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Crafting Jackson

By   /  Friday, July 10th, 2009  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Crafting Jackson

One billion people tuned in to watch the memorial services for Michael Jackson on July 7, hoping to feel some sort of connection to the pop icon. Since his June 25 death, the news has been plastered with his face. All Jackson, all the time. But Tony Urquidez of Los Olivos doesn’t have to watch Read More →

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Building a smarter grid – AML diversifies its defense operations

By   /  Thursday, July 2nd, 2009  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Building a smarter grid – AML diversifies its defense operations

AML Communications built a solid business over the last 20 years supplying the defense industry, but a small company it bought last year could prove a big win as the federal government pushes to make the U.S. electricity grid more efficient. The Camarillo-based company makes microelectronics that deal with microwave signals and has turned a Read More →

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Elective energy – Hospitals take independent path to power

By   /  Sunday, June 28th, 2009  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Elective energy – Hospitals take independent path to power

With healthcare costs rising at double-digit rates, the gap simply can’t be closed with one or two big ideas alone. But some Central Coast medical campuses are doing their part to generate small savings through energy efficiency. Two area hospitals, Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria and Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, have taken steps Read More →

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Cruise with the current – Area firm building electric powerboat

By   /  Friday, June 19th, 2009  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Cruise with the current – Area firm building electric powerboat

While the Bay Area has Tesla Motors rolling out high-end sports cars powered by laptop batteries, the Tri-Counties can claim a company specializing in cutting-edge boat technology married to retro styling aimed at upscale buyers. Going green may have its price, but Oxnard-based American Beauty Boats expects customers to line up to pay for prestige Read More →

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A steady hand at tiller – Nahra to lead bank trade group

By   /  Sunday, June 14th, 2009  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on A steady hand at tiller – Nahra to lead bank trade group

Lynda Nahra gets things done quickly. During nine years as president and chief executive at Community West Bank, Nahra has grown the bank’s assets to $683 million, developed the Small Business Administration lending division into a nationwide network of offices and added branches in Santa Maria, Westlake Village and downtown Santa Barbara. Now one state Read More →

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Franchise paradise – Business model gains ground in recession

By   /  Friday, June 5th, 2009  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Franchise paradise – Business model gains ground in recession

Chad Jordan grew tired of the corporate grind six years ago. With a craving for sandwiches and smoothies, he and two friends, as well as their wives, drafted the idea for California Fresh over lunch. Upon founding the laid-back sandwich and smoothie deli in Santa Maria, Jordan took the leap from the ranks of the Read More →

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Red light for racers – Pacific Coast Motorsports files Ch. 7

By   /  Friday, May 29th, 2009  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Red light for racers – Pacific Coast Motorsports files Ch. 7

Tyler Tadevic is losing his house but not his drive. A lifelong motorsports fanatic, he went from cleaning wheels and sweeping up a shop to building and managing his own racing team, Oxnard-based Pacific Coast Motorsports. In just a few short years, it came within fractions of a second of racing in the Indianapolis 500, Read More →

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