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County’s Unemployment Rate Increases to 7% in January

San Diego’s unemployment rate increased to 7 percent in January from December’s rate of 6.5 percent, as the region’s net job loss during the month was 16,400, according to the latest report from the state’s Employment Development Department.

Survey Seeks Your Input on Leadership Succession Planning

As baby boomers start retiring in waves and millennials step in to fill the void, business owners might be puzzling over management succession. Some take a very formal approach to the problem; others approach it casually.

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Opening Set for Dunkin’ Donut, Ice Cream Shop at Embassy Suites

Massachusetts-based Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. plans a March 10 opening for its combination Dunkin’ Donuts/ Baskin-Robbins restaurant, at downtown’s Embassy Suites San Diego Bay hotel.

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New Partnership Puts Bumble Bee Foods in Premium Food Arena

Bumble Bee Foods LLC, the San Diego provider of canned tuna and other seafood, said it entered into a partnership with Sapmer, the second largest tuna fleet in France.

PETA Calls on Petco to End Rodent Sales

Animal rights group PETA has asked Petco Animal Supplies Inc. to stop selling rodents as pets, alleging that the animals are mistreated by the suppliers and in transport, which the organization claims increases the risk to the animals and buyers.

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154-Room Hotel Proposed for East Village Site

Developers are proposing a new 154-room Fairfield Inn & Suites hotel, planned for a site in East Village, according to documents filed with Civic San Diego, the city’s downtown project oversight agency.

South County EDC Event to Discuss Creating Economic Opportunity, New School Funding Formula

Representatives of five South Bay school districts are convening March 7 to discuss a newly instituted formula that determines the amount of funds the districts get from the state.

Employers and Insurers Welcome ACA Implementation Delay

INSURANCE: Mandate Extended Until 2016 for Medium-Size Businesses

The recent decision by the Obama administration to delay some requirements of the Affordable Care Act is giving local employers more time to comply with rules that will require them to provide affordable health insurance to employees.

Market Gains

INSURANCE: Insurers Find Acquisition Is a Good Growth Strategy

The recent acquisition of longtime San Diego insurance brokerage Barney & Barney LLC by Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC is part of an industry trend, as large insurers increase their outreach by taking over regional companies.

New Firm Reflects the Changing Dynamics of the Legal Scene

The Business of Law Column

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek has lost three of its rising stars to the growing trend of large-firm lawyers starting their own firms.

Businessman Battles Insurance Cos. on Behalf of Elderly Aunt

INSURANCE: Video and Social Media Used to Make Case for Prompt Payments

Using the Internet and social media to publicize his struggle to end a protracted lawsuit, a San Diego businessman helped speed the payment of a nearly $2.2 million judgment for his elderly aunt who was severely injured in a 2011 auto accident.

Big Data Makes For Big Forum Topic at UCSD

SDBJ Insider

Members of the MIT Enterprise Forum San Diego will examine the impact of the big data phenomenon when they gather March 12 at the University of California, San Diego.

Ideas Brewing for Exhibit at Fairgrounds

Tourism: Operators Looking To Feature Craft Beer Industry

Officials are examining ways to turn San Diego County’s burgeoning craft beer industry, which racked up more than $780 million in 2013 sales, into a year-round attraction at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

S.D. Still in the Field Of Olympics Hopefuls

SPORT: Choices for U.S. Bid For 2024 Down to 5 or 6 Cities

Don’t look for San Diego’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games to resemble anything remotely close to the $51 billion that Russia spent to host the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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Sempra Reports 2013 Net Income of $1 Billion

Sempra Energy, parent of San Diego Gas & Electric and other subsidiaries, reported full year 2013 net income of $1 billion, compared with net income of $859 million in 2012.