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Alex Ullrich, KCBX News

Firestone Walker—the largest brewery on the Central Coast and fourth largest craft brewer in the state—is poised for a major expansion. Plans were announced this week of a partnership with Belgium-based brewer, Duvel.

Jordan Bell, KCBX News

One of the Central Coast's largest and fastest-growing companies is set to offer shares to the public in the coming days.

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New wineries in Santa Barbara County could face new rules if local leaders approve a list of proposed changes to the county's Winery Ordinance. 

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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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.

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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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

Rogue Traders

Jun 17, 2014

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.

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.

GUEST:

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.

TOPICS:

  • 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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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.

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
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.

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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