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Heritage Oaks Q2 profits jump 25%

By   /  Tuesday, July 29th, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, Central Coast, South Coast, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Heritage Oaks Q2 profits jump 25%

Paso Robles-based Heritage Oaks Bancorp’s second-quarter profits jumped 25.1 percent to $2.9 million. Net income from its acquisition of Mission Community Bancorp in February drove the increase, Heritage Oaks said in a July 28 earnings release. The bank’s loans grew 46.9 percent to $1.1 billion, year-over-year, as it added $280.7 million of Mission’s loans to Read More →

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Announcing the 2014 Spirit of Small Business winners

By   /  Friday, July 25th, 2014  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, Green Coast, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County, Women Inc.  /  Comments Off on Announcing the 2014 Spirit of Small Business winners

The Pacific Coast Business Times is pleased to announce our 2014 class of Spirit of Small Business award winners. The annual special section, now in its 12th year, celebrates small-business ownership and entrepreneurship in the Tri-Counties.

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Keeping Score: Nonprofit business advisers celebrate 50 years

By   /  Friday, July 25th, 2014  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Keeping Score: Nonprofit business advisers celebrate 50 years

  The business-advice nonprofit Score just turned 50, but the advice it provides is ageless. The national organization is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and the San Luis Obispo branch is celebrating 30 years. For half a century, Score has provided free or low-cost mentoring and workshops to entrepreneurs and business owners around the Read More →

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GoBiz director calls on communities to invest in workforce development

By   /  Thursday, July 24th, 2014  /  Central Coast, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on GoBiz director calls on communities to invest in workforce development

California’s sometimes inward-looking cities need to make economic and business development a key part of their plans. And they will probably have more success if they can think regionally about workforce and business issues. That was the message that Kish Rajan, director of the Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development, or GoBiz, brought to Read More →

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Santa Maria, remixed: City looks for winning formula

By   /  Friday, July 18th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Real Estate, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Santa Maria, remixed: City looks for winning formula

A year after Santa Maria got a new theater complex and a Fallas Discount Store moved into the space formerly occupied by a Mervyn’s department store, city leaders are still scratching their heads over how best to revitalize its struggling retail core.

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Chumash winemaker brings European training to tribe’s new enterprise

By   /  Friday, July 18th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Chumash winemaker brings European training to tribe’s new enterprise

The nation’s only Native American winemaker is a young woman from the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians who was ready for the challenge when the tribe entered the wine business.

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Found in the wilderness: Queen bed, hot shower, soft sheets

By   /  Friday, July 11th, 2014  /  Central Coast, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Found in the wilderness: Queen bed, hot shower, soft sheets

Glamping, short for glamor camping, is a niche segment of the outdoor recreation industry. A number of long-standing Central and South Coast retreats are cashing in as the trend’s popularity peaks.

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