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Ventura County man wins Small Business Person of the Year Award

By   /  Friday, June 5th, 2015  /  Columns, Small Business, Technology, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Ventura County man wins Small Business Person of the Year Award

When I first met Travis Mack, his Saalex Solutions was a small company based in Oxnard that provided tech support services to a couple of military installations, including Naval Base Ventura County. A Navy veteran, he’d taken his training in demolition and logistics, added his knowledge of the Navy way and a hefty dose of Read More →

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Future tourism, political fortunes at stake over response to oil spill

By   /  Friday, May 29th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Columns, Latest news, Opinion, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Future tourism, political fortunes at stake over response to oil spill

Just six months ago, Santa Barbara County’s oil and gas industry was sailing on smooth waters. In the November election, broad business support and a flood of outside money helped defeat Measure P, an effort to ban fracking and a wide range of drilling activities countywide. Two companies, Aera Energy and Venoco, were in the Read More →

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Ojai Valley Community Hospital honored for emergency care

By   /  Friday, May 29th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Columns, Health Care, Latest news, Nonprofits, Top Stories, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Ojai Valley Community Hospital honored for emergency care

The national organization Women’s Choice Award: The Voice of Women has named Ojai Valley Community Hospital one of America’s best hospitals in California for emergency care. The Ventura County hospital received the honor for its exceptional patient care and treatment, making it one of six facilities across the state to receive the recognition. A member Read More →

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Third Window Brewing taking shape at new SB development

By   /  Friday, May 29th, 2015  /  Columns, Latest news, Real Estate, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Third Window Brewing taking shape at new SB development

Kris Parker, grandson of the late Fess Parker, is working to open Santa Barbara’s newest brewery operation. With the help of a few friends, family members and business partners, Parker is bringing Third Window Brewing to the new commercial development known as The Mill at the corner of Laguna and Haley streets. He’ll be joined Read More →

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Refugio oil spill raises important questions for South Coast

By   /  Friday, May 22nd, 2015  /  Columns, Energy, Latest news, Opinion, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Refugio oil spill raises important questions for South Coast

The estimated 105,000-gallon oil spill that will ruin Memorial Day for thousands of visitors to Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County is a reminder of how much environmental issues have become economic stories. Santa Barbara County is so heavily dependent on hotel-related taxes that it literally can’t afford the kind of environmental disaster that Read More →

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Bureaucrats move in to locale where winery irked neighbors

By   /  Friday, May 15th, 2015  /  Columns, Latest news, Real Estate  /  Comments Off on Bureaucrats move in to locale where winery irked neighbors

The Department of General Services, business manager for the state on the Central Coast, will consolidate a handful of offices into a renovated warehouse just outside of downtown San Luis Obispo. DGS recently signed a $15.4 million, 15-year lease for the former home of The Workshop Urban Wine Collective, a custom crush winery operation at Read More →

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Global advisory firm invests with SB mixed-use project

By   /  Friday, May 8th, 2015  /  Columns, Real Estate  /  Comments Off on Global advisory firm invests with SB mixed-use project

SG, a Santa Barbara-based wealth adviser that lays claim to the largest insurance policy ever sold — $201 million to the unnamed CEO of a Silicon Valley public company — is investing its own capital at its current address. The company, working through agent John Donaldson, wants to demolish its current office building at 800 Read More →

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