Central Coast Business Wrap-up
12:44 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Group works to solve problems surrounding 'workforce housing' in San Luis Obispo

The topic of workforce housing in San Luis Obispo is a hot one currently, really picking up steam during recent debate at the City Council meetings in regards to the newly approved update to the city’s general plan.

Brad Brechwald is the Principal and CEO of the Wallace Group, a Central Coast engineering and design firm. He’s also a cochair for a group working on economic solutions for the county’s housing needs, among other issues. It's one of six "cluster" groups working on various aspects of the local economy.

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4:56 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

New study shows women gaining in business, but California Senator says more progress needed

A speaker addresses a crowd at the Professional Business Women of California conference.

A study released Thursday shows women in business have made some progress in serving on boards and securing high paid positions in California.

State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson says its a top goal of hers to increase the percentage of business women in leadership positions. She authored a resolution last year—the first-of-its-kind in the nation—urging California's 400 largest publicly-held corporations to do just that.

The UC Davis study shows only about one-in-nine top executives or board members are women, a slight increase over the previous year.

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1:16 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Santa Maria's organic farmers market is still "hanging in" there

The Santa Maria Saturday morning market in its previous location.
Credit Santa Maria Town Center Farmers Market Facebook page

The Saturday morning farmers market held at Santa Maria's Town Center Mall has struggled to find its vendors and customers, but is "still hanging in" there according to organizer Christy Laschiver.

The outdoor market features all organic fruits and vegetables with a variety of cottage food vendors offering fare, like baked goods and candies.


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Central Coast Business Wrap-up
5:55 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Central Coast jobs, solar expansion, business investment

Credit Community Environmental Council

The Economic Vitality Corporatioin's (EVC) Mike Manchak is our guest this week on the Business Wrap-up.

Topics include:

  • Procore Technologies gets $15 million infusion of capital.
  • Solarize SLO (free workshops time/locations) working to expand solar energy in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara Counties.
  • San Luis Obispo-based FzioMed looking for FDA approval.
  • Latest unemployment numbers
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12:27 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Rogue Traders

A Wall Street trader who sees stock activity a millisecond in advance has a distinct advantage.  Securities finance expert, Scott Skyrm, examines the plethora of scam stock marketers over the last 40-years in his book, Rogue Traders.

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Central Coast Business Wrap-up
5:50 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Proposed hotels on the way for Pismo, Avila Beaches

Central Coast Business Wrap-up
6:25 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

SLO HotHouse churns out Cal Poly success stories

The SLO HotHouse tops our conversation this week with Mike Manchak, President and CEO for the Economic Vitality Corporation (EVC), regarding the latest business news and trends along the Central Coast.

Cal Poly's successful program in downtown San Luis Obispo is funded by Cal Poly and the business community. It's hosting a summer accelerator program for student startups. The venture has successfully incubated companies that have since been acquired by large corporations.

Pacific Business Times reporter Stephen Nellis has an upcoming piece on this program.

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Central Coast Business Wrap-up
10:48 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Wave energy, business incubators, local events


Mike Manchak, President and CEO for the Economic Vitality Corporation (EVC), a non-profit working to generate jobs, promote start-ups, and increase investment throughout SLO County.


  • Potential Wave Energy Projects are being considered for the central coast from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo
  • Business incubators are starting to spring up, including a new one in Goleta.
  • Business-related events coming to the Central Coast in the coming weeks.


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5:22 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Businesses on Morro Bay's waterfront face unique lease renewals

Morro Rock as seen from the waterfront.
Credit Randol White

Embarcadero Road is home to a variety of shops, restaurants, and fishing businesses. Together they make up the community of Morro Bay’s celebrated waterfront.

All the lease sites along the waterfront are public property of the City of Morro Bay and are managed by the Morro Bay Harbor Department.

Eric Endersby oversees the waterfront leases as a part of his job as Morro Bay Harbor Manager and he says things are changing in the bay.

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Central Coast Business Wrap-up
3:21 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Central Coast Business Week

This week for the business wrap-up, we speak with the Economic Vitality Corporation's CEO/President Michael Manchak about the following topics:

  • New commercial center on Monterey Street in San Luis Obsipo
  • First co-working space opens in Santa Maria
  • UCSB Economic Forecast set to be released next Thursday, Friday
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6:34 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Record number of hotel properties proposed for Paso Robles wine region

Artist depiction of the Ayers Resort and Spa planned for later this year in Paso Robles.
Credit Steven Puglisi Architecture - San Luis Obispo

The City of Paso Robles is in the midst of a hotel boom with more properties before the planning department than at any time in the city's history.

Susan DiCarli is the Paso Robles Planning Manager and says while every hotel or resort property may not make it to fruition, the level of potential development is impressive.

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Central Coast Business Wrap-up
6:19 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

SLO County Business Week

This week for the business wrap-up, we speak with the Economic Vitality Corporation's CEO/President Michael Manchak about the following topics:

  • SMS Masterminds goes public - raises more than $12 million
  • 805connect coming to SLO, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties
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6:22 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Whole Foods buys several New Frontiers locations

The New Frontiers store on Los Osos Valley Road in San Luis Obispo will become a Whole Foods Market.
Credit New Frontiers

The popular New Frontiers Natural Marketplace on Los Osos Valley Road in San Luis Obispo will soon become a Whole Foods Market.

The Austin, Texas-based chain announced Monday that it's buying four stores operated by New Frontiers, including the store in SLO. The three other stores are all in Arizona.

New Frontiers also runs a store in Solvang and an organic farm in Buellton, however the announcement did not mention anything about those locations.

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12:21 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Visitor numbers on the rise in Santa Barbara

Downtown Santa Barbara and its harbor.
Credit Flickr member Damian Gadal

The amount of money spent at local lodging facilities in the City of Santa Barbara saw its largest increase in several years last month with a significant 23.8 percent bump. 

This year-over-year increase in visitor spending helped generate $991,834 in revenue for the city through its 12 percent Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT), the vast majority of which goes into the general fund. A smaller portion of the TOT is set aside for creek restoration and water quality improvements.

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Economic Trends in SLO County
12:00 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Central Coast Voices: air date 12-05-13

Central Coast Voices addresses the many ramifications of change and how today's choices will affect tomorrow's community.  The show's topics and guests focus on raising public awareness through credible and valid information about local and regional concerns.

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