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Getting better with time

By   /  Thursday, January 7th, 2010  /  Small Business  /  Comments Off on Getting better with time

Walking into the Liquor and Wine Grotto in Montecito is like stepping into a mom-and-pop store one would expect to find in Italy. The store has stone floors, vine-covered walls and racks stocked with wines and liquors of every age, origin and price. The front entrance itself resembles a large, wooden wine barrel and lights Read More →

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Tech firms get a boost from small business

By   /  Monday, November 30th, 2009  /  Small Business  /  Comments Off on Tech firms get a boost from small business

The economic slump has many small businesses scrambling to cut costs, but as a direct result one group of businesses is getting a boost: information technology firms. As small businesses look for ways to streamline their budgets, tri-county IT firms are seeing a wave of new clients — if they offer the right products and Read More →

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Cashing in on a retail trend

By   /  Monday, November 16th, 2009  /  Small Business  /  Comments Off on Cashing in on a retail trend

If you own a small retail business in a tough economy, every dollar counts. That’s why many small businesses have found that automated teller machines, or ATMs, are quick and easy money-makers. By installing one of the cash-dispensing machines, merchants reap not only the benefits of a small commission every time someone uses it, but Read More →

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An idea that holds water

By   /  Monday, October 26th, 2009  /  Small Business  /  Comments Off on An idea that holds water

Some innovations seem to be born almost by osmosis; you put the right brains in one room and the great ideas just flow. At least that’s how the idea for Vapur was born. The start-up company, not even a year old, is the producer of a reusable, foldable plastic water bottle by the same name. Read More →

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Let them eat cupcakes

By   /  Monday, September 28th, 2009  /  Small Business  /  Comments Off on Let them eat cupcakes

Call it comfort food if you will, but cupcakes may just be the perfect recession-proof little indulgences. In the Tri-Counties, cupcake bakeries – or cupcakeries – have proliferated over the past two years, and their owners say they’re only getting more popular. Maybe it’s because the HBO series “Sex and the City” shows its characters Read More →

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Zumbox goes coast-to-coast

By   /  Sunday, September 27th, 2009  /  Small Business, Technology  /  Comments Off on Zumbox goes coast-to-coast

Westlake Village-based Zumbox, the provider of a Web-based paperless mail platform, said Sept. 22 that it has rolled out its system in San Francisco and Newark, N.J. Zumbox is a more secure version of electronic mail that works by verifying residents’ physical address by mailing them a pass code to turn on their inbox. The Read More →

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Riding it out

By   /  Friday, September 11th, 2009  /  Small Business  /  Comments Off on Riding it out

Tri-county surf shops have taken quite a beating during the past year’s storm of changing retail trends, poor surfing conditions and a down economy. Now they’re looking for new ways to ride it out. Doug Yartz, owner and manager of Goleta-based surf shop Surf Country, could only sum up his store’s sales performance in one Read More →

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