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All grown up: These SLO entrepreneurs have come a long way

By   /  Monday, September 27th, 2010  /  Features, Small Business  /  Comments Off on All grown up: These SLO entrepreneurs have come a long way

San Luis Obispo’s startups are growing up fast. Thirteen years ago, two San Luis Obispo high school students started their own company because they couldn’t find part-time jobs to fit their busy student-athlete schedules. That business, Meathead Movers, has since grown into a flourishing moving and storage empire that helps some 180 college students put Read More →

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Climbing through the clouds: Jeep tour business grows in region's wine hotspots

By   /  Monday, September 13th, 2010  /  Small Business  /  Comments Off on Climbing through the clouds: Jeep tour business grows in region's wine hotspots

Cloud Climber Jeeps was one of the first wine country tour companies in Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley. Now it’s hoping to blaze the trail in Ojai and Paso Robles, too. The company, founded in 1999 by Dave and Sybil DeMauro, offers back-country and wine tours, taking upwards of 5,000 people a year Read More →

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Melton

By   /  Monday, August 30th, 2010  /  Small Business  /  Comments Off on Melton

Mark Melton has grown his cleaning business into a tidy little tri-county empire over the past decade, sweeping in $19.8 million in revenue last year. Carpinteria-based Melton Franchise Systems, a master franchisor for Coverall Health Based Cleaning Systems and owner of the Molly Maid business in the region, made the No. 19 spot on the Read More →

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Spirit of Small Business awards 2010 slideshow

By   /  Thursday, August 12th, 2010  /  Small Business  /  Comments Off on Spirit of Small Business awards 2010 slideshow

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A fuzzy investment: Santa Ynez Valley duo deals in llamas and alpacas

By   /  Monday, July 26th, 2010  /  Small Business  /  Comments Off on A fuzzy investment: Santa Ynez Valley duo deals in llamas and alpacas

At Alpacas at West Ranch, hundreds of long-necked, fuzzy creatures frolic about and doze under shady trees on a sweltering summer day in the Santa Ynez Valley. Alpacas are often described as just another agribusiness bubble, like emus, llamas, Shetland ponies and tulips before them. But at this Los Olivos ranch, the charm and the Read More →

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Parking battle heats up at Ventura Harbor

By   /  Monday, July 26th, 2010  /  Small Business  /  Comments Off on Parking battle heats up at Ventura Harbor

At Andria’s Seafood Restaurant and Market in the Ventura Harbor, there’s been an odd quirk in the business this summer: Sales are down by about 10 percent, but not all the time. Manager Frederico Castro said it’s only happening on weekends, and only during the daytime — in other words, only during hours that customers Read More →

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Message on a bottle: New Paso Robles firm takes the paper out of wine labels

By   /  Monday, July 12th, 2010  /  Small Business  /  Comments Off on Message on a bottle: New Paso Robles firm takes the paper out of wine labels

A Paso Robles start-up is breaking into the region’s wine industry by creating custom wine bottle labels printed directly on glass. Peltier Glassworks was founded recently by Adam and Marisa Peltier, a husband-and-wife team who both graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. It’s the only glass silk screening company on the Central Coast, Adam Read More →

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