SDBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Venture Capital Still Moving Under Caution Flag in Biomed, Life Sciences

FINANCE: Less Money Is Available; Investors Want to See Results

Is it a sign that the venture capital market is recovering from a dead standstill when at least five San Diego area companies have been able to secure venture capital funding since April?

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Executive Profile: Shannon Erdell

Founded in 1985, The Lawton Group and its divisions — TLC Staffing; Lawton Technical Solutions; Lawton Consulting Group; and C-Level Executive Search — provide temporary and permanent staffing, management and IT consulting, employee training, executive search and interim executive placement in Southern California, North Carolina and Southwest Florida.

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Placement Firms Are Again Employing Their Resources

WORK FORCE: Ways Of Recruiting Change To Fit New Realities

After weathering a rough economic patch, companies such as National Search Associates and Newport Strategic Search Inc. on the San Diego Business Journal’s Permanent Placement Services list are experiencing a turn for the better.

Pursuit of Talent Is Relentless Even as Companies Pare Down

WORK FORCE: Demand For Tech Workers Brings Its Own Hiring Challenges

San Diego brings to mind sunshine, beaches, golf courses and theme parks — a great place to vacation or retire.

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Women Take Can-Do Spirit to New Heights

WORK FORCE: Effective Skill Sets Give Females an Advantage in Work World

Women own and run more businesses than ever before and, in San Diego, have gained better footholds in businesses that were traditionally male dominated.

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Women Building Up Their Portfolios in Construction

DESIGN: Opportunities For Growth Exist Amid Economic Challenges

Women are a rare breed in the construction industry, yet, they’re represented prominently — with Coffman Specialties Inc. ranked No. 1 — on the San Diego Business Journal’s Women-Owned Businesses list.

Executive Profile: Rodell Jackson

Rodell Jackson is the chief executive officer of Health Dimensions, a company that is celebrating 20 years of coordinating 3,500 health and lifestyle expos for companies and their employees.

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Women With Financial Savvy Take on Solid Leadership Roles

WORK FORCE: Three Professionals Excel at Money Management

Financial services recruiter Judy Thompson has seen women’s roles in the financial professions change dramatically since she began her career.

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Executive Profile: Bruce Mills

L. Bruce Mills Jr. is the president and chief operating officer of San Diego Private Bank, a community bank with headquarters in La Jolla.

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Privacy Is Paramount as Health Care Pursues Paperless Records

TECHNOLOGY: Complex Digital Shift Balances Accessibility, Security

Since 2009, when the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act put muscle and money into moving health care records and information sharing into the 21st century, the health care industry has moved forward on converting patient records to electronic form.

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Executive Profile: Vickie Harris-Brosnan

Vickie Harris-Brosnan is the president of Therapy Specialists, the largest independently owned physical rehabilitation services provider in San Diego.

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Cities Would Lose Some Luster Without Redevelopment Agencies

URBAN DESIGN: Projects Help Increase Tax Revenue That Benefits Communities

Downtown San Diego was awash in tattoo parlors and sailor’s bars in 1984.

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