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Budding trend: Region’s growers count on locavore movement

By   /  Friday, February 7th, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Features, Small Business  /  Comments Off on Budding trend: Region’s growers count on locavore movement

The $176 million tri-county cut-flower industry is hoping to woo Valentine’s Day shoppers, who are expected to spend $1.8 billion nationwide this year on blooms for their sweethearts.

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The right remedy: Elemental Herbs went from kitchen startup to national distribution

By   /  Friday, January 24th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Features, Small Business, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on The right remedy: Elemental Herbs went from kitchen startup to national distribution

Belying its modest beginnings in the couple’s kitchen, Elemental Herbs now has distributors in 35 states and nearly 1,500 retail accounts.

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Software, squared: ProductPlan makes tools for software product managers

By   /  Friday, January 17th, 2014  /  Features, Small Business, Technology, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Software, squared: ProductPlan makes tools for software product managers

It’s a low-cost, simple-to-use Web application for making and sharing product road maps, keeping everyone on the same page.

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Invoca calls up $20M: Fast-growing tech firm to double work force

By   /  Friday, January 17th, 2014  /  Features, Technology, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Invoca calls up $20M: Fast-growing tech firm to double work force

Santa Barbara-based inbound call technology firm Invoca has raised $20 million from Accel Partners, bringing the company’s funds raised to date to $30.8 million.

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Dressed to the canines: PetPaint opts for loan over ‘Shark Tank’

By   /  Friday, January 10th, 2014  /  Features, Small Business, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Dressed to the canines: PetPaint opts for loan over ‘Shark Tank’

Abe Geary passed up a funding offer from “Shark Tank” that would have turned over a 60 percent equity stake in the company, to direct its development personally.

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The venture capitalist of the vineyards: Terroir’s investments range from Santa Ynez to South Africa

By   /  Friday, January 10th, 2014  /  Features, Personal Finance, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on The venture capitalist of the vineyards: Terroir’s investments range from Santa Ynez to South Africa

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Seeing red tape: Individual policyholders forced out of insurance plans

By   /  Friday, January 10th, 2014  /  Features, Health Care & Life Science, Small Business, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Seeing red tape: Individual policyholders forced out of insurance plans

While many people now have insurance for the first time, another group of policyholders is cursing the new health care law: the self-employed and other individual policyholders.