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LEADERSHIP: In a Time of Solid Ceilings, These 2 Women Shattered StereotypesIn a recent study conducted by The Center for Women’s Business Research, with support from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and the National Women’s Business Council, the economic impact of the estimated 8 million U.S. majority women-owned businesses is $3 trillion.

By Marion Webb July 3, 2014 3:05 p.m.   $$ Share
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Battery Safety Concerns Power Innovations

The new style of batteries powering automobiles, smartphones and military vehicles are certainly capable. And they pack more power than other options.

By Brad Graves May 18, 2017 2:20 p.m. share »
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Hotels Make Room For Robots on Staff

Forgot to bring toothpaste? Need an extra towel? Craving a snack?

By Lou Hirsh May 18, 2017 1:51 p.m. share »
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Sleep Clinic Co. Makes House Calls

Timing and technology. Those are the keys factors driving growth at Sleep Data LLC, said company President Bretton Hevener.

By Jessica King May 18, 2017 1:48 p.m. share »
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New Ambitions For Design District

The area of Solana Beach known as the Cedros Avenue Design District looks nothing like it did in the 1940s, when Quonset huts housed airplane parts from a manufacturing plant that operated there.

By Lou Hirsh May 18, 2017 1:39 p.m. share »
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Co. Gains Momentum in Building Genomics Ecosystem in China

Illumina Inc.’s top executives are building ties with the Chinese government as the San Diego company expands into the massive Chinese health care market. The scientific instrument company already has a campus in Shanghai, where it set up shop back in 2010. But business is suddenly booming. The company’s Shanghai office grew its headcount by 40 percent in 2015, and shipments to China increased by more than 60 percent in 2016.

By Brittany Meiling May 15, 2017 10:26 a.m. share »
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The Instrumental Players of Medtech

San Diego is internationally known as a hub for medicine makers, often saluted for the drugs being developed on the Torrey Pines Mesa. But when it comes to homegrown companies that employ thousands of San Diegans, many of the top performers over the last half-decade are not making drugs at all.

By Brittany Meiling May 15, 2017 10:22 a.m. share »
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Biotech Turns to China

Local biotechs are increasingly teaming up with deep pockets in China, tapping flush investor groups that only recently became safe bets for companies guarding trade secrets. In the past 18 months, deal after deal has been announced with involvement from Chinese investors — a new trend for local life science companies that historically received very little cash from that part of the globe.

By Brittany Meiling May 15, 2017 10:17 a.m. share »

Short-Term Rental Issue Comes to North County

Just three years ago, debates over short-term vacation rentals booked through sites like Airbnb and VRBO were confined primarily to the nation’s largest tourism-focused cities, including San Diego. That’s no longer the case in San Diego County.

By Lou Hirsh May 15, 2017 9:35 a.m. share »
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Feds May Have Nixed Sale of Hotel Del

Six months after its planned sale of Hotel del Coronado to a Chinese insurance company was apparently scuttled by scrutiny from federal officials, the iconic property remains in the portfolio of owner Blackstone Group LP.

By Lou Hirsh May 15, 2017 9:32 a.m. share »
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These 3 e-Learning Companies Want You to Know…

Would-be CPAs studying into the night. Doctors wanting to keep their skills current. Corporate executives trying to turn mandated training into something palatable … maybe even entertaining.

By Brad Graves May 15, 2017 9:23 a.m. share »
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Families Merge, Create $4B Meat Empire

The Leavy family knows their meats. Earlier this year, National City-based Harvest Food Distributors, run by brothers Jay Leavy and Kevin Leavy, was trucking more than 14 million pounds of meat to independent grocers and ethnic markets each week.

By Sarah de Crescenzo May 15, 2017 9:20 a.m. share »
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Plot Your Patent Steps Carefully

Get a patent, sell the product. Easy-peasy, right?

By Sarah de Crescenzo May 8, 2017 2:27 p.m. share »
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Qualcomm’s IP and Licensing Strength Targeted in Disputes

It’s a fairly straightforward process. Modern-day Thomas Edisons dream up the invention. Their lawyers draw up the patent. And the technical splendor of that patent leads to a licensing agreement with Consumer Product Manufacturer X, which wants to use the invention in cutting-edge devices such as smartphones.

By Brad Graves May 4, 2017 2:23 p.m. share »
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Providing Tech Tool Belt For Construction

San Diego is seeing a boomlet in startups targeting the construction industry, which continues to lag behind other businesses in adopting technology.

By Sarah de Crescenzo May 4, 2017 1:38 p.m. share »
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Projects Near SDSU Could Redefine Area

The recent opening of San Diego State University’s $143 million South Campus Plaza has business owners in the adjacent College Area optimistic that the neighborhood could be next in line for an urban revival.

By Lou Hirsh May 4, 2017 1:32 p.m. share »
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Diagnostic to Guide Late-Stage Cancer Treatment

Armed with $40 million in fresh capital, Epic Sciences Inc. is ramping up development of tests that show how well cancer patients will respond — or not respond — to anti-cancer treatments.

By Brittany Meiling May 4, 2017 1:28 p.m. share »
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Coffee With A Perk

Running a digital marketing agency and starting a new company — not to mention preparing to get married — doesn’t faze Brandon Fishman.

By Sarah de Crescenzo May 4, 2017 1:22 p.m. share »
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Big-League Plays Give AleSmith A Winning Edge in the Market

Among local brewers apparently benefiting from a go-bigger strategy — on a local, national and global basis — is San Diego’s AleSmith Brewing Co. Owner Peter Zien said the Miramar-based company in 2016 saw approximately 30 percent growth from the prior year in both revenue and barrels brewed, reaching about 35,000 barrels.

By Lou Hirsh April 27, 2017 12:50 p.m. share »
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Sober Assessment Time For Craft Brewing

Brewers like Jim Crute, who has owned and operated Poway’s Lightning Brewery for the past decade, are finding that this is a critical time to assess their place in a craft beer industry where growth is slowing, and where retail shelf and tap space is getting increasingly tough to conquer.

By Lou Hirsh April 27, 2017 12:43 p.m. share »
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Dual-Agency Practice Has Lawmaker Attention

Industry opposition is likely to be huge, but Jason Hughes is pushing for California to go a step further when it comes to dealing with the practice of brokers representing both landlords and tenants in the same real estate deal — by banning it altogether.

April 27, 2017 12:22 p.m. share »
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Improved Oil Drilling Yields: It’s in the DNA

Coaxing more oil from rock is the holy grail of the fracking industry, and San Diego startup Biota Technology Inc. can help oil producers do just that.

By Brittany Meiling April 27, 2017 12:17 p.m. share »
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Pets a Prominent Part of Pecking Order at Feed Store

The independent feed store isn’t what it used to be. Sure, there were tubs of fuzzy, peeping chicks earlier this spring in the entryway of Hawthorne Country Store in downtown Escondido. There are fully grown fowl elsewhere on the property. Feed accounts for 65 percent of the store’s volume.

By Brad Graves April 27, 2017 12:12 p.m. share »
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Fashion Treasure Hunters Offer Wares on the Web

Online consignment and resell stores are taking the internet by storm, with fashion resale giants like ThredUP and Poshmark leading the new retail revolution.

By Brittany Meiling April 27, 2017 12:08 p.m. share »
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Food Is the New Retail Attraction in Downtown La Mesa

Among the latest additions to La Mesa’s burgeoning downtown restaurant scene is the full-service Farmer’s Table, billed as a “farm-to-fork” eatery with a menu emphasizing locally sourced meats and produce.

By lou April 20, 2017 1:32 p.m. share »
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Casinos Are Betting Big

The East County casino scene is experiencing a burst of activity.

By Brad Graves April 20, 2017 1:28 p.m. share »
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Responsible Investing A Growing Slice of Pie

Minding the bottom line for a business was once a simple matter of looking at the numbers.

By Sarah de Crescenzo April 20, 2017 12:40 p.m. share »
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Gaslamp Seeking To Restore Luster

Downtown property owners say elements are gradually falling into place as San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter seeks to recapture some of the luster lost over the past decade as locals flocked to other urban neighborhoods including Little Italy, North Park and the nearby Ballpark District in East Village.

By Lou Hirsh April 20, 2017 12:36 p.m. share »
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For Cali Bamboo, The Grass Really Is ‘Greener’

A black dog tears through the lobby of Cali Bamboo’s corporate headquarters in Sorrento Valley, nails scrabbling across the hardwood floor.

By Sarah de Crescenzo April 20, 2017 12:32 p.m. share »
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Making the Magic

Sci-fi writers often dream up gadgets that scientists and engineers later bring to life.

By Brittany Meiling April 20, 2017 12:21 p.m. share »
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Chemical Company’s Success in Sustainability Put It in Demand

What San Diego company shares the industrial process of the craft brewing sector, the genetic engineering know-how of the local University of California campus and the business model of a big local wireless company — all while offering a sustainable alternative to petrochemicals?

By Brad Graves April 13, 2017 2:37 p.m. share »