ventura county market manager for Rabobank, N.A., said his company is “being selective and cautious” about the deals it is making right now, Read More →

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Wine storage taken seriously at Goleta facility

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To do business with Trudi Carey, a visitor has to provide a thumb print, credit card and government-issued ID. Then they will be under the watchful eye of surveillance cameras — after using their personal security code – as they enter the climate-, light- and humidity-controlled building.That’s how it’s done at Goleta-based Santa Barbara Cellars, Read More →

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Lead, follow or get out of the way in the Tri-Counties

By   /  Friday, July 18th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Lead, follow or get out of the way in the Tri-Counties

Lee Iacocca famously said that when it comes to business, you either lead, follow or get out of the way. And in the Tri-Counties these days, there is plenty of evidence that the former Chrysler executive had it just about right. In the lead category, put down Community Memorial Hospital, or CMH, in Ventura. This Read More →

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Central Coast commercial stats underscore the economy

By   /  Friday, July 11th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Central Coast commercial stats underscore the economy

It’s official. The regional commercial real estate market is no longer safe from the greater struggle. Radius Group Commercial Real Estate in Santa Barbara recently released a second-quarter report tracking South Coast commercial real estate activity over the last six months, and the numbers aren’t good. Until now, real estate agents have remained relatively upbeat Read More →

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Disasters just part of the business landscape

By   /  Friday, July 11th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Disasters just part of the business landscape

One fatal earthquake. One fatal mudslide. Four major fires. That’s the toll of natural disasters our region has endured during the past five years. Beginning with the Simi Valley fires in the fall of 2003 and the Paso Robles earthquake toward the end of that year, it seems our region entered a new and deadly Read More →

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