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