SDBJ SPECIAL REPORTS
Now in its fifth year, the Dodd-Frank banking reform law has had a profound effect on every bank, but smaller community banks say they’re feeling the impact from the added regulations far more than larger banks.September 5, 2014 4:23 p.m. $$ Share
LEGAL: Tech Cos. Face Perils of Possible Lawsuits From Beginning to End
The innovative companies that make up San Diego County’s technology sector must tread carefully to avoid becoming the targets of intellectual property lawsuits.
Patent Rulings Will Discourage Lawsuits But May Also Impair Ability to Protect Innovations
Several recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions have made it more difficult for “patent trolls” to file frivolous lawsuits that accuse businesses of infringing on vague and broadly worded patents.
Dr. Allyson Handley is the newly appointed executive director of the Sanford Education Center, which launched Sept. 18 at National University.
MBA Schools Offer Specialty Degrees To Meet Evolving Business Demands
The MBA, first introduced in 1908, remains the go-to degree for successfully advancing through the ranks into the corporate suite.
Pacific Building Group of San Diego is hiring workers and getting ready for what Chief Executive Officer Greg Rogers sees as a dramatic improvement in the construction market.
School construction and other public projects helped Balfour Beatty Construction come through the recession, and the company is “pretty busy” coming out of it, said Brian Cahill, president of Southwest operations.
A strong balance sheet and demand for hotel and school construction helped Lusardi Construction Co. of San Marcos weather the recession, said Chris Hess, company vice president.
Some Construction Firms Face Challenge of Rebuilding Workforce to Meet New Demand
San Diego’s construction industry is starting to show signs of a slow recovery after a downturn during the recession that hit some segments especially hard while causing a less severe setback to others.
WORKFORCE: Demand Leads Companies in Key Industries to Fill Positions
San Diego’s labor market is looking up with more companies hiring local talent.
Of the 100 companies featured in the Aug. 18 issue of the San Diego Business Journal named among the “Best Places to Work” in San Diego County, only ten pay 100 percent of an employee’s health insurance premiums.
BENEFITS: Wellness Programs Are Part of Employee-Health Strategy
Employer wellness programs have grown rapidly in recent years in part to tackle skyrocketing health care insurance premium costs, with a side goal of improving the wellness and productivity of the workforce. Biometric screenings are a large part of wellness programs.
In a single decade Greg Lucier transformed a small biotech startup, Invitrogen Corp., with 1,500 employees into Life Technologies Corp., an international giant with more than 12,000 employees, 5,000 patents, 50,000 products and nearly $4 billion in sales in more than 180 countries.