SDBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

E-Learning Is in a Class By Itself When It Comes to Convenience

TRAINING: Qualcomm, Scripps Use Right Tool At Right Time

E-learning now characterizes as much as 50 percent of staff training at Scripps Health and Qualcomm Inc., both on Forbes’ 2012 list of the “100 Best Companies To Work For.”

Changing Employment Picture Is Reflected at Placement Services

HUMAN RESOURCES: Specialties Are Sought; Cautious Firms Use Temps

The 24 companies on the San Diego Business Journal’s Permanent Placement list are inclusive of the various levels of services that are available to businesses looking for a staff addition.

Trying Death Defying Maneuvers

SPORTS BIZ: It’s a Fight For Survival in Action Sports, Especially for Small Firms

Action sports was once the territory of small, independent manufacturers.

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Sporting Goods Vendors Vie for Their Place in the Sun, Snow

RETAIL: Costco Can Slash Margins; Smaller Retailers Offer Service

If action sports retailer Jurgen Schulz isn’t fighting deep discounters to make a sale on the Internet, not to mention big box stores like Costco Wholesale Corp., he’s fighting Mother Nature.

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New Facility Providing Office Space to Small Firms

The San Diego Minority Supplier Development Council is opening a 12,500-square-foot facility providing office space for small, minority-owned and women-owned companies. It is scheduled to open May 3 at 10679 Westview Parkway.

Women-Owned Businesses Are a Half Billion Dollar Force

ENTERPRISE: Firms Grow 2.8 Percent in 2011 And Support 3,200 Jobs

If one of the goals for women who choose to start their own business is to live to see the day when there is a woman-owned business across all sectors of our economy, then that day is here.

Home And ‘Away From Home’ Come Together in Mixed-Use

REAL ESTATE: Residents Find Both Community And Retail Convenience

The combination of lack of land and local planners’ focus on creating housing closer to jobs is driving the development of more mixed-use, residential projects, say local building industry sources.

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Executive Profile: Rick Hoffman

Rick Hoffman is president and chief operating officer for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s San Diego County and Temecula Valley region.

Local Brokers Optimistic That Market is at Bottom

REAL ESTATE: Lack Of Inventory Favors Sellers; Credit Still Tight

A couple of recent housing reports provide optimism about the state of San Diego’s market, and suggest that the bottom has been reached.

Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

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Targeting & Timing

FINANCE: IPO Activity, Good Stock Market Can Spur More VC Investments

The partners at JMI Equity were smiling when ServiceNow Inc. filed documents recently for a planned initial public offering.

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Executive Profile: Stephen F. Flaim

Stephen Flaim has a doctorate in human physiology and pharmacology.