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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

JPA Could Provide Path to Stadium Solution

Shortly after my arrival in San Diego 15 years ago in my role as a newspaper editor, I was first introduced to what was at the time a smoldering issue: a new stadium for the San Diego Chargers.

Firms Ready to Bring Expertise, Energy to Serving Clients

Brenda Kasper and Lisa Frank, former partners at Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP, recently launched Kasper & Frank LLP. Kasper & Frank will specialize in providing practical, creative and cost-effective employment law advice and counseling to California and multistate employers.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters Enjoy a Big Night on the Ice

Frank Motors Group recently sponsored the 12th annual Big Night on Ice at downtown Horton Plaza’s ice rink to benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County.

Achates Power Seems to Be On the Right Road for Growth

Achates Power Inc., the Sorrento Valley company working on a fuel-efficient diesel engine design, said early this month that it added a fifth-leading global manufacturer to its client list. A nondisclosure agreement prevents Achates from naming the client, a spokesman said.

Dodd-Frank Change Not the Death Knell of Banking Reform

Wall Street banks got an early Christmas present from Washington, according to some headline writers earlier this month.

Carlsbad Approves Lease for Grand Pacific’s Expansion Plans

After more than a year of discussion and debate, the city of Carlsbad has a plan in place to convert a small piece of city-owned land into an expansion site for a hotel owned and operated by locally based Grand Pacific Resorts.

Commercial Properties Embrace Solar, Other Efficiencies

ENERGY: Rate Increases, Innovations Boost Green Solutions

Green energy is surging on the commercial side in San Diego.

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Port Leveraging Sea of Data in Its Green Technology Initiative

CLEAN-TECH: Its Administration Building Is Seen as a Potential Model

The Port of San Diego has teamed up with local trade group Cleantech San Diego and a slew of “Internet of Things” technology companies in hopes of being cleaner and greener — and saving some money along the way.

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Executive Q&A: Joe Smith of West Health

Dr. Joe Smith heartily embraces the transformation taking place in health care and he is using his experience, expertise — and sometimes his way with words — to nudge industry leaders towards using smarter and more integrated systems.

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SeaWorld Says Cost-Cutting Won’t Affect Plans for Orca Facility

TOURISM: Local Park To Nearly Double the Size Of Killer Whale Attraction

Plans to significantly expand the killer whale attractions at SeaWorld San Diego apparently remain on track, despite a $50-million cost-reduction plan recently announced by its parent company that already has resulted in the pending layoffs of 108 employees of the Mission Bay marine park.

Connequity’s Platform Introduces Matchmaking for Networking

SOFTWARE: Company Uses Algorithm to Generate Warm Leads for Clients

Connequity, a newly launched online platform, hopes to take business networking to a new level.

Tribe Ordered To Shut Down Internet Bingo

A federal judge ordered the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel to shut down its Internet bingo operation.

Royal Philips to Buy Volcano Corp. for $1 Billion

BIOTECH: S.D. Company’s Imaging Prowess Draws Buyer

Royal Philips NV agreed to buy San Diego-based Volcano Corp. for $1 billion to expand catheter-based imaging of the heart and blood vessels as part of a wider refocus on more profitiable markets, such as medical gear.

Northrop to Sell 4 Drones to S. Korea for $657M

DEFENSE: Australia, Japan Also Interested In Purchasing Aircraft

Northrop Grumman Corp. just received a contract to sell four unmanned Global Hawk aircraft to the government of South Korea for $657 million in a move that reinforces employment in Rancho Bernardo — Northrop’s program office for the long-winged reconnaissance drone.

San Diego Can’t Afford to Lose The Millennials

San Diego is a fascinating market to watch the impact of millennials play out.

Real Estate Center Changes With Industry

people: New Leader Sees Real-World Experience as Key

The incoming executive director of the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate, at the University of San Diego, is aiming to prepare students for the cross-training now required to represent increasingly sophisticated clients, especially in the competitive realm of commercial real estate.

Contractors Urged to Invest in Innovation

DEFENSE: Hagel Made Pitch For Long-Term Investment

Times have changed in the area where defense meets innovation.

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For ecoATM, Change Brings Opportunity

TECH: Acquisition Doesn’t Dampen Company’s Drive

When Outerwall Inc. acquired San Diego startup ecoATM last year, it promised to keep the operation here and grow it.

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New Direction For Giving

GIVING: Platform Connects Donors to Specific Research

Benefunder, a San Diego-based nonprofit, has created a more direct way to connect philanthropists to top researchers — avoiding the high overhead costs associated with charitable foundations and filling the funding gap left by federal budget cuts to research programs.

Methods to Minimizing That Holiday Madness

This time of year is always crunch time with shopping centers and grocery stores bustling with shoppers.

They Keep the Amenities Close and Style Closer in the Covenant

Within a few short miles of traveling east on Lomas Santa Fe Drive off of Interstate 5 is the west side of the Rancho Santa Fe Covenant.

Cloud-Based Platforms Will Speed Project Management

Companies such as San Diego-based NoteVault Inc. have developed mobile-enabled technology that lets construction superintendents quickly and easily report commercial project activity from work sites, allowing for real-time updates or corrections to projects.

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Medical Records Portals Help Patients and Providers

Due to rising consumer interest in health information technology and the transition to accountable care inspired by health care reform - patient portals are everywhere.

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Drones Will Have Extended Reach in a Variety of Fields

Mobility enters a new dimension with the arrival of very mobile unmanned aircraft, coupled with cameras that take video and still images, and software able to stitch together images.

Imaging Technology Spurs Opportunities in Finance

Once a novelty, mobile banking is becoming an increasingly popular way to make deposits or withdraw cash from ATMs.

New CMS Rules Broaden Prospects for Telemedicine Acceptance

Telemedicine advocates in the San Diego region are applauding new rules from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that have the potential to greatly broaden reimbursements for telehealth care.

Thousands Generously Donate During Chargers Blood Drive

Thanks to the generosity of more than 3,500 San Diegans, an impressive 1,091 units of blood were collected by the San Diego Blood Bank at the Chargers Drive XXXVI presented by San Diego County Credit Union.

GA-ASI System to Help Drones Steer Clear of Other Aircraft

The people who build remotely piloted aircraft in Poway are also busy developing collision avoidance technology.

Small Credit Unions Continue to Provide Personal Service

Being small has its advantages, as a group of 11 San Diego credit unions operating with total assets below $100 million will tell you.

Batu Biologics Names Gerry Berg Its Chief Financial Officer

Batu Biologics Inc., a San Diego-based immunotherapy company working to develop a cancer vaccine, announced the appointment of Gerry Berg as chief financial officer.