San Diego Business Journal


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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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Failing to Grasp Loan Terms Can Be Costly to Companies

For the husband-and-wife team behind Kindred Bravely, an Oceanside-based e-commerce retailer of maternity clothing, it was their business success — not their struggles — that prompted them to turn to a well-known online lender.

By Sarah de Crescenzo June 26, 2017 3:26 p.m. share »
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Proposed Bank Already Has Solid Community Ties

Acraft beer entrepreneur, a real estate investor and a philanthropist walk into … a bank?

By Sarah de Crescenzo June 22, 2017 1:31 p.m. share »
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Co.’s New CEO Makes Structural Repairs

It’s easy, in theory, for a company to boost profits by improving the product it sells. But San Diego-based Kleinfelder Inc. doesn’t have a product, per se.

By Sarah de Crescenzo June 22, 2017 1 p.m. share »
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Bayfront Hotel Gets Official Approvals

After two decades of talk about developing Chula Vista’s waterfront, officials have set the stage for a $969.3 million hotel project that could give San Diego County’s second-largest city its first significant share of the region’s tourism and convention dollars.

By Lou Hirsh June 22, 2017 12:55 p.m. share »
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Company’s Algae Strain May Be Relative ‘Gusher’

Those still rooting for the biofuel industry got a glimmer of hope June 12 when local firm Synthetic Genomics announced a potential breakthrough in how algae is produced for fuel.

By Brittany Meiling June 22, 2017 12:52 p.m. share »
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Growth, Success Bring Seismic Challenges

From five guys working out of a basement in Solana Beach to a multimillion-dollar tech company employing hundreds, Seismic Software Inc. has become one of San Diego’s fastest-growing software firms.

By Brittany Meiling June 22, 2017 12:48 p.m. share »
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Taking Stock of the IPO Route

If past is precedent, 2017 appears to be a good year for local companies looking to raise more capital through an initial public offering.

By Sarah de Crescenzo June 19, 2017 3:42 p.m. share »
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Shift to Components Drives Nortek Growth

When the wireless revolution hit the home security and automation industry several years ago, Carlsbad-based Nortek Security & Control LLC was confronted with more than just disruptive technology.

By John Cox June 19, 2017 2:58 p.m. share »
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International Flights Soar, Defy National Trends

It appears the forces dragging down some elements of the local tourism sector are not yet having an impact on international travel to and from San Diego.

By Lou Hirsh June 19, 2017 2:53 p.m. share »
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Proposed Bank Hires Executive Team With Hyper-Local Clout

The president of one of San Diego’s oldest breweries has assembled an executive team of some of the most recognizable names in San Diego’s banking industry, including three people who have previously co-founded new banks, to lead Endeavor Bank, the financial institution he anticipates launching by year’s end.

By Sarah de Crescenzo June 15, 2017 1:48 p.m. share »
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Return of the Tuna

The first two El Niño weather cycles nearly ended Dave Rudie’s tenure as a seafood seller.

By Sarah de Crescenzo June 15, 2017 1:40 p.m. share »
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Restoring the Salk Is Both Art and Science

The project of reviving the Salk Institute — the structure completed in 1965 on a canyon near the La Jolla cliffs — goes on much like any other major project in its labs. The process is methodical, scientific and well thought-out.

By Brad Graves June 12, 2017 2 p.m. share »
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VCs Hot on the Trail Of ‘Cool Companies’

Venture capitalists from Silicon Valley and other startup hubs are starting to keep closer tabs on the tech scene in San Diego.

By Brittany Meiling June 12, 2017 1:59 p.m. share »
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Busy Schedule Makes Convention Center Upgrades a Challenge

The San Diego Convention Center is a hardworking building. Many sets of feet have trampled its carpets since it first opened in 1989.

By Brad Graves June 8, 2017 2:53 p.m. share »
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Aventine’s Creativity Still Holds Up Sans Six Columns

Aventine is more than the name given to the quirky, mixed-use complex near UC San Diego.

By Brad Graves June 8, 2017 2:46 p.m. share »
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Algae-Based Foam Gives Manufacturing a Green Path

Shoes made with algae-based foams developed by Solana Beach-based BLOOM Holdings LLC will go on sale this summer as part of the startup’s partnership with London-based shoe company VIVOBAREFOOT.

By Sarah de Crescenzo June 8, 2017 12:57 p.m. share »
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Spec Building to Test Market, Makers Quarter

The first “work” element at downtown San Diego’s mixed-use Makers Quarter — a six-story, $23 million office building known as Block D — recently saw its long-awaited ground-breaking, two years after it was announced as the next component in the five-block, live-work-play community.

By Lou Hirsh June 8, 2017 12:53 p.m. share »
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Trump’s Budget: What’s In It for Otay Mesa?

President Donald Trump’s plan to build a 2,000-mile-long wall along the U.S.-Mexico border has hit a wall of its own in terms of funding support from Congress.

By Lou Hirsh June 1, 2017 2:16 p.m. share »
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Bringing New Life to San Ysidro

As work chugs along on more than $740 million in federal improvements at the San Ysidro crossing between the U.S. and Mexico, business owners such as Sunil Gakhreja wonder whether the traffic-streamlining benefits might spread two blocks north to the border town’s older commercial district.

By Lou Hirsh June 1, 2017 2:08 p.m. share »

Qualcomm Sees NXP As Key to New Pursuits

Qualcomm Inc. is midway through its attempt to acquire NXP Semiconductors N.V. — a marathon effort that has the potential to reshape the company founded in 1985 in Irwin Jacobs’ seaside La Jolla home.

By Brad Graves June 1, 2017 1:50 p.m. share »
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Robotic Finger Brings Humanlike Touch to Its Work

It was bound to happen. Someone has invented a robotic finger that can swipe left or right.

By Brad Graves June 1, 2017 1:45 p.m. share »
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Hydroflight Industry Poised For Takeoff

For FlyDive Inc. CEO Christos Nicolaidis, the biggest challenge facing his company isn’t how to lead the hydroflight industry; it’s how to build it.

By Mark Carpowich June 1, 2017 1:35 p.m. share »
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OFFICE | Big Winners Will Be Those Who Repositioned Properties

Excerpts from midpoint 2017 assessments from local experts in the office segment:

By Lou Hirsh May 25, 2017 2:53 p.m. share »
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RETAIL | Provide Experience in Prime Locations or Be Left Behind

Excerpts from midpoint 2017 assessments from local experts in the retail segment:

By Lou Hirsh May 25, 2017 2:48 p.m. share »
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MULTIFAMILY | Expect Upticks in Sales, Deliveries and, Yes, Rents

Excerpts from midpoint 2017 assessments from local experts in the multifamily segment:

By Lou Hirsh May 25, 2017 2:42 p.m. share »
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INDUSTRIAL | Softening from Uncertainty Will Give Way to High Demand

Excerpts from midpoint 2017 assessments from local experts in the industrial segment:

By Lou Hirsh May 25, 2017 2:36 p.m. share »
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Landlords Still Hold Favorable Cards

As the early months of 2017 unfold, it’s clear that demand for San Diego County commercial real estate remains strong, even if most sectors aren’t exhibiting red-hot characteristics like those seen during the past two years, particularly in the multifamily and industrial segments.

By Lou Hirsh May 25, 2017 2:30 p.m. share »
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ViaSat-2 in Crucial Countdown for Co.

With its anticipated launch on June 1, ViaSat-2 will complete its journey from the concrete aerospace fortresses of El Segundo to the cold of space. There will be a lot riding on the satellite’s launch.

By Brad Graves May 25, 2017 2:10 p.m. share »
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A Lean Approach To News

Robert Herring Sr. is a man on a mission. “What’s the breaking news?” he asked on a recent weekday as he ushered guests into a cozy, darkened room adjacent to One America News Network’s television studio floor where a handful of young men sat monitoring a series of televised news feeds.

By Sarah de Crescenzo May 25, 2017 1:32 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 »