San Diego Business Journal

SDBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

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Speculating On What’s Next

With Few Spec Projects Underway, Market Conditions Continue to Drive Up Tenant Costs

Halfway through 2015, San Diego County’s commercial real estate market is reaping the benefits of continued new-job creation and an unemployment rate that had dipped to 4.9 percent as of late spring, down from around 6 percent at the same point of 2014.

Cisco Buys Carlsbad Firm For $139M

Cisco System Inc. said on July 7 that it plans to buy a privately held Carlsbad business, MaintenanceNet, for $139 million in cash and retention-based incentives.

Growing Pains

ECONOMY: Rapid Growth Can Bring New Concerns, Distractions

Doubling or even tripling revenues in just two years is a dream for many entrepreneurs, a sign they correctly spotted an unmet need and that their business could soon be an unqualified success.

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TIME FOR A CHANGE

Two Women Entrepreneurs Saw Opportunity in A Financial Market That Wasn’t Being Well Served

When Valorie Seyfert and Amy Beattie launched CUSO Financial Services (CFS) in 1996, they were betting they could capitalize on credit unions’ frustrations with the independent broker-dealers the institutions had hired to offer securities products, such as annuities and mutual funds, to the unions’ members.

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Putting Women on Frontlines of Entrepreneurial Empowerment

FINANCE: Boot Camp Wants Female Investors for World Changing Mission

An all-female boot camp for angel investors is coming to San Diego this fall, designed to boost the participation of women in a field dominated by men.

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MAINTAINING AN EDGE

Property: Being Competitive is a Must in Building Maintenance

The phenomenon of two women owning and running a building maintenance business may have gotten attention in San Diego’s business circles in the days when Ronald Reagan was president.

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GROWTH PATTERN

Agriculture Remains Firmly Planted as North County Economic Force

Biotechs and craft breweries are the current darlings of the San Diego County economy, but there’s a stalwart player that has been packing an economic punch far longer than either of these relative newcomers.

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PRACTICALLY PERFECT BUILDINGS

New Structures Are Bright, Functional and Efficient

When the San Diego region’s architects and designers set out to create structures that are visually distinctive, creativity must be tempered by practicality.

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Firm Sees Alternative Investments Winning More By Losing Less

FINANCE: Co. Puts 45% in Alternatives as Hedge for Bad Times

For decades, the basic makeup of an investment strategy has been 60 percent stocks and 40 percent bonds. Investors looking to further diversify might put up to 10 percent into so-called alternative investments that didn’t correlate to stock returns, including commodities, private equity or even artwork.

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Green Features Give ICE an Energy-Saving Edge in Cold Storage

WAREHOUSE: It Also Benefits From Advances in Freezing

For fresh fruit smoothies in the dead of winter or enough hamburger patties to meet the demand for summer barbeques, food companies are increasingly turning to Otay Mesa-based Innovative Cold Storage Enterprises Inc. to store millions of pounds of frozen food year-round.

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Ready to Take Flight

$1 Billion Master Plan for Brown Field Seen as Catalyst for Border Region

A local development group plans to break ground this December on Metropolitan Airpark at Brown Field Municipal Airport in Otay Mesa, a long-discussed project expected to bring more than $1 billion in aviation and other commercial improvements to the border region over the next 20 years.

Small Business Adds Up for Outsourcing Accounting Firms

FINANCE: Local Cos. On Big Growth Curve With Financial Services

As recently as 10 years ago, few companies would give much thought to entrusting their financial services to an outsider.