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Tuning in to the Tri-Counties: KEYT, KCOY team on news coverage

By   /  Friday, April 18th, 2014  /  Central Coast, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Tuning in to the Tri-Counties: KEYT, KCOY team on news coverage

Under a deal announced last year, CBS affiliate KCOY’s news will be produced under a shared-services agreement with Santa Barbara-based ABC affiliate KEYT. Journalists on the ground in Santa Maria will contribute to a live newscast from studios in Santa Barbara, replacing the old setup in which the evening KCOY newscast is produced in Salinas at station KION.

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Invoca snags Salesforce.com investment, launches new products

By   /  Friday, April 11th, 2014  /  South Coast, Technology, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Invoca snags Salesforce.com investment, launches new products

Employees of the call technology firm Invoca pose on the lawn of the Santa Barbara courthouse. The company recently added Silicon Valley giant Salesforce.com to its investment roster and is rolling out new products. (courtesy photo)

The company has raised more than $30.8 million to date, with the most recent round a $20 million infusion from Accel Partners.

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Artisan food vendors flock to Santa Barbara Public Market

By   /  Friday, April 11th, 2014  /  Latest news, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Artisan food vendors flock to Santa Barbara Public Market

Vendors will offer sustainably and humanely-raised meat and poultry; vegetable and fruit juices pressed on site; fresh seafood; cheeses and salumi; cupcakes and cakes; olive oils and vinegars; and a wine and beer tasting bar.

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20 years of honoring innovation: Business & Technology honorees announced

By   /  Friday, April 11th, 2014  /  Features, Nonprofits, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on 20 years of honoring innovation: Business & Technology honorees announced

Victor Schaff founded S&S Seeds, the only commercial grower of drought-resistant plants native to California. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

The South Coast Business and Technology Awards, the largest business networking and educational fundraising event in the region, will honor a green packaging company, a drought-resistant seed company and a rescue equipment maker, among others, as it celebrates its 20th year.

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Invoca garners Salesforce.com investment, rolls out new technology

By   /  Tuesday, April 8th, 2014  /  South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Invoca garners Salesforce.com investment, rolls out new technology

Santa Barbara-based inbound call technology firm Invoca has added Salesforce.com to its investor roster and released a new voice intelligence technology to help its customers decode incoming calls. Invoca’s software lets marketers generate unique phone numbers for campaigns and then route and track the calls and sales that result. The company has raised more than Read More →

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Montecito’s Starbucks center sells for $14.5M

By   /  Monday, April 7th, 2014  /  Real Estate, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Montecito’s Starbucks center sells for $14.5M

The 13,800-square-foot retail center at 1046 Coast Village Road in Montecito has been purchased by a local couple for $14.5 million. (Photo courtesy of Radius Commercial Real Estate & Investments)

  The Starbucks-anchored retail center at 1046 Coast Village Road in Montecito has been sold to a local couple for $14.5 million. Montecito residents Deborah and James Longo purchased the 13,800-square-foot property in an off-market deal, according to Radius Commercial Real Estate & Investments. Along with the coffee shop, the other long-term tenants at the Read More →

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Select Staffing to shed debt, relinquish family control in Ch. 11

By   /  Friday, April 4th, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Select Staffing to shed debt, relinquish family control in Ch. 11

The reorganization will reduce the ownership stake held by the Sorensen family and ends a years-long search for a solution to the heavy debt load Select Staffing took on at the height of the credit bubble.

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