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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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Cheers to 100 years: Jordano’s kicks off centennial celebration

By   /  Friday, April 4th, 2014  /  Features, Restaurants, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Cheers to 100 years: Jordano’s kicks off centennial celebration

Pete Jordano, CEO of regional food and beverage distributor Jordano’s. The family-owned company will celebrate its 100th year in 2015. (Stephen Nellis / Business Times photo)

Jordano’s kicked off a year-long run-up to its 100th birthday celebration at its biannual food show.

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South Coast golfers trod parched courses amid drought

By   /  Friday, March 7th, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Central Coast, East Ventura County, Features, Green Coast, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on South Coast golfers trod parched courses amid drought

Rancho San Marcos, a par 71 course in the Santa Ynez Valley, said dry conditions are affecting business. The course’s general manager told the Business Times that the number of rounds played at the course is at 10 percent of normal. (Alex Drysdale / Business Times photo)

Some of the greens on the South Coast are starting to look a little brown as regional golf courses cut back on watering amid California’s worsening three-year drought.

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Belt tightening: Amid drought, food banks face bare cupboards

By   /  Friday, March 7th, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Features, Health Care, Nonprofits, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Belt tightening: Amid drought, food banks face bare cupboards

Erik Talkin, CEO of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. Its cooler shelves are down to 75 percent of usual capacity of fresh produce as farmers donate less during the drought. (Alex Drysdale / Business Times photo)

Demand is up at the region’s food banks, and supply is down. In the for-profit world, those two factors would mean higher prices, but since food banks give away their products, their cupboards are starting to look a bit bare.

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Stepping up the pace: LeftLane Sports looks to double workforce in 2014

By   /  Friday, February 21st, 2014  /  Central Coast, Features, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Stepping up the pace: LeftLane Sports looks to double workforce in 2014

LeftLane Sports has hit the ground running. Five years after its inception, the sporting goods retailer has close to 90 people working in San Luis Obispo and plans to have as many as 180 by the end of the year.

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Business is brewing: Firestone Walker climbs in craft beer rankings

By   /  Friday, February 21st, 2014  /  Features, Restaurants, Top Stories, Tourism, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Business is brewing: Firestone Walker climbs in craft beer rankings

A server pours beer at Firestone Walker Brewing Co.’s Paso Robles campus, where the firm is building out more production space to gear up for more bottling. (Alex Drysdale / Business Times photo)

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. has big plans on tap, including another expansion at its Paso Robles campus, a new beer and the opening of a pilot brewery in the Los Angeles area.

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Labor of love: Nonprofit celebrates 30 years of teaching compassion

By   /  Friday, February 14th, 2014  /  Features, Health Care, Nonprofits, South Coast, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Labor of love: Nonprofit celebrates 30 years of teaching compassion

Santa Barbara-based Adventures in Caring has taught thousands of future and practicing health-care professionals to provide compassion to their patients.

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