TOURISM: Hotels Say Level Playing Field Needed; Rental Cos. Try Referendum
In 2017, San Diego was the second highest ranked city in California for Airbnb with 537,000 guest arrivals, totaling a $100 million in host income, according to the company.
San Diego-based Pura Vida Bracelets, which sells jewelry handcrafted by more than 350 artisans on the ground in Costa Rica, India and El Salvador, leased a 5,500 square foot space in La Jolla for its new headquarters in early September. The office, located on the fourth floor of the five-story building at 7979 Ivanhoe Ave., will open in the first quarter of 2019.
Drew Koning and Blake Zollar, have come together to form Koning Zollar LLP, an Encinitas-headquartered firm that focuses on commercial, employment and intellectual property disputes.
The Cardiff-based company currently has 13 locations in California.
It will reopen as Himmelberg’s in January 2019.
The petition will be presented to the San Diego City Council at its Oct. 8 meeting.
On Board With Expansion
With 916,000 passengers and nine cruise lines making calls in peak year 2008, the Port of San Diego was once considered one of the busiest homeports on the West Coast in comparison to Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Francisco, and one of the biggest in all of North America.
SERVICE: Organized, Corporate Approach Applied to Food Service
More times than not, when food items are off spec based on color, size or shape, they are considered food waste and tossed in the nearest garbage can. But since 1989, Carlsbad-based Good Source Solutions has been helping to reduce the amount of food that goes to the landfills by finding homes for those visually-unappealing products at educational institutions, corrections facilities, nonprofits and hospitals.
SeaWorld and Former CEO Agree to Settle SEC Charges
SeaWorld Entertainment Inc and its former CEO, James Atchison, have agreed to pay more than $5 million to settle fraud charges for misleading investors about the documentary film “Blackfish,” the Securities and Exchange Commission announced Sept. 18. SeaWorld’s former vice president of communications, Frederick D. Jacobs, has agreed to settle fraud charges for his role as well.
The headquarters will be run by Chris Renner, who was named the league’s new CEO in July.
SOFTWARE: Acquisition By Elite SEM Should Add To Co.’s Marketing Muscle
For Rick Backus, chief executive officer and founder of San Diego-based CPC Strategy, a little reinvention has gone a long way for his online marketing agency.
BREWING: Canning Co. Adds Sleeves to Its Services
When Matt Woempner wanted a change in career from the high-tech world a few years ago, he didn’t turn to his financial advisor. Instead, he tapped a couple of buddies from his soccer team for guidance.
The company compared 182 U.S. cities based on 65 key metrics, including movie costs, open hours of breweries and fitness centers per capita.
DINING: Plant-Based Cuisine Aims to Transform Typical Menu and the World
When Jeffrey Harris launched Plant Power Fast Food, the San Diego-based, GMO-free, plant-based restaurant chain, in 2015, his idea was not to cater to vegans and/or vegetarians — although they are surely welcome — but to offer a healthier alternative to omnivores in a space where it can have the most amount of impact on the most amount of people possible.
The San Diego Association of Governments has appointed Hasan Ikhrata as its new executive director.
The San Diego-based grass-fed and grass-finished beef jerky producer, will debut four of its flavors through Whole Foods Market stores nationwide.
ECONOMY: Eco Friendly Crop Would Sell to Chefs, Ranchers and Farmers
Early last year, Leslie Booher and Torre Polizzi, founders of Sunken Seaweed LLC., made their way down to Ensenada, Mexico, and snuck into the Offshore Mariculture Conference, all in hopes of meeting Paula Sylvia, the Port of San Diego’s program manager of aquaculture, and speak with her about their desire to help preserve kelp in California.
The Lytx Graduate Fellowship for Masters of Science in Business Analytics is the first of its kind investment for the recently-launched graduate-degree program.
San Diego-based CPC Strategy, an internet marketing company, has been acquired by New York-based digital marketing agency Elite SEM.
The 21,000 square foot space plans to bring approximately 50 jobs to Eastlake.
SERVICE: Small Biz Sees Steady Revenue Growth, Tries Mobile Marketing
Jerry Leone knew little about manufacturing before he sold Leone’s Building Service janitorial company and purchased San Diego-based A Garage Door for $900,000 in 2016.
An ophthalmology organization, a pharmacists group and an architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference want in. They would bring tens of thousands of people with spending power of millions of dollars and a capacity to book thousands of room nights.
Kara Hertzog is a third-generation employee at the San Diego-based payroll and human resources administration company.
RETAIL: From Plants To Decor, Customers Help Curate Products
On any given day, Chad Anglin starts his morning by dropping off his first- and third-graders off at Spanish immersion school before heading to one of his two retail stores.
Colleen Anderson's first order of business is to manage the funding grant application process for fiscal year 2020, which begins in October.
The hotel management group oversees 18 hotels, including the Four Points by Sheraton San Diego and Fairfield Inn & Suites in Oceanside.
Razor Share is the latest to provide scooter ride-sharing in the county.
San Diego-based Center for Sustainable Energy and GRID Alternatives, among other statewide nonprofits, have been chosen to run California’s new Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) program.
RETAIL: Co-Founders Went Through the SDSI Accelerator
It seems fitting for Jack Doheny and Jake Solomon, founders of Bold Brew Coffee, to have first met at a coffee stand.
PRODUCTION: Oasis Sees Innovative Role in Science And Tech, Including AI
Although Oasis Materials Corp. was originally founded in 2005, its president and founder, Frank Polese, considers 2012 the year his company officially started.
Ron Oliver is a cookbook author and former chef de cuisine of the Marine Room in La Jolla.
TOURISM: Hotel Group Views Customers as Partners, Creating a Lasting Loyalty
Six years ago, while having dinner at one of the 18 hotels he either owns and/or manages, Robert Rauch, founder and CEO of RAR Hospitality, saved the life of one of his guests.
United Way of San Diego County has selected Nancy Sasaki.
Sunken Seaweed will open its seaweed farm at the Grape Street Pier No. 1.
Media executive Denise McManus has been named vice president/station manager of San Diego’s KUSI television.
AG: High-End Crop Targets The Pricey Specialty Market
According to the San Diego County Farm Bureau, San Diego is the top grower of domestic avocados and the No. 1 nursery and floral county in the nation. But these days, local farmers have their eyes set on a new crop: coffee.
The Better Business Bureau segment that serves San Diego, Orange and Imperial counties has merged with BBB Greater Arizona.
RETAIL: Housewares Co. Relies on Business Sense And Wide Product Line
Although keeping a relatively low public profile since launching 41 years ago, San Diego-based Aroma Housewares, mostly known for its rice cookers and multicookers, has managed to become a recognizable name in the small kitchen electric appliances industry.
RETAIL: Versatile Uses Include Promotional Events
When sisters Anne Buehner, 33, and Mary Carr, 26, who have branding and retail experience collectively, noticed an absence in agencies dedicated to creating pop-up experiences in San Diego recently, they joined forces to launch their creative firm, & Boom Unlimited, last year.
The new locations will help the company keep up with the growing demand in those regions.
TRAVEL: In 2018, 77.5% Occupancy Expected; Biz Travel Makes Up 10%
On paper, San Diego doesn’t look very good as far as the hotel industry is concerned.
The investment will help finance the addition of a third manufacturing production line in 2019 in Otay Mesa and is expected to generate close to 100 new jobs in the next two years.
For David and Lesley Cohn, president and co-founders of Cohn Restaurant Group, the San Diego-based, family-run business which owns and operates 25 restaurants in Southern California and Hawaii, what makes their company successful is the same thing that makes it, for a lack of a better word, difficult.
Special Report: Fastest-Growing Private Companies
Deanne Gustafson had been an avid bottled-kombucha drinker for years when, during a 2013 trip to Bend, Oregon, with now-husband Jared Gustafson, she discovered kombucha was also on tap.
Tourism: Marketing Agencies Also Take Their Expertise on the Road
Just this June, three months after applying through a rigorous bidding process, San Diego-based Greenhaus, a destination marketing agency that specializes in placemaking and brand development for travel, tourism, hospitality and real estate, was selected to run the Visit Santa Barbara campaign, with hopes of boosting the Central California coast county’s presence as a top travel destination.
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It was his own battle with obesity that lead Drew Canole, founder of Organifi, down a path of educating others about making healthy choices and living healthy lives.