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ValueClick reboots: Online advertising firm to sell assets, rename

By   /  Friday, November 15th, 2013  /  East Ventura County, Features, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on ValueClick reboots: Online advertising firm to sell assets, rename

The $1.6 billion Westlake Village-based digital advertising company has been under fire from investors — and trial attorneys — for its reliance acquisitions to produce revenue growth. It has also faced criticism of the steep losses it has taken on selling off business lines that didn’t work out.

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In good company: Co-working spaces proliferate in region

By   /  Friday, November 8th, 2013  /  Features, Small Business, Technology, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on In good company: Co-working spaces proliferate in region

This has been the year co-working hit the Tri-Counties. With the opening on Nov. 4 of Connect Ventura in the Working Artists Ventura building, there are now co-work spaces in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.

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Grown in Ghana: Santa Barbara startup makes African superfruit supplement

By   /  Friday, November 8th, 2013  /  Features, Small Business, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Grown in Ghana: Santa Barbara startup makes African superfruit supplement

A Santa Barbara startup hopes to bring the rumored superfood qualities of the African baobab fruit to the U.S. market. The company said the product provides a highly-concentrated source of nutrition and has a sweet-yet-tart flavor that blends grapefruit, pear and vanilla, and an oil.

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Out of this world: Santa Barbara company produces saucer-shaped UAVs

By   /  Friday, November 1st, 2013  /  Features, Technology, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Out of this world: Santa Barbara company produces saucer-shaped UAVs

Flying saucers have landed in Santa Barbara.

Aerobat Aviation, a Santa Barbara firm with ties to Georgia, is planning to take its saucer-shaped unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, on the road in the coming months hoping to raise $5 million from investors.

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On a 40-year roll: P&G paper plants set to mark milestone in Oxnard

By   /  Friday, November 1st, 2013  /  Features, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on On a 40-year roll: P&G paper plants set to mark milestone in Oxnard

Procter & Gamble will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its Family Care Plant in Oxnard this month, a remarkable milestone when viewed against the decline in manufacturing jobs in California and across the nation. The Oxnard plant makes Bounty paper towels and Charmin toilet tissue in huge quantities that supply California and parts of the western U.S.

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Water woes: Publishing of nitrate data at issue

By   /  Friday, October 25th, 2013  /  Agriculture, Central Coast, Features, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Water woes: Publishing of nitrate data at issue

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Pumpkin patches are gourd mines: Specialty growers cash in on seasonal squash

By   /  Friday, October 25th, 2013  /  Agriculture, Features, Small Business  /  Comments Off on Pumpkin patches are gourd mines: Specialty growers cash in on seasonal squash

The Golden State is No. 2 in the nation for pumpkins and last year produced about 93,500 tons of the crop on roughly 505,000 acres. Much of the crop is earmarked for commercial purposes and shipped out of state, but the growth of community-based pumpkin patches has accelerated over the past decade, according to California Farm Bureau Federation spokesperson Dave Kranz.

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