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Oxnard Boys & Girls Club names new CEO

By   /  Monday, September 8th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Nonprofits, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Oxnard Boys & Girls Club names new CEO

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme, one of the region’s largest nonprofits, has selected Erin Reardon Antrim as its new permanent CEO. Antrim has been leading the organization as its interim chief executive since June 30, when former longtime CEO Tim Blaylock stepped down to join the national organization, Boys Read More →

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Crunchies tightens its belt in Ch. 11

By   /  Friday, September 5th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Law, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Crunchies tightens its belt in Ch. 11

Since filing for bankruptcy protection on Aug. 15, Crunchies has laid off eight people — about a third of its full-time staff — at its Westlake Village headquarters, has reduced expenses by about $2 million and has put marketing initiatives and new product development on hold for the rest of the year.

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Engineering a deal: Stantec buys Penfield & Smith

By   /  Friday, September 5th, 2014  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, Real Estate, South Coast, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Engineering a deal: Stantec buys Penfield & Smith

Since coming out of the recession, Penfield & Smith had been growing between 5 percent and 10 percent annually but that the company wasn’t hitting its full potential, CEO Hady Izadpanah told the Business Times.

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Governments, businesses band together on better broadband

By   /  Friday, September 5th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Columns, East Ventura County, South Coast, Technology, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Governments, businesses band together on better broadband

The Broadband Consortium Pacific Coast has been launched to bring the region’s Internet up to speed. The effort is a collaboration between public- and private-sector officials in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties and has received an initial $300,000 in grant funding for its first two years from the California Public Utilities Commission.

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Ventura County ex-Sheriff loses supplemental pension lawsuit

By   /  Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Latest news, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Ventura County ex-Sheriff loses supplemental pension lawsuit

A Ventura County judge has denied former Sheriff Bob Brooks’ request for a $75,000 supplement to his existing $283,000-per-year pension.

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Atara Biotherapeutics angles for $92M, but jobs are scarce

By   /  Friday, August 29th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Health Care, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Atara Biotherapeutics angles for $92M, but jobs are scarce

Atara is among a new breed of “virtual” biotech startups. Such firms operate with barebones staff and outsource research and manufacturing operations to contract organizations. They are becoming increasingly common as investors seek to mitigate the huge risks of bringing drugs to market, a process that can cost as much as $1.8 billion, according to industry estimates.

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Firms shape up for success with workplace wellness programs, perks

By   /  Friday, August 29th, 2014  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, Green Coast, Health Care, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Firms shape up for success with workplace wellness programs, perks

  At the San Luis Obispo headquarters for international software company Mindbody, employees can break away for noontime yoga or retreat to one of the building’s downstairs spa rooms for a massage or facial. Amid high ceilings, colorful beanbag chairs and exercise balls, employees at Mindbody are working in an atmosphere that’s anything but the Read More →

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