San Diego Business Journal


The Munificent Five

Innovate 78 Brings North County Cities Together to Cooperate Rather Than Compete for BusinessesMichael Bronner, president of Dr. Bronner’s natural soap company, probably didn’t know it, but in 2013 he witnessed what passes for a minor miracle these days in city government.

By Sarah de Crescenzo October 20, 2016 4:28 p.m.   $$ Share
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Private ‘Conversations’

MedCrypt Aims to Take Dangers Out Of Medical Device Communications

Medical devices, like anything else hooked to the internet, can offer a convenient door for intruders wanting to enter a device or an entire hospital network. Responding to the hacker threat, a bicoastal startup called MedCrypt is building a business on medical device security.

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Securing An Advantage

Webroot Assembles Assets and Acquisitions Into an Effective Force For Cybersecurity

To hear Hal Lonas tell it, the choice was obvious. In fact, it wasn’t much of a choice.

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On Deck

Contractors Look to Be The One to Land Lucrative Deal for Aircraft-Carrier-Based UAV

It’s a military aircraft project easily worth billions of dollars, perhaps north of $10 billion, with a good chance of going to a San Diego vendor.

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Keeping It Casual

Abnormal Wine Co. Finds Approachability Serves It Well in Brewing, Dining and Wine

L earning to appreciate the nuances and intricacies of wine can be daunting.

ACA Rule Hits California Cos. of 50-100 Employees

INSURANCE: Cos. Need to Get Creative In Planning Coverage

Health insurance broker Deric Fernandez could see it coming: An 80-employee local manufacturing company he works with was about to face a double whammy.

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Not Fit For Work

New Rules Limit Reach and Rewards Of Some Employee Wellness Programs

For years, the promise of improved health wasn’t the only thing attracting workers to the wellness programs Xavier Serrano helped local employers set up. Cash was a big incentive, as well.

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At This Institute, It Is About Degree of Interest and Aptitude

TECH: Technological, Mechanical Abilities Shaped Off College Track

Behind a big roll-up door, in warehouse space at the back of Coleman University on Balboa Avenue, Rod Weiss, James Burns and several other technologically inclined people have put together a space called ENVI.

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TransPower Converts Large Working Vehicles Into Electric-Powered, Fossil-Fuel Shunning Systems

If Mike Simon had his way, trucks in high-traffic areas might share a feature with San Diego Trolley cars. They would have pantographs. Pan-to … what?

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Outsource Aims to Make U.S. Manufacturing Work for Customers

PRODUCTION: Access To Facility, Savings on Shipping Are Pluses

Ted Fogliani wasn’t quite sure what to make of the animated Australian sitting in his office.

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Monument Co.’s Words Are Its Bonds to Customers

PRODUCTION: Artisans Engrave the Headstones; Internet Vies for Business

A visit to Carol Parker’s office and workshop seems like a trip back to the days before World War II. The neighborhood is old and her buildings date from the 1930s. Some of the furnishings and religious statuary seem equally old. However, the computer-aided design hardware and the many California employment posters on the walls show this manufacturing business is very much a part of the 21st century.

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Sharing The S.D. Airspace

Aerospace Cluster Gives Cos. More Resources, Bigger Talent Pool, and A Host of Opportunities

Carlsbad-based 5D Robotics Inc. learned the value of being located within an industry cluster a couple of years ago when, facing a two-week deadline on a land-mine-detection project for the U.S. Army, it suddenly discovered a $300,000 mechanical arm it had ordered from Germany wasn’t entirely reliable under adverse weather conditions.