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SBA responds to statewide drought with disaster loans

By   /  Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014  /  Agribusiness, 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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Making it click: Shopatron CEO taps into 25 years in business with book

By   /  Friday, January 3rd, 2014  /  Features, Small Business, Technology  /  Comments Off on Making it click: Shopatron CEO taps into 25 years in business with book

For Ed Stevens, the CEO of San Luis Obispo-based Shopatron, the path to changing how the world shops started in Russia just after the end of the Cold War.

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Wine, dine and dollars: Tourism leaders say foodie travel boosts region’s outlook

By   /  Friday, January 3rd, 2014  /  Central Coast, Restaurants, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Wine, dine and dollars: Tourism leaders say foodie travel boosts region’s outlook

Tourism numbers for Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties have topped pre-recession figures in recent years and that upward climb is expected to continue in 2014.

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An advocate for women in business: Attorney elected president of NAWBO California

By   /  Friday, December 13th, 2013  /  Features, Small Business, Women Inc.  /  Comments Off on An advocate for women in business: Attorney elected president of NAWBO California

An attorney with Santa Barbara-based law firm Buynak, Fauver, Archbald & Spray is the new president of the state-level chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, a group that advocates for the more than 1.3 million female entrepreneurs in the Golden State.

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