San Diego Business Journal

SDBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

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Small Business Lender Is on Big Growth Trajectory

LENDING: Company Looks to Expand into Midmarket Segment

When banks retreated from making small business loans during the depths of the Great Recession, Dave Gilbert saw a huge opportunity.

More Mergers Ahead

Four Years Into Impact of Reforms, Local Bankers Expect More Consolidation

Get ready for more bank mergers in San Diego County and elsewhere as new regulations and low interest rates put a squeeze on profits.

San Diego's Wealthiest #3: Gary and Mary West

Gary West was born in Council Bluffs and grew up in Harlan, Iowa, where his parents owned a bowling alley.

San Diego's Wealthiest #2: Irwin Jacobs

rwin Mark Jacobs rose from a job as an electrical engineering professor at the then-new University of California campus in San Diego to play a leading role in creating not one, but two San Diego technology companies: Linkabit and Qualcomm Inc.

San Diego's Wealthiest #1: Gwendolyn Sontheim Meyer

Gwendolyn Sontheim Meyer is an heiress to the agribusiness Cargill Inc.

San Diego Makes the Grade as Test Market for New eBay App

Location, location, location-based apps are all the rage, if this week’s email is any indication. Two items really stood out, one from a large business, another from a startup. Let me start with the big one.

Tech Savvy Consulting Company Tackles IT Decisions, Acquisitions

TECH: Private Equity Investors Often Use Company’s Expertise

It’s a common situation: investors see potential in some sort of information-technology business, but the investors’ backgrounds are heavy on finance, light on tech.

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Bold Fusion

EDUCATION: UCSD Taps a Top Talent to Form Its Design Lab

Don Norman — electrical engineer, psychologist and design guru for Apple Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and other businesses — has been coaxed out of retirement to start the University of California, San Diego design lab.

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Behind the Controls

WEALTH: Linden and Neal Blue Quietly Steer GA And Other Business Pursuits

Their Predator aircraft flies high enough to avoid detection, but J. Neal Blue and Linden S. Blue seem to prefer the opposite approach. The low-key industrialists fly under the radar.

More Businesses Recognize Need for Cyber Liability Insurance

SECURITY: Even Small Companies Must Protect Information, Client Data

Local carriers say one of the biggest trends in property and casualty insurance is an increase in the purchase of cyber liability coverage.

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Innovative Insurance

Employers Finding Alternatives to Traditional Employee Benefits

Unable to offer traditional retirement and health benefits following the recent recession, many small businesses in San Diego County are finding alternative ways to maintain the loyalty of employees.

Spotlight On Parking App for Its Launch

The ballots have been cast, but the results won’t be announced for another month.