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Inogen swings to $18.2M profit in 2013

By   /  Friday, March 28th, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Earnings, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Public Companies  /  Comments Off on Inogen swings to $18.2M profit in 2013

Medical device maker Inogen notched $18.2 million in profits, or $1.10 per diluted share, on $75.4 million in revenue last year, the Goleta firm said in its first earnings report as a public company.

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Region presses ‘play’ on $60M film production industry

By   /  Friday, March 28th, 2014  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Region presses ‘play’ on $60M film production industry

Film and television production reels in an estimated $60 million for the region each year, and the industry’s impact on the Tri-Counties is likely to rise as tourism groups in each of the three counties ramp up their outreach to Hollywood.

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A soft touch for transit: CHK America builds interactive route maps for cities

By   /  Friday, March 28th, 2014  /  Small Business, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on A soft touch for transit: CHK America builds interactive route maps for cities

The first unit is being tested at the Santa Barbara MTD Transit Center, where the company will be refining the software that runs the system to make it as useful as possible to riders.

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Deckers takes Apple-store strategy with Goleta shops

By   /  Friday, March 28th, 2014  /  Real Estate, South Coast, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Deckers takes Apple-store strategy with Goleta shops

Deckers Outdoor Corp. has opened retail stores for its footwear brands at its new campus headquarters in Goleta. The Ugg boot parent's stock spiraled on Feb. 28, after the company predicted a first-quarter loss stemming from costs to build out company-owned Ugg stores around the world. (courtesy photo)

The flagship store features Deckers’ footwear brands and highlights its recent efforts to build out its own retail infrastructure worldwide. It also shows off Deckers’ so-called “omnichannel” strategy, whereby shoppers can, for example, try shoes on in the store and complete their orders online.

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AmeriFlex celebrates 25 years of helping entrepreneurs

By   /  Friday, March 28th, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Personal Finance, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on AmeriFlex celebrates 25 years of helping entrepreneurs

After a quarter century in an industry that’s changed tremendously, AmeriFlex Financial Services is gearing up for its biggest year.

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La Entrada to restart construction amid tourism tax boom

By   /  Tuesday, March 25th, 2014  /  Real Estate, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on La Entrada to restart construction amid tourism tax boom

In another sign that the region’s tourism industry is entering boom times again, the city of Santa Barbara experienced double-digit growth in hotel taxes in the first eight months of its fiscal year. During the annual State of the City breakfast on March 24, City Manager Jim Armstrong said that Transient Occupancy Tax, or TOT, Read More →

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Building on a green foundation: SLO interiors firm expands down the coast

By   /  Friday, March 21st, 2014  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, Green Coast, Small Business, South Coast, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Building on a green foundation: SLO interiors firm expands down the coast

Green Goods is expanding from its San Luis Obispo base into Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

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