SDBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Port Doesn’t Want to Let This Fishing Opportunity Get Away

The Port of San Diego is angling for infrastructure improvements that officials hope could spur a comeback for the region’s once robust commercial fishing industry.

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Golf Center Scores as an Inexpensive Getaway Experience

SPORTS BUSINESS: Attention to Customer Service Also Plays Into Stellar Success

Inexpensive pricing and great customer service are the reasons why Stadium Golf Center & Batting Cages, the driving range tucked behind the Fry’s Electronics Inc. store off Murphy Canyon Road, is doing so well when many people have far less discretionary income to spend, according to Mike Strode, one of two managing directors who built the facility in the mid-1990s and continues to play an active role in running it.

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Internet Services Firm Secures Success With Not-So ‘Secret Weapon’

SMALL BIZ: People Are Playing Big Part At Data Center Facilities

The nation has been locked in a damaging recession for several years, but American Internet Services has managed to be a profitable company by concentrating on customer services, says Chief Executive Officer Tim Caulfield.

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Executive Profile: DeLinda Forsythe

DeLinda Forsythe is president of Innovative Commercial Environments, a full-service contract furniture dealership with two showrooms located in San Diego County.

Travel Pros Give Pointers for Making Domestic Connections

TRANSPORTATION: Quick Trips to U.S. Locales Often Call for Backup Plans

Corporate travelers are people in a hurry — and they need a backup plan. Advance-purchase fares could be just the ticket for cost-conscious leisure travelers, but the strategy falters when it comes to corporate trips.

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Agents Can Smooth the Often Rocky Road of an International Journey

TRAVEL: Connections and Experience Are Valuable Resources in a Situation

Business travel overseas is a quirky matter. While a snowstorm can shut U.S. airports and strand travelers, events such as the eruption of a volcano in Iceland in April can pose special problems for the international business traveler — challenges that make working with corporate travel professionals particularly valuable.

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Brokers Share Best Strategies For Locating Suitable Space

REAL ESTATE: Scenario Explores Options That Are Open to Potential Tenants

Suppose a widget-making company wanted to find some new space for its operations, including an onsite warehouse and supporting office for the staff? A smart company would turn to tenants’ agents and turn early, according to some of the best tenant brokers around.

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Class A Office Deals Are Plentiful When You Know Where to Look

REAL ESTATE: Vacancies Bring Concessions; Demand For Space Expected to Rise

Thanks to the ongoing recession, there are bargains for Class A commercial office tenants in many parts of San Diego County, says Jason W. Hughes, co-founder and principal of Irving Hughes Inc., a tenant representation company.

New $100 Million FBI Campus Set for the Sorrento Mesa Area

The U.S. military has long been active with San Diego County construction, and now another sector of the federal government has a sizable project in the works.

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Executive Profile: Jonathan Y. Freeman

Jonathan Y. Freeman is Cassidy Turley BRE Commercial’s acting president and chief executive officer as well as the company’s COO/CFO.

Accountants Have a Number of Ways of Setting Their Services Apart

MARKETING: Top Firms Cultivate Specialties to Stand Out From Competitors

San Diego County has a singular profile as a market for accounting firms. The region is light on national headquarters, heavy on defense, home to a quickly mutating life sciences and pharmaceuticals industry, a petri dish for startups, a carved bowl for action sports and a place in the sun for alternative energy companies.

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Caution Turns Out to Be Money in the Bank for Some

BANKING: Conservative Lending Practices Pay Off For Financial Institutions

Although most locally based banks were still dealing with the consequences of a miserable economy last year, the majority were also generating profits.

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