Santa Barbara Business Reports by Ray Estrada
Busy Business Week Beckons
For South Coast business people, the list of potential networking events in the coming week is overwhelming.
Monday is the long-awaited El Encanto Hotel re-opening, which brings back one of the oldest resorts back online. Built in 1918, El Encanto was closed in 2006, but how has been renovated with millions of dollars to restore it to it glory.
Tuesday is Green Drinks at 5:30 p.m. at Carr Winery , 414 N. Salsipuedes St . The almost monthly gathering of eco-friendly, sustainable and green business owners and nonprofit operators is a benefit for Earth Day coming up April 20 and 21 at Alameda Park.
Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. is the Goleta Chamber mixer at Network Resale Hardware, 6500 Hollister Ave. Also from 5 to 8 p.m., the MIT Enterprise Forum will be at the Cabrillo Pavillion Arts Center , 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd. The night’s topic is “Light Speed Santa Barbara : How Photonics is Revolutionizing Big Data and the Central Coast .” Online registration is $30. It costs $40 at the door and $15 for students. Parking is $3.
The Santa Barbara State of the City breakfast is from 7 to 9 a.m. Thursday at Fess Parker’s Hotel & Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Cost is $60 a seat and $500 a table.
Thursday is also the morning when the Wall Street Journal’s sixth annual ECO:Nomics confab gets under way at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Goleta . It’s a gathering of business and government folks who discussion how to make a buck off of green energy and the environment. It ends Friday.
It costs some $3,000 to attend and the media is quite controlled by the Journal. George P. Shultz, former U.S. secretary of labor, secretary of the treasury and secretary of state, and Pennsylvania Gov. Thomas W. Corbett are among the key speakers.