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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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2014 Family Business & Closely Held Companies honorees announced

By   /  Friday, February 28th, 2014  /  Latest news, Small Business, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on 2014 Family Business & Closely Held Companies honorees announced

From left, Kristopher Parker, Eli Parker, Ashley Parker-Snider and Tim Snider, family of the late Disney actor turned developer Fess Parker. Fess Parker Enterprises, the family's business, owns two wineries in Los Olivos, Fess Parker's DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara and a small boutique hotel project currently in the planning phases. (Alex Drysdale / Business Times photo)

   The Pacific Coast Business Times is pleased to announce our 2014 class of Family Business & Closely Held Companies winners. This annual special section celebrates businesses in the region that are owned or managed by multiple family members, are in the second or later generation of family ownership or that are owned and operated by a small group Read More →

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Freezing out the competition: Australian frozen yogurt brand makes global push from Ventura

By   /  Friday, February 28th, 2014  /  Small Business, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Freezing out the competition: Australian frozen yogurt brand makes global push from Ventura

Australians Angus Murray and Michael Taylor have set up a California outpost for Foxy’s Frozen Yogurt in a bid to beat the Golden State at its own game.

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Moving on up: Green storage business expands along South Coast

By   /  Friday, February 14th, 2014  /  Green Coast, Real Estate, Small Business, South Coast, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Moving on up: Green storage business expands along South Coast

Movegreen is growing at a rapid clip and plans to start driving its biodiesel-powered moving vans down the coast in an expansion spree. The company has built a business by providing environmentally friendly moving and storage service along the South Coast.

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Budding trend: Region’s growers count on locavore movement

By   /  Friday, February 7th, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Features, Small Business  /  Comments Off on Budding trend: Region’s growers count on locavore movement

The $176 million tri-county cut-flower industry is hoping to woo Valentine’s Day shoppers, who are expected to spend $1.8 billion nationwide this year on blooms for their sweethearts.

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