San Diego Business Journal

SDBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Businesses Still Running Under Caution Flag in Slow Recovery

It’s spring, which means time for many banks to release surveys of their small business clients.

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Executive Q&A: Steven Sefton, president and CEO of Regents Bank

Steven Sefton, president and CEO of Regents Bank, has spent his entire career in banking — much of it in top leadership positions.

Wal-Mart’s Money Transfer Unit Seen as Move Toward Banking

Banking: Retailer Offers Services That Many Banks Stopped Due to Regulations

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., with some 4,000 stores nationally, recently launched a money transfer business that undercuts the fees charged by market leaders Western Union and MoneyGram, and is causing some distress among bankers.

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Banking on Their Skills

FINANCE: Banks Compete for Customers With Assets Beyond Cash

The San Diego market may be overbanked by some measures but don’t tell that to Umpqua Bank and California Republic Bank, which just joined a group of 54 commercial lenders — not counting credit unions and finance companies — that do business here.

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Outside Hands Strengthen Management

management: Hiring Consultants Can Help Leverage Growth

Throughout the recent recession and subsequent recovery, San Diego-area businesses have relied heavily on management consulting firms to help them make the most of their potential.

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Executive Q&A: Jim Spain of Colliers International

Jim Spain, the San Diego managing regional director for Colliers International, has been in commercial real estate since November of 1982, when he joined Iliff Thorn and Co., the predecessor company to Colliers in San Diego. Colliers, a global commercial real estate firm with offices in 63 countries and revenues of more than $2.1 billion, acquired Iliff Thorn in 1994.

Renovation Will Bring a Breath of Fresh Air to Retail Center

Westfield Group is ratcheting up previously announced plans to overhaul its Plaza Camino Real mall in Carlsbad, with the tab now estimated at $300 million by the time it’s completed in fall 2016.

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Properties of a Recovery

PROPERTY: Industrial, Office Demand Grow; Vacancy Rates Declining

Capstone Advisors Inc. recently did something that’s been relatively unusual for the Carlsbad-based investment firm during the past few years: it purchased an office building in La Jolla for $10 million.

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Californians Get Covered

HEALTH: Covered California Strived to Reach The Latino Population

Enrolling the Latino population in the state-run health insurance exchange has long been viewed a linchpin in the success of Covered California — and Obamacare as a whole.

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Executive Profile: Tony Chen

Tony Chen co-founded Osiris Shoes in 1996, along with Tony Magnusson, Brian Reid and Doug Weston.

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Local Sports Business Accelerator Is the Only one in the Nation

SPORTS: Nonprofit Connects Industry Mentors With Qualified Entrepreneurs

When it comes to connecting companies involved in sports and active lifestyle, the San Diego Sports Innovators is the place everybody turns to.

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Survival of the Fit Tests

FITNESS: Sports Cos. Find San Diego Can Be Perfect Proving Grounds

San Diego isn’t just considered the best place to launch a startup nationwide. The growing number of fitness enthusiasts in San Diego has enticed local sports companies to tap into this niche market with nifty gadgets and new programs and products to enhance athletes’ experiences.