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Santa Maria chamber names Citizen of the Year award for Bob Hatch

By   /  Thursday, August 14th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Santa Maria chamber names Citizen of the Year award for Bob Hatch

The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce has renamed its Citizen of the Year Award for outgoing President Bob Hatch and given him the inaugural honor. The change was announced at the chamber’s annual dinner on Aug. 13. The award is now called the Robert P. Hatch Citizen of the Year award. In accepting the Read More →

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Startup Weekend, en Español: Entrepreneurs pitch in Santa Maria

By   /  Friday, August 8th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Small Business, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Startup Weekend, en Español: Entrepreneurs pitch in Santa Maria

  A design for a face-mask to protect farm laborers from dust, pesticides and sun damage took home the top spot at the first Spanish Startup Weekend in the U.S. The event, held the weekend of Aug. 1-3 in Santa Maria, gathered four teams who spent 54 hours working on prototypes and presentations for their Read More →

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Santa Maria farmer files Chapter 7 amid legal battle with bank

By   /  Friday, August 1st, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, Central Coast, Law & Goverment, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Santa Maria farmer files Chapter 7 amid legal battle with bank

A Santa Maria produce broker and farmer has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy with about $1 million in assets and $9 million in liabilities as his family companies sue the region’s largest bank on allegations that it failed to come through on millions of dollars in promised loans.

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Santa Maria, remixed: City looks for winning formula

By   /  Friday, July 18th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Real Estate, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Santa Maria, remixed: City looks for winning formula

A year after Santa Maria got a new theater complex and a Fallas Discount Store moved into the space formerly occupied by a Mervyn’s department store, city leaders are still scratching their heads over how best to revitalize its struggling retail core.

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Strawberry grower, Heritage Oaks head to trial over loan contract

By   /  Friday, July 11th, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Banking & Finance, Central Coast, Law & Goverment, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Strawberry grower, Heritage Oaks head to trial over loan contract

A Santa Maria strawberry grower’s lawsuit alleging that Heritage Oaks Bank’s failure to provide financing after promising to do so drove the grower into near-bankruptcy is headed to trial later this month.

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Op/ed: The Bob Hatch legacy, and lessons learned from a great mentor

By   /  Friday, July 4th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: The Bob Hatch legacy, and lessons learned from a great mentor

By Gina Keough I joined the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce team in 1999. As staff, we saw President and CEO Bob Hatch’s business side, his military side, his funny side, his serious side, his angry side and his human side. Perhaps a better title than president and CEO would be “mentor.” What makes Read More →

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Co-working spaces foster startups in Santa Maria, Westlake Village

By   /  Friday, June 27th, 2014  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, Small Business, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Co-working spaces foster startups in Santa Maria, Westlake Village

New co-working spaces are springing up in Santa Maria and Westlake Village.