SDBJ WEEKLY EDITION
HOSPITALITY: Karl Strauss To Open Brew Pubs in OC, LA
“Karlifornia” has lately been appearing with increasing frequency on the caps, T-shirts and other paraphernalia sold at the craft beer brewery restaurants operated by San Diego’s Karl Strauss Brewing Co.
GAMING: The Facility Defeated Challenge to Its Environmental Review
It looks as though East County will soon be home to the county’s ninth Indian gaming casino.
SPORT: Sportsplex Gives Santee a Tourist Attraction That Can Compete for a Slice of Tourism Revenue
Santee isn’t a destination city or a locale that’s on most tourists’ radars; however, one local sports facility is bringing teams of out-of-towners to the area.
VEHICLES: Fox Finds Opportunity at Every Turn As It Builds Better Systems for Vehicles of All Types
Your mountain bike, the Ford Raptor truck, a side-by-side off-road vehicle, and the Predator B unmanned aerial vehicle all have one thing in common: the Fox company.
SPACE: Co.’s JunoCam to Deliver Images Through 2017
San Diego businesses are playing a highly visual part in NASA’s $1.13 billion space mission to Jupiter.
LAND: Ideas Floated for Possible Public-Private Projects
With the San Diego Chargers focused on a proposed downtown stadium — or a potential exit to Inglewood if that doesn’t pan out — local developers and urban planners are quietly discussing post-NFL prospects for the big Mission Valley site now housing the aging Qualcomm Stadium.
BIOTECH: NuVasive’s Lucier Sets Cadence for Co.’s March Toward Its Goals
Greg Lucier ranks high on my list of San Diego bigwigs, but the biotech executive has largely eluded me for the past two years.
Tower Paddle Boards’ Clock Management Looks to Win the Day With Its 25-Hour Workweek
Stephan Aarstol has no problem with capitalism.
Office Décor Can Deliver a Message About Your Company While Staying Below Budget
The most popular room in LoanHero’s new 14th-floor office in downtown San Diego is furnished with leather high-back chairs, wooden wall sconces and a vintage hobnail milk-glass desk lamp.
Landlords Must Deliver Amenities Without Going Overboard
It’s not easy to assess ROI when it comes to office amenities.
DEFENSE: First Contract For Oiler Is $640.2 Million
General Dynamics NASSCO received an order for six oilers — auxiliary ships that rendezvous with U.S. Navy combat ships at sea and refuel them — that could be worth in excess of $3.1 billion.
LEADERSHIP: Study Also Questions Voting Procedure
San Diego’s public companies have fewer women on their boards than their national counterparts.
BIOTECH: Halozyme Gets Creative in Pursuit of Cash
In today’s market, with valuations down and investors wary, it’s critical for biotechs to get creative when looking for cash to fuel research.
Industry Projects Significant Shortage of Financial Planners
As more financial planners enter their 60s, wealth management firms and universities are looking for ways to bring younger people into the profession.
Children of Baby Boomers Bring Different Attitudes, Making Retention Difficult for Many Financial Planners
As 30- and 40-somethings begin inheriting their parents’ wealth, financial planners are looking for ways to attract their investment dollars.
TECH: Study Finds Growing Sector Still Needs Nurturing
Like Comic-Con, there are good guys and bad guys. But in cybersecurity, the bad guys are real, and the good guys pack more of an economic punch.
ECONOMY: All-Star Game Expected to Bring In $80M
The month of July nearly always ranks among the strongest of the year for San Diego County’s tourism and convention economy, with big annual events including Comic-Con International and the start of prime horse-racing season at Del Mar Racetrack.
MARKETING: Big Data, Acquisitions All Part of the Plan
It’s likely that more than a few San Diego business boosters haven’t heard of National Pen Co., a firm with a four-decade history in the region that is expected to earn $300 million in revenue in 2016. But chances are high that they’ve used the company’s products.
MARKETING: Branding Co. Founders’ Creativity Gets Fans Into the Games
When Jason Klein and Casey White were students at Helix High School in the 1990s, they never imagined their love of sports would lead them to form Brandiose, their own branding company.
The SBA 504 Refinance Program Gives Businesses Chance to Increase Cash Flow By Cutting Interest Rates on Loans
Greg Strangman was in a bind when the loan he took out to open The Pearl Hotel on Point Loma came due in 2012.
BIOTECH: Diagnostic for Lupus Drawing Interest
A group of San Diego biotech veterans has taken over New Mexico’s Exagen Diagnostics Inc. and put it on a path to growth.
DESIGN: Clients’ Interactions With Settings, Products Seen
When Don Norman talks about design, he frequently talks about the big picture. It is as if he backs up so many steps that he can put a landscape the size of the Grand Canyon in his field of vision.
TECH: Co.’s Mission Is To Bring ‘Fundamental Transformation’
Dan Goldin shows off the artwork in his office suite: large photos of a skier barreling down a steep slope, a surfer riding a giant wave and a sailor standing precariously on the high side of a small sailboat.
BIOTECH: Device Maker Tackles Sleep Issues, Sees Consumer Market Possibilities in Wearables
In some jobs — think soldiers on the battlefield or surgeons performing lengthy operations — it’s hard to get a full night’s rest. Now there may be another option.
Calbiotech Meets the Challenges of Moving and of Moving Up in the Life Science World
It’s a good sign when a company has to move into a larger space. Calbiotech Inc., which manufactures life science products, outgrew 11,000 square feet in Spring Valley and recently traded up to 22,000 square feet in El Cajon. It also recently hired six employees, giving it a headcount of 45.
PROPERTY: Port District Releases 6 Proposals
Since 1980, visitors have gone for simple pleasures like the child-friendly carousel at Seaport Village.
ECONOMY: Oceanside Taps Craft Beer for City’s Benefit
It’s relatively belated compared with its neighbors, but Oceanside is now surfing what has long been a steady wave of economic benefits generated by North County’s burgeoning craft beer industry.
TOURISM: Officials Pursue More International Air Routes to San Diego
San Diego recently landed what is just its third major international commercial air service route of the past five years, when German-based carrier Condor Airlines announced new direct seasonal flights to Frankfurt, set to begin in May 2017.
Architectural Style Often Takes Back Seat to Practical And Price Considerations, Creating Buildings That Blend in Rather Than Stand Out
Increased focus on volume, cost and function over style and appeal has led to a less regionalized architectural style in San Diego and other cities.
RETAIL: Progress Driven By Steady Deliberate Decisions
As it continues to expand — recently opening its 12th Southern California store in Orange County — the family-run, San Diego-based Jerome’s Furniture is now also handling a significant transition in leadership.