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Lawsuit alleges Montecito man sold stocks despite FINRA ban

By   /  Saturday, April 19th, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Personal Finance, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Lawsuit alleges Montecito man sold stocks despite FINRA ban

A Montecito man is facing allegations that he sold money-losing stock to clients and gave them flawed financial advice despite being banned from brokering securities by industry regulators. A lawsuit filed in Santa Barbara County Superior Court on April 3 alleges that Elias Argyropoulos and his Coast Village Road company, Prima Capital Group, assured investor Read More →

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AmeriFlex celebrates 25 years of helping entrepreneurs

By   /  Friday, March 28th, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Personal Finance, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on AmeriFlex celebrates 25 years of helping entrepreneurs

After a quarter century in an industry that’s changed tremendously, AmeriFlex Financial Services is gearing up for its biggest year.

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Inogen IPO is subject to looser SEC rules

By   /  Friday, January 31st, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, Central Coast, East Ventura County, Law, Personal Finance, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, Tri-County Public Companies, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Inogen IPO is subject to looser SEC rules

If Goleta-based Inogen goes public this year, it will be the first firm in the region to do so under new securities rules that make it easier for small companies to become listed on the major exchanges but also allow them to reveal less information to investors than their larger counterparts.

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Salem builds on conservative media empire with book publisher

By   /  Friday, January 31st, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Personal Finance, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Public Companies  /  Comments Off on Salem builds on conservative media empire with book publisher

Salem Communications Corp. is building a self-described “conservative media powerhouse” amid seismic changes in the industry.

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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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Entrepreneurship Q&A: Growing your small business in the new economy

By   /  Friday, November 29th, 2013  /  Personal Finance, Small Business, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Entrepreneurship Q&A: Growing your small business in the new economy

As part of an occasional series checking in with small-business experts in the region, the Business Times asked Ray Bowman, the director of the Small Business Development Center at the Economic Development Collaborative — Ventura County, to take part in a written Q&A about entrepreneurial finance.

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Taylor Frigon invests in Schmidt-backed cloud tech firm

By   /  Friday, November 15th, 2013  /  Banking & Finance, Personal Finance, Technology, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Taylor Frigon invests in Schmidt-backed cloud tech firm

Alongside its everyday wealth and investment management business, San Luis Obispo-based Taylor Frigon Capital Management has been quietly making venture capital investments over the past five years that are gaining attention from Silicon Valley heavyweights.

Taylor Frigon’s venture investment arm, Taylor Frigon Capital Partners, was an early investor in a company called Otoy in Los Angeles. The company has recently inked deals with a spate of big players — Firefox parent Mozilla, Amazon’s cloud services branch and Autodesk, the gold-standard for 3-D rendering software — to crack a previously unachievable goal.

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