Institute for Innovation and Economic Development Executive Director Brad Barbeau, Michelle Doty and Denise Mellor of That Garlic Stuff (2018 winners of Main Street division), and judge Doug Yount at the 2018 Startup Challenge Monterey Bay. File photo.

Business / Economy

Startup Challenge Monterey Bay application deadline draws near

Participants have the opportunity to pitch their idea to a panel of business experts to get valuable feedback, and compete for prizes and exposure to the local community for business development and funding.

Gustavo, Alejandra and Gustavo in the downtown Hollister restaurant La Catrina. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Business / Economy

Restaurant by day, cookie business by night

Thanks to its success, La Jerezana cookie production is moving out of La Catrina restaurant.

Brad Barbeau, executive director of the Institute for Innovation & Economic Development, addresses the crowd the 2019 Startup Challenge. Photo by Matt Koller.

Business / Economy

Startup Challenge Monterey Bay awards $60,000 in prize money to winners

Three San Benito County businesses take part in finals, but none placed in their divisions.

2017 Farmers' Market in downtown Hollister. File photo by Lisa Robinson-Ward.

Agriculture

Downtown merchants want changes to Farmers’ Market

Restaurant and bar owners say they see no benefit from weekly event.

Institute for Innovation and Economic Development Executive Director Brad Barbeau, Michelle Doty and Denise Mellor of That Garlic Stuff (2018 winners of Main Street division), and judge Doug Yount at the 2018 Startup Challenge Monterey Bay. Photo courtesy of Startup Challenge Monterey Bay.

Business / Economy

New businesses welcome to Startup Challenge

Hollister workshop explains how to apply for 10th annual competition.

San Benito County Chamber of Commerce. File photo.

Business / Economy

County Chamber of Commerce can’t afford to pay CEO or promote tourism

Business organization’s coffers are low after meeting prior obligations and losing funding support from Hollister City Council.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Art & Culture

When it comes to Christmas, shop local

From food and drink to handcrafted items, area stores offer many unique options.

Sixteen local businesses are joining forces for Small Business Saturday. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Business / Economy

Small Business Saturday comes to downtown Hollister

Sixteen merchants participating this year.

The San Benito Realty team, Dave Brigantino, Ralph Brigantino, John Brigantino, Michael Brigantino, Gianna Brigantino. Photo by Lisa Robinson

Business / Economy

San Benito Realty

BenitoLink sponsors help keep news and information available to our community. With this new feature, we honor the folks who help keep San Benito County residents well-informed.

Jane and Mike Hulme, with one of their friendly Guernsey goats. Photos provided by the Hulmes.

Agriculture

Evergreen Acres Farms makes sweet milk from goats

Mike and Jane Hulme work to bring healthy, Grade A-certified products to their local clientele

The new Wingstop location opened in early July, and has been seeing a lot of business from the community.

Business / Economy

New Wingstop Location Opens in Hollister

A new branch of the chain restaurant has opened near Nob Hill Foods on Airline Highway

Relax! Grillin & Chillin Roadhouse is located at the junction of Highway 156 and Union Road in Hollister, California

Art & Culture

Magazine launch party highlights locally-brewed beer

Relax! Grillin & Chillin Roadhouse hosted a launch party for Edible Monterey's summer issue