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Spy drones soaring

By   /  Friday, July 18th, 2008  /  Small Business  /  Comments Off on Spy drones soaring

A Simi Valley plant with a new multi-million-dollar government contract is becoming a launch pad for engineers, technicians and other workers as it revs up production of spy planes. AeroVironment, a maker of drones used by the U.S. military, won a $200 million contract this month to provide another one of its aircraft to the Read More →

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Re-using wood

By   /  Friday, July 11th, 2008  /  Small Business  /  Comments Off on Re-using wood

The 10-ton eucalyptus had towered over the original Hope Ranch near Santa Barbara for perhaps 100 years, standing sentry as the area changed form an agriculture outpost to posh neighborhood. When it came down it was destined for the landfill or the grinder. Urban trees meet similar fates every day on the Central Coast, but Read More →

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Having a blast

By   /  Friday, June 27th, 2008  /  Small Business  /  Comments Off on Having a blast

Before the night draws to a close on the Fourth of July in the Tri-Counties, Santa Barbara resident Ron Smith will have highly stimulated the visual and auditory senses of thousands of tri-county visitors and residents. Smith is a veteran pyrotechnic show producer and director of sales and marketing for PyroSpectacular, which he said is Read More →

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Living the sweet life

By   /  Friday, June 13th, 2008  /  Small Business  /  Comments Off on Living the sweet life

How sweet it is. For the past two-and-a-half years, Michelle Kenney has operated La Dolce Vita – or “the sweet life” in Italian – in Heritage Square in downtown Oxnard. She has run the business for three decades, but has dished out Italian classics and fusions from Oxnard’s McGrath House, which was built in 1901, Read More →

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Making the Leap

By   /  Friday, May 23rd, 2008  /  Small Business  /  Comments Off on Making the Leap

The University of California, Santa Barbara, has seen many of its laboratory triumphs turned into business successes. But until four years ago, there was no dedicated program to help students make the leap from classroom theory to real-world business.   The University of California, Santa Barbara, has seen many of its laboratory triumphs turned into Read More →

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Ventura merchants brace for surge in sales

By   /  Tuesday, April 15th, 2008  /  Small Business  /  Comments Off on Ventura merchants brace for surge in sales

Downtown Ventura merchants have their fingers crossed. They hope the potentially thousands of action-sports fans who soon will pour into the city to watch professional surfing and skateboarding will stay for the food, fun and hospitality.   As 50 athletes prepare to descend on Ventura for the first Ultimate Boarder competition, the city’s downtown business Read More →

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