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Inogen IPO is subject to looser SEC rules

By   /  Friday, January 31st, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, Central Coast, East Ventura County, Law, Personal Finance, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, Tri-County Public Companies, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Inogen IPO is subject to looser SEC rules

If Goleta-based Inogen goes public this year, it will be the first firm in the region to do so under new securities rules that make it easier for small companies to become listed on the major exchanges but also allow them to reveal less information to investors than their larger counterparts.

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Funk Zone the new ‘700 Club’ as CRE investors pay premiums

By   /  Friday, January 31st, 2014  /  Real Estate, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Funk Zone the new ‘700 Club’ as CRE investors pay premiums

Four properties in the area fetched a whopping $700 per square foot when they recently changed hands.

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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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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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Network Hardware Resale to boost hiring as sales near $300M

By   /  Friday, January 24th, 2014  /  Latest news, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Network Hardware Resale to boost hiring as sales near $300M

CEO Mike Sheldon said the company has been aggressively pursuing a “growth through diversification” strategy, adding maintenance services as well as servers and hard drives to its product lineup.

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Remodels abound as South Coast hotels focus on keeping up appearances

By   /  Friday, January 24th, 2014  /  South Coast, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Remodels abound as South Coast hotels focus on keeping up appearances

The area has seen a boom in hotel remodels and renovations recently, with upgrades to Hotel Santa Barbara and Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort, among others.

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State economist cautions that California is still on the mend

By   /  Thursday, January 23rd, 2014  /  Agribusiness, South Coast, Tourism  /  Comments Off on State economist cautions that California is still on the mend

Santa Barbara County’s economy relies heavily on its billion-dollar tourism and agricultural industries, two of the fastest-growing sectors of California’s economy by number of jobs. But those are also industries with highly seasonal workforces and generally low-paying wages.

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