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Players in the online game – Presidio Sports fills a niche on South Coast

By   /  Sunday, June 28th, 2009  /  Small Business  /  Comments Off on Players in the online game – Presidio Sports fills a niche on South Coast

Presidio Sports founders Blake Dorfman and John Dvorak stepped up to the plate last year to provide Santa Barbara with more sports coverage, and they’re hoping to score in a tough market. The former Santa Barbara News-Press sports reporters co-founded the Web site of sports news and features in September 2008, knowing that starting an Read More →

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Minding the skills gap – Workforce program trains employees for emerging firms

By   /  Friday, May 22nd, 2009  /  Small Business  /  Comments Off on Minding the skills gap – Workforce program trains employees for emerging firms

If your business is hiring, Cheryl Moore has good people and money for you. Moore is the executive director of the Workforce Investment Board of Ventura County, a federally backed program that helps laid-off workers retrain and find new jobs. But what’s less known, Moore said, is that the board can help funnel pre-screened applicants Read More →

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Cloudy but clear – Software firm Eucalyptus raises $5.5 million

By   /  Sunday, May 10th, 2009  /  Small Business  /  Comments Off on Cloudy but clear – Software firm Eucalyptus raises $5.5 million

He just sealed a $5.5 million round of venture capital, but last fall, Rich Wolski wasn’t even sure he wanted to start a business. Wolski is a computer scientist who helped create cloud computing software called Eucalyptus. Widely popularized by Amazon, cloud computing means linking many computers over the Internet to handle tough tasks cheaply. Read More →

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On the cutting edge of data – Sabrient Systems analyzes stock performance

By   /  Friday, April 24th, 2009  /  Small Business  /  Comments Off on On the cutting edge of data – Sabrient Systems analyzes stock performance

It’s hard to imagine that anyone could be successful while remaining agnostic toward the stock market — especially now. But 9-year-old Sabrient Systems has built a reputation for itself by doing just that. The Santa Barbara-based equity research firm specializes in quantitative modeling and analysis of stocks, with a successful 2008 that saw its best Read More →

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Rise of Kinko

By   /  Sunday, March 29th, 2009  /  Small Business  /  Comments Off on Rise of Kinko

It’s not easy tracking down Paul Orfalea. The man who made Kinko’s synonymous with American-style entrepreneurship has been speaking out about dyslexia, leading seminars at University of California, Santa Barbara, and making a few appearances in the Tri-Counties. But mainly he keeps a low profile and spends a lot of time managing his investments and Read More →

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Willing to risk it? Small businesses take leap of faith in uncertain times

By   /  Sunday, March 15th, 2009  /  Small Business  /  Comments Off on Willing to risk it? Small businesses take leap of faith in uncertain times

Risk has always been a big part of the equation in small business — and it weighs on the minds of entrepreneurs in today’s economic environment. Eric Sanabia of Signature Woodworks in Goleta took a big risk when he started his business three years ago, and now he is contemplating another sizable one. David R. Read More →

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The big business blend – Entrepreneurs combine multiple niches into one

By   /  Friday, February 27th, 2009  /  Small Business  /  Comments Off on The big business blend – Entrepreneurs combine multiple niches into one

Tough times call on entrepreneurs to get inventive and do something a little different to win customers’ dollars. And two tri-county businesses are doing just that. In Santa Barbara, Live Culture plans to serve up a combination of wine, frozen yogurt and live music. SLO County Sitters in San Luis Obispo has connected parents with Read More →

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