San Diego Business Journal

SDBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

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Stalwarts and startups - San Diego's Wealthiest

Tracking S.D.’s Wealthiest Provides Reflection of Community

The list of the wealthiest San Diegans is dynamic and evolving, much like the community it reflects. It shows a cross-section of the county’s key industries and inspiring success stories, from executives at promising life science companies to fast-growing craft brewers. It includes individuals and families that helped build this community and its innovative tech companies. It’s a snapshot of prominent philanthropists, political donors and power brokers. There is no question that publishing a list of a community’s wealthiest individuals can be viewed as a crass, voyeuristic exercise that has more entertainment value than journalistic value. Fair enough; we understand the criticism. Some people have argued that publishing

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Local Assets

From Pricing to Personal Attention, Small Firms Find Ways to Compete With National Companies

In the San Diego region, locally based accounting firms face challenges from international and national companies that are seeking to increase their presence here.

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Jamul’s Hollywood Casino Says Summer Opening in the Cards

GAMING: The Facility Defeated Challenge to Its Environmental Review

It looks as though East County will soon be home to the county’s ninth Indian gaming casino.

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Bottom-Line Drive

SPORT: Sportsplex Gives Santee a Tourist Attraction That Can Compete for a Slice of Tourism Revenue

Santee isn’t a destination city or a locale that’s on most tourists’ radars; however, one local sports facility is bringing teams of out-of-towners to the area.

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Going Places

VEHICLES: Fox Finds Opportunity at Every Turn As It Builds Better Systems for Vehicles of All Types

Your mountain bike, the Ford Raptor truck, a side-by-side off-road vehicle, and the Predator B unmanned aerial vehicle all have one thing in common: the Fox company.

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Time Change

Tower Paddle Boards’ Clock Management Looks to Win the Day With Its 25-Hour Workweek

Stephan Aarstol has no problem with capitalism.

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WORKING THE ROOM | Frugal, Friendly & Smart

Office Décor Can Deliver a Message About Your Company While Staying Below Budget

The most popular room in LoanHero’s new 14th-floor office in downtown San Diego is furnished with leather high-back chairs, wooden wall sconces and a vintage hobnail milk-glass desk lamp.

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WORKING THE ROOM | What Is Cost-Effective?

Landlords Must Deliver Amenities Without Going Overboard

It’s not easy to assess ROI when it comes to office amenities.

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Short on Future Advice

Industry Projects Significant Shortage of Financial Planners

As more financial planners enter their 60s, wealth management firms and universities are looking for ways to bring younger people into the profession.

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The X Factor in Wealth Transfer

Children of Baby Boomers Bring Different Attitudes, Making Retention Difficult for Many Financial Planners

As 30- and 40-somethings begin inheriting their parents’ wealth, financial planners are looking for ways to attract their investment dollars.

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Debt Reset

The SBA 504 Refinance Program Gives Businesses Chance to Increase Cash Flow By Cutting Interest Rates on Loans

Greg Strangman was in a bind when the loan he took out to open The Pearl Hotel on Point Loma came due in 2012.

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Getting The Right Doze

BIOTECH: Device Maker Tackles Sleep Issues, Sees Consumer Market Possibilities in Wearables

In some jobs — think soldiers on the battlefield or surgeons performing lengthy operations — it’s hard to get a full night’s rest. Now there may be another option.