San Diego Business Journal

SDBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

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Mutual Benefit

FINANCE: Zebit’s Payroll Lending System Gives Employees a New Work Perk And Retailers a Piece of the Profits on Purchases

When San Diego-based lender Global Analytics bought a Philadelphia startup last year, it billed the acquisition as the perfect jumping off point to introduce its product to U.S. borrowers.

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The ACA Means Business

INSURANCE: The Arrival of the Employer Mandate Brings New Rules, Regulations and Questions to Cos.

The Affordable Care Act’s controversial Employer Mandate is finally here.

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Getting With The Programs

TECH: Code-Writing Boot Camps Are Popping Up As Students Seek Opportunity to Join the Tech Sector

The recruits wear shaggy beards and it’s laptops, not rifles, that have become their new best friends.

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Opposing Forces

DEFENSE: The Pentagon Cash Flow Is Kind to Some Cos., But the Specter of Defense Budget Cuts Still Looms

How healthy is the region’s defense economy? In the short term, it’s great. In the long term, observers seem a little more guarded

Finding The Openings

WORKFORCE: Many Sectors Are Looking to Hire as Gains in Employment Are Made in Most Major Industries

San Diego’s technology, life sciences and health care sectors remain the region’s largest sources of employment growth and are expected to continue hiring at a steady clip throughout the next year, economists say.

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With Patagonia On Board, Co.’s Green Wetsuit May Catch On

SPORT: Yulex Corp. Gets Natural Rubber From Guayule Plant

San Diego is not only home to the first “green” surfboard made from algae, but it also claims a wetsuit made from desert shrubs. It smells like pine trees and eucalyptus, a far cry from that hot rubber smell of a neoprene suit left in the backseat of a surfer’s car.

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Surfing's Clean Break

SPORT: An Entrepreneur and a Scientist Look to Re-Shape Surfboard Making With an Algae-Based Board

The wave of algae products ― from baby formula to biodiesel ― has a new application: surfing.

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Production Values

PRODUCTION: San Diego’s Manufacturing Scene Is More Suited for the Advanced Jobs

Bob Grande started what would become Quality Controlled Manufacturing Inc. out of his garage in 1978, using a conventional lathe and mill to machine parts for larger manufacturers.

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Rallying The Forces

BIOTECH: Experienced Scientists, a Revolutionary Platform With an Assist from the Immune System Help to Take On Potentially Fatal Fungal Infections

Over the past decade, many drugmakers stopped trying to fight superbugs, citing high research costs, poor returns and too much red tape.

Four Programs Aim to Accelerate Review Process for Drugs

PHARMA: FDA Categories Helpful to Companies and Patients

Speeding the availability of drugs that treat serious conditions is in the best interest of both patients and drug companies, especially when the drugs meet unmet needs in the medical field.

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Executive Q&A: Magda Marquet of Althea Technologies and Alma Life Sciences

Magda Marquet sits across from me, eyes twinkling above a porcelain mug.

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Seeking a Different Slice of the Commercial Lending Pie

FINANCE: Credit Unions Say Easing Loan Regulations Will Help Small Businesses

After the credit union industry’s regulator in June proposed rolling back some of its rules for business lending, bankers wrote hundreds of letters warning that loosening the restrictions could imperil the economy.