Central Coast Business Wrap-up

Central Coast Business Wrap-up
4:44 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Regional airports struggle to maintain direct service to major hubs

Santa Barbara Airport (SBA)
Credit Flickr member gt albert

Some business experts see troubling time ahead for the nation's smaller regional airports, including those along the Central Coast.

A number of local airports are struggling to keep direct service to major hubs in California and beyond, including Santa Barbara (SBA), Bakersfield (BFL) and Monterey Regional (MRY).

In the midst of this, the San Luis Obispo (SBP) Airport is working against the trend, trying to add direct service to both Denver (DEN) and Seattle (SEA).

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Central Coast Business Wrap-up
10:10 am
Fri September 12, 2014

TechPitch event gives Central Coast entrepreneurs a chance to shine

The upcoming 4th Annual TechPitch event is put on by the SLO HotHouse in partnership with Cal Poly and the greater San Luis Obispo community.

Mike Manchak, President and CEO for the Economic Vitality Corporation and Chelsea Brown, Media Coordinator with the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, discuss the details with KCBX News Director Randol White.

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Central Coast Business Wrap-up
6:40 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Biz Wrap: Avila campgrounds, Montecito's Miramar Hotel, Amazon in SLO

The Miramar Hotel on the South Coast of Santa Barbara County has seen better days, and may again soon in a scaled down version of its former glory.
Credit Flickr member Damian Gadal

This week's topics:

  • Proposed camping facilities for Port San Luis and Avila Beach
  • Montecito's Miramar hotel in line for an upgrade
  • Amazon SLO continues to expand 
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Central Coast Business Wrap-up
6:44 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Start-up cash options coming soon for Central Coast entrepreneurs

This week's topics:

  • Fourth annual TechPitch event for the Cal Poly Small Business Development Center for Innovation and the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Softec, and the Economic Vitality Corporation.
  • Clean Business Investment Summit showcasing socially responsible entrepreneurs at UCSB.
  • Central Coast Restaurateur Ian McPhee negotiating to take over Sebastian's General Store across from Hearst Castle.
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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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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
2:33 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Study: workforce housing scarce in San Luis Obispo County

THIS WEEK'S TOPICS:

  • A first-of-its-kind study by San Luis Obispo County's Economic Vitality Corporation (EVC) shows the area's workforce housing supply is a major factor for both employers and employees throughout the county. According to the report, nearly 9 out of 10 employees say they have a hard time finding safe and affordable housing near their place of employment.
  • San Luis Obispo-based Mindbody is rolling out a "wellness exchange" for employers. 
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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

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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Central Coast Business Wrap-up
5:55 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Report: Economy looking up for Santa Barbara County

The economic outlook for Santa Barbara County shows continued growth in the coming year according to the latest University of California Santa Barbara Economic Forecast Project report.

Each spring the project releases a series of reports on the area. Thursday's forecast focused on the South Coast region, including Santa Barbara, Capinteria, and Goleta.

Dr. Peter Rupert, Chair of the Department of Economics at UCSB, says personal income and Gross Domestic Produce (GDP) growth remained flat for several years, but in the past year has started to take off.

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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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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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Central Coast Business Wrap-up
2:41 pm
Thu April 3, 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:

  • Whole Foods purchase of New Frontiers Natural Marketplace in San Luis Obispo
  • UBER possibly bringing its transportation service to SLO County
  • Fiber optic expansion for faster Internet service
  • The possibility of non-stop flights between SBP and DEN via Sky West
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