San Diego Business Journal


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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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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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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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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.

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Knowledge-Based Economy

FINANCE: Companies Turn to Consulting Firms For the Expertise Needed to Expand and Thrive

As San Diego businesses reach for international markets, roll out new product lines or get ready to be sold, the accounting management consulting firms that cater to them are experiencing healthy revenues and looking to expand.

15 Companies That Are No Longer Public

(** Numbers indicate the company’s ranking, based on revenue, in the San Diego Business Journal’s 2005 list of the top public companies)

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Changing Landscape

Public Cos. Love Us, But Some Still Leave Us

Jack in the Box Inc. began selling hamburgers at a single restaurant on El Cajon Boulevard when Harry Truman was president.