Stories for October 2012

Wednesday, October 31

Comic-Con Stays in San Diego Through 2016

The local nonprofit group that has run Comic-Con International in San Diego since 1970 has extended its contract with the city through 2016, Mayor Jerry Sanders announced at a news conference.

City Adds Additional Financing Option to PACE Program

San Diego commercial property owners considering installing energy saving improvements to their buildings can access another option for financing recently approved by the San Diego City Council.

Fashion Valley Adds The Limited and a New Play Area

Women’s fashion retailer The Limited plans to open a new 3,950-square-foot store Nov. 2 at Fashion Valley mall.

Creative Arts Students, Recent Grads Can Get Portfolio Reviewed Nov. 2

College students and recent grads in the creative arts can get their portfolios critiqued at a biannual portfolio review event Nov. 2 in downtown San Diego to help them find employment.

Tuesday, October 30

DiamondView Tower Sold for $121 Million

San Diego-based investment firm Cruzan Monroe, in partnership with Cigna Investments Inc., has purchased DiamondView Tower in downtown San Diego for $121 million.

Terramar Progressing with $40 Million Renovation of Former Police Site

Locally based Terramar Retail Centers is proceeding with a $40 million renovation of the Old Police Headquarters building in downtown San Diego’s Seaport District.

ViaSat Receives $11M in Orders for Products

ViaSat Inc., the Carlsbad maker of satellite equipment, said it recently received orders of more than $11 million for joint IP Modem Network control centers, and other equipment.

Investor Group Purchases Plansee Thermal Management Solutions

San Diego-based Plansee Thermal Management Solutions has recently been acquired by a private investor group led by The Courtney Group of Newport Beach and Pegasus Capital Group of Santa Monica.

Cymer Reports Net Income of $9.8M for Q3

Cymer Inc., the San Diego maker of laser equipment used in the manufacture of semiconductors, reported third quarter net income of $9.8 million, compared with net income of $11.3 million for the like quarter of 2011.

Monday, October 29

Chamber to Host Conference on Economic Impact of UAV Industry

The San Diego North Chamber of Commerce will host an assessment of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle industry’s impact on the San Diego economy as a part of the 6th Annual Unmanned Systems Interoperability Conference on Oct. 31.

Boeing Acquires Local Software Firm Miro Technologies

Miro Technologies, a San Diego software firm specializing in maintenance and supply management for the aerospace industry, was sold to the Boeing Co. by its owner, Solis Capital Partners, a Newport Beach equity firm, for an undisclosed price.

Maxwell Technologies Reports $43.9M in Revenue for Q3

Maxwell Technologies Inc., the San Diego maker of energy storage devices used in hybrid buses and other applications, reported third quarter net income of $5.4 million compared with net income of $298,000 for the like quarter of 2011.

Tenant Improvement Market Continues to Be a Challenge

BUILDING: Top Companies Keep Building on Reputation

The 13 companies on the San Diego Business Journal’s 2012 Tenant Improvement list generated just under $324 million in projects in 2011, a 10.3 percent decline from revenues in 2010.

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Expanding Footprint of Some Life Science Firms is Welcome Event

REAL ESTATE: Market Must Wait for Effects of Other Recent Acquisitions

Despite a history of mergers and acquisitions that have shrunk local life-science real estate footprints, several large companies in the sector are now boosting their San Diego County presence.

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Changing the Scientific Properties

REAL ESTATE: Limited Space, Competition for Talent Drives Renovations

The task of equipping today’s life-sciences corporate campus has moved well beyond installing the right number of lab centrifuges and test-tube racks.

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Regional Report

News and notes from communities around San Diego County

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Torrey Pines Sees Continued Growth in Its Loan Portfolio, Assets

Torrey Pines Bank, which passed the $1 billion asset mark in 2009, is on track to reach $2 billion by the end of this year.

Trius May Have a Heavyweight Contender for Infection Fight

BIOTECH: Market For Antibiotic Is Huge; Trials are Progressing

Sorrento Valley-based Trius Therapeutics Inc. is cultivating tedizolid, a treatment for acute bacterial infections such as skin infections, as one solution to the growing concern over antibiotic resistance and the need to find effective replacement drugs.

Doc by the Day Firm Expands Temp Physician Business

HEALTH CARE: Company Teams With National Group Purchasing Organization

After a seven-year courtship, Staff Care Inc., a San Diego-based health care staffing company and a division of AMN Healthcare Services Inc., and Novation, a national group purchasing organization serving the health care market, recently announced an expanded agreement to provide temporary staffing of physicians.

Qualcomm Helps Adapt Smartphones for Blind Users

Qualcomm Inc. is stepping up the functionality of smartphones with the introduction of the RAY mobile device for blind and visually impaired people.

Isis Experimental Cholesterol Drug Moves to Next Step With FDA

HEALTH CARE: Panel Notes Sufficient Safety For High-Risk Patients

Data linking Isis Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s experimental cholesterol drug Kynamro to benign and cancerous tumors couldn’t dissuade a U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel from recommending approval of the treatment.

Awarepoint Founder Is Building an Intelligent Light Switch

TECHNOLOGY: New Invention Controls Lighting Wirelessly

Serial entrepreneur Derek Smith is taking a different tack in growing his second startup, Tesla Controls Inc.

Sempra Gets Rights To Build, Operate Mexico Pipeline

Sempra Mexico, a unit of San Diego based Sempra Energy, was awarded two contracts to build, own and operate 500 miles of natural gas pipeline in the Mexican states of Sonora and Sinaloa by the Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE), Mexico’s state owned electric utility.

Financing Package Is in Place for Wind Farm

ENERGY: It Will Be First of Its Kind To Use Powerlink

With 30 windmills already built, the first renewable energy project using the Sunrise Powerlink transmission line is closer to completion.

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Pfenex on the Trail of a Better Anthrax Drug

BIOTECH: Government Wants Longer Shelf Life; $2.2M Deal Could Grow

Since 2001, when the U.S. Senate and national news organizations were attacked with mail containing anthrax spores causing several deaths and many illnesses, the threat of anthrax being used for bioterrorism has given the government enough concern to take precautions against a reoccurrence.

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Local Biotechs Bring Home The VC Bacon

San Diego life science startups Aragon Pharmaceuticals and Tandem Diabetes Care were big winners in raising capital during the third quarter, according to the most recent National Venture Capital Association/PricewaterhouseCoopers Money Tree survey.

Technology Gone Wild

ECONOMY: Center Aims to Give Biomimicry A Big Regional Role

Jacobs, Viterbi, Brandes and … Mother Nature? Yes, there’s a new name that could be taking a prominent place in San Diego’s economic story.

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Silvergate Sees Record Earnings in 3rd Quarter

BANKING: It Finds Success in New Lending Areas, Expands

Silvergate Bank, based in the University City area and with five branches, reported the best quarter in its 24- year history, with third quarter net income of $2.4 million, up 220 percent over its earnings in the like quarter of 2011.

Firm Seeks Its Future Off the Public Markets

FINANCE: Edgewave Sees Benefits in Deregistering Stock

While some businesses may view being publicly traded as some sort of Holy Grail, at least one local firm decided to give up that status.

Group Puts Care Into Selecting Medical Sites

HEALTH CARE: Access Is A Key Factor in Expansions

Lots of expansion is under way for the Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group as it prepares to open a nearly 70,000-square-foot medical center downtown and sets its sights on leasing almost 30,000 square feet of space at the remodeled Flower Hill Promenade shopping center in Del Mar.

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Promising Firms Get a Head Start at EvoNexus

TECH: 5 Startups Picked in Field of 110 for Incubators

Five young companies recently became the newest tenants of the EvoNexus incubators run by CommNexus, the San Diego technology nonprofit.

Rally Your Colleagues to Oppose Tax Increases

California state revenues were nearly $121 billion in fiscal year 2007, according to the Legislative Analyst’s office.

Prop 32 Is Crucial to Cleaning Up State Politics

Corruption follows money. If you are shocked, discouraged and disgusted by the level of dishonesty, corruption and nastiness in government today, it’s because there is so much money at stake.

Gala Raises $1 Million to Support County’s Foster Children

Coco Montoya was the headline entertainer at the 10th Annual Starry, Starry Night gala held at Rancho Valencia Resort.

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Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

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Executive Profile: Jack Giacomini

“Jack” Giacomini is a third generation hotelier with a record of achievement as hotel manager, owner, and chairman of Hotel Managers Group LLC. with headquarters in San Diego which operates more than 20 hotels throughout the western U.S.

Friday, October 26

ServiceNow Reports Net Loss; Revenue Almost Doubles

ServiceNow Inc., the San Diego provider of cloud based IT services that had its initial public offering in June, reported a third quarter net loss of $13 million on revenue of $64 million.

Cohu Faces Headwinds … But Still Pays Dividend

Cohu Inc., the Poway maker of testing equipment for the semiconductor manufacturing industry, reported a third quarter net loss of $1.7 million, compared with a net profit of $3.4 million in the like quarter of last year.

ViaSat Wins Services Deal for the Armed Forces

ViaSat Inc., the Carlsbad maker of satellite equipment, said it received “a multimillion dollar award” from the U.S. government for broadband satellite service to support military aircraft.

BBC Goes on Location to Oceanside

The BBC is broadcasting a live radio segment from Oceanside today framed around the question, “Is America working?” for its interactive global news program, “World Have Your Say.”

Wal-Mart Set to Open in Lower 48’s Southwest Corner

After nine months of construction, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is opening a 76,000-square-foot store today at 575 Saturn Blvd. in the Egger Highlands community.

Thursday, October 25

Websense Earns $8.5M in Third Quarter

Websense Inc., the San Diego maker of Internet security software, reported third quarter net income of $8.5 million, up from $8.1 million in the third quarter of 2011.

iPhone 5 Arrives for Cricket's San Diego Customers

Cricket Communications, the subsidiary of San Diego-based Leap Wireless International Inc. that provides flat rate cell phone service, recently began selling Apple iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S and 4 phones at five locations in San Diego and in nearly 60 other markets, the company said.

ChloroFill Ramps Up for Manufacturing

Renewable building material company ChloroFill LLC of Carmel Valley plans to launch manufacturing of its sorghum stalk-based building panels in Missouri by the first quarter of 2013 now that it has received a new round of funding.

Nomination Deadline Is Here for Most Admired CEO Awards

Nominations for the San Diego Business Journal’s sixth annual Most Admired CEO Awards will close on Oct. 25.

Wednesday, October 24

Sempra Gets Rights to Build, Operate Mexico Pipeline

Sempra Mexico, a unit of San Diego based Sempra Energy, was awarded two contracts to build, own and operate 500 miles of natural gas pipeline in the Mexican states of Sonora and Sinaloa by the Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE), Mexico’s state owned electric utility.

Pentagon’s High-Tech Arm Funds Cubic Project

Cubic Corp., the San Diego based defense contractor and maker of mass transit fare collection systems, said it was awarded a $6 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Pentagon’s research and development unit.

Cox, Verizon to Sell Each Other’s Products

Cox Communications and Verizon Wireless announced recently that they would sell each other’s products in bundles in selected Cox and Verizon stores, and via their telemarketing operations.

Petco to Take Back Turtles

Petco Animal Supplies Inc., the San Diego-based retailer, is responding to turtle-related salmonella infections in the United States by initiating a “turtle relinquishment program” in partnership with Concordia Turtle Farm.

Tuesday, October 23

Padres to Move Petco’s Outfield Fences

The O’Malley ownership team, which acquired the San Diego Padres from John Moores in August for $800 million, followed through with discussed plans to move in the fences at Petco Park.

Qualcomm Helps to Adapt Smartphones for Blind Users

Qualcomm Inc. is stepping up the functionality of smartphones with the introduction of the RAY mobile device for blind and visually impaired people.

Retail REIT Invests $263M in Florida, Virginia

Excel Trust Inc., a San Diego real estate investment trust focused on the retail sector, said it acquired six shopping centers for about $263 million.

Executives Join Boards of Homeless Services Agencies

Father Joe’s Villages and St. Vincent de Paul Village, the related homeless services charities in San Diego, have added 10 members to their boards, bringing board membership to 50.

Monday, October 22

Region’s Unemployment Rate Tumbles to 8.6 Percent

San Diego’s unemployment rate fell to 8.6 percent in September from a revised 9 percent in August, the lowest since January 2009, and below the 9.9 percent rate in September 2011, according to the state’s Employment Development Department.

The Innovation Marketplace Will Be Bustling With Bright Ideas, Investors

Got a taste for innovation? Thinkers with promising technologies will rendezvous later this week in San Diego with venture capitalists and other people interested in taking new technologies to market.

EcoATM Gets Accolades

EcoATM, the San Diego business that collects unwanted cell phones through automated kiosks that dispense the purchase price to customers, captured one of two small business of the year awards from the Consumer Electronics Association.

Celladon Enlists Swiss Firm for Manufacturing Help

Local biopharmaceutical firm Celladon Corp. has signed a deal with Lonza to manufacture Celladon’s Mydicar heart disease treatment.

Newmark Sets Sights on Expanding Sectors

REAL ESTATE: Firm Is Recruiting ‘Top Talent’

With a national merger and branding transition completed, the local office of the commercial brokerage firm now known as Newmark Grubb Knight Frank is looking to expand its reach in a competitive real estate climate.

Blood Test May Aid in Diagnosis of Depression

MEDICINE: First-in-Class Diagnostic Uses Biomarkers

Ridge Diagnostics Inc. is on the cusp of a major breakthrough as it prepares for the commercial launch of the first clinically acceptable blood test to aid psychiatrists and physicians in diagnosing major depressive disorder.

Sequenom Marks 1-Year Launch of Blood Test to Detect Fetal Abnormalities

BIOTECH: Tests Provide Early Diagnosis For Expectant Mothers

San Diego-based Sequenom Inc. has reason to celebrate one year after its commercial launch of the MaterniT21 Plus, a prenatal blood test to detect fetal chromosome abnormalities.

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New Realities Require New Planning, New Ways

Three critical themes came out of a recent forum hosted by the Urban Land Institute: 1.) while every city is unique, some cities are better equipped to cope with economic change; 2.) new ideals must emerge to maintain levels of prosperity that are feasible for residents; 3.) the time is now to reconcile and revisit plans for accommodating growth because of the “reset” opportunity afforded by the great recession.

Investing in Community Makes Our Lives Richer

San Diego County ranks eighth in the nation for philanthropic giving. Each year, an average of $1.4 billion is donated by San Diego County residents and a large part of those efforts are brought in by businesses, corporations and their employee volunteers.

Harvest for Hope Supports Children, Families Battling Cancer

The Ninth Annual Harvest for Hope, presented by the Banfi Vintners Foundation benefiting the Emilio Nares Foundation, was held recently at Stingaree.

Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

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Regional Report

News and notes from communities around San Diego County

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Professional Profile: Janice Brown

Janice Brown is the founder and CEO of Brown Law Group, a leading San Diego business litigation boutique firm that specializes in all aspects of employment law and business litigation.

Home-Grown Law Firm Rises to No. 1 Spot on 2012 List

For the first time in the last five years, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP is No. 1 on the San Diego Business Journal’s list of Law Firms.

Four Important Questions Answered By Four Expert Attorneys

Attorneys who do employment defense work get a lot of interesting questions, particularly about alternate workweeks and flexible work schedules.

Working Within the Law

LAW: Social Media and New Rulings Complicate Employee Policies, Practices

Salaries and wages are usually one of, if not the, largest expense lines on a company’s income statement.

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This Year It Is Trick or Tweet: Big Bird Costume Sales Soar

RETAIL: Debates Can Affect More Than Just Votes

While the verdict is still out on the Presidential election, Poway-based costume wholesaler Disguise Inc. has Mitt Romney to thank for making Big Bird an unexpected winner this Halloween.

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Micro-Lending Partnership Opens Up a World of Opportunity

Accion San Diego, the micro lender for really small businesses and startups, joined forces with Kiva, which bills itself as the world’s first and largest micro lending platform, to expand its services.

Merged Firms Will Expand Their Reach in Local Real Estate

Harcourts International Ltd. Inc., an Australian real estate services company with a history dating back to 1888, recently made its arrival in downtown San Diego.

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Arena Sees Its Obesity Drug as ‘Just the Beginning’

BIOTECH: Targeting of Receptors Seen as Way To Fight Many Diseases

If Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s future looks bright because of the recent approval of its Belviq, a potentially blockbuster drug to treat obesity, there’s opportunity to shine even more with continuing research and development around G protein-coupled receptors.

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Retail Picks Up Momentum Moving Toward the Holidays

REAL ESTATE: Increases In Household Income and Population Stir Optimism

A year after completing a $20 million renovation, sales are up 8 percent year-to-date at Del Mar Highlands Town Center compared with 2011. The Carmel Valley shopping center has added seven new restaurants in the past year, and a locally based Mexican eatery Casa Sol y Mar will debut in spring in the space recently vacated by Red Robin, bringing the center to 100 percent leased.

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In Innovega’s Eyes, Screens Look Like Something From the Past

TECHNOLOGY: Contact Lens Provides a High-Def, 3-D Visual Platform

By bending the rules and stretching the imagination, Innovega Inc. has been able to conceive, design and develop an unconventional display and interface that could bring a rich media experience to consumers and data-gathering tools to the military.

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Median Home Price Rises To $350,000

San Diego’s median home price in September increased to $350,000, up 11 percent from the prior year’s September median price, and maintained an upward or flat trend evident in the last six months, according to the most recent Dataquick report.

Borrego Operating Under Cease And Desist Order

BANKING: Action Discloses Usually Confidential Rating

Borrego Springs Bank, owned by the Viejas Band of the Kumeyaay Indians tribe, is operating under a cease and desist order from the U.S. Comptroller of the Currency, a sanction that requires the lender to adhere to a plan to correct problems and regularly communicate with its regulators.

Firm Brings Order to a Confusing World of Data

ANALYTICS: Goal Is ‘Real-Time Understanding Of the Customer Journey’

Businesses face an “explosion of data” about customers and potential customers, observed Pelin Thorogood.

Give These Fine Furnishings A Good Home

Deeply discounted high-end model home furnishings, accessories, appliances, office furniture and construction/remodeling supplies, including a baby grand piano, go on sale Oct. 27 at Liberty Station in Point Loma.

Lending Its Support

FINANCE: Program Provides Crucial Backing For Small Business Loans

Small business owners who cannot get a loan from a traditional lender may find a solution at California Southern Small Business Development Corp., a nonprofit, state program that provides loan guarantees to help offset riskier loans by banks.

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Firms Invite Veterans To Join Their Ranks

HIRING: Outreach Efforts Are Mutually Beneficial

Sondra Meek spent 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring in 2010 as a master sergeant.

Dutch Firm to Buy Cymer for $2.55B

TECHNOLOGY: ASML Will Continue Its R&D Push

The acquisition of laser maker Cymer Inc. isn’t likely to result in consolidation in the short term but that is a possibility in the future, said several research analysts who cover the company.

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Friday, October 19

Court Rejects Environmental Challenge to Navy Broadway Project

A federal court has ruled against a challenge by environmentalists seeking to block the $1.6 billion redevelopment of the Navy Broadway complex in downtown San Diego, known as Pacific Gateway.

Jacobs to Keynote at Giant Technology Show

The Consumer Electronics Association, which puts on an annual technology industry trade show in Las Vegas each January, selected Qualcomm Inc. Chairman and CEO Paul Jacobs to be its keynote speaker.

Accenture Gets $25M Navy Engineering Contract

Accenture, the global consulting firm based in Dublin, Ireland and with an office in San Diego, was awarded a $25 million contract from the U.S. Navy to provide support services to the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, the company said.

Rancho Valencia Resort Completes $30M Renovation

Operators of Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa have completed a $30 million renovation of the Rancho Santa Fe property.

Surgeon Opens Poway Practice

Highly Artistic Surgery recently celebrated its grand opening in Poway with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new location at 15725 Pomerado Road, Suite 212A.

Thursday, October 18

Rincon Band Breaking Ground on $150M Harrah’s Expansion

The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians plans to break ground Oct. 29 on a $150 million expansion of Harrah’s Rincon Casino and Resort near Valley Center.

Wal-Mart Opens Small-Format Neighborhood Market in La Mesa

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. opened its latest location of its small-format Walmart Neighborhood Market grocery store Oct. 17 in La Mesa.

Who’s Visionary? Deadline for Award Nominations Draws Near

Look over a list of LEAD San Diego award winners and you will find a who’s who of San Diego politicians, business people and philanthropists. It’s time to update that list.

Wednesday, October 17

Cymer Stock Rises as Dutch Firm Offers to Buy Company

Shares of Cymer Inc., the San Diego maker of laser equipment used in the manufacture of semiconductors, rocketed up by more than $24 or about 51 percent in midday Oct. 17 trading on the Nasdaq exchange to above $71 following news that the company agreed to be acquired by ASML Holding NV, a Dutch company that is Cymer’s biggest customer, for 1.95 billion euros or about $2.5 billion.

Sales Advance, Net Income Slides as WD-40 Caps Off Year

WD-40 Co., the San Diego maker of global consumer products, reported fourth quarter net income of $9 million, down 12 percent from the like quarter that ended Aug. 31 last year.

Survey: CFO Pay Rises 8 Percent

If you’re a chief financial officer at a public company in San Diego, you’re in demand, and can command a fairly nice compensation package.

Navy Fires Experimental, San Diego-built Rail Gun

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Group said recently that it has delivered its prototype electromagnetic rail gun to the U.S. Navy, and that the Navy has successfully fired it.

Flower Hill Promenade Nears Completion of $30M Renovation

Owner Protea Properties is near completion on the first renovation phase of a $30 million expansion of Flower Hill Promenade in Carmel Valley.

Agency Applauds South County Standouts

A local nonprofit agency recently presented awards recognizing the best of the South Bay. The South County Economic Development Council honored six individuals and institutions during its 22nd annual summit.

Tuesday, October 16

Median Home Price Rises to $350,000

San Diego’s median home price in September increased to $350,000, up 11 percent from the prior year’s September median price, and maintained an upward or flat trend evident in the last six months, according to the most recent Dataquick report.

Awards Highlight Best of International Trade

The World Trade Center San Diego recently presented its 2012 business leadership awards. Winners included Bella Heule, a familiar face to the San Diego business community.

Trigild Gears Up for National Lender Conference

Organizers are expecting more than 500 industry leaders from around the nation to attend the 12th annual commercial property lender conference presented by San Diego-based Trigild.

El Bizcocho Makes Way for $2.5M Renovation

Rancho Bernardo Inn is replacing its upscale El Bizcocho restaurant as part of a $2.5 million renovation. A new restaurant called Avant is scheduled to open in early 2013.

Opus Officially Opens Del Mar Bank Branch

Opus Bank, based in Irvine and with $2.4 billion in assets, held a grand opening at its Del Mar office last week.

Monday, October 15

Verenium Gains Flexibility With New Credit Line

Verenium Corp., a San Diego biotech focused on the commercialization of high performance enzymes, said it obtained a $10 million, two-year revolving line of credit from Comerica Bank.

Marre Speaks on Leadership at Inspiration Awards

Writer and business thinker Will Marre will speak in San Diego on Oct. 24. Marre will be the leadership speaker on the program of the Inspiration Awards, presented by the Center for Wealth & Legacy.

Local REIT Obtains $111M Loan on Office Tower

American Assets Trust Inc. of San Diego has closed on a 10-year, $111 million mortgage loan, secured by an office tower that it recently acquired in suburban Seattle.

BioSurplus Grows Boston Business

San Diego-based BioSurplus Inc. is solidifying its Boston presence with a move planned from temporary quarters to a permanent facility by early December.

Port Offers Paint Deal to Shelter Island Boaters

The Port of San Diego is offering new financial incentives, designed to encourage boat owners who moor at Shelter Island to switch to eco-friendly hull paints.

Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

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Dollars and Sense

STATE: Lynn Reaser Brings Solid Reputation To New Economist Post

Lynn Reaser was a bit reluctant to make any pronouncements, but, when pressed, said that 2013 should be better than 2012.

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NeuroGeneration Tackles Parkinson’s

BIOTECH: Stem Cells May Help Brain Illnesses

A San Diego presence and collaborations with local industry, academia and pharmaceutical firms may go a long way toward advancing Los Angeles-based NeuroGeneration Inc.’s ambitious Parkinson’s disease research efforts.

Clean Energy Upgrades Get an Official Boost

ENERGY: PACE to Benefit Property Owners, Contractors

Local contractors are among those hoping that a new green-upgrade financing program geared to commercial properties will energize the San Diego region’s long-beleaguered construction industry.

Scripps Opens New Front in Cancer War

HEALTH: Center Brings Accurate, Faster Treatments

A $43.9 million radiation therapy center recently opened by Scripps Health promises to step up the delivery of cancer treatment with state-of-the-art equipment that offers greater precision and speed.

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Fuel Prices Take Bite Out of Bottom Line

ENERGY: Firms ‘See Red’ As Their Fleet Costs Climb

Sprawling San Diego is not the ideal place to deliver flowers. So says Jim Martin, owner of Windy’s Flowers in Clairemont and Dave’s Flower Box in North Park. He operates six vehicles, most of them SUVs and minivans.

Ceremony Marks Major Chapter in Library Construction

City officials gathered recently in East Village to witness the topping out of the dome of the $185 million new Central Library under construction by Turner Construction Co.

Pitch Contest Winners Wind Up With Capital

INVESTING: Business Owners Master the Art of The Two-Minute Speech

Pitching a business plan to an investor in under two minutes isn’t a skill most folks ever learn or likely desire to even try, but for hard-core entrepreneurs it’s essential.

New MRI Center Is Ready to Deliver Diagnoses

MEDICINE: Navy Puts State-of-the-Art Scanners to Work

Naval Medical Center San Diego’s new MRI Center comes equipped with four high-powered scanners that step up imaging capabilities to ultimately offer faster and more accurate diagnoses of disease and injury.

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J.H. Cohn and Reznick Group Combine Firms

J.H. Cohn LLP and Reznick Group P.C., two of the top-20 accounting and consulting firms in the U.S., announced the completion of their combination, forming CohnReznick LLP.

Home Field Advantage: AT&T Installs 4G Network at Qualcomm

TECHNOLOGY: Faster, More Compact Network Improves Cellphone Service

More and more, the pastime of watching a ballgame involves bringing a smartphone to the venue.

Cautious Companies Keep Office Market Recovery in Slow Motion

REAL ESTATE: Total Vacancy Rate Is Down 4% From Previous Year

Cautious employers and bargain-hunting tenants kept San Diego County’s office market in steadily recovering but slow-growth mode in the third quarter, and experts don’t expect the pace to accelerate significantly until the nation’s political and budget picture comes into clearer focus in coming months.

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Senomyx’s Flavor Ingredients Approved by the European Union

Senomyx Inc.’s flavor ingredients are gaining acceptance abroad as its four initial Savory Flavors and S2383 flavor ingredient recently received regulatory approval in the European Union.

CareFusion Buys Brazilian Respiratory Care Company

BIOTECH: Acquisition Expands Firm’s Presence In High-Value Market

Global medical technology company CareFusion Corp. of San Diego is expanding its presence in Latin America with the recent acquisition of Intermed Equipamento Medico Hospitalar Ltda. in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Industrial Tenants Turn to Long-Term Leases as Market Improves

PROPERTY: Sector Sees 10 Consecutive Quarters Of Positive Net Absorption

San Diego County’s industrial property market continued its slow but steady recovery in the third quarter, although experts say it could be a year or two before space demand returns to pre-recession peaks.

Paradise Point Doesn’t Want Guests to Get Away from It All

TRAVEL: Technological Connections Are Crucial For Visitors, Marketing

A 50-year-old photo shows a large roadside billboard at Mission Bay, beckoning drivers in pre-GPS days to the newly opened Vacation Village hotel via a directional arrow emblazoned with the message “Right turn Anna St.”

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Employers Compete for Skilled Workers in Specific Sectors

LABOR: Technology, Health Care and Finance Are Looking for Talent

With the unemployment rate for San Diego County hovering around 9 percent in August, it may come as a surprise that local businesses are screaming at recruiters to find them talent.

Regional Report

News and notes from communities around San Diego County

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‘Healing Process’ Is Slow For Workers’ Comp

INSURANCE: Reforms Are Positive But Need Time to Take Effect

When Chris Hamilton missed a payment on his workers’ compensation insurance bill recently, his contracting business was summarily dumped by the carrier, forcing him to seek coverage from the State Compensation Insurance Fund and pay about double the premium he previously paid.

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Prop 33 Supporters Say Measure Will Reduce Auto Insurance Rates

LAW: Opponents Say It Will Increase the Number of Uninsured

With airwaves and mailboxes chock full of advertisements on better and cheaper auto insurance, drivers are likely checking their premiums and wondering whether changing insurers is worth it.

Property/Casualty Insurance Agencies, Brokerages List at a Glance

There has been a fair amount of movement among the 20 companies participating in this year’s San Diego Business Journal’s Property/Casualty Insurance Agencies, Brokerages list. Formerly No. 2, Barney & Barney LLC rose to the number one spot in 2012, reporting 155 local full-time employees.

Executive Profile: Mike Barone

Mike Barone is the founder and CEO of Intercare Insurance Solutions, an insurance broker. Intercare is dedicated to challenging the status quo to help people and organizations become healthier and more productive, according to the firm.

The Old Globe Shares the Stage With Community Voices

The Old Globe announced the launch of The Old Globe Community Voices, a series of workshops dedicated to the creation and presentation of short plays by adult residents of San Diego County.

Free Enterprise Beats Politics in a Landslide

The general election, in which our various elected leaders hop through a political game of musical chairs, is but a couple of weeks away.

Port’s Course Serves Commerce, Community

The Port of San Diego — your port — enhances the region’s economic vitality and quality of life in ways that extend well beyond our bay-front.

San Diego’s Largest FREE Technology Event Puts Education and Information Sharing at the Forefront

ADVERTORIAL: San Diego 3rd Annual Cybersecurity Award Supplement

The ScaleMatrix Technology Symposium has the newest trends the tech world offers on display at our state-of-the-art expo.

Friday, October 12

Leap Wireless Enters $400M Loan Deal

Leap Wireless International Inc., the San Diego discount, flat rate wireless carrier which provides service under the Cricket brand, said it closed on a $400 million senior secured loan facility for its wholly owned subsidiary Cricket Communications.

Clairemont Shopping Center Sold for $27.3M

Clairemont Village shopping center in San Diego has been purchased by a unit of locally based investment firm Kleege Enterprises. The price was $27.3 million and the seller was Pacific Clairemont Holdings I, according to CoStar Group.

SeaWorld Plans Multimillion-Dollar Renovation of Entry Gate Area

SeaWorld San Diego will begin work in December on a multimillion-dollar renovation of its main gate area, which will be transformed into a reef-themed attraction.

Online Marketing Campaign Makes Impression With Judges

Eventful, a social media business that promotes local events, won the 2012 OMMA Award for the best integrated online campaign in the movie entertainment category, the third time that’s happened.

Water Bills to Stay Level, Though Wholesaler Raises Price

San Diego water customers won’t see a hike in their bills this year thanks to a decision by Mayor Jerry Sanders not to raise rates, even though the wholesale costs for water will rise 9.6 percent, said Sanders’ office.

Thursday, October 11

J.H. Cohn and Reznick Group Combine Firms

J.H. Cohn LLP and Reznick Group P.C., two of the top-20 accounting and consulting firms in the U.S., announced the completion of their combination, forming CohnReznick LLP.

Downtown Real Estate Concerns Merge to Form Harcourts Office

Two real estate services firms with downtown San Diego operations, Urban Real Estate Services and Realty Connex, have merged operations to form a new company, Harcourts Pacific Realty, affiliated with the global firm Harcourts USA.

Port District Approves Lane Field Hotel Project

The Board of Port Commissioners has approved plans for a 400-room, dual-branded hotel development on the former site of the Lane Field ballpark in downtown San Diego.

Anametrix Receives $4.4M in Series A Funds

Anametrix Inc., a San Diego maker of digital analytics software, said it received $4.4 million in Series A funding from TVC Capital, a local private equity firm that focuses on the software industry.

Storm Water Savings: Mayor's Office Praises Managed Competition

Managed competition, or the process of city departments bidding against outside vendors on a service, resulted in another $875,000 in savings for taxpayers, according to Mayor Jerry Sanders’ office.

Wednesday, October 10

LEAD San Diego Launches Search for Visionaries

LEAD San Diego is seeking nominations for its 11th annual Visionary Awards, to be presented in May 2013. The nomination deadline is Oct. 26.

Independa Makes TV Screens Senior-Friendly

Seniors are beginning to access communications and life management tools on their TVs as part of a pilot program coordinated by locally based Independa and LG Electronics USA.

Trigild and Partner Push Into Hotel Market

Real estate services provider Trigild of San Diego has formed an alliance with Santa Barbara-based Blu Hotel Investors, in which the companies will develop, acquire and operate hotel properties.

Cape Town Cruising: Novatel Finds Market in South Africa

Novatel Wireless Inc., a San Diego maker of telecom equipment and software, said Thrifty Car Rental selected its mobile tracking device, the MT 2500, to manage and protect its fleet of rental vehicles against theft, damage and loss in South Africa.

Rancho Financial Opens Beach Community Offices

Rancho Financial Mortgage Center, a direct mortgage banker based in Rancho Bernardo, said it recently opened two new offices in La Jolla and Encinitas.

Tuesday, October 9

Spring Forward: Football League Now Looks to 2014

The folks running the U.S. Football League, a San Diego-based professional league that would play its games in the spring, said they are delaying the inaugural season until spring 2014.

H.G. Fenton Increases Footprint in National City

San Diego-based H.G. Fenton Co. has acquired four National City industrial and office developments totaling 610,000 square feet for an undisclosed price. The seller was locally based Collins Development Corp.

Organovo Upgrades Over-the-Counter Listing

Organovo Holdings Inc., a San Diego developer and manufacturer of human tissues using three-dimensional bioprinting technology, said the company’s stock will begin trading on the highest over-the-counter marketplace, OTCQX.

Conference Explores Mobile Device Dilemmas and Opportunities

Five thousand people, the majority of them information technology specialists, are expected to attend the MobileCon 2012 conference Oct. 9-11 at the San Diego Convention Center, according to show organizers.

Monday, October 8

Regulator to Weigh San Onofre Start-up Plan

Southern California Edison, the majority owner and operator of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, said it submitted plans to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to repair and restart the plant’s Unit 2 reactor.

Firm Gets $76.7M Contract for Pendleton Water Project

The San Diego office of CH2M Hill Inc. has been awarded a contract of approximately $76.7 million to design and construct a new advanced water treatment plant and conveyance system at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

Realty Income Announces Pricing for Note Offering

Realty Income Corp. has announced pricing for an offering of $800 million in unsecured notes.

Sales Rise 14 Percent at PriceSmart

PriceSmart Inc., the San Diego operator of retail warehouse stores in Latin America and the Caribbean, reported its net sales for the month of September increased 14 percent to $167 million, above the results for the like month in 2011.

Pharma Giant Builds Bridge to New Firms

BIOTECH: Centers to Offer Support and Collaboration

Johnson & Johnson is setting the stage for providing scientists, entrepreneurs and emerging companies with easier access to its experts by forming innovation centers in dynamic life sciences communities in California, Boston, London and China.

Project’s Fate Rests With Courts, State

TOURISM: Council Backs Convention Center Proposal

How much does 400,000 extra square feet of floor space matter?

Firms Hire, and Procopio Fires Up Its Startup LaunchPad

LaunchPad has its first potential liftoff. Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP recently welcomed Endopodium into its Del Mar Heights startup business incubator, which is named LaunchPad.

Desalination Plans Get Big Boost From Deal

RESOURCE: Approval of Agreement Is Still Needed

The San Diego County Water Authority has decided to take the lead role in the latest saga of the 14-year-old Poseidon adventure.

Fur Ball Fetches the Funds for County’s Needy Critters

The San Diego Humane Society 26th annual Fur Ball was held at the Gaines Street campus of SDHS and SPCA raising $500,000 to support the animals and programs of the SDHS and SPCA.

Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

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Executive Profile: Brian Scott

Brian Scott is the chief financial officer of AMN Healthcare, an innovator in health-care workforce solutions, including managed services programs, recruitment process outsourcing, and the placement of health-care professionals into temporary and permanent positions.

Program Assesses Risk, Offers Guidance for Healthy Living

INSURANCE: Chat With Coach Can Identify Goals

An alternative to for-profit corporate wellness programs is available through Sharp Health Plan, a wholly owned unit of Sharp HealthCare that operates as an independent nonprofit organization.

Wellness Programs Shape Bodies, Attitudes and Teams

HEALTH: Firms Control Insurance Costs and Create Camaraderie With Plans

Several local companies participating in corporate wellness programs are seeing the payoffs, not only in the form of stabilized health insurance costs but also in improved physical well-being of their staff and the intangibles of better teamwork.

Putting a Price on Good Health

HEALTH: Investment In Employee Wellness Pays Off for Companies

Wellness program providers can substantiate financial returns as incentives for corporations to get on board with health-wise activities but equally important motivators include improving workplace culture, increasing staff productivity, and maintaining a recruiting and retention tool.

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Regional Report

News and notes from communities around San Diego County

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AutoGenomics Files for IPO After Previous Attempts Were Withdrawn

INVEST: Maker of Genetic Testing Equipment Feels Time Is Right

Buoyed by an increased market demand for genetic testing, Vista-based molecular diagnostics firm AutoGenomics Inc. has filed for a $65 million initial public offering.

Local Farmer’s Markets Aim to Grow ‘Buy Local’ Campaigns

The fruits (and vegetables) of the labors of San Diego County’s more than 6,000 food growers show up daily not only in grocery stores, but at more than 50 farmers markets held year-round in local shopping centers, commercial districts and public spaces.

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Bridgepoint’s Moves on Ashford Satisfy Stock Analysts

EDUCATION: School Plans Restructuring Efforts, Reapplies for Accreditation

Analysts covering San Diego-based Bridgepoint Education Inc., which owns the for-profit college Ashford University, reacted positively to Ashford’s recent announcement to withdraw its appeal for accreditation.

Wal-Mart Moves Into La Mesa With Small Grocery Store Strategy

RETAIL: Arrival Met With Mixed Feelings Among Locals

This fall, La Mesa will see the opening of a new grocery store powered by a retail giant better known for ‘everyday low prices’ than selling fresh veggies and packed meat.

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Company Knows It Is All in the Delivery of the Message

SERVICE: Instant Sees Opportunity to Expand In Promotional Niche

Instant Imprints CEO Ralph Askar sees growth through franchising as key to navigating a tricky business support services industry. The sector is filled not only with hundreds of mom-and-pop independent operators, but a growing number of national chains seeking to boost their niches.

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Local Mortgage Business Expands as Home Sales Surge

REAL ESTATE: Demand For Loans Driving Growth In Long-dormant Business

Local mortgage banks as well as traditional banks have been expanding their offices this year, responding to a clear uptick in real estate buying activity.

Glucose Monitoring System Could Be a Game Changer

BIOTECH: Device May Offer Long-Term Implantable Option

Commercialization of an implantable glucose monitoring system for diabetics is looking more viable as Sorrento Mesa-based GlySens Inc. reports positive results from testing in humans and prepares for a larger scale study to begin late next year.

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Index Shows Economy in Equilibrium

An index measuring San Diego’s economy was flat in August, compared to its July number, the second time that’s happened in the last three months.

iPhone 5 Popularity Benefits Area Companies

TECHNOLOGY: New Smartphone from Apple Drives Business Locally

Apple Inc.’s new iPhone 5 is a global success with big impact for some local companies.

Doubling Down on Downtown’s Drawing Power

ECONOMY: Marketing District to Put Momentum, Money Into Improvements

Property experts say a new city-authorized marketing district should give downtown San Diego office properties a boost, as the submarket looks to attract new industries, compete with neighborhoods to the north, and ward off stubborn vacancy trends of the past five years.

Panel Puts Crowdfunding In Spotlight

Crowdfunding has emerged as a new source of capital for cash-strapped entrepreneurs. In fact, the JOBS Act signed into law earlier this year by President Obama allows emerging companies to use this innovative method of fundraising rather than tapping friends and family as well as dealing with the uncertainty of angel and seed investors.

Green & Growing

ARCHITECTURE: LPA Finds Work Meeting Some Timely, Eco-Friendly Needs

The renovated building that LPA Inc. now calls its San Diego home — a circa-1924 East Village building that was once a Wonder Bread bakery — typifies the challenges and opportunities greeting architectural firms in the current business climate.

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Hobie Cat Brings a Familiar Face Aboard

SPORTS: Hobie Cat Europe Acquisition Unifies Efforts

Seeking to expand into markets more quickly and boost its worldwide brand, Hobie Cat Co. is combining two businesses that had operated separately for 23 years, company officials said.

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Association Adds Legal Service

The San Diego Employers Association recently struck a partnership with the Brown Law Group, where the law office will provide association members one hour of free legal consultation per month.

Friday, October 5

Harper Construction Gets $18M in Naval Base Task Orders

San Diego-based Harper Construction Co. Inc. was recently awarded two task orders, totaling more than $18 million, for U.S. Navy base construction projects.

Active Network Names New CEO, President

Active Network, the San Diego provider of online registration for athletic events and other technology services, recently conducted an executive shake-up, promoting longtime CEO Dave Alberga to executive chairman, and naming Matt Landa, the company’s president for the last 10 years, its CEO.

Clothing Retailer C. Wonder Setting Up Shop at Fashion Valley

Clothing and home décor retailer C. Wonder will join the retail lineup at Fashion Valley Mall on Nov. 10.

Fitch Rates County Bonds as AA+

San Diego County obtained an AA+ rating from Fitch Ratings on $30 million in certificates of participation, a type of bond, which will be issued next week.

Thursday, October 4

With Shareholders’ OK, Nextwave Sale Advances

Nextwave Wireless Inc., a San Diego-based public company that holds wireless spectrum licenses, said its shareholders approved the sale of the company to AT&T Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary Rodeo Acquisition Sub Inc. based on the vote taken at a special shareholders meeting Aug. 1.

Freedom Meditech Forges Ahead With New Credit Line

Opthalmic products developer Freedom Meditech Inc. of San Diego plans to use a recently secured $2 million line of credit from Silicon Valley Bank to ramp up manufacturing and distribution of its ClearPath DS-120 Lens Fluorescence Biomicroscope.

Business Association Adds Legal Service

The San Diego Employers Association recently struck a partnership with the Brown Law Group, where the law office will provide association members one hour of free legal consultation per month.

Cruise Ship Arrivals Worth Millions

“The fleet’s in.” The phrase used to be one that got businesses and single women all excited, but in San Diego these days, the phrase that causes the same kind of reaction (among businesses only) is “Cruise ships in.”

Wednesday, October 3

Council OKs Funding Plan for Convention Center

San Diego City Council has approved a final financing plan for a proposed $520 million expansion of the San Diego Convention Center.

High Desert Property Draws San Diego Investors

San Diego-based investment firm MG Properties Group has purchased a four-property apartment portfolio in Lancaster, in Los Angeles County, for $91.75 million.

Steeling for Deployment: Kratos Gets Container Deal

San Diego-based Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. reported recently that its Gichner Systems Group received a contract to provide shipping containers to the U.S. Department of Defense.

Bank Merger Moves Slowly to Completion

When Escondido’s California Community Bank agreed to be acquired by Grandpoint Capital Inc. in January for about $30 million, both parties said the expected closing on the transaction was sometime in the third quarter, but that didn’t happen.

Credit Union Puts Down Roots in Del Mar Highlands

San Diego County Credit Union, the area’s largest with about $5.8 billion in assets, recently opened a new branch in the Del Mar Highlands area of San Diego at 12980 Carmel Country Road, bringing its total network to 29 branches.

Tuesday, October 2

Neither Rising Nor Falling: Economic Index Strikes Balance

An index measuring San Diego’s economy was flat in August, compared to its July number, the second time that’s happened in the last three months.

Local Firms Get $57.3M Contract for Pendleton Water Project

A joint venture that includes Escondido-based J.R. Filanc Construction Co. and Orion Construction Corp. of Vista has been awarded a contract of approximately $57.3 million to design and build a new potable water conveyance system at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

PureForge to Ship Product for Police Cruisers

Poway-based PureForge, which makes high-performance brake components for motorcycles, introduced a product line for automobiles recently at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference at the San Diego Convention Center.

Marketing Push Highlights Bowl Game History

The San Diego Bowl Game Association, which produces both the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl and the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl college football games, said it’s launching a marketing program to give fans an inside look at the event’s past, present and future.

Renovated Boathouse Facility Opens in Coronado

Port district and city officials recently marked the opening of the renovated Coronado Club Room and Boathouse.

Monday, October 1

Wildcat and Japanese Firm to Research Better Batteries

San Diego-based Wildcat Discovery Technologies says it has inked a multiyear joint development agreement with Asahi Kasei Corp. to develop advanced rechargeable battery technologies. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Newest Tin Fish Opens Under Oceanside Pier

Locally based Melluso Enterprises Inc., led by founder Joseph Melluso, recently opened its 12th location of The Tin Fish seafood restaurant under the Oceanside Pier.

The Counter Opening Third Local Restaurant in Gaslamp Quarter

The Counter Custom Built Burgers is opening its third San Diego County location in the Gaslamp Quarter.

Fireside Chat With Mayor Scheduled for Oct. 3

Mayor Jerry Sanders will give his seventh and final fireside chat on Wednesday, according to the event’s host, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

These Companies Know Change Is Part of Their Tradition

BUSINESS: Old Firms Keep Striving to Meet The New Challenges

In today’s business world, one doesn’t have to vote for change. It arrives daily — ready or not.

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DJO Hits Its Stride As a Private Company

MANUFACTURING: Firm Serves Aging Baby Boomers

There’s an old folk saying that good things come in threes.

Services Succeed by Filling Key Needs

SERVICE: Firms Bring Expertise to Support Roles

It’s a broad sector that encompasses such different businesses as insurance brokerage, outsourced human resources, and an outsourcer of drug clinical trials, but the companies within business services group in this year’s Largest Private Companies List all share one thing in common: increasing annual revenues.

Consumer Confidence Opens the Door for Retail Sales

RETAIL: Revenues Rise for Firms as Old Items Are Replaced

Steadily growing appetites for big-ticket items like cars and furniture have recently bolstered revenue for some of the largest local private companies, partly spurred by pent-up demand after years of consumer and corporate belt-tightening.

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Well-Positioned Firms Enjoy Successes

GROWTH: OneSource and DJO Report Big Dollar Gains

Conventional wisdom says the bigger a company is, the harder it is to grow.

Firm Moves Strategically in Recovering Real Estate Market

PROPERTY: Cassidy Turley San Diego Aims to Expand, Tap Key Sectors

Like other commercial brokerage firms large and small, Cassidy Turley San Diego has ridden through a turbulent period for U.S. real estate in general during the past few years.

Medical Claims Management Fastest Growing for Mitchell

INSURANCE: Firm Adds 200 Workers In the Past Year

When it comes to creating new jobs, few companies on the list of Largest Private Companies can match the record of Mitchell International Inc., ranked at No. 4 with last year’s revenue of $312 million, a 17 percent increase over what it did in 2010.

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Construction Firms Still Depending on Public Projects

BUILDING: Mixed Signals Keep Industry in Caution Mode for Private Plans

Companies operating in San Diego County’s construction industry are long accustomed to tempering expectations about prospects for new work assignments, even as a brightening housing and employment climate offers reasons for optimism.

List’s Three Financial Firms All See Revenue Growth

FINANCE: Two Firms Experience Double-Digit Boost

Companies in the investment world have been largely in a hunker-down mode in recent years, but some local broker dealers have enjoyed decent growth as they expand their client base.

Privately Held Defense Companies Thrive in Niche Markets

DEFENSE: Competition, Sequestration, Increasing Costs Are Industry Concerns

Boeing and United Technologies Corp. make billions of dollars in profit for their shareholders, while collecting annual revenues of $68.7 billion and $58.2 billion respectively.

Join Bank in Show of Support and Gratitude to Our Veterans

“Express Your Thanks”, a campaign sponsored by Bank of America to raise $250,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project, was launched on Sept. 11 and will continue until Veterans Day.

Shileys Give USD $20M For Engineering School

GIVING: Philanthropist Also Establishes New Education Award

Darlene Shiley, a leading San Diego philanthropist, is donating $20 million to the University of San Diego to establish the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering.

Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

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Specialty Goods Produce Results For Companies

PRODUCTION: Firms Make It in Manufacturing By Pinpointing Market

While San Diego’s manufacturing sector continues a downward slide, there are obvious winners, such as specialty goods makers like Taylor Guitars, beer maker Stone Brewing Co. and Scantibodies Laboratory Inc., which makes medical diagnostic kits.

Executive Profile: Bruce Geier

Bruce Geier is the founder, president and CEO of Technology Integration Group.

On This Night, Old Globe Was an ‘Enterprise Zone’

Here’s a scoop for you! Already the hottest ticket in town, “Allegiance,” the Old Globe’s latest production is drawing Hollywood talent.

Firm Knows Quality And Calories Count

DINING: Garden Fresh Has History of Healthful Menus

The field of healthy-dining chain restaurants was relatively sparse when Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp. opened its first Souplantation in San Diego nearly 35 years ago.

Private Companies Are Diverse Resources for Revenue, Talent

ECONOMY: Top 50 Cover 10 Sectors, Bring In Billions of Dollars

The 50 companies on the San Diego Business Journal’s 2012 Largest Private Companies list generated an impressive $6.3 billion in revenue for 2011 and reported companywide employees of 27,674.

TIG Adeptly Spreads Its Reach and Its Net

TECH: Acquisitions and Expansion Bring Growth

There’s a U.S. map in the conference room at Technology Integration Group, thick with dots marking the computer systems integrator’s offices and warehouses. The dots have proliferated in the last decade.