SDBJ WEEKLY EDITION
TECH: Company Gives Micro Merchants Web Presence, Assistance
Since local boutique owner Julien Laurent turned to San Diego-based e-commerce software company Cashie Commerce Inc. to help market his Unlabeled Shop online, his business has expanded to the world marketplace with e-customers from other states and countries.
Cox Communications plans to close its Copley call center in Kearny Mesa, cutting about 500 jobs in a variety of customer-care functions, the company said.
TECH: $1.1 Billion Loss Prompts Company to Close Many of Its Branded Stores
Sony Electronics said it will cut some 400 people from its local headquarters office in Rancho Bernardo as part of a restructuring by parent Sony Corp. that will eliminate 5,000 jobs globally.
PROPERTY: Company Bringing Whole Foods as Part of Mixed-Use Project
Sudberry Properties has landed Whole Foods Market as the first anchor tenant for The Watermark, one of two commercial developments that it has in the works in San Diego’s Scripps Ranch neighborhood.
Members of the MIT Enterprise Forum San Diego will examine the impact of the big data phenomenon when they gather March 12 at the University of California, San Diego.
Tourism: Operators Looking To Feature Craft Beer Industry
Officials are examining ways to turn San Diego County’s burgeoning craft beer industry, which racked up more than $780 million in 2013 sales, into a year-round attraction at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
CIVIC: CEO Resigns, While Fundraising Efforts Hit Snags
Balboa Park Centennial Inc., the nonprofit group formed to stage a year-long celebration of the 1915 Panama California Exposition, lost its third CEO since it was formed, calling into question to what extent the party will go on.
SPORT: Choices for U.S. Bid For 2024 Down to 5 or 6 Cities
Don’t look for San Diego’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games to resemble anything remotely close to the $51 billion that Russia spent to host the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
DEFENSE: Pentagon’s Fiscal 2015 Spending Plans Are Mixed Bag for Region
Northrop Grumman Corp.’s odd-looking Global Hawk aircraft might better have been named the Phoenix, since the bird seems to be rising from its own ashes.
I was pleased and honored to be invited to participate in the third annual “Little Jumps…BIG Changes” campaign on Feb. 14 at the Roberts Family Branch of the Boys and Girls Clubs in Linda Vista.
If nine doctors out of 10 told you that your child was struggling with a life-threatening illness and agreed on a set of treatments, what would you do?
FINANCE: Lenders can still make loans outside the new guidelines, but at greater risk
Like many borrowers seeking a mortgage or refinancing an existing one, Shae Geary knew the process would involve a lot more time and paperwork.
Brian Lee is senior vice president and area president of Wells Fargo’s North San Diego Community Bank.
The new Western regional administrator for the Small Business Administration can relate to what many small business owners are dealing with — she was in their shoes at one time.
“I’ve always told people that I had a bridge to sell them,” billionaire investor Sam Zell quipped during a recent real estate conference in San Diego. “Now I’ve actually got a … bridge.”
A wealthy, coastal community, Carmel Valley is one of San Diego’s newest master-planned communities. It’s central location, award-winning schools, and nearby commercial offices, hotels, retail and restaurants make it an ideal location for working professionals and families.
Honk if you love science. There is such a thing as the Golden Goose Award, and rest assured, winning it is a good thing.
TRADE: Amid Financial Strain, Move to University Keeps Organization Open
World Trade Center San Diego is moving to a new home at San Diego State University, but how long it stays there or continues is unclear.
ENERGY: Construction Materials, Supplies Added To Certification Equation
The national certification program that rewards green building construction is undergoing its own renovation, and California regions including San Diego County are expected to remain on the forefront of compliance with new reporting standards. The nonprofit U
TECH: Platform Provides Faster Control For Targeted Marketing Campaigns
The ability for companies to gather data from people visiting their websites has enabled them to know their market better than ever, yet culling and using the potentially endless supply of data can overwhelm those who seek it.
The San Diego County Registrar’s Office has verified 53,107 signatures gathered by opponents of a hike in commercial developer linkage fees recently approved by San Diego City Council. The issue will now go on the June 3 special election ballot unless the City Council votes to rescind the increase.
PROPERTY: Richman Plans to Take Advantage Of Infill in Good Markets
Connecticut-based developer The Richman Group of Cos. is staking its claim in the West Coast apartment market by establishing its California base in San Diego, continuing its westward push of the past three years.
TECH: Microchip Maker Will Add a $3 Billion Presence to ‘Wireless Valley’
Chipmaker MediaTek Inc. wants to set up shop in Sorrento Valley as part of a global expansion and a push to serve the world’s growing middle class.
Selma Hepp, a senior economist with the California Association of Realtors, will offer an outlook on housing for 2014 at the San Diego-area trade group Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors’ next meeting March 6 in Chula Vista.
Banking: For New CEO, Taking on Challenge Is Old Hat
Frank Mercardante is back at the helm of a local community bank after being been named chief executive of Vibra Bank in Chula Vista. It’s a job he wasn’t seeking, but given the chance to return to banking he’ll take it.
Dining: New Rules Proposed To Regulate Mobile Eateries
Food truck operator Jay Margolin doesn’t like the idea of limiting where his loyal followers can find his New York on Rye, which has served East Coast-style deli food at office parks, festivals and other venues throughout the local region for the past three years.
RADIO: New CEO Needs To Boost Brand Awareness
Internet radio provider Slacker Inc. has tapped an executive from Nintendo of America Inc. and The Walt Disney Co. to further its growth and face its rivals in a crowded musical marketplace.
SPORTs Business: NCAA Tourney Promises To Bring Crowds, Cash and Publicity to San Diego
San Diego is about to go mad — in a way that’s sure to make its tourism and hospitality industries quite happy.
“The destinies of the U.S. and Mexico are inextricably linked.” “We should act as though the map doesn’t have a border.”
McCarthy Building Companies Inc. employees and subcontractors wore red on the first Friday in February in support of the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the number one killer of women: heart disease. McCarthy has been a strong supporter of the Association’s efforts since 2004.