San Diego Business Journal


OceanLeaf Awards Honor Leaders in East African Communities

Somali Family Service of San Diego County recently celebrated San Diego’s Somali and other East African cultures and community leaders at the third annual OceanLeaf Awards Celebration.

By Stephanie Glidden March 27, 2015 4:08 p.m.   $$ Share

Finding The Openings

WORKFORCE: Many Sectors Are Looking to Hire as Gains in Employment Are Made in Most Major Industries

San Diego’s technology, life sciences and health care sectors remain the region’s largest sources of employment growth and are expected to continue hiring at a steady clip throughout the next year, economists say.

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With Patagonia On Board, Co.’s Green Wetsuit May Catch On

SPORT: Yulex Corp. Gets Natural Rubber From Guayule Plant

San Diego is not only home to the first “green” surfboard made from algae, but it also claims a wetsuit made from desert shrubs. It smells like pine trees and eucalyptus, a far cry from that hot rubber smell of a neoprene suit left in the backseat of a surfer’s car.

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Surfing's Clean Break

SPORT: An Entrepreneur and a Scientist Look to Re-Shape Surfboard Making With an Algae-Based Board

The wave of algae products ― from baby formula to biodiesel ― has a new application: surfing.

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Production Values

PRODUCTION: San Diego’s Manufacturing Scene Is More Suited for the Advanced Jobs

Bob Grande started what would become Quality Controlled Manufacturing Inc. out of his garage in 1978, using a conventional lathe and mill to machine parts for larger manufacturers.

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Rallying The Forces

BIOTECH: Experienced Scientists, a Revolutionary Platform With an Assist from the Immune System Help to Take On Potentially Fatal Fungal Infections

Over the past decade, many drugmakers stopped trying to fight superbugs, citing high research costs, poor returns and too much red tape.

Four Programs Aim to Accelerate Review Process for Drugs

PHARMA: FDA Categories Helpful to Companies and Patients

Speeding the availability of drugs that treat serious conditions is in the best interest of both patients and drug companies, especially when the drugs meet unmet needs in the medical field.

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Executive Q&A: Magda Marquet of Althea Technologies and Alma Life Sciences

Magda Marquet sits across from me, eyes twinkling above a porcelain mug.

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Seeking a Different Slice of the Commercial Lending Pie

FINANCE: Credit Unions Say Easing Loan Regulations Will Help Small Businesses

After the credit union industry’s regulator in June proposed rolling back some of its rules for business lending, bankers wrote hundreds of letters warning that loosening the restrictions could imperil the economy.

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FINANCE: While 7A Loans Flourish, 504 Loans Struggle With Bureaucracy

The SBA reached its $18.75 billion guarantee cap in July, prompted a weeklong shutdown of the program as Congress scrambled to pass a $5 billion extension with two months left in the government’s fiscal year.

Business Confidence Falls Slightly in July, Chamber Reports

The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Business Forecast fell in July to its lowest point in a year, though the Chamber said the decline from June was statistically insignificant.

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Co. Acts as Patients’ Guide for Medical Tourism to Mexico

MEDICAL: Vetting Of Services Provides Key Information, Safety

South Doctors Inc, a downtown startup focused on medical tourism, is vetting the legitimacy of health care treatments sought across the border.

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Looking For A Venture

LEADERSHIP: Entrepreneur Keeps an Eye Out for Opportunity and Helps Others Discover the Business World

Al Darnell Jr. is a serial entrepreneur. In the past decade, he’s started a half-dozen companies, including a cleaning service, a mortgage brokerage and a network of 25-cent gumball machines.