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Google, Microsoft vie for UCSB top minds with quantum initiatives

By   /  Friday, September 12th, 2014  /  South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Google, Microsoft vie for UCSB top minds with quantum initiatives

Google has selected a UC Santa Barbara lab for a new quantum-computing initiative just a short distance from where Microsoft has an established outpost, setting up a battle among tech giants on the South Coast. On Sept. 2, Google’s Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab said that it was launching a new hardware push to design and Read More →

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Beer business froths over: Breweries plan major expansions in the region

By   /  Friday, September 12th, 2014  /  Central Coast, South Coast, Special Sections, Top Stories, Tourism, West Ventura County, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Beer business froths over: Breweries plan major expansions in the region

With new taprooms and expansion plans galore for the region’s craft-brew business, it’s heady days for the Tri-Counties’ beer industry.

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The Mill hopes to bring Funk Zone style to Santa Barbara’s Haley Street corridor

By   /  Friday, September 12th, 2014  /  Real Estate, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on The Mill hopes to bring Funk Zone style to Santa Barbara’s Haley Street corridor

A much-wondered-about project at the corner of Laguna and Haley streets in Santa Barbara is poised to become the next big attraction to a corridor that area real estate insiders say is shaping up as the latest extension of the city’s Funk Zone.

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Fire and law enforcement groups oppose Measure P

By   /  Wednesday, September 10th, 2014  /  Central Coast, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Fire and law enforcement groups oppose Measure P

Organizations representing more than 700 public-safety officials in Santa Barbara County have taken a  stand against a ballot initiative that could eventually shut down much of the oil and gas production in the county. The Santa Barbara County Firefighters Association, the county Deputy Sheriffs Association and the Santa Barbara Police Officers Association all said Sept. Read More →

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$2.6M deal marks record for Summerland CRE market

By   /  Monday, September 8th, 2014  /  Real Estate, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on $2.6M deal marks record for Summerland CRE market

  The recent sale of a high-profile mixed-use property on Lillie Avenue in Summerland marks the highest price per square foot for a commercial property larger that 2,000 square feet in the coastal town. The property, located at 2330 Lillie Ave. and home to Summerland Winery’s tasting room and Bonita Boutique, sold for more than Read More →

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The posting police: Social Intelligence roots out workers’ comp fraud

By   /  Friday, September 5th, 2014  /  Small Business, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on The posting police: Social Intelligence roots out workers’ comp fraud

Santa Barbara-based Social Intelligence, a firm that combs social media and other sites for red flags about potential employees, has inked a new deal to help combat workers’ compensation fraud.

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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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