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Cloud farming : SLO firm brings sensor technology to the fields

By   /  Friday, February 7th, 2014  /  Agriculture, Small Business, Technology, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Cloud farming : SLO firm brings sensor technology to the fields

The Tri-Counties may or may not see many rain clouds this year, but farmers around the region will be using cloud computing to manage their irrigation with San Luis Obispo-based Hortau.

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A new slant on kayaking: Angle Oar aims to make rowing easier

By   /  Friday, January 31st, 2014  /  Central Coast, Small Business, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on A new slant on kayaking: Angle Oar aims to make rowing easier

A San Luis Obispo company founded by a former tech marketing executive is angling to make it easier for seniors, kids and anyone with shoulder trouble to take to the water in a kayak.

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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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SBA responds to statewide drought with disaster loans

By   /  Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014  /  Agriculture, Latest news, Small Business, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on SBA responds to statewide drought with disaster loans

In response to economic losses caused by the statewide drought, certain small businesses across California, including in the Tri-Counties, are now eligible to apply for low-interest federal loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the agency announced on Jan. 21. Small, non-farm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, nonprofit Read More →

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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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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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Seeing red tape: Individual policyholders forced out of insurance plans

By   /  Friday, January 10th, 2014  /  Features, Health Care, 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.

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