San Diego Business Journal

The Washington, D.C.-based National Association for the Self-Employed says the arrival of the Affordable Care Act portends dramatic changes ahead for San Diego County’s 238,000 self-employed starting Jan. 1. The association has released a guide to those micro-business people who might want to rethink their coverage under health care reform. Navigate on over to NASE.org for information. There are nearly 2.9 million self-employed in the state, by the way. … The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 569 says more than 1,000 Imperial County electricians are now part of the workforce involved with four utility-scale solar projects under construction in that county. The IBEW said the solar construction jobs come at a good time, considering that Imperial County’s unemployment rate exceeded 30 percent just a year ago and is still high today at about 26 percent. The electrical workforce totals 1,500 countywide, according to the union, which represents more than 2,700 workers in San Diego and Imperial counties. … San Diego-based privately held Chuao Chocolatier introduces the Pop Corn Pop bar for those who would like to combine the flavor the theater with custom-crafted chocolate. The new retail offering is the creation of Master Chef Michael Antonorsi, who started Chuao with his brother in 2002. …. The Atlantic magazine will host a three-day seminar for “thought leaders” on developing trends in nanotechnology, medical device engineering and other medical topics Oct. 2-4. One featured speakers is Chris Anderson, former editor-in-chief at Wired magazine, who is CEO at San Diego startup 3D Robotics. The company, which is developing autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles, for civilian use, recently introduced a futuristic-looking, but ready-to-fly, four-engine “quadcopter.” Holistic health guru Deepak Chopra, who heads the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in North County, is also among the speakers. It’s pricy at $495. Details and tickets are available at atlanticmeetspacific.com. … The University of California, San Diego ranks 14th in the world, up a notch from 2012, in the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. The campus’s life sciences and engineering programs rank seventh and 13th, respectively, according to the Shanghai-based institution. … Doug Fuller, president of Fuller Ford in Chula Vista and chairman of the California New Car Dealers Scholarship Foundation, said the Sacramento-based nonprofit has awarded more than $58,000 statewide to 123 post-secondary students enrolled in automotive management or technology programs.

Contributing Editor Tom York writes the SDBJ Insider. You can reach him via email at tyork@sdbj.com.