By Michael Panesis Launching a startup in this country is an act of patriotism. I am certain of this, more so every day. That confidence starts with who I am. I am the grandchild of immigrants. That self-identification comes naturally because my parents and grandparents issued constant reminders throughout my childhood. My bedtime stories were Read More →
The city of Ventura has taken a big step to secure its future as a business center for the 21st century. After a marathon session, the City Council gave preliminary approval for a plan that will eventually lead to the creation of a 55-unit executive housing development called La Viera, preserving some 200 acres for Read More →
If the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is finalized, the free trade agreement would be unprecedented. It aims to reduce or eliminate trade barriers and harmonize standards and regulations in the United States and the European Union for the mutual economic gains of the partners. TTIP would create a free trade area representing nearly Read More →
Labor markets have been weak since the Great Recession. Job creation has been slow and labor force participation has been falling. While the Tri-Counties region has performed similarly to the nation on aggregate, its largest county, Ventura County, has underperformed the nation and its northern neighbors. The recession brought significant contractions in non-farm jobs for Read More →
Efforts to designate Los Angeles as the U.S. host city for the 2024 Olympic are worth more than passing attention by leaders along the Highway 101 corridor. That’s because a successful bid by Los Angeles for the summer games would produce multiple benefits for the Central Coast, with a broad impact on business. The 1984 Read More →
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Mike Panesis, a key player in entrepreneurship circles who heads the biggest collegiate business-pitch contest in the region, is leaving UC Santa Barbara for a post at California Lutheran University.