Reports focusing on the latest business news and trends along California's Central Coast.

photo by Vanessa Plakias / SLO Life Magazine

Kristen Hazard, the owner of San Luis Obispo software company, Suntoucher , talks about her shift from consulting to selling her own, self-funded app, and what it took to "bootstrap" a startup product. She shares why helping other women in tech is important, and gives some tips to women who want to enter the industry. And she describes her philosophy of generosity in business and why her company donates one percent of its profits to conserve local land.

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Dozens of nurses who work at Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton filed claims against the institution for what they’re calling “widespread violations of California labor laws.”

KCBX News, Randol White

It's no surprise that housing on the Central Coast is expensive making it hard for young people to afford to live here and for businesses to attract and retain a solid workforce.

KCBX News, Randol White

The latest numbers from Case-Shiller CoreLogic show the West Coast continues to see a strong housing market with prices in May rising more than 5 to 6 percent in several key California cities, and double digit jumps in Portland and Seattle, far out-pacing much of the rest of the country.

Alaska Airlines

Daily nonstop service between San Luis Obispo (SBP) and Seattle (SEA) will start next spring according to Alaska Airlines and several San Luis Obispo County leaders.

Thomas Wilmer

Phillip Cooley saw opportunity in a 30,000 square-foot abandoned, derelict printing plant in downtown Detroit’s Westside Corktown neighborhood. Cooley purchased the foreclosed building for $100,000 in 2011 with a vision to provide low-cost commercial incubator workspaces for startups that could not afford market-rate workspaces, along with small businesses struggling to grow on limited budgets. Cooley dubbed his business Ponyride because he thought it was a fitting metaphor for the simpler...

An organization that financially supports female business leaders in Santa Barbara is celebrating its 25th year, this year.

Flickr member Ryosuke Yagi

A new survey shows Santa Barbara is one of only two U.S. cities where women earn over ten percent more than men on average.

Randol White - KCBX News

The ride-sharing company Uber received clearance late last week to begin pick-up operations at the San Luis Obispo Airport (SBP).

Cal Poly's Technology Park is headed for an expansion

Mar 23, 2016
Jim Dunning, Cal Poly

A project between Cal Poly and the California Central Coast Research Partnership is home to several technology-based businesses.

Smart & Final

A California-based grocery chain is set to open several stores along the Central Coast in locations left vacant by Haggen last year.

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A well-known Central Coast businessman is investing heavily in a new project that's aimed at encouraging entrepreneurs and innovative start-ups.

Visit San Luis Obispo County

San Luis Obispo County’s tourism arm is undertaking an expensive, first-of-its-kind campaign for the area, aimed at pulling in visitors from California’s big metro areas, as well as the large urban centers of Las Vegas and Phoenix.

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The San Luis Obispo Planning Commission is reviewing a request by a local brewery to allow live indoor and outdoor entertainment near the airport.

J. Newman, California Department of Fish and Wildlife

(Story updated on February 1, 2016 to clarify crab season opened south of Piedras Blancas.) Central Coast residents affected by the closure of the Dungeness crab season can now report their losses to the federal government. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is requesting information from those affected by the two-month closure of the Dungeness crab season along the California coast.

Flickr member Damian Gadal

The tax money generated by the City of Santa Barbara's hotel industry is not hitting government projections.

Randol White, KCBX

The long-running debate over height restrictions for the buildings that make up San Luis Obispo's historic downtown core is about to heat up again.

Randol White

A recent reports ranks San Luis Obispo County among the best in the nation for women to own businesses. The company 'NerdWallet' analyzed nearly 200 metro areas zeroing in on factors crucial to small-business success, like local financing opportunity and business climate. They ranked the San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles and Arroyo Grande metro area number six in the nation.

Jordan Bell, KCBX News

A large grocery chain that struggled to get a foothold on the Central Coast announced Wednesday several of its stores are now sold.

Jordan Bell, KCBX News

Hundreds of workers set to be laid off by closing grocery stores on the Central Coast will get help later this week and next in finding new jobs.

Randol White

Experts say the San Luis Obispo County economy is strong and ranks up there with other California hot spots like San Francisco and Silicon Valley. That was the message at Friday's Central Coast Economic Summit. Looking forward they also say there's not reason to be pessimistic about 2016.

Jordan Bell, KCBX News

The company that owns the Haggen grocery stores along the Central Coast received permission this week to sell off the properties as part of its bankruptcy proceedings.

Smart & Final bids on several Central Coast Haggen stores

Oct 5, 2015
Jordan Bell, KCBX News

A Los Angeles-based grocery chain may expand its presence on the Central Coast in the coming months. Smart & Final, LLC has put in its bid for 27 Haggen stores in California, including six Central Coast locations.

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A local airport wants its passengers to be able to skip the security line. Enrollment for 'TSA Pre Check' at the Santa Barbara Airport is now being extended through the last week of October. It's the only Central Coast airport participating currently.

Jordan Bell, KCBX News

Some Central Coast grocery workers have a chance to remain in the industry, following the announcement Haggen will be closing all its California locations.

Jordan Bell, KCBX News

All Haggen stores throughout California, including several on the Central Coast, will likely be put up for sale as the Washington-based grocery chain looks to exit the area.

The Central Coast is full of entrepreneurs with a lot of creative and innovative business idea, but the trick is getting those ideas through the necessary steps it takes to bring them to fruition.

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A well-known Central Coast business will soon shut it doors, after more than 30 years of supplying wigs, masks, makeup, and Halloween outfits.

Haggen fires back, sues Albertsons for more than $1 billion

Sep 1, 2015
Jordan Bell, KCBX News

The grocery wars are heating up here on the Central Coast as the Haggen chain filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Albertsons for more than $1 billion.

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A landmark business in downtown San Luis Obispo is preparing to expand its operation to the outskirts of town.