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Solar projects boom but some fear a bubble

By   /  Friday, January 31st, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Central Coast, East Ventura County, Green Coast, Real Estate, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Solar projects boom but some fear a bubble

Solar installers boomed in 2013 and are expecting another good year, but some are skeptical about the new financial models underlying the growth numbers.

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A new slant on kayaking: Angle Oar aims to make rowing easier

By   /  Friday, January 31st, 2014  /  Central Coast, Small Business, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on A new slant on kayaking: Angle Oar aims to make rowing easier

A San Luis Obispo company founded by a former tech marketing executive is angling to make it easier for seniors, kids and anyone with shoulder trouble to take to the water in a kayak.

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Region’s ranchers look for relief amid record drought

By   /  Friday, January 24th, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Central Coast, East Ventura County, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  1 Comment

The drought plaguing the Tri-Counties and the rest of the state has the agriculture industry on red alert. With 2014 forecast to be the driest year in California history, Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a drought emergency in the state, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 27 counties in California as primary natural disaster areas, including the tri-county region.

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The right remedy: Elemental Herbs went from kitchen startup to national distribution

By   /  Friday, January 24th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Features, Small Business, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on The right remedy: Elemental Herbs went from kitchen startup to national distribution

Belying its modest beginnings in the couple’s kitchen, Elemental Herbs now has distributors in 35 states and nearly 1,500 retail accounts.

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Northrop Grumman CEO christens Cal Poly lab

By   /  Thursday, January 23rd, 2014  /  Central Coast, Technology, Top Stories  /  1 Comment

Wes Bush, the CEO of Northrop Grumman, one of the nation’s largest defense contractors, praised Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for its ability to produce work-ready engineers and called on other CEOs to partner with the school and others like it.

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Heritage Oaks CFO resigns

By   /  Tuesday, January 14th, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, Central Coast, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Heritage Oaks CFO resigns

Mark Olson has resigned from his position as chief financial officer and executive vice president at Paso Robles-based Heritage Oaks Bancorp, tied as the largest bank based in the region with about $1.2 billion in assets.

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$114M slated to fuel Santa Maria Energy operations

By   /  Friday, January 10th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Real Estate, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, Tri-County Public Companies  /  Comments Off on $114M slated to fuel Santa Maria Energy operations

Santa Maria Energy has disclosed plans to pump up to $114 million into Santa Barbara County this year as it pursues its $1.2 billion in oil reserves and more than 7,700 potential drilling locations.

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