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Editorial: Wine-tasting law would provide early taste of entrepreneurship for students

By   /  Friday, June 27th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Wine-tasting law would provide early taste of entrepreneurship for students

Working its way through the state legislature is a bill that would open the taps just a bit to allow under-aged viticulture students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and other California campuses to sample a small amount of wine or craft beer that they’re producing for a class. The bill, officially known as AB Read More →

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Seeing red tape: Individual policyholders forced out of insurance plans

By   /  Friday, January 10th, 2014  /  Features, Health Care & Life Science, Small Business, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Seeing red tape: Individual policyholders forced out of insurance plans

While many people now have insurance for the first time, another group of policyholders is cursing the new health care law: the self-employed and other individual policyholders.

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Making it click: Shopatron CEO taps into 25 years in business with book

By   /  Friday, January 3rd, 2014  /  Features, Small Business, Technology  /  Comments Off on Making it click: Shopatron CEO taps into 25 years in business with book

For Ed Stevens, the CEO of San Luis Obispo-based Shopatron, the path to changing how the world shops started in Russia just after the end of the Cold War.

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Entrepreneurship Q&A: Growing your small business in the new economy

By   /  Friday, November 29th, 2013  /  Personal Finance, Small Business, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Entrepreneurship Q&A: Growing your small business in the new economy

As part of an occasional series checking in with small-business experts in the region, the Business Times asked Ray Bowman, the director of the Small Business Development Center at the Economic Development Collaborative — Ventura County, to take part in a written Q&A about entrepreneurial finance.

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Op/ed: Central planning still rules China’s economy

By   /  Friday, October 18th, 2013  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: Central planning still rules China’s economy

Does innovation really function in a communist state-controlled economy that only partially incorporates a few facets of free-market capitalism?

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Business Times founder honored with entrepreneurship award

By   /  Tuesday, September 17th, 2013  /  Latest news, Small Business, Technology  /  Comments Off on Business Times founder honored with entrepreneurship award

Henry Dubroff, the founder, editor and chairman of the Pacific Coast Business Times, was honored with the Joe Nida Entrepreneurial Spirit Award at the 2013 Clean Business Investment Summit in Santa Barbara on Sept. 12.

The award recognizes exceptional work promoting entrepreneurship on the South Coast. “Henry has been at the heart of the success of so many entrepreneurs, businesses, and organizations throughout our region — including our own,” California Coast Venture Forum CEO Jerry Knotts said in a statement. “We are extremely honored to present The Joe Nida Spirit Award to Henry, to acknowledge his exhaustive efforts on behalf of entrepreneurs and to salute him as an example of entrepreneurship and clean business growth.”

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Small-business groups can match banks, borrowers

By   /  Friday, September 6th, 2013  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, Small Business, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Small-business groups can match banks, borrowers

Business is as much about who you know as what you know.

Long-time art gallery owner Sylvia White came to realize that as she struggled to get financing to purchase a building in downtown Ventura. She had purchased the gallery space with owner financing several years earlier. But now the five-year period on that high-interest loan was coming up, and White needed a bank to take over. She was turned down by lenders again and again.