San Diego Business Journal


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Fertile Grounds For A Lawsuit

LEGAL: In California, It’s Let the Business Beware as Labor Law Landscape Gets More Tricky to Navigate

California’s new paid sick leave law is being welcomed by labor interests, but attorneys say it is likely to add fuel to the trend of employees suing businesses over wage and hour issues.

National Investment Firms Buying into Carlsbad Office Market

The city of Carlsbad has emerged as San Diego County’s hot hub for big sales of existing office properties so far in 2015.

The Headquarters Getting Flour & Barley Restaurant

Operators of The Headquarters at Seaport commercial center in downtown San Diego recently signed a lease with Block 16 Hospitality to operate the region’s first Flour & Barley Brick Oven Pizza restaurant, set to open this fall.

Industry Leaders Forecast Higher Demand, Rents

The San Diego Business Journal recently spoke with top local regional executives of the larger commercial real estate brokerage companies. Here are some of their takes on what happened in the year’s first half and what’s likely ahead for the rest of 2015:

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Speculating On What’s Next

With Few Spec Projects Underway, Market Conditions Continue to Drive Up Tenant Costs

Halfway through 2015, San Diego County’s commercial real estate market is reaping the benefits of continued new-job creation and an unemployment rate that had dipped to 4.9 percent as of late spring, down from around 6 percent at the same point of 2014.

Cisco Buys Carlsbad Firm For $139M

Cisco System Inc. said on July 7 that it plans to buy a privately held Carlsbad business, MaintenanceNet, for $139 million in cash and retention-based incentives.

Growing Pains

ECONOMY: Rapid Growth Can Bring New Concerns, Distractions

Doubling or even tripling revenues in just two years is a dream for many entrepreneurs, a sign they correctly spotted an unmet need and that their business could soon be an unqualified success.

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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.