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Birch to Welcome Little Blue Penguins

Special Habitat Will Open Next Summer

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego will soon welcome new “tiny” tenants.

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Before the Butcher Launches Private Label Segment

FOOD: Plant-Based Manufacturer Opens New Facility in Otay Mesa

In the face of COVID-19, Before the Butcher Inc., the Otay Mesa-located plant-based meat manufacturer, has somewhat altered its business strategy.

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San Diego Scientists Advance Oncology Innovation

Biotechnology and Biopharmaceutical Companies Delivering New Treatments to Fight Cancer

Among the many segments of life changing work being done in San Diego’s life science community, cancer research has a strong presence.

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Home Staging Company Started in a Storage Unit

REAL ESTATE: Specializing in Luxury Homes, BlueGrape Stages 250 Each Year

Akhil Bhargava and his wife, Pramiti Bhargava, started a home staging business out of a 500 square-foot Kearny Mesa storage unit when they moved to San Diego from India in 2003.

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More Routes for Airport

TRANSPORTATION: International Flights Up

Just last week, the Biden administration announced it would lift travel bans for fully vaccinated international travelers starting in November. This includes visitors from the U.K. and the EU, according to reports.

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Sayulitas Fuses Mexican, Filipino Flavors

Opens First Out-of-State Operation in Las Vegas

Sayulitas Mexican Food, founded in 2015, isn’t your typical taco shop. With six locations, the family owned and operated company infuses its fast-casual Mexican food with Filipino culinary traditions, says Rosa Flores, owner.

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More Than 100 Cruise Calls Expected Through May 2022

TOURISM: Estimated Total Economic Impact Between $170M and $174M

For the first time since March 2020 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Port of San Diego has welcomed cruise passengers back.

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Supply Chain Chaos Forcing Businesses To Pivot, Stockpile Inventory

MANUFACTURING: Shortages, Bottlenecks Hitting Local Manufacturers Hard

In recent months, San Diego furniture manufacturer Gil Martin has seen his company’s container rate charges for inventory shipped from Vietnam increase nearly ten-fold – “from $2,600 to as much as $20,000 per container,” said the CEO of Martin Furniture.

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The Move to Digital Banking Keeps Accelerating

Digital Technologies and Customer Demand Are Shaping the Industry’s Priorities

A response to industry disruption does not come close to describing how quickly the banking industry has embraced digital banking.

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San Diego Regional EDC: Companies Are Struggling to Keep Up With Resurgent Growth

Surveying the Changing Business Landscape in San Diego

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every facet of life, including how businesses operate.

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Cutwater Spirits Continues Upward Trajectory

BEVERAGES: RTD Category Records Record Growth During COVID-19

Driven by consumer demand, the ready-to-drink category in the United States recorded growth of 62.3% in 2020, in spite - or as a result - of the pandemic. Cutwater Spirits, the Miramar-headquartered distillery known for its lineup of canned cocktails, continues to bear the fruit.

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Vendors Help Workforce Stand Up to Phishing Attacks

CYBERSECURITY: Certain Education Efforts See Who Takes the Bait

Phishing never goes out of season. For hackers, it’s a year-round effort.

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Downtown Apartment Project Features a Metal Forest

Wilson and Basile Team Up to Create Intriguing Lobby

Interior designer Jules Wilson, founder and principal of Jules Wilson Design Studio, has partnered with Paul Basile, principal of Basile Studio, to create an intriguing lobby with a mechanical metal tree forest in Diega, Bosa’s twin-tower apartment project in downtown San Diego.

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Qualcomm Buys Driving System

TECH: Veoneer Deal Speeds Move Into Sector

Qualcomm emerged last week as the winner in a bidding war for Swedish advanced auto systems maker Veoneer and its state-of-the-art self-driving software suite ‘Arriver.’

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$29.2M Public Training Safety Center Opens in Otay Mesa

CONSTRUCTION: Project Includes Four-Story Burn Tower

Southwestern College in September opened a $29.2 million Public Safety Training Center on its Otay Mesa campus that will be the first of its kind on a Southern California community college campus, according to school officials.

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Children’s Book Co. Sees Growth with Direct Model

PUBLISHING: Puppy Dogs & Ice Cream Projected to Reach $30M in Revenue in 2021

In 2020, Puppy Dogs & Ice Cream, a Del Mar-based children’s book publishing company founded in 2017, sold 1.35 million books.

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Passwords Still Have a Place in a Connected World

CYBERSECURITY: Convenient and Maddening Method of Authentication Will Endure

The humble password is a central part of cybersecurity and is likely to remain so.

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Latino-Owned Food Businesses Thrive

DINING: Region Boasts a Plethora of Hispanic Culinary Offerings

San Diego’s proximity to Mexico and rich Hispanic heritage has undeniably helped shape its gastronomic identity.

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Healthcare Technologies Adapt to Patient Needs

Consumer-Facing Technologies and Apps Are Digital Tools for Local Providers

Healthcare organizations have transformed their offerings to meet patients where they are at. San Diego healthcare providers are using digital platforms and consumer-facing apps to streamline care options for their patients with everything from scheduling appointments to telehealth visits.

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Local Latinas Nationally Honored

LEADERSHIP: Dr. Adela de la Torre, Lidia S. Martinez Awarded by Latino Leaders Network

Last month, two San Diego-based Latinas were honored for their leadership and for serving the Latino community.

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