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Food Is the New Retail Attraction in Downtown La Mesa

Among the latest additions to La Mesa’s burgeoning downtown restaurant scene is the full-service Farmer’s Table, billed as a “farm-to-fork” eatery with a menu emphasizing locally sourced meats and produce.

By lou April 20, 2017 1:32 p.m. share »
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Casinos Are Betting Big

The East County casino scene is experiencing a burst of activity.

By Brad Graves April 20, 2017 1:28 p.m. share »
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Responsible Investing A Growing Slice of Pie

Minding the bottom line for a business was once a simple matter of looking at the numbers.

By Sarah de Crescenzo April 20, 2017 12:40 p.m. share »
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Gaslamp Seeking To Restore Luster

Downtown property owners say elements are gradually falling into place as San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter seeks to recapture some of the luster lost over the past decade as locals flocked to other urban neighborhoods including Little Italy, North Park and the nearby Ballpark District in East Village.

By Lou Hirsh April 20, 2017 12:36 p.m. share »
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For Cali Bamboo, The Grass Really Is ‘Greener’

A black dog tears through the lobby of Cali Bamboo’s corporate headquarters in Sorrento Valley, nails scrabbling across the hardwood floor.

By Sarah de Crescenzo April 20, 2017 12:32 p.m. share »
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Making the Magic

Sci-fi writers often dream up gadgets that scientists and engineers later bring to life.

By Brittany Meiling April 20, 2017 12:21 p.m. share »
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Chemical Company’s Success in Sustainability Put It in Demand

What San Diego company shares the industrial process of the craft brewing sector, the genetic engineering know-how of the local University of California campus and the business model of a big local wireless company — all while offering a sustainable alternative to petrochemicals?

By Brad Graves April 13, 2017 2:37 p.m. share »
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Design, Build and Operate

Swinerton Builders didn’t see itself operating and maintaining renewable energy plants when it entered the solar industry nine years ago. As a general contractor, it just wanted to build them.

By Brad Graves April 13, 2017 2:28 p.m. share »
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Distiller Sticks With a Craft Beer Game Plan

Just eight months after founder Jack White and other key executives departed San Diego’s Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, their new venture, Cutwater Spirits, has already made its own mark in the burgeoning world of distilled craft alcoholic drinks.

By Lou Hirsh April 13, 2017 1:44 p.m. share »

Execs Given the ‘Keys’ And Cash for Biotech

Investors have handed the reins of an out-of-state biotech company — along with $40 million in fresh capital — to the former C-suite of San Diego’s short-lived Laguna Pharmaceuticals.

By Brittany Meiling April 13, 2017 1:38 p.m. share »
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Persistence Finally Pays Off at Neurocrine Biosciences

The weekend of April 7 was a tense one at the headquarters of Neurocrine Biosciences Inc., where over 300 employees collectively held their breath awaiting word from regulators. A decade-long project was about to make or break the company.

By Brittany Meiling April 13, 2017 1:35 p.m. share »
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New Hospital to Meet Challenges, Change

Kaiser Permanente has christened its first new hospital in the San Diego area since 1975, an $850 million facility in Kearny Mesa it says will better integrate care for its 610,000 local members.

By John Cox April 13, 2017 1:31 p.m. share »
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Initiative Would Give Nonprofit Role in Pursuing Productions

San Diego doesn’t easily double for other cities, but in the new Netflix series “Ingobernable,” Balboa Park’s Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and the tall shadows of downtown at night make for a convincing Mexico City.

By John Cox April 6, 2017 2:12 p.m. share »
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No Days Off for Tourism

Things were already going well at the USS Midway Museum — yet another year of record attendance — when someone there noticed a detail that may point the way to future growth.

By John Cox April 6, 2017 2:09 p.m. share »

Credit Unions Aim to Capture Local Clout

California Coast Credit Union CEO Todd Lane knows two significant selling points for many credit unions are their small-town feel and personable approach to banking.

By Sarah de Crescenzo April 6, 2017 1:15 p.m. share »
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LoanHero Adds Talent At Executive Level

Derek Barclay wants to build San Diego’s first billion-dollar startup.

By Sarah de Crescenzo April 6, 2017 1:11 p.m. share »
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Sign Co.’s Vision Is to Make Others Look Good

There is an “Alice in Wonderland” quality to the Federal Heath Visual Communications factory on North Avenue in Oceanside. In this cavernous room, things are out of scale. Giant C shapes bent like macaroni pasta sit nearby; they will soon go together to form a complete circle emblem outside a Target Corp. discount store somewhere.

By Brad Graves April 6, 2017 1:03 p.m. share »
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3 Reasons Millennials Choose Coworking

San Diego’s coworking community continues to flourish, responding to demands from entrepreneurs for more flexible workspaces.

By Brittany Meiling April 3, 2017 10:06 a.m. share »
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Millennials Are Recasting San Diego’s Startup Scene

A group of millennials is edging its way into the startup community’s leadership, reshaping San Diego’s startup culture and filling a void in the region’s business community.

By Brittany Meiling April 3, 2017 10:04 a.m. share »
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The New Entrepreneur

Picture this: you’re graduating college in the spring of 2008. You have no job, no prospects, and looming student loan payments that will drain your bank account in a matter of months.

By Brittany Meiling April 3, 2017 10 a.m. share »
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Does Proposed Bank Have What It Takes?

New banks, like startups, are risky endeavors. But unlike startups, which try to disrupt traditional business models, banking is a well-established enterprise.

By Sarah de Crescenzo April 3, 2017 8:44 a.m. share »
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Venture Studio Model Leaves Startups Cold

There are very few venture capitalists investing in local tech startups, so when a new fund — Analytics Ventures — opened up shop in downtown San Diego, hopes were high.

By Brittany Meiling April 3, 2017 8:38 a.m. share »
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Tealium Hopes to Be It in Tag Management

Tealium isn’t its own verb quite yet, but in an age when basic internet functions can eventually take on the name of their dominant service provider, the San Diego-based customer data platform company may have as good a shot as any of its competitors.

By John Cox April 3, 2017 8:34 a.m. share »
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Profits Expected at Tail End of App

At 1½ years old, Nessie the black Lab is a 60-pound bundle of energy. Her attention wanders in what seems to be a world of wonderful smells and unfamiliar people, but she comes when called by owner D.J. Todd and follows his commands — mostly.

By Brad Graves April 3, 2017 8:25 a.m. share »
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From Cuisine to Culture, Liberty Station Offers Local Flavors

A recent report by the consulting firm McKinsey & Co. noted that the gross leasable area devoted to food and beverage outlets in U.S. retail centers could rise to about 25 percent by 2020, compared with just 10 percent today.

By Lou Hirsh March 23, 2017 2:07 p.m. share »
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Coffee Company Acquisition Seems to Be More of a Blend Than a Takeover

S ome people conduct business over coffee. Chuck Patton and Jeff Taylor just engineered a mutual career switch that both coffeehouse owners say came at the right time in their lives.

By Lou Hirsh March 23, 2017 2:04 p.m. share »

Loan Enables Tri-City To Make Key Changes

Tri-City Healthcare District has secured its first long-term financing package in more than a quarter-century, an $85.8 million, federally backed mortgage loan its leaders expect will allow it to begin initial phases of a hospital redesign and state-required seismic retrofits.

By John Cox March 23, 2017 1:33 p.m. share »
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Co. Aims to Advance Inventory Control

His CEO card gives pencil-fanatic Floyd Miller exclusive, unlimited access to his company’s office supply cabinet. But it’s useless on the vending machinelike dispensers in the downstairs training room he calls “The Museum.”

By John Cox March 23, 2017 1:08 p.m. share »
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Local Company Plots Moves For ACO Expansion

A local health care company formed a year ago to participate in a Medicare shared-savings program has big plans to expand as far east as the Mississippi River within three years.

By John Cox March 23, 2017 1:04 p.m. share »
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Can S.D. Prosper Without a Unicorn?

People in the local startup community like to talk about a few big topics on a regular basis: raising money, finding talent, and San Diego’s inhospitable habitat for breeding unicorns.

By Brittany Meiling March 23, 2017 1:02 p.m. share »