Stories for February 2021

Sunday, February 28

‘The Shell’ to Be Completed This Summer

ARCHITECTURE: Firm Designs Unique Bayfront Concert Venue

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Quidel Corp. Sees Strong Q4

BIOTECH: COVID-19 Tests Help Boost 2020 Revenue to $1.6 Billion

Airspace Raises $38M

TECH: Co. Plans International Growth

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TuSimple Plans to Go Public

TuSimple has filed paperwork to go public and plans to join the U.S. stock market as early as next month.

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Jack in the Box Increases Sales

RESTAURANTS: Chain Outperforms Competitors

Helen Woodward Animal Center Building New Education Area

CONSTRUCTION: $7.5 Million ‘Village’ Designed with Kids in Mind

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Apartment Market Strong and Steady

Region Far Better Than Others

San Diego-Based Andrew Rogers Named CEO of Upbeet Brands

Rogers will lead as CEO in partnership with Brian Wendel, founder and president of Forks Over Knives, Lucy Danziger, editorial director and chief content officer of The Beet.

Friday, February 26

Carlsbad Office Building Sold

$8.2 million deal

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Barrio Logan Apartment Building Sold

Studio apartments

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SDTWS Founders Will Host Panel to Honor International Women's Day

SDTWS will host a "Choose To Challenge" panel on Mar. 8, 2021.

Thursday, February 25

Firms to Build 113 Townhomes

Escondido Development Targeted at Middle-Income Buyers

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Lifestyle Brand Opens First Local Store

Serena & Lily Now Has a Location at One Paseo

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Pair of Downtown Buildings Sold

Single Room Hotel and Storied Bar to Be Renovated

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Local Fitness Co. Hosts Arbery Event

Chuze Fitness Commemorates Slain African-American Jogger

Powering Mentorship Through Technology

TECH: Co. Has Facilitated More 18,000 Matches

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Helping Athletes Improve Speed, Strength

SPORTS: Performance Co. Has Trained More Than 2,000 Athletes

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Wednesday, February 24

Brain Corp Sees Record Growth

SOFTWARE: Co. Has Deployed More Than 14,500 Robots

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Jewelry Company Expands, Growth Projections Doubled

RETAIL: Marrow Fine Opens Second Store in Newport Beach, Kicks Off National Trunk Show

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Equip Health Raises $13M Series A Round

Co. Plans to Double Headcount, Expand Services

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Helping Clients Build Wealth

FINANCE: ECF Wealth Saw a 25% Increase in Revenues in 2020

Making an Impact on the Community

MARKETING: Wil Reynolds leads Seer Interactive as Both Teacher and Innovator

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North Park Apartment Building Sold

Constructed in 1926

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Vista Industrial Building Acquired

Renovations planned

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South Carolina Deal Brokered by San Diego Agent

$3.6 million sale

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Tuesday, February 23

Hospitality Group Plans Expansion During Pandemic

RESTAURANTS: Good Time Design Opens Cerveza Jack’s, Plans to Open Four More This Year

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Mosaic Helps Leaders Gain Insights

Led by General Catalyst, Co. Raised $18.5 Million

Providing a Stress Free Move for Seniors

Del Mar Co. Acquires Senior Move Masters

Merging the World of Electronics and Living Molecules

BIOTECH: Roswell Biotechnologies Uses Next Generation Tech to Solve Tomorrow’s Health Problems

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Taking Multitasking to Another Level

CONSULTING: Shan Cureton Hopes to Offer Diverse Founders the Support She Needed as an Entrepreneur

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Monday, February 22

New Chair


Construction Moving Quickly on Old Nordstrom Site

REDEVELOPMENT: Office Tower Part of $275M Horton Plaza Project

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Register Today - SDBJ's Black Businesses Matter Awards 2021

In celebration of Black History Month, we are honoring the achievements of Black Owned Businesses in our community.

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Operator Runs Oldest Black Owned Restaurant in San Diego

DINING: Ron Suel Creates Food Places that Cater to Local Black Community

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Destination Continues to Inspire

BEVERAGES: SIP Wine & Beer in Escondido is Largest Carrier of BIPOC Wine in California

Jack of All Trades

LEADERSHIP: Marshall Faulk Mentors the Next Generation While Building Empire

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Arcturus Therapeutics Acquires Exclusive License from Alexion Pharmaceuticals for mRNA Manufacturing Technology

Arcturus Therapeutics acquired an exclusive, worldwide license from Alexion Pharmaceuticals to specific patent-pending mRNA manufacturing inventions related to nucleic acid purification technologies, the company announced on Feb. 22.

Sunday, February 21

$430M Deal Will Change Welk Resorts

TOURISM: Marriott Vacations to Bring Resources of a Public Co.

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Honoring Black Entrepreneurs

EVENTS: Inaugural Awards and Panel Event to Be Held Feb. 25

Sony Launches KOOV Academy

EDUCATION: Co. Partners With UCSD

Strong Recovery In the Forecast

DEVELOPMENT: North County Is Ready

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Deloitte Moves San Diego Headquarters to One Paseo

PROPERTY: Move Brings Them Closer to Many of Their Clients

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Uplifting the Black Community

TECH: Aims to Elevate Black Business, Jobseekers and Culture

Avidity Biosciences to Participate at SVB Leerink Global Healthcare Conference

Avidity Biosciences leadership team will participate in a fireside chat.

Thursday, February 18

Gafcon Planning and Designing China Project

Part of 3,200-acre project

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Non-Alcohol Spirits Co. to Release Whiskey

Drink Monday Sales Expected to Reach $5M

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GA-EMS Acquires Tiger Innovations

Move Increases Space Systems Capabilities at General Atomics

Improving Lives with Innovation

HEALTH: NewGait Founder Hopes to Change Lives and Improve Mobility with Rehab Device

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From Simple Meals to Closing Deals

CONSULTING: Meri Birhane Helps Sellers Improve Their Social Media Game

Young Black & N’ Business Aids Black Entrepreneurs

SERVICE: Group Aims to Help Businesses Increase Profits, Find Community

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Winckel Retiring from BIA

CEO since 2008

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San Diego Coworking Companies Partner

Targeting women entrepreneurs

Wednesday, February 17

Pillsbury Launches $11M Equal Justice Initiative

LAW: Firm Aims to Support Up to 50 Black Entrepreneurs Per Year

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Trovata Raises $20M Led by Wells Fargo

Co. Will Launch Enterprise Solution, Add Partners

Comic-Con Museum Receives $100,000

One Step Closer to Opening Later This Year

15 Rules to Live By

DEFENSE: Allen Maxwell Uses His Analytical Side to Identify, Work Within a System

Helping Those Who May Be Overlooked

EDUCATION: Reality Changers Supports First-Generation College Students’ Goals for Higher Education

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AleSmith Ranks Among Top 10 Highest-Rated Breweries Worldwide

AleSmith is one of 100 breweries recognized internationally on the tally.

Connect Recruits Startups for Next 'Cool Companies' Cohort

Connect w/ San Diego Venture Group has opened applications for its next cohort of Cool Companies.

Ramona Apartment Complex Sold

$2.6 million sale

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Tuesday, February 16

Coalition Plans for Return of Endurance Sports

SPORTS: Oceanside Events Bring More than $12 Million in Local Spending Annually

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Helping Essential Workers Stay Well-Rested

Co. Aims to Expand Into 20 Hospitals Nationwide in 2021

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Military Wireless Takes to the Highways

Kratos Applies Leader-Follower Technology to Maintenance Trucks

A Legacy of Service

NONPROFIT: Neighborhood House Association Delivers Services to San Diegans for More Than 100 years

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Rancho Bernardo Industrial Building Sold

$50 million deal

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Monday, February 15

New President


Tealium Raises $96 Million, Prepares to Expand

SOFTWARE: Co.’s Technology Helps Track Customer Data

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Realtors Adopt A New Name

New President Sees Changes as a ‘Kind of Restart’

Demand Booming for Good Earth Plant Co.

SERVICES: Connecting with Nature Becoming Big Business

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Fighting for Racial Equity and Diversity

NONPROFIT: Organization Builds Relationships, Hosts Events and Offers Support

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Ensunet Technology Group Remains on Top

FINANCE: Firm Has Supported $11.6 Billion in M&A Deals

Sunday, February 14

USD Creating Business Ecosystem

EDUCATION: $67.5 Million Center to Emphasize Collaboration

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Floyd and Sandra Robinson to Be Honored

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Caring About the Community

Producers Join Forces

EVENTS: Group Puts Together Outline For Safe Reopening

$2.8 Billion Offer for Cubic

TECH: Veritas, Elliott To Pay $70 Per Share

Write Juice Food Truck Offers Healthy Options

FOOD: Founder Wants to Bring Health Back Into the Community

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Winery Has Rich History

BEVERAGES: Altipiano Vineyard and Winery Only Black Female-Owned Winery in SoCal

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Engrail Acquires Neurocycle Therapeutics

Engrail Therapeutics has acquired Neurocycle Therapeutics, a firm that specializes in sub-type selective GABA-A modulation.

Hillcrest Apartments Sold

Room for addition

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Apartment Portfolio Refinanced

$65 million loan

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Friday, February 12

Carlsbad Industrial Building Sold

$25.3 million deal

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Refinancing Loan Arranged


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Thursday, February 11

Wahlberg Launches Carlsbad Apparel Co.

Teams with Former Callaway Golf Executive, Harry Arnett

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Life Science Sets New Records in 2020

Experts Say 2021 Could Be Another Record Year

Meeting A Need

HEALTHCARE: Father, Son Business Helps Patients Stay Mobile

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Overcoming Funding Barriers

FINANCE: Firm Has Helped More Than 300 Companies Increase Revenues

Del Mar Fairgrounds to Host Vaccination Super Station

Scripps Health, the County of San Diego and the Del Mar Fairgrounds are partnering to open a COVID-19 vaccination super station at the fairgrounds on Friday, Feb. 12.

New COVID-19 Vaccine Site for Vulnerable Seniors at West PACE in San Marcos

A new COVID-19 vaccination site designed specifically for the community’s most vulnerable seniors opened Feb. 11 at West PACE in northern San Diego County.

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Wednesday, February 10

Seafood Company Launches Waste Effort

Collaboration Between Groups Encouraging Full Use of Fish

International Smoke Launches Ghost Kitchens

DINING: Bourbon Burger, Tokyo Hot Chicken and Mac ‘N Cue All Open in Last Six Months

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Living Her Dream

LAW: Navy Veteran Starts Own Law Firm

A Living, Breathing Resource

NONPROFIT: DETOUR Mentors, Empowers Black Girls

Tuesday, February 9

BlueNalu Gets $60 Million, Plans to Build Out Factory

INNOVATION: Co. Has Partnerships with Seafood Industry Leaders

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San Diego Symphony Launches 2021 Digital Season

ENTERTAINMENT: Orchestra Hopes to Open Outdoor Venue By Late Summer

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Taking Out the Guess Work

Team to Help Landlords Determine If Renovations Make Sense

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Making It Work

LIFESTYLE: The Formula Skin Lab Finds New Ways to Reach Customers and Grow During Pandemic

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Closing The Word Gap

EDUCATION: San Diego Company Uses Music to Expand Students’ Literacy Skills

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San Diego Zoo Global Names New Chief Marketing Officer

As CMO, Miller will lead the nonprofit conservation organization’s marketing department in planning, crafting and executing communications, sales, membership, licensing and sponsorship initiatives.

North Park Apartment Complex Sold

10-apartment complex

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Monday, February 8

Flying Pig Restaurant Lands at New Oceanside Site

PROPERTY: Couple Remodeling 1960s Era Downtown Building

Klinedinst PC Announces New Leadership

Klinedinst PC is pleased to announce that Heather L. Rosing has been named Chief Executive Officer and President.

New Mayor, New Position

CIVIC: Kirby Brady Appointed City of San Diego’s First Chief Innovation Officer

Using Data For Good

TECH: San Diego Tech Hub Aims to Increase Diversity Pipeline, Community in Tech

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Bumble Bee Seafood Co. Hires SVP of Global Corporate Responsibility

Hushka will be responsible for the company’s efforts to protect and restore the health of the world’s oceans, part of its recent $40 million commitment to expand its sustainability efforts.

Concert Health Raises $14M to Expand

HEALTHCARE: Co. Supports More Than 800 physicians

Sunday, February 7

WD-40 Company Sees Record Growth During Pandemic

MANUFACTURING: Co. Says ‘Isolation Renovation’ Drives Gains

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New President, COO for Sony

ELECTRONICS: Mike Fasulo to Retire

San Diego Regional Chamber Celebrates 150th Anniversary

2021 marks the 150th anniversary of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. To honor this milestone, the Chamber brought together members, community leaders, and government officials from across the region for a special 150th Anniversary Celebration event on Feb. 4.

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Co. Grows With ADUs

HOUSING: 2017 Law Heightens Demand

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Telling Stories That Matter

MEDIA: Black SD Magazine is the First Printed African American Publication in San Diego

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Empowering A Community

NONPROFIT: Black San Diego Hosts Networking Events, Workshops for Black Business Owners

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Friday, February 5

Lee & Associates Brokers Venice Deal

$2.6 million sale

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TOOTRiS Receives 2021 Moving San Diego Forward Award

San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce presented TOOTRiS with its 2021 Moving San Diego Forward Award on Feb. 4.

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Thursday, February 4

IZO Mezcal Renamed IZO Spirits

Co. Releases New Products, Including a Tequila and an Ensemble

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ServiceNow to Invest $100M in Black Communities

ServiceNow Inc. will invest $100 million in Black communities in 10 U.S. metropolitan areas

GA-ASI Receives French Logistics Deal

Will Support MQ-9 Unmanned Aircraft Under One Year, $36.2M Pact

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Bankers Hill Apartments Stand Out

$30M Complex to Place Premium on Outside Views

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MEDIA: Company Figures They Are on the Cusp of Something Big


CONSULTING: Crystal Sargent Taps Skills Honed in the Banking World

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa Named Best Resort in California

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa has been named the No. 1 Best Resort in California and No. 4 Best Resort in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Hotel Rankings.

Santee Industrial Buildings Sold

Two-building deal

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Wednesday, February 3

Drata to Automate SOC 2 Compliance

Co. Raises $3.2 Million Led by Cowboy Ventures

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Recovery Forecast For Office Market

Vaccine Prompts Optimism, Clarity


TECH: Co. Aided by Participating in Federal Program

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REAL ESTATE: Carla Farley First Black Woman to Head Realtor’s Association

Tuesday, February 2

Manowitz to Take Top Job at Sony Electronics, Fasulo to Retire

Sony Electronics Inc. announced on Feb. 2 that Neal Manowitz will be promoted to president and chief operating officer for Sony Electronics Inc. North America, effective April 1. He will take the place of Mike Fasulo, who is retiring.

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EDUCATION: Co. Has Coached More Than 100 Students

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BEVERAGES: Chula Vista Brewery Only Black-Owned Brewhouse in San Diego County

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Parakeet Café Owners Rebrand Juice Bars

BEVERAGE: Husband and Wife Duo Renames Juice Crafters Locations

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USD School of Business Help Micro-Entrepreneurs

EDUCATION: Over 90 Local Businesses Have Received Support

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Human AI Working to Help Recall Memories

Co. Raised $3.2 Million In Seed Round

Feeding San Diego Receives $25,000

Wells Fargo Grant to Be Used To Help Feed Those in Need

Carlsbad Industrial Building Sold

$26.8 million deal

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Cleaning companies merge

Increased capacity

Vista Apartments Sold

$11.3 million

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Monday, February 1

Aptera Designs Solar-Powered Vehicle

MANUFACTURING: Co. Has Received Over $150M in Preorders

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James Sly, CEO, East County EDC

It May Be Time for Companies to Take a New Look at East County

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Viasat CEO Sees Growth Path Ahead

New Competitors Emerge, But Market for Bandwidth Is Large


TECH: CommSafe AI One of Few Venture-Backed Black-Owned Startups

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RESTAURANTS: Coop’s West Texas BBQ Increases Revenue as Owner Adapts

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