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Turner Construction Executive Has Zest for Complex Projects

DEVELOPMENT: Jamie Awford Dives Into Latest Challenge, The $471M Airport Expansion

Twenty-year construction veteran Jamie Awford has the uncanny ability to attract complex and challenging projects other builders generally shy away from.

Shoppers on a Budget Look for Seasonal Discounts

RETAIL: Holiday Promotions Begun in Earnest to Cash in on Rising Consumer Confidence

With many consumers remaining on tight budgets this holiday season, retailers will need to adjust their prices accordingly and offer them more value for less money.

CSUSM Pushes the Limit of Preparing Students for the Future

EDUCATION: Aptitude Tests to Etiquette Lessons Foster Professional Development

A two-year pilot program at Cal State San Marcos seeks to prepare business majors for real-world challenges ahead.

Providers Fear Costs of Medical Reform Could Outweigh Benefits

GOVERNMENT: Also of Concern, System May Be Burdened By More Insured Patients

While health care reform legislation is taking shape in Congress, San Diego’s hospitals and health care experts are contemplating how their systems could be affected.

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Unemployed Relying on ERs, Other Safety Nets for Care

WORK FORCE: Clinic Opens in National City to Serve Rising Number of Patients

San Diego’s double-digit unemployment rate and economic woes have put added strains on hospital emergency rooms and health centers.

Small Business Spotlight: NetResults Technology Group, Inc.

Todd Wexler, president, NetResults Technology Group, Inc.

Small Business Spotlight: Health Dimensions, LLC

Rodell Jackson, owner and director, Health Dimensions, LLC.

Disabled Vets Finding New Opportunities At Center

Urban Miyares, a blind Vietnam veteran who's also a serial entrepreneur, has dedicated the last 20 years helping thousands of fellow disabled veterans find their way in the business world.

Fresno PR Firm Heads South to Open Office

Fresno-based marketing and communications firm Panagraph Inc. said it is opening a small office in Downtown San Diego to be closer to local clients and try to attract new ones.

Small Business Spotlight: Easy-Turf, Inc.

David Hartman, president, Easy-Turf, Inc.

Matchmaking Web Site Ready to Take Next Step founder and Chief Executive Gwen Chambers discovered San Diego can be a pretty lonely place for newcomers.

Medical Spa Serves Up a Quick Shot Of Botox

Medical spa serves up a quick shot Of Botox.

Small Business Spotlight

Stephanie Benner, owner, Expressive Fortunes.

BBB Issues Alert Regarding Check Business

The San Diego Better Business Bureau said it has issued an alert about, a Rancho Bernardo-based Internet services company that allows users to print or send checks via e-mail to recipients that can print the checks.

Toy Industry Sings The Blues as Local Retailer Sees Green

Brian Miller, the owner of San Diego-based specialty toy chain Geppetto's, said he's gearing up for a great holiday season. He may be the only one.

Executive Profile: Lindsey Burroughs

Lindsey Burroughs, vice president, Cox Business Services.

Carwash Firm Cleans Up at Fashion Valley

Fashion Valley Center and a carwash company are getting ready to offer shoppers their own version of spring cleaning , a carwash at eight parking structures.

Small Business Spotlight

Amy Lind, president, the Basket Corner, Inc.

VitroRobertson Helps Disney Launch Magazine

The launch of a new Disney publication, a parenting magazine called

Ace Tools Up Aggressive Growth Plan

In 1995, Bruce Reeves quit his job as a government budget analyst to go into business for himself. Now the owner of the Ace Hardware store in Hillcrest, Reeves says he hasn't looked back.

Selling a Small Biz Is the Topic Of Seminar

The Vanguard Resource Group has teamed up with three local firms to educate small and midsized companies on the ins and outs of buying and selling businesses.

MS Society Finds New Partner for Fitness Expos

Health Dimensions, a San Diego-based company that puts on health and fitness expos for corporate clients, recently partnered with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to become a sponsor for events.

Small Business Spotlight

Jean Zagrodnik, partner, Zagrodnik and Thomas Architects LLP

Cartridges Part of the Caboodle

Charles Shin's discount replacement printer cartridge store opened on Midway Drive in Point Loma on Sept. 17 without fanfare, but Shin is confident clients will come.

Small Business Spotlight: Premise Inc.

It wasn't long ago when Gregg Witt was an amateur national skateboard champion that he was consulting advertisers and venture capitalists on how to make money in the action sports world. Today, Witt is using his insight to build on his own marketing agenc

Stores Hope to Buck Sluggish Holiday Forecast

Rising gasoline prices will likely drive more San Diegans with less disposable income to cut back spending during the holiday shopping season.

Skate Shoe Meets Golfers' Feet

La Costa-based Radioactive Golf Inc., which makes action sports-influenced golf footwear, plans to launch its first product line this week , a golf shoe that looks like a sneaker.

A Day Trip In a Ferrari Is Pricey, But Possible

A new luxury rental car company in La Jolla said its business is built around car enthusiasts who dream of sitting behind the wheel of a Ferrari, Lamborghini or Maserati.

Small Business Spotlight: Mires

Scott Mires, president and creative director, Mires.

Small Business Spotlight: Backyard X-Scapes inc.

Jamie Kocher, president and chief executive officer, Backyard X-Scapes Inc.

How to Beat the High Cost of Business

Nearly nine out of 10 small firms are paying more for basic employee health insurance this year than they did last year. "We're almost there where I can't afford it anymore," says one businessman.

Entrepreneur Has Extreme Taste in Franchising

Brett Weiss said he has the answer for people chasing the American dream , it's hot, it's tasty, it's served in a pita and takes about $225,000 to $250,000 in funding to get started.

U-T Takes on Craigslist With Free Classifieds


Personal Trainer Turns His Pain Into Gain

David Weck's experience with a stability ball led him to create the BOSU , a very versatile piece of exercise equipment , and a business.

Morning Drive Shuffle

When the veteran morning radio team Jeff and Jer debuts later this month on My 94.1, it's likely to lead to a shake-up in both listenership and ad revenues.

New Magazine Looks to Give Biz Travelers an Edge

Destination San Diego, a magazine that will be launched in December, seeks to give business travelers an edge on the best golf courses, meeting places and family adventures before their arrival.

Ice Cream Shop Starts Relief Effort

Treatery owner Allan Haber said it's at times like this that retailers can step up and help people in need.

Small Business Spotlight: The Kitchen Elves

Charles R. Terhune, chief executive officer, Charvin Endeavors, dba the Kitchen Elves.

Small Business Spotlight: Simply Italian

Gayle Stone, owner, chief executive officer and operator of Simply Italian.

Executive Profile: Kathleen Anne Cunningham

Meet the woman behind the advertising agency that brought Sandy Mossy to television, making her a household name in San Diego.

Kids Video Series Gets A Lesson In Music

The newest DVD in the "Tot-a-Doodle-Do!" series produced by Heidi Heller Niehart is just a "peekaboo" away.

Small Business Spotlight: SDA Security Systems, Inc.

Rodney R. Eales, president, SDA Security Systems, Inc.

Dinnertime's A Dream With New Franchise

A new type of food company is making its way to coastal North County. It's called Dream Dinners and its customers sign up in advance to prepare weeks worth of frozen meals in a communal kitchen, then take them home.

Party Planning Paying Off for Local Company

A unique business model is paying off for Party Plan-It, Inc.

San Diego Jewish Times Marks 25th Anniversary


Small Business Spotlight: Local Concept, Inc.

Michael C & #225;rdenas was still in law school when he maxed out his credit card with a cash advance of $300 to start his translation business. Twenty years later, his firm generates revenues in excess of $3 million annually.

As Radio Reinvents Itself, So Do Local On-Air Personalities

Celebrating 25 Years , Longtime broadcaster Mark Larson has watched the radio industry grow up in San Diego.

Firm Begins New Small-Biz Leadership Program

Innoventure Consulting Group has started a new training and leadership program called Encore Learning specifically for small- to medium-sized businesses.

Publishing Vet Well Read on Newspaper Business

Where Are They Now? , North County publishing vet well read on newspaper business.

Small Business Spotlight: JK Investment Properties, Inc.

Ken Weiner, principal and co-founder, JK Investment Properties, Inc.