San Diego Business Journal

SDBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

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LEAVES: Costs of More Inclusive Policies Add Up Fast

San Diego made a splash in June when it passed an ordinance requiring employers of any size to provide employees with five paid sick days a year, exceeding the three mandated by state law. This, coupled with several other recent changes to protected leave laws, continues to drive a wedge between policymakers and small to medium-sized businesses in a classic case of Catch 22.

By Katherine Connor February 2, 2017 3:20 p.m. share »
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Absorbing Big Change on a Small Scale

Businesses within San Diego’s hospitality industry are looking for ways to absorb the costs of the city’s increased minimum wage and sick leave benefits.

By Emmet Pierce February 2, 2017 3:15 p.m. share »
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Stylish Lobbies Can Make That First Impression A Lasting One

First impressions are important. Conventional wisdom says people establish an impression of someone after just seven seconds, but the most recent science says it’s even faster than that — a mere tenth of a second.

By Katherine Connor January 26, 2017 3:40 p.m. share »
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Credit Unions Give Tech Tools a Chance

California Coast Credit Union’s website highlights its “personalized caring attention.”

By Sarah de Crescenzo January 19, 2017 3:41 p.m. share »
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Time To Pull Chips Off The Table

Accounting firms and professionals who handle mergers and acquisitions in the San Diego region anticipate a strong year ahead for such transactions. It seems there are exit signs all around, especially the aging population of business owners, a strong local economy and the expectation of a favorable business climate with the incoming administration.

By Emmet Pierce January 12, 2017 4:22 p.m. share »

Robo-Advising Advances, But Human Role Still Part of Equation

Billions of dollars in the United States are being managed by algorithms under the auspices of digital platforms such as Wealthfront and Betterment.

By Sarah de Crescenzo January 5, 2017 2:59 p.m. share »
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Wealth Management Co. Builds Up People, Portfolios and Reputation

Investing is a long-term endeavor. So is building a company.

By Sarah de Crescenzo January 5, 2017 2:54 p.m. share »
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Political Turns Could Change Economic Course

The year ahead looks almost as scary as it does hopeful for Chula Vista-based Action Drone Inc.

December 29, 2016 3:39 p.m. share »
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Executive Q&A Dana Alligood, Market Executive, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

It was a chance trip to San Diego nearly a decade ago that led to Dana Alligood’s new role as the Southern California market executive for Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Global Commercial Banking business. Alligood says she sees positive indications of continued business growth in San Diego; the bank lent more than $62 million to local companies in the first half of the year, a 77 percent year-over-year increase from $44 million lent in the first half of 2015.

By Sarah de Crescenzo December 21, 2016 1:10 p.m. share »
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Taking on a Tough Endeavor: Starting a Bank

The obstacle to launching a new bank in San Diego surely isn’t a lack of chutzpah. In fact, the Southern California region is leading the charge this year when it comes to asking regulators for the OK to establish financial institutions de novo — that’s “new” in bank speak (and in Latin).

December 21, 2016 1:02 p.m. share »
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2016 S.D.’s Strengths Made a Powerful Showing

2016 was a year in which the San Diego business community continued to build on its strengths — life sciences, health care, craft beer and real estate — areas that should continue to bolster the local economy in 2017.

December 21, 2016 10:48 a.m. share »
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Charter Schools Chalk Up Health Care Savings to Benefits Trust

Local benefits consultants — the innovators San Diego’s business community looks to for help in capping health insurance costs — have identified another industry they believe can gain from a risk-pooling strategy that continues to win converts among tech and bioscience companies.

By John Cox December 7, 2016 5:05 p.m. share »