San Diego Business Journal


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

The Privilege of Choice or Musings on Artifice

I was asked to write about Rachel Dolezal, the head of the Spokane NAACP chapter in Washington who identified herself as black.

Zephyr Partners Picks Some Perfect Places To Make Its Mark

Zephyr Partners is a San Diego-based real estate development and investment firm that was founded in 2008.

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No Drought of Business for This San Marcos Manufacturer

INNOVATION: Company Designs Rotator Sprinkler To Minimize Water Waste

When your business is water, it’s easy to be passionate about even the smallest bit of waste.

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Agriculture Remains Firmly Planted as North County Economic Force

Biotechs and craft breweries are the current darlings of the San Diego County economy, but there’s a stalwart player that has been packing an economic punch far longer than either of these relative newcomers.

Company Ensures Protection From Possible Liabilities

INSURANCE: Verifying COIs and Knowing Limits Of Policies Are Musts

Whenever entities work with vendors, suppliers, or tenants, especially in the public sector, it’s important to make sure they are doing business with people who are properly insured.

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O.C.-Based MagnaFlow Plans Headquarters in Oceanside

MANUFACTURING: $10M Facility in Works Next to Firm’s Factory

A Rancho Santa Margarita-based manufacturer of catalytic converters and performance exhaust systems broke ground on a $10 million, 100,000-square-foot headquarters and manufacturing facility in Oceanside late last month.

Palomar Board Votes to Close Hospital

Palomar Health’s Board of Directors voted June 24 to close Palomar Health Downtown Hospital in Escondido.

Planned Escondido Project Could Boost Employment Opportunity

PROPERTY: Hotels, Assisted Living Facility Still Need Approval

A Hacienda Heights developer has submitted plans for a project off Interstate 15 in Escondido, which officials say could help boost the city’s stock of hotel rooms while setting the stage for more job-creating businesses in the southern area of the city.

Memjet’s New Headquarters Shows It’s Ready to Compete

Memjet has new digs. The maker of printer components — print heads, microchips, software and inks — has consolidated its headquarters into new space on Technology Place.

Backers Put Big Money Behind Spinal Fusion Therapeutic

La Jolla-based Avalon Ventures led a $17 million Series A round for Ankasa Regenerative Therapeutics, handing over $8.5 million of the funding to the upstart biotech working on new tech for reactivating stem cells and tissue regeneration.

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Portable PET Scanners to Deliver Diagnostics to Doctors’ Offices

BIOTECH: Current Scanners Cumbersome Costly and Overbooked

Local startup JAS Neuro Imaging has forged a partnership with Maryland-based Brain Biosciences to bring breakthrough brain technology directly to the doctor’s office.

USD School Gets $2M NSF Grant

The Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering at the University of San Diego has been awarded a $2 million grant to revolutionize engineering education, USD said.

General Atomics Awarded $737 Million Contract

DEFENSE: S.D. Will Get 45% of Work on Aircraft Carrier System

General Atomics received a major contract this month for its electromagnetic aircraft carrier catapult as well as for a similarly powered arresting gear to catch the small jets landing on the carrier deck.

Prebys Donates $100M to Sanford-Burnham

The Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute has received a gift of $100 million from prominent San Diego developer and philanthropist Conrad Prebys.

If Chargers Cool On S.D., There’s Always Hockey

Who in San Diego benefits if the Chargers bolt for Los Angeles?

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S.D. Adds 446 Cos. to Its Innovation Roster

ECONOMY: VC, Research, And Funding Fuel Growth

A new report from business accelerator CONNECT says 2014 was a banner year for San Diego’s innovation economy, with 446 new companies created in the region.

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Drones Drafted for Humanitarian Role

DEFENSE: GA ASI’s Craft On Refugee Rescue Missions

A humanitarian crisis playing itself out in Europe has Italian authorities hungry for information — and turning to 13 San Diego-built unmanned aircraft to get it.

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Neighborhood Watch Shows Hillcrest Is Hot

PROPERTY: Pernicano’s Site, Other Spots Draw Bidders

Plans could be progressing next year on a mixed-use development that replaces the long-shuttered Pernicano’s restaurant building in Hillcrest — one indicator among several, observers said, of rising demand for commercial property in the popular San Diego neighborhood.

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There at the Start(up)

BIOTECH: Hybritech’s Story Is First Chapter of S.D.’s Biotech Biography

The name Hybritech is pinned to local resumes like a badge of honor, as if to say, “I was here in the beginning.”

SDSU, USD Partner on Life Sciences Program

San Diego State University College of Sciences and the University of San Diego School of Law are partnering on a new program that prepares students for upward career mobility in the growing life sciences industry.

Wearables Are a Fit With S.D.’s Health Care and Tech Clusters

HEALTH: Devices Could Be Game Changer for Health Care, Expert Says

Apple’s latest gadget ― the iWatch ― has spurred a massive influx of digital health companies to enter the already popular wearables market, industry analysts said.

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Hospital Design’s Healing Power Changes The Relationship of Architecture and Medicine

An increasing number of architects are employing a new approach to building hospitals, combining evidence-based research in neuroscience with architectural design to promote health and healing.

Supporting Special Olympics Was the Cool Thing to Do at Aquatica

The weather was picture perfect at Aquatica SeaWorld’s Waterpark recently as hundreds of enthusiastic “plungers” charged into the chilly waters of the park’s Big Surf wave pool to raise money for Special Olympics San Diego.

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Avalon and GSK Launch Three More Biotech Companies

INVESTING: Startups Will Join Others Working At COI Pharmaceuticals

Avalon Ventures announced the launch of three new biotech companies formed through its collaboration with British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline.

One Guess as to Where This Big Mixed-Use Project Is Planned for?

New development projects just keep on coming in downtown San Diego, especially in the red-hot East Village neighborhood. Among the latest being considered is a proposal by Lennar Multifamily Communities LLC for a two-building, mixed-use development with 368 residential units planned for a site at 460 16th St.

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Group Sees Infill as Part of Solution to Region’s Water Woes

DEVELOPMENT: Report Touts Water Savings; Still Projects Often Opposed

With looming water cuts from state agencies, San Diegans should take another look at building homes in vacant or underused areas inside existing neighborhoods to significantly cut down on home water consumption, nonprofit Circulate San Diego said this month.

City Funds Effort to Attract More TV and Film Production

MARKETING: Some Say More Money Is a Must To Be Competitive

San Diego will spend at least $266,000 in the coming fiscal year to get the region back into the film and TV production game, following the 2013 demise of the city’s Film Commission, though some officials have called for much more to be invested.

‘Ad Traffic’ Is Pretty Much Guaranteed With This Platform

MARKETING: HighTech Steering Plus Visibility Help Deliver the Message

The pitch of San Diego startup Wrapify is hard to resist: get paid about $500 per month for the time spent driving to and from work, as long as you agree to cover your car in a vinyl decal advertisement.

BizAir Brings Service to Carlsbad

Chicago-based BizAir Shuttle started its new charter flights with service between Carlsbad’s McClellan-Palomar Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.

ViaSat Joins Board of San Diego Cyber Center

TECH: VP Goodwin Will Represent Company

ViaSat Inc. announced it has become a board member of the San Diego Cyber Center of Excellence (CCOE), a nonprofit that fosters collaboration among companies to establish San Diego as a worldwide center for cybersecurity products and services.