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PR Agency Opens First International Office in Tijuana

San Diego-based public relations agency Nuffer, Smith, Tucker has opened its first international office in Tijuana, Baja California, the firm said in a statement Wednesday.

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ProQuo Is Bridge to Legal Representation for Businesses

LEGAL: Clients Get Platform Where Lawyers Bid On Needed Legal Work

Eddie Signaigo, a local litigation attorney, is launching a technology startup that he hopes will bring legal services into the millennial age.

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Benefunder Gives New Direction a Try

GIVING: It’s a Selling Point For Donor-Advised Funds

When philanthropists give money to research, they don’t always feel like they’re making an impact. Money disappears into a foundation or a fund, and donors are left disconnected from how that money is being used.

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Right Ingredients and Pinch Of Luck Form Food Cluster

ECONOMY: Logistics, Labor and Space Bring Cos. to North County

When Olli Salumeria scored an agreement putting its products in Whole Foods stores across the country, there was no question the salami-maker would need to expand beyond its 15,000-square-foot plant in Virginia. But where?

Council Connections Renames Itself CNECT

San Diego-based Council Connections, a national group purchasing organization founded in 1979, has rebranded as CNECT.

AMN Healthcare Says Q3 Revenues Up 23 Percent Over Last Year

AMN Healthcare Services Inc. reported a 23 percent jump in revenues during the third quarter as compared with a year before, and disclosed plans to repurchase as much as $150 million of its outstanding shares.

Firm Maintains its Lofty Perch Among Employment Law Experts

U.S. News & World Report has named Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton as “Top Tier” in San Diego in three labor and employment categories: Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management, and Litigation-Labor & Employment. This is the seventh consecutive year of recognition for the local employment firm. Paul, Plevin is the only law firm in San Diego to have been named “Top Tier” in all three categories every year the list has been published.

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$25 Million Gift is SDSU’s Largest; Endows Business School

EDUCATION: Fowlers’ Matching Donation Boosts Campaign to $750M Goal

Local philanthropist and San Diego Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler and his wife Alexis have pledged a $25 million endowment gift to San Diego State University’s College of Business Administration. University officials said the gift is the largest in SDSU’s 119-year history.

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Vacation Rental Focus Shifts From Ban to Enforcement

HOSPITALITY: Council Rejects Proposed Change, Seeks Clarifications

Two years of debate over how to regulate short-term vacation rentals in the city of San Diego recently came to a head, as hundreds of residents packed a City Council meeting to debate competing approaches to the problem of nuisances being created by renters booking stays in private homes through sites including Airbnb.

UC San Diego Extension to Offer Coding Boot Camp

A big name in higher education is getting into a hot, business-oriented space: coding boot camps.

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Luna Grill Obtains $30M in Financing for Future Growth

Operators of the San Diego-headquartered Luna Grill restaurants have secured nearly $30 million in financing, to aid its ongoing growth strategy. The fast-casual eatery has 29 current locations, with another 18 in the pipeline for 2017.

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RESEARCH: Pair Has Designs on Mass CBD Production

What if the weed industry could brew cannabis like Budweiser brews beer — in big steel vats designed for large-scale production? It would certainly be better for business than waiting on cannabis plants to grow from the ground.

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ECONOMY: Prop. 64 Could Open Many Business Lines

Excuse Dion Markgraaff if he seems a little charged up about the business opportunities that await if Californians vote to legalize recreational marijuana. Over-enthusiasm sort of comes with the territory.

Sempra's Q3 Earnings Hit $622M; SDG&E Posts $183M

Sempra Energy posted a big jump in third-quarter earnings, due mainly to a gain related to one of its subsidiary’s purchase of a Mexican pipeline builder and operator. After adjusting for one-time items, the company beat analysts’ profit expectations but missed on revenue.

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Joy Frieman Honors Husband With $2.5M Donation to UC San Diego

Joy Frieman, the wife of late Scripps Institution of Oceanography director Edward A. Frieman, has given $2.5 million to the University of California, San Diego in memory of her husband, who died in 2013.