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WORKING THE ROOM | Frugal, Friendly & Smart

Office Décor Can Deliver a Message About Your Company While Staying Below Budget

The most popular room in LoanHero’s new 14th-floor office in downtown San Diego is furnished with leather high-back chairs, wooden wall sconces and a vintage hobnail milk-glass desk lamp.

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WORKING THE ROOM | What Is Cost-Effective?

Landlords Must Deliver Amenities Without Going Overboard

It’s not easy to assess ROI when it comes to office amenities.

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Short on Future Advice

Industry Projects Significant Shortage of Financial Planners

As more financial planners enter their 60s, wealth management firms and universities are looking for ways to bring younger people into the profession.

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The X Factor in Wealth Transfer

Children of Baby Boomers Bring Different Attitudes, Making Retention Difficult for Many Financial Planners

As 30- and 40-somethings begin inheriting their parents’ wealth, financial planners are looking for ways to attract their investment dollars.

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Debt Reset

The SBA 504 Refinance Program Gives Businesses Chance to Increase Cash Flow By Cutting Interest Rates on Loans

Greg Strangman was in a bind when the loan he took out to open The Pearl Hotel on Point Loma came due in 2012.

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Getting The Right Doze

BIOTECH: Device Maker Tackles Sleep Issues, Sees Consumer Market Possibilities in Wearables

In some jobs — think soldiers on the battlefield or surgeons performing lengthy operations — it’s hard to get a full night’s rest. Now there may be another option.

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Passing The Tests

Calbiotech Meets the Challenges of Moving and of Moving Up in the Life Science World

It’s a good sign when a company has to move into a larger space. Calbiotech Inc., which manufactures life science products, outgrew 11,000 square feet in Spring Valley and recently traded up to 22,000 square feet in El Cajon. It also recently hired six employees, giving it a headcount of 45.

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BYE, DESIGN

Architectural Style Often Takes Back Seat to Practical And Price Considerations, Creating Buildings That Blend in Rather Than Stand Out

Increased focus on volume, cost and function over style and appeal has led to a less regionalized architectural style in San Diego and other cities.

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Betting On Biotech

Life Sciences’ Need for Space Spurs Developers to Pursue Spec Projects

The high demand for biotech office space in San Diego is boosting the confidence of traditionally cautious landlords. Rather than waiting to build a project until a tenant is lined up, life science construction companies are building sprawling campuses based on speculation alone.

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A New Health Threat

MEDICINE: Ransomware Attacks Target Hospitals, Holding Critical Patient Data Hostage

T here’s a new threat bearing down on hospitals. Hackers are infiltrating systems, locking patient data in virtual vaults, and demanding money in exchange for the key.

Battling the Laws of Nature

Court Rulings on IP May Threaten Future of Genomics Research

Life sciences companies in San Diego and around the nation are working to cope with legal decisions that restrict how they can secure patents for discoveries that involve the laws of nature.

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Stopping Slippery Imitators

WD-40 Counters The Counterfeiters Around the Globe

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but it’s a headache for WD-40 Co.