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Slow-cookin’ in Conejo: Chili’s veteran starts his own BBQ venture

By   /  Friday, December 9th, 2011  /  Features, Small Business  /  Comments Off on Slow-cookin’ in Conejo: Chili’s veteran starts his own BBQ venture

Bill Dobner spent 21 years overseeing restaurants for Chili’s and its parent company Brinker International Corp. When the recession hit and his job was cut, he struck out on his own to start his own restaurant along with his wife, Carey, also a Chili’s veteran.

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Successful formula: Thousand Oaks woman rethinks the baby bottle

By   /  Friday, December 2nd, 2011  /  Features, Small Business, Women Inc.  /  Comments Off on Successful formula: Thousand Oaks woman rethinks the baby bottle

Seven years after Christine Barlow’s son was born with a birth defect, the baby bottle business she launched to help other infants avoid the same problem is up and running.

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How sweet it is: New owners hope to thaw out McConnell’s brand

By   /  Friday, November 25th, 2011  /  Features, Small Business  /  Comments Off on How sweet it is: New owners hope to thaw out McConnell’s brand

The new owners of McConnell’s Ice Cream want to grow the iconic Santa Barbara brand into a national household name.

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Finding the fitness fit: Santa Barbara firm inks distribution deal

By   /  Friday, November 25th, 2011  /  Features, Small Business  /  Comments Off on Finding the fitness fit: Santa Barbara firm inks distribution deal

A Santa Barbara businesswoman is flexing her entrepreneurial muscles as the fitness product she designed launches into the national market.

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Mendi makes his move: Turkish jewelry store owner opens second location

By   /  Friday, November 18th, 2011  /  Features, Small Business  /  Comments Off on Mendi makes his move: Turkish jewelry store owner opens second location

A year after opening a small jewelry store in the Santa Ynez Valley selling handmade jewelery imported from his native Istanbul, Eyyup Mendi has opened a second store in Santa Barbara.

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Zipping along: Santa Margarita Ranch launches adventure tours

By   /  Friday, November 11th, 2011  /  Features, Small Business, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Zipping along: Santa Margarita Ranch launches adventure tours

Santa Margarita Ranch now offers the first commercial zipline tours on the Central Coast.

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A niche on the shelf: Specialty food companies thrive

By   /  Friday, October 28th, 2011  /  Features, Small Business  /  1 Comment

Two of the Tri-Counties’ quirkiest food producers are proving that bigger isn’t necessarily better.

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