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20 years of honoring innovation: Business & Technology honorees announced

By   /  Friday, April 11th, 2014  /  Features, Nonprofits, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on 20 years of honoring innovation: Business & Technology honorees announced

Victor Schaff founded S&S Seeds, the only commercial grower of drought-resistant plants native to California. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

The South Coast Business and Technology Awards, the largest business networking and educational fundraising event in the region, will honor a green packaging company, a drought-resistant seed company and a rescue equipment maker, among others, as it celebrates its 20th year.

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All fired up: PizzaRev joins with Buffalo Wild Wings on expansion

By   /  Friday, April 4th, 2014  /  Restaurants, Small Business, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on All fired up: PizzaRev joins with Buffalo Wild Wings on expansion

Elyse Doyle-Martinez, supervisor of the PizzaRev restaurant in Oxnard, places a pizza in the oven. Westlake Village-based PizzaRev is expanding across the country with 27 franchise deals currently in the works. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

A large, publicly traded restaurant chain has grabbed a slice of Westlake Village-based PizzaRev in a bid to help the Southern California startup roll out nationwide.

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A soft touch for transit: CHK America builds interactive route maps for cities

By   /  Friday, March 28th, 2014  /  Small Business, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on A soft touch for transit: CHK America builds interactive route maps for cities

The first unit is being tested at the Santa Barbara MTD Transit Center, where the company will be refining the software that runs the system to make it as useful as possible to riders.

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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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Building on a green foundation: SLO interiors firm expands down the coast

By   /  Friday, March 21st, 2014  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, Green Coast, Small Business, South Coast, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Building on a green foundation: SLO interiors firm expands down the coast

Green Goods is expanding from its San Luis Obispo base into Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

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Feeling lucky? How small businesses can navigate Google’s new algorithm

By   /  Friday, March 14th, 2014  /  Small Business, Technology  /  Comments Off on Feeling lucky? How small businesses can navigate Google’s new algorithm

With a recent change to its search algorithms, Google has made it much harder for a plumber in Arroyo Grande to show up when a user searches for “San Luis Obispo plumber,” even though that business may have served the greater San Luis Obispo area for decades.

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Angling for change: Bren School startup serves up new model for sustainable seafood

By   /  Friday, March 14th, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Green Coast, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Women Inc.  /  1 Comment

Norah Eddy, left, and Laura Johnson are founders of Salty Girl Seafood. The startup, spun out of the UC Santa Barbara Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, aims to make it easier for restaurants to source seafood directly from fishermen. (Alex Drysdale / Business Times photo)

A team of UCSB graduate students has created an online marketplace where restaurants and fishermen can connect directly to buy sustainable, traceable seafood.

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