‘Voluntary Benefits’ Put Perks to Work for Employee Happiness

WORKFORCE: Employers Add Discounts, Products And Services to Offerings

On the third Friday of every month, the five hospital Scripps Health system hosts what it calls a “farm stand” in the parking lot of its Scripps Memorial Hospital campus in La Jolla.

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Companies Get the Message on Using Social Media In-House

WORKFORCE: Tools Simplify Communication On Employee Benefits

While social media is already catching on for marketing purposes, companies may want to rethink their strategies and use social media as a benefits communication tool, especially to capture the younger generation’s attention.

Census Reveals Diversity Among Owners of San Diego Businesses

ENTERPRISE: Women, Especially Latinas, Step Into Leadership Roles

Minority-owned and women-owned businesses make up a significant percentage of the total number of businesses in San Diego County, according to U.S. Census Bureau data crunched in 2007, the latest available.

Executive Profile: Jesseca Saenz-Gonzalez

Jesseca Saenz-Gonzalez is the chairwoman for the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Strategies for Success, Survival Are Key in Difficult Economy

WORKFORCE: Minority, Women Owned Businesses Adapt to Tough Conditions

In the wake of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, many are asking is the glass half full or half empty for women- and minority-owned businesses compared with earlier years.

San Diego Has Right Ingredients for the Diagnostics Industry

MEDICAL DEVICES: Reaching U.S. Markets Remains a Big Challenge

Success in the medical device business doesn’t come easy, particularly on the diagnostics side.

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Executive Profile: Don Casey

Don Casey is the CEO of the West Wireless Health Institute, an independent, nonprofit medical research organization whose mission is to lower health care costs through technology and innovation.

Health Care Reform: View from the Top

With health care reform under way, employers and consumers are increasingly concerned about the value their health care provider is delivering. With that in mind, the San Diego Business Journal asked top executives of major health care organizations three questions about the changing health care industry. Their answers are listed in alphabetical order by the name of their organization.

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Region’s Hospitals Increase Their Number of Beds

MEDICINE: Operating Expenses Are Also on the Rise for Some Facilities

Not too surprisingly, a comparison of the San Diego Business Journal’s Hospitals lists between 2006 and 2009 shows an increase in the number of licensed beds and operating expenses at hospitals in the county. Operating expenses are defined as the costs to run the hospital.

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Incredible: Pizza Chain ‘Much More’ Than Big-Name Rival

DINING: Food, entertainment combo; 50,000 SF minimum

John's Incredible Pizza ‘much more' than big-name rival

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Low Tech, High Savings

Conservation: Water Reduction Systems Pay Off for Some Biotechs

Gen-Probe Inc. is among a handful of San Diego biotechnology companies making a substantial investment in relatively low-tech systems that can save millions of gallons of water per year.

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Executive Profile: Lars Helgeson

Lars Helgeson is the founder of GreenRope, a Web-based Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software package which includes email marketing, sales pipeline tracking, marketing automation, project management, event management, websites with e-commerce, Web analytics, forum, wiki, and social media management tools all integrated into one platform.