San Diego Business Journal

SDBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Cost of Compliance: Small Community Banks Say Dodd-Frank Reforms Are Unfairly Applied

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.

By Mike Allen September 5, 2014 4:23 p.m.   $$ Share

Knowing the Twists and Turns Is Key to Navigating IP Course

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.

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IP in the Balance

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.

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Executive Q&A: Allyson Handley, National University’s Sanford Education Center

Dr. Allyson Handley is the newly appointed executive director of the Sanford Education Center, which launched Sept. 18 at National University.

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Changing Courses

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 Sees an ‘Actual Change’ Beginning to Take Shape

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.

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Balfour Beatty Sees Work ‘In a Multitude of Markets’

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.

Retail and Hospitality Projects Are Keeping Lusardi Busy

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.

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Building Momentum

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.

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Labor Forces

WORKFORCE: Demand Leads Companies in Key Industries to Fill Positions

San Diego’s labor market is looking up with more companies hiring local talent.

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Covering Insurance Costs Part of the Plan for These Companies

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.

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Working at Staying Healthy

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.

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Executive Q&A: Greg Lucier

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.