SDBJ WEEKLY EDITION

SD 500 Special Edition

The Most Influential People in San Diego

Comic-Con Museum Opens in Balboa Park

Up to $3M in Revenue Projected First Year

The long-anticipated Comic-Con Museum has finally opened to the public - albeit in a soft launch.

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Urban Corps Opens North County Facility

Diane Chalmers Center to Serve Young Adults Up to Age 26

Urban Corps of San Diego County, the nonprofit that serves as a bridge to better the life of young adults ages 18-26, is growing its reach.

Giving Tuesday 2021

Giving Tuesday has arrived … and with it are plenty of opportunities to do good. Click Here to see the full Special Section.

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San Diego Regional EDC: Bottlenecks Are Squeezing Bottom Lines

Surveying the Changing Business Landscape in San Diego

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every facet of life, including how businesses operate. Companies in every industry are rapidly re-evaluating how they do business, changing the way they interact with customers, manage supply chains and where their employees are physically located.

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SD 500 Icons List Never Stays Static

LEADERSHIP: Some Reflect on Legacy, Others Make Changes in 2021

Every member of the San Diego 500 makes a contribution to the region’s economic life. Many work to build or improve the community at large. Then there are those whose work is so influential, and whose contribution so great, that the San Diego Business Journal recognizes them as icons.

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SD 500

The Most Influential People in San Diego

San Diego’s world-class transformation has been driven by the vision and accomplishments of the leaders profiled in this year’s edition of the SD500.

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Ship Repair Support Contract Goes to QED

U.S. Navy Awards $49.3 Million Deal to Virginia Firm With Local Presence

The U.S. Navy awarded QED Systems Inc. of Virginia Beach, Virginia a $49.3 million modification to a previously awarded contract. Under the deal, QED will support availabilities — that is, periods of time set aside in a ship’s schedule for maintenance, repairs and modernization.

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Old Town to Open First Food Hall

HOSPITALITY: Urban Market to Include Nine Vendors

Old Town Urban Market, a 7,000 square foot mostly outdoor-seating venue located at Miranda’s Courtyard in the heart of Old Town, is scheduled to open next month.

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Local Hospitality Co. Plans Massive Expansion

RESTAURANTS: Rise & Shine to Open 10 Food Places in the Next Year

After expansion plans were put on hold last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rise & Shine Hospitality Group is gearing up for a massive growth strategy.

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Plant-Based XMarket Opens in Hillcrest

Forecasts Breaking $1M in Revenue During First Year

PlantX, a Vancouver, Canada, based plant-based community, lifestyle and food company, has opened its first stateside flagship store — right here in San Diego.

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Sempra Contemplates New LNG Export Site in Mexico

ENERGY: Shipments to Asia Could Pass Through Topolobampo, on the Gulf of California

Sempra (NYSE: SRE) has expanded its plans to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the west coast of Mexico.

Harbor Island Hotel Project Gets Nod

Ground-Breaking for 450-Room Facility Scheduled for 2023

A 450-room East Harbor Island hotel project is one step closer to reality.

Special Report: Real Estate

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Battery Storage Power Plant Planned for Barrio Logan

ENERGY: Omaha-based Tenaska to Build New 200MW Facility

One of the largest independent energy companies in the United States is building a $200 million battery power plant in Barrio Logan.

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SDSU Announces Hospitality Partners

Aztec Stadium Partners with Eight Local Eateries

San Diego State University has unveiled the first eight hospitality partners for the new Aztec Stadium at SDSU Mission Valley. All eight partners are headquartered locally.

Bumble Bee Launches Inclusivity Program

COMMUNITY: Scholarships to Generate Economic Opportunity for People of Color

Bumble Bee Foods, LLC, the $1 billion East Village-headquartered company, wants to impact communities of color in San Diego.

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Growth Accelerates at Vista-based Watkins Wellness

MANUFACTURING: Hot Tub Maker Sees Surging Demand Since COVID-19

According to reports, the demand for pools and hot tubs has surged as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The hot tub sector saw a 400% uptick in some areas last year.

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County Study to Examine Job Impacts of Decarbonization

EMPLOYMENT: Effort will Aid Displaced Fossil Fuel Workers

The County of San Diego has undertaken a study to better understand how “decarbonization” may impact the region’s labor force, including those from disadvantaged communities.

Local Co. Makes Oprah’s Favorite Things List

MANUFACTURING: Bindle Bottle Sales On Track for 300% Gain in 2021

Earlier this month, Amazon and Oprah Winfrey revealed the 2021 Oprah’s Favorite Things List, a roundup of the talk show host’s favorite holiday gifts of the year.

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Acquisition Spree Continues

MANUFACTURING: Fluidra Pays $78M for Water Testing Firm

Carlsbad-based Fluidra North America continues to make a big splash in the swimming pool equipment sector, last week announcing its third major acquisition in 2021 – the $78 million purchase of Taylor Water Technologies, a leading manufacturer of water-testing solutions.

Winners Announced - Leaders in Law Awards 2021

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First Absinthe Bar To Open in S.D.

Wormwood Scheduled to Launch This Month

San Diego will soon claim its first-ever absinthe bar and restaurant.

Border X Brewing to Double Revenue

Latino Brewery Projects $3M in 2021, $6M in 2022

Border X Brewing, LLC, the first 100% Latino-owned brewery in San Diego, is forecasting growth.

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Health Centers Earn Quality Awards, $15M in Funding

HEALTHCARE: Facilities Serve Area’s Underserved Patient Populations

San Diego-based Health Center Partners of Southern California (HCP), a regional health care policy advocate for community health centers and underserved patient populations, said 13 of its 17-member health centers earned Community Health Quality Recognition (CHQR) badges for their recent achievements in access to care, quality outcomes, health equity, information technology and contributions to the COVID-19 pandemic response.

Workout Equipment Co. Reaches $100M in Sales

FITNESS: Tru Grit Sells at Best Buy, Target and Walmart

With gyms across the nation forced to shut their doors last year as a result of COVID-19, home gyms became a more attractive option for those looking to stay healthy and active. A group of local entrepreneurs noticed the gap in the market and saw it as a new business opportunity.

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Military Spouses

SDBJ Insider

An ongoing challenge for all branches of the military is spouse unemployment and underemployment. Research by the U.S. Department of Defense shows that the military spouse unemployment rate is nearly three times that of civilians.

Strong Recovery For Travel Sector

TOURISM: Big Gains Expected by Spring 2022

The travel sector is in the midst of a strong recovery following the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the San Diego Tourism Authority’s recently-released San Diego Hotel Forecast Update report.

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Special Report: Veterans

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Finalists Announced - Business Women of the Year Awards 2021

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