South Coast Biz Blog

The South Coast Biz Blog is a round-up of the latest business news in the Santa Barbara area written by Ray Estrada, who has covered business in the region for numerous publications over the past couple decades. See for more.

Union Bank to Buy Parent Company of Santa Barbara Bank & Trust

Pacific Capital Bancorp enters into merger with UnionBanCal Corp. Read story.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Women’s Festival Grows

More than 1,500 expected at SBCC's West Campus on March 9-10. Read story.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Kinko’s Founder Speaks at MIT Enterprise Forum

The company was started 42 years ago in Isla Vista. Read story.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Back to the Cover

Former supermodel featured in Forbes magazine. Read story.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Film Production Discussed

S.B. city and film commission sponsor free February 27 seminar. Read story.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Santa Barbara Bank & Trust Back from the Brink

Pacific Capital Bancorp reports $12.3 million in fourth-quarter income. Read story.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 Marks 10th Year

Family-oriented website expands to 14th community. Read story.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Women Nominations Sought

Foundation seeks to honor the county's top female entrepreneurs. Read story.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Hyatt Renovation Nearly Done

The former Hotel MarMonte gets a $13 million facelift. Read story.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Bill Gates to Speak at Upcoming ECO:nomics Conference

He'll talk about cutting carbon emissions during the Bacara-hosted event. Read story.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Sears, Kmart to Close?

Corporate officials say low sales will prompt shuttering 120 stores; fate of Santa Barbara locations unclear. Read story.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Business-Related Events Abound

A look at upcoming luncheons and parties in January. Read story.

Friday, December 16, 2011

December Events Plentiful

Holidays won’t slow down business-related happenings. Read story.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Weekend May Set Trend

Retailers report strong sales after Thanksgiving. Read story.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Retailers Open Early

Some plan to start selling at midnight Thursday. Read story.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
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