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.

Law Firm Readies for Role In Age of Autonomous Cars

Product Liability Becomes Focus, Legal Services May Be a Bigger Market Than They Are Today

Embracing an emerging field of law, the Tyson & Mendes civil litigation firm has launched a practice aimed at defending the insurers and manufacturers of self-driving cars.

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Plenty of Legal Issues Come With Endless Possibilities of AI

INNOVATION: Potential For Abuses Is Huge as Machines Make Decisions

In the near future, attorneys and the court system will be challenged to sort out who is liable when products equipped with artificial intelligence cause harm to persons or property.

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Corporate Skills Are Up for the Tasks in the Volunteer World

Businesses Encourage Employees to Give Back Effectively to the Community Using Their Skill Sets

A long list of big and small corporations in town have engaged social responsibility departments.

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Nonprofits Fill Roles as Facilitators for Corporate Philanthropy

CIVIC: Third Parties Match Cos., Volunteers With Community Projects

Late last month, about 40 volunteers from a San Diego company painted the home of and built a brand-new shed for a local family as part of a beautification project.

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Physicians Find The Strengths in Numbers

For Many Doctors, the Demands and Duties Of Private Practice Drive Them to Group Practices

Concerned about the pressures associated with running a business of their own, many doctors in San Diego County and around the country are leaving independent practices to work for larger medical groups.

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Doctor Enjoys Freedoms and Challenges of Private Practice

MEDICINE: Managing Business Aspects Gives Physician Greater Control

While many young doctors have abandoned the goal of having their own medical practices, Amanda Lloyd has elected to pursue the dream.

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Casino Is Changing Management and Changing Its Name

GAMING: Jamul Casino Reported to Be In Default on Loan

Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego announced earlier this month that it was transitioning management from Penn National Gaming Inc. to Jamul Indian Village Development Corp. (JIVDC). The transition means the casino’s name will change to Jamul Casino.

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Casinos Draw Players To the Other Tables

New Fresh, Flavorful and Foodie-Oriented Dining Options Play to Diverse Appetites

Many of the biggest San Diego County casinos are in various stages of large scale expansions and renovations. For some casinos, this means updated dining options that appeal to fast casual, gourmet, and chef-driven food trends.

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Sycuan Goes Extra-Mile for Transportation

Sycuan Casino revealed three new shuttle stops in March, as a part of the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) naming rights agreement for the Sycuan Green Line.

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Developer’s Affordable Housing Projects to Fill Crucial Need

PROPERTY: Shortfall Of Affordable Homes Said to Be 142,000

San Diego County’s supply of affordable housing is about to get a big boost through new construction and renovation projects planned by the nonprofit developer National Community Renaissance.

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Office Space At A Premium

PROPERTY: Submarkets See Big Rental Rebound as Demand Heats Up Market

New construction, a thriving economy, rising construction costs and low vacancy rates have pushed office rental rates ever higher throughout much of San Diego County since 2010, when rates started rebounding from the recession.

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National University to Launch Gender Equality Training Effort

LEADERSHIP: Program Seeks to Train a Million Women and Men, Too

Seeking to empower women to excel in the workplace, National University is preparing to offer training in women’s leadership through its Institute for Leadership Synergy.

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When a Commitment Is Not Enough

To Build A Diverse Workforce, Companies Must Recognize Bias, Redo Hiring and Development Processes

Because achieving diversity in the workplace requires an ongoing commitment, many businesses in San Diego County are working to develop more inclusive recruiting, hiring, and promotion practices.

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Cos. Need to Make Sure They Plug Potential Holes in Coverage

INSURANCE: Right Deductible, Choice of Counsel Can Be Important

Obtaining Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) is a strong base for any corporation as it pertains to protecting its investment, but experts want business owners to know that’s just the start.

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Insurance in the Age of #MeToo

Just last fall, Kailey Rowan, owner of Hardcore Fitness North County in Vista, which has five employees and over 430 members, had no idea what Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) was. Consequently, she hadn’t imagined the risk she’d been taking as a small business owner not having it.

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Accounting Outsourcing Firm Fills Holes in Cos.’ Finance Teams

FINANCE: Signature Covers Bookkeeping To Business Insights

Signature Analytics CEO Peter Heald sees the scope of the rapidly growing financial firm’s opportunity through the lens of “the second black box” of small business — operational finance.

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Firm’s Impact Investing Puts Community in Lending Equation

$10M Fund Targeted for ‘Community-Minded’ Borrowers

A group of San Diego investors is betting on locally based nonprofit organizations and social enterprises to the tune of $10 million.

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Filling the Cybersecurity Ranks

Sector Faces Daunting Task of Finding And Competing for Qualified Employees

Cybersecurity professionals are in short supply. Even in cyber-rich San Diego — where the U.S. Navy has its information technology command — there are challenges to filling jobs, local executives said.

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Universities Step Up With Cybersecurity Training

Schools Offer Variety of Programs to Help Fill Need for Talent in an Important, Growing Sector

San Diego County universities have launched cybersecurity degree programs to meet the growing demand for experts who can prevent online attacks and information theft.

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Executive Q&A: Shane Yonston, Impact Investors

Millennials are driving demand for sustainable investment options.

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A Healthy Financial Impact

Investors Increasingly Seek Outlets For Social, Environmental Options

Demographic changes and the availability of more information than ever about businesses’ operations are contributing to a shift toward sustainable and impact investment options.

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Carlsbad Meets Demand for Industrial, Office Construction

PROPERTY: Many Projects in Pipeline; Amenities Abound in City

Carlsbad is a big draw for companies looking for industrial and office space.

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Seeing Industrial In A New Light

Sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean are not normally associated with industrial projects, but that’s what comes with a three-building complex Ryan Cos. U.S. Inc. is building in Carlsbad.

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Developer Gives Escondido Commercial Buildings a Second Act

PROPERTY: Redevelopment Preserves Classic Character, While Filling Market Need

Eerie was how Matt Belshin described the former bank building he bought three years ago along Escondido’s Grand Avenue.

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TransPower Looks to Rev Up Its Commercialization Efforts

ENERGY: Co. Aims to Double Revenue, Inks Big Funding Deal

Escondido-based TransPower, a maker of electric-drive systems for big-rig trucks and industrial-site tractors, is on a growth path.

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Tech Cos. Find Perfect Live-Work Balance

From Entrepreneurial Climate to Quality of Life, Carlsbad Checks All the Boxes for Business Location

Carlsbad is known as one of San Diego’s largest tech hubs, but that’s no longer simply because of its corporate successes, such as Viasat Inc.

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Technology Is Key Part of Workflow for Irrigation Company

MANUFACTURING: Its Acquisitions Boost Core Biz, Help Cover New Ground

It’s not uncommon to see sprinklers over-irrigate, turning yards into swamps — or spraying water while it’s raining.

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Dexcom Pilot Program Targets Type 2 Diabetes Population

DEVICES: Company Gains Advantage By Partnering With Insurer

Dexcom aspires to widen its reach beyond Type 1 diabetes. Recently, the San Diego company took a big step toward the goal.

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Dexcom CEO Is ‘Gadget Guy’ Who Emphasizes Human Side, Grows Co.

Seated beside an oval table in his office, Kevin Sayer squints to read a text on his phone. His blue eyes — the same color as his button-down shirt – light up.

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Taking The Global Initiative

Recent data show the San Diego region’s international trade has been expanding faster than the economy as a whole.

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