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Raising the bar: ThinkThin goes from home kitchen to big chain stores

By   /  Monday, December 13th, 2010  /  Features, Small Business, Women Inc.  /  Comments Off on Raising the bar: ThinkThin goes from home kitchen to big chain stores

Ventura-based energy bar company ThinkThin went from a home startup to a $30 million-a-year business

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Cabrillo EDC chief to retire

By   /  Monday, December 6th, 2010  /  Latest news, Nonprofits  /  Comments Off on Cabrillo EDC chief to retire

Rodney Fernandez will retire at the end of the year after nearly 30 years as executive director of Cabrillo Economic Development Corp.

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When vision isn’t enough: Former Patagonia CEO leads MBA program

By   /  Monday, December 6th, 2010  /  Features, Green Coast  /  Comments Off on When vision isn’t enough: Former Patagonia CEO leads MBA program

Former Patagonia CEO Michael Crooke is overseeing a new certificate at Pepperdine University’s MBA program in Malibu focusing on socially responsible business practices

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Main Street, online: Coupeez brings e-coupons to small businesses

By   /  Monday, November 22nd, 2010  /  Features, Small Business, Technology  /  Comments Off on Main Street, online: Coupeez brings e-coupons to small businesses

Matthew Graczyk wants to bring online coupons to mom-and-pop shops across the nation, and he’s starting with downtown Ventura. Graczyk is the founder of Coupeez, an online service that lets companies post coupons and discounts. The site launched in October. So far, it has signed up about 100 businesses, many within walking distance of Coupeez’s Read More →

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Editorial: Don’t let parking stunt downtown Ventura’s progress

By   /  Monday, November 1st, 2010  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Don’t let parking stunt downtown Ventura’s progress

A few months ago in this space, we took the managers of Ventura Harbor to task for their shortsighted plan to charge for parking at the harbor. Revenues were much lower than expected, merchants complained of depressed business, and the harbor went back to free parking before the summer was up. Now it’s the Ventura Read More →

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Editorial: Ventura on right road to revive auto mall

By   /  Monday, October 18th, 2010  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Ventura on right road to revive auto mall

Apart from a half-abandoned exurban subdivision, there’s no clearer physical symbol of the Great Recession than the American auto mall. Carmakers both foreign and domestic have shut dealerships from coast to coast, leaving acres of empty concrete. The effects in the Tri-Counties have been relatively mild, but there are still plenty of vacant auto mall Read More →

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Colleges of Law’s new era

By   /  Monday, October 4th, 2010  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Colleges of Law’s new era

The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law’s agreement with a Chicago-based nonprofit could bring federal student aid, online classes and the option of joint degrees to the campuses. The Colleges of Law said Sept. 21 that it is teaming up with TCS Education System, an organization that owns three professional schools, including the Santa Read More →

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