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With February being Black History Month, we think that this is an especially appropriate time to share stories of area Black-owned businesses.

For the entire month, the San Diego Business Journal is dedicating a special section in each issue to tell these inspiring stories. In each issue we will feature stories of businesses in various local industries.

This week we begin with stories about Black-owned businesses in the media, real estate, restaurant, consulting, beverage, nonprofit, technology and education sectors.

Black business owners will be celebrated on Feb. 25, in association with the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce, as we host a virtual panel and awards event. The panel will be moderated by Mitch Mitchell, VP, state government affairs & external affairs, Sempra Energy. The panel will also feature Mike Fasulo, CEO, Sony Electronics; Mark Stuart, CEO, San Diego Foundation; Caroline Winn, CEO, San Diego Gas & Electric; and Doug Winter, CEO, Seismic.

We hope these stories will not only inform, but build an increasing awareness of Black-owned businesses in our community.

— Barb Chodos, President and Publisher

— Jay Harn, Editor-in-Chief