San Diego Business Journal

SDBJ WEEKLY EDITION

In Case of Success Break Glass

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

We Need That Ding to Feel Connected, Important

My search of the phrase “work/life balance” showed it was first used in the United Kingdom sometime in the 1970s.

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Commercial Real Estate Makes Some Gains in the County

PROPERTY: South And North Counties See Industrial Demand

Conditions vary by neighborhood, but rising tenant and investor demand in an improving economy continues to move fundamentals generally in favor of commercial real estate landlords in San Diego County.

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Finding a Better Way

PROPERTY: The I-15 Corridor Gives Businesses Access to Favorable and Employee Friendly Locations

San Diego’s Interstate 15 corridor has quietly emerged as a major center of office leasing, office purchase and office development for numerous industries, due in part to the area’s relatively lower housing prices and easier commutes.

Spanos Sons Take Control Of Chargers

Dean Spanos, owner of the San Diego Chargers, announced that his two sons will be the football teams new presidents.

Denny Sanford Dedicates San Diego Zoo Kids Channel Theatre

With children and animal ambassadors looking on, philanthropist Denny Sanford unveiled the new San Diego Zoo Kids Channel Theatre. The theatre, located at the Zoo’s Elephant Odyssey habitat, allows guests to enjoy the broadcast programming currently available at 10 children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses across the U.S.

Local Company Tapped to Feed Need for Fast-Food Software

Tillster has chosen San Diego-based Gimbal Inc. to soup up its software for fast-food and casual dining restaurants. Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.

Council Repeals Approval of One Paseo Project

PROPERTY: Lightner Calls for Compromise On Less-Dense Version

San Diego City Council has voted unanimously to repeal its February approval of the controversial One Paseo mixed-use project in Carmel Valley, as developer Kilroy Realty Corp. and community opponents work out details on a scaled-down version that officials can review at a later date.

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Developer’s Optimism in Downtown Builds at Least 41 Stories

PROPERTY: Second Condo Tower Is Also Planned for Nearby

There’s no sign yet of a return to the early-2000s boom times for downtown San Diego’s high-rise condominium construction market.

Cos. Don’t Have to Pull the Plug After Clinical Trial Failures

MEDICINE: They Can Make Aggressive Cuts, Pursue Other Avenues

Those in the science business must learn to roll with the punches when clinical trials flop, especially when the companies are public, and the failures are broadcast on a global stage, industry veterans said.

Online Directory Gives Patients Medical Menu With Cash Prices

SOFTWARE: Service Also Streamlines the Appointment Process

Ajit Viswanathan thinks he sees an opening on the fast-changing playing field of health care.

Eli Lilly to Collaborate With Institute

Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute will collaborate with Eli Lilly and Co. to develop immunological therapies, the companies announced.

Water Restrictions a Concern for Manufacturers

PRODUCTION: Local Survey Finds Other Sectors Less Affected

San Diego businesses remained generally optimistic in April, according to a survey from the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, though nearly half of manufacturers polled predicted that impending water use restrictions would cause them to lose revenue or cut jobs.

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Think Tank: Task Force Makes Strong Case

SPORTS: Chargers to Review the Options For $1.1B Stadium

A mayoral task force’s recently announced plan to finance a new $1.1 billion San Diego Chargers stadium makes a compelling case for the Mission Valley site, but raises questions regarding long-term maintenance costs, according to an analysis by National University System Institute for Policy Research.

New Law Will Come as Unpleasant Surprise to Many

The indirect costs of water and the drought will become clearer to San Diego County businesses.

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TakeLessons’ Business Model Is to Keep Learning What Works

TECH: From Fee Change to Amazon Deal, Co. Is Flexible

TakeLessons.com launched in 2007 as a way for music teachers to find students and offer classes at their studios or homes.

Luxury Cinemas Try to Make You an Offer You Can’t Refuse

THEATER: Local Opening Part of Trend Of High-End Amenities

San Diego County movie theaters are increasingly going upscale, with operator Reading International Inc. joining the fray by converting its Carmel Mountain Ranch location to an affiliated luxury brand known as Angelika Film Center & Café.

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Company Buys Pieces Of Home Equity Pie

FINANCE: Appreciation Is Determining Factor in Profits

Homeowners with most of their equity tied up in their house often turn to home equity lines of credit or reverse mortgages to get cash for retirement, start new businesses or do expensive renovations.

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Training Platform Lets User Plot Course

TECH: Vforum’s Versatility, Vigilance Are Selling Points

It was originally meant for sailors at sea, but some locally developed video training technology has left the confines of the big gray ship.

Visa Cap May Blunt Competitive Edge

WORKFORCE: Critics Say Program Undercuts Citizens

The growing demand for highly skilled foreign workers in biotech and information technology is rekindling debate about the motivation driving companies to hire foreign talent.

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Project Blueprint Is Predominantly Green

PROPERTY: Development, Preservation Included in Plan

Carlsbad voters could eventually be deciding the fate of plans to turn 203 acres near Interstate 5 of former strawberry fields into an open-space preserve with retail elements.

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THE TRADES DEFICIT

EDUCATION: College’s Programs Try to Provide A Skilled Workforce

Six students huddled around a set of small boxes in a dark MiraCosta College classroom. Each of the boxes projected a rainbow of light, part of an optics lab to train potential engineers.

Stop Fast-Track Authority for Trans-Pacific Deal

While the first Trade Promotion Authority cloture vote to place a 30-hour time limit on consideration of the bill failed in the Senate last Tuesday, the second vote passed on Thursday.

In Oceanside, Hear the Waves Break Without Breaking the Bank

If you haven’t been to Oceanside lately it’s time to take a trip to check it out.

Small Business Adds Up for Outsourcing Accounting Firms

FINANCE: Local Cos. On Big Growth Curve With Financial Services

As recently as 10 years ago, few companies would give much thought to entrusting their financial services to an outsider.

Campaign to Share the Profession’s Good Side With Community

The San Diego County Bar Association wants us to be civil.

Summer Reading Book Drive Helps Children Open New Worlds

To get more books into the hands of children, United Way of San Diego County has launched its fourth annual Summer Reading Book Drive through May, providing bilingual summer reading for economically disadvantaged San Diego children up to age 8.

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Knowledge-Based Economy

FINANCE: Companies Turn to Consulting Firms For the Expertise Needed to Expand and Thrive

As San Diego businesses reach for international markets, roll out new product lines or get ready to be sold, the accounting management consulting firms that cater to them are experiencing healthy revenues and looking to expand.

Newspaper Sale Leaves Manchester With Prime Property

If anybody knows the sometimes queasy feelings induced by rapid industry change being faced by some commercial real estate professionals (see the Cushman & Wakefield-DTZ merger), it’s the people in the business rodeo known as the newspaper industry.

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Executive Q&A: Kurt Chilcott of CDC Small Business Finance

When Kurt Chilcott thinks about Stone Brewing, he remembers the loan he helped the craft brewer get from the Small Business Administration to create a production facility and restaurant in Escondido.

New Innovation Space Means Business When Selecting Startups

The Qualcomm Institute is launching a new innovation space at the University of California, San Diego with the capacity to house 15 to 20 seed-stage startups.