In Final Analysis, Santa Barbara Sales Tax Hike Backed by 56 Percent of Voters

By Giana Magnoli, Noozhawk Managing Editor  Certified results from the Nov. 7 election show that 56.2 percent of Santa Barbara voters approved the 1-percent sales tax rate increase, which will take effect April 1. The revenues are intended to be spent on infrastructure and government services, but as a general tax, there are few legal limits on how the money can be used. The […]

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mpact Hub Hosts Global Entrepreneurship Week Event

Staff Report Impact Hub Santa Barbara will be thinking global and acting local during its celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). The transformative weeklong event at Impact Hub SB presents a curated educational opportunity for local innovators looking to turn big “back-of-the-napkin” ideas into viable businesses. “Not only will you have access to a diverse list of workshops, you will […]

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Santa Barbara Real Estate agents host 15th anniversary honoring The Teacher’s Fund

Contributed by Jennifer Goddard Village Properties Co-owner Renee Grubb and real estate agent Leanne Wood are hosting a celebration on Thursday Oct. 12 to honor the 15th anniversary of The Teacher’s Fund, a non-profit organization that raises funds for Santa Barbara-area teachers in support of enrichment education. The anniversary celebration will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 12, at Village Properties, downtown […]

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American Riviera Bank Expands into Paso Robles

American Riviera Bank Expands into Paso Robles Staff report American Riviera Bank, based in Santa Barbara, has expanded into San Luis Obispo County with the opening of a new loan production office in Paso Robles. The new office opened on Aug. 7 at 205 Oak Hill Road, Suite 106, in The Highlands Shopping Center. The office will provide business, commercial […]

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SMHS students impress judges at Business Plan Showcase

SMHS students impress judges at Business Plan Showcase By Kathryn Arthur Contributing Writer   The electricity in the air is palpable as students from San Marcos High School compete passionately in the Entrepreneurship Academy’s Business Plan Showcase in mid-May at Impact Hub in the Funk Zone. The showcase was put together to win the hearts of community judges, with students […]

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Castillo Street concrete slab project to begin June 19

Castillo Street concrete slab project to begin June 19 Staff Report An emergency project to improve conditions on the US Highway 101 undercrossing at Castillo Street will begin on Monday, June 19.  This project will include the installation of a reinforced concrete slab which will be placed three to four inches above the current pavement and the water which accumulates beneath it. […]

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Awards honor local business, technology leaders

Awards honor local business, technology leaders Staff Report   Four individuals and two local businesses were honored at the 2017 South Coast Business & Technology Awards, the region’s largest networking event for the business and technology industries. Almost 700 guests gathered at the Fess Parker Hotel and Resort to celebrate local leaders who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the […]

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Why are you ignoring 95 percent of your customers?

Why are you ignoring 95 percent of your customers? By Megan Cullen Contributing Writer If you have a business and think, “I can’t export. My company is too small because I have a small shop in Santa Barbara,” let’s bust that myth right now. Ninety-eight percent of U.S. exports are made by small to medium-size businesses, according to the International […]

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