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RETAIL: Carlsbad Co. Among Winners From Ban on Plastic Bags

Some reusable bag makers in California were pleased when voters affirmed the state’s single use plastic bags ban in November 2016, but hesitant to attribute their successes and steady revenue to the bill itself. However, Lotus Trolley Bag based in Carlsbad was inspired to start its business because of the law.

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Developer Gives Escondido Commercial Buildings a Second Act

PROPERTY: Redevelopment Preserves Classic Character, While Filling Market Need

Eerie was how Matt Belshin described the former bank building he bought three years ago along Escondido’s Grand Avenue.

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TransPower Looks to Rev Up Its Commercialization Efforts

ENERGY: Co. Aims to Double Revenue, Inks Big Funding Deal

Escondido-based TransPower, a maker of electric-drive systems for big-rig trucks and industrial-site tractors, is on a growth path.

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Tech Cos. Find Perfect Live-Work Balance

From Entrepreneurial Climate to Quality of Life, Carlsbad Checks All the Boxes for Business Location

Carlsbad is known as one of San Diego’s largest tech hubs, but that’s no longer simply because of its corporate successes, such as Viasat Inc.

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Bench Space Coworks Leases Torrey Pines Building

Company offers space for budding tech and biotech companies.

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Comhear's Crowdfunding Campaign for 3D Sound Bar Tops $1M

Comhear has said the technology is likely to be appealing to audiophiles, gamers, people with home theaters and users of virtual and augmented reality.

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Miramar Warehouse Sold

Building goes for $4.5 million

Warehouse is sold for $4.5 million

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Brookfield Residential Buys the Expertise of OliverMcMillan

DEAL: Local Firm’s Experience in High-Rise, Mixed-Use Spurred Move

San Diego-based developer OliverMcMillan has been acquired by Brookfield Residential Properties Inc. of Canada for an undisclosed amount of money.

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Students Look for Career-Changing Skills at Coding Boot Camps

School can be stressful. For professionals looking to switch careers in a matter of months to a new job requiring new technical skill, it can be overwhelming.

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Commentary: How to Build Momentum on Housing Policies

Housing First is known as a homelessness strategy where permanent, affordable housing is built as quickly as possible to stabilize the situation. We need to expand this strategy beyond the homeless community as the housing affordability situation is also at crisis proportions.

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Sempra, Oncor Deal Reportedly Poised to Receive Approval

San Diego-based Sempra Energy’s $9.45 billion acquisition of Texas energy giant Oncor appears headed for approval.

Business Calendar for Week of February 19, 2018

Business events scheduled in the county for the week of February 19, 2018, and beyond.

Aira Offers 'Eyes on Demand' Service to Blind Job Seekers for Free

The company uses glasses equipped with a camera to feed video to a trained agent, who guides the blind or visually impaired user through interactions with which they have requested assistance.

Ionis Licenses Kidney Drug in Deal Worth up to $330M

Carlsbad’s Ionis Pharmaceuticals has licensed a kidney drug to British giant AstraZeneca, earning $30 million upfront and the potential for $300 million in development and regulatory milestone payments.

Marketers Find Promise, Peril in Diversification

MARKETING: Challenge to Find Expertise, Preserve Co. Culture

If it succeeds, diversification could boost an already sharp trajectory at Wonderist.

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Retail Finds Right Mix; Millennials Find Retail

PROPERTY: Vacancy Rate Low; Investors Very Much Interested

Regency Centers owns 11 shopping centers in San Diego County and is so confident about future prospects that it’s looking for more.

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SDBJ Insider: Marketer Drafts Brewers For Good Cause

How do you single-handedly organize a campaign to raise $100,000 for charity in San Diego? If you are Brandon Hernandez, you tap into your extensive network in the craft beer industry.

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UC San Diego Health Selects Model, Launches Its ACO

MEDICINE: System Is Betting On Treatment Strategies Success

UC San Diego Health has launched a Medicare program that brings the potential for health system savings — that is, if it can meet care and cost requirements.

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Health-Tech Fundraising Focus of Upcoming SDVG Event

Life sciences entrepreneur Dena Marranuci, who leads corporate development and research and development at Truvian Sciences, will moderate a discussion about raising early-stage capital.

USD Renames Institute After Irwin and Joan Jacobs

Since 2011, the Jacobs have contributed around $10 million to the Institute for Entrepreneurship in Education.

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