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A look at Central Coast entrepreneurial ecosystem

By   /  Friday, June 26th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Columns, Op/Eds, Opinion, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on A look at Central Coast entrepreneurial ecosystem

Entrepreneurship is a word we hear often, with good reason: More people are choosing to forgo the predictable paycheck as an employee for the opportunity to spin their idea into a tangible business of their own. For the first time in five years, the Startup Activity Index rose in 2015, showing the largest year-over-year increase Read More →

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ACA challenging for small employers

By   /  Friday, June 5th, 2015  /  Health Care, Op/Eds, Opinion, Small Business  /  Comments Off on ACA challenging for small employers

By Jim Wisdom The fourth quarter of 2015 promises to be one of the busiest and most challenging quarters in the history of the group health insurance industry. The reason for the change is the next phase of implementation for the Affordable Care Act. Employers who want to stay ahead of this enormous shift will Read More →

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Carbon tax right policy for Tri-Counties

By   /  Friday, June 5th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Energy, Op/Eds, Opinion, South Coast, Technology, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Carbon tax right policy for Tri-Counties

By Mike McEachen As a frequent visitor to Refugio Beach, I was saddened by the oil that spewed out of the underground pipeline operated by Plains All American Pipeline and fouled our beach and coastline. My family and friends had to cancel our annual Memorial Weekend Refugio Beach campout that we made reservations for six Read More →

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Investors can decide not to put money into companies that damage environment

By   /  Friday, May 29th, 2015  /  Energy, Op/Eds, Personal Finance  /  Comments Off on Investors can decide not to put money into companies that damage environment

By Brad Stark and Kieran Osborne The pipeline breakage near Refugio State Beach is not only devastating to our environment and harmful to life on the Central Coast, but it also brings attention to how the oil industry is supported with investment dollars. The public relations battle with fossil fuels has been heating up for Read More →

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Moving toward privatizing our courts in California

By   /  Friday, May 29th, 2015  /  Law, Op/Eds  /  Comments Off on Moving toward privatizing our courts in California

By Lisa Spiwak California courts have been devastated by deep budget cuts.  In California, over 50 courthouses have been shut down and over 250 courtrooms are now closed. Fewer courtrooms and fewer judges mean that it takes longer to get into court and that could be highly relevant to any business seeking legal redress from Read More →

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Virtual currency is finding global niches

By   /  Friday, May 15th, 2015  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Virtual currency is finding global niches

By Lisa Spiwak This month, there has been a major event in the world of American finance. On May 7, itBit became America’s first national regulatory-compliant Bitcoin exchange. This is a very big deal because it paves the way for customers to now feel more comfortable with virtual currency, which appears to be one of Read More →

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A message for Mother’s Day

By   /  Friday, May 1st, 2015  /  Latest news, Op/Eds  /  Comments Off on A message for Mother’s Day

By Lisa Spiwak All of us mothers fiercely love our children. We would do anything to help them. Unfortunately many of our American mothers have chosen ways to help their children that may be counterproductive. This is a fairly recent phenomenon in our history termed, “the helicopter mom syndrome.” Helicopter moms are so named because, Read More →

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