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Portable power: Ojai firm makes battery systems that can go anywhere

By   /  Friday, August 1st, 2014  /  Small Business, Technology, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Portable power: Ojai firm makes battery systems that can go anywhere

An Ojai company’s creation that started as a way to run camera and lighting gear for on-location film shoots has evolved into a battery system that can power everything from military forces in Afghanistan to an off-grid organic vodka distillery in Hawaii.

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Snatching a larger slice: Persona pizzeria plots nationwide expansion

By   /  Friday, August 1st, 2014  /  Restaurants, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Snatching a larger slice: Persona pizzeria plots nationwide expansion

Santa Barbara-based Persona Neapolitan Pizza is embarking on a nationwide expansion as competition heats up in the fast-casual, wood-fired pizza market.

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Announcing the 2014 Spirit of Small Business winners

By   /  Friday, July 25th, 2014  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, Green Coast, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County, Women Inc.  /  Comments Off on Announcing the 2014 Spirit of Small Business winners

The Pacific Coast Business Times is pleased to announce our 2014 class of Spirit of Small Business award winners. The annual special section, now in its 12th year, celebrates small-business ownership and entrepreneurship in the Tri-Counties.

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Keeping Score: Nonprofit business advisers celebrate 50 years

By   /  Friday, July 25th, 2014  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Keeping Score: Nonprofit business advisers celebrate 50 years

  The business-advice nonprofit Score just turned 50, but the advice it provides is ageless. The national organization is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and the San Luis Obispo branch is celebrating 30 years. For half a century, Score has provided free or low-cost mentoring and workshops to entrepreneurs and business owners around the Read More →

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Tracking trucks: ClearPathGPS offers fleet monitoring from the cloud

By   /  Friday, July 18th, 2014  /  Small Business, South Coast, Technology, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Tracking trucks: ClearPathGPS offers fleet monitoring from the cloud

Two Santa Barbara software veterans have started ClearPathGPS to make that technology affordable and easy to use for fleets as small as five vehicles.

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A labor of leather: Craftsman adds artisan touch to family trade

By   /  Friday, July 11th, 2014  /  Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on A labor of leather: Craftsman adds artisan touch to family trade

With the warm, heavy smell of leather in the air, Steven Soria sits in his single-room shop in downtown Santa Barbara amid work tables crowded with metal machinery and tools.

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Playing your cards right: How to pick a payment processing service

By   /  Friday, July 11th, 2014  /  Small Business, Technology, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Playing your cards right: How to pick a payment processing service

The Business Times spoke with several retailers and merchant-processing services to find out what sorts of factors small-business owners should weigh when deciding on a point-of-sales system.

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