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Independent Toy Stores Play to Their Strengths

RETAIL: They Focus On Customer Service, Create Community FeelSay you were thinking of buying a new-to-market toy like the Zipes Speed Pipes Performance Pack, a hot item among the under-13 crowd. (The holidays are around the corner, after all.) Sure, this network of pipes that a toy car zips around at breakneck pace looks fun in YouTube videos.

Qualcomm Co-Founder Gifts $30M to UCSD

Qualcomm Inc. co-founder Franklin Antonio has made a $30 million gift to UCSD.

Design Firm Expands Offerings at California Offices

SmithGroupJJR, an integrated design firm, has begun offering mechanical and electrical engineering services in-house at its San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco offices.

AbacusNext Acquires U.K.-based Document Automation Company

San Diego-based AbacusNext has acquired U.K.-based HotDocs.

Some Amazing Attorneys Earn Place on This Awards’ Roster

There are some amazing attorneys who will be honored Nov. 15 at the San Diego Business Journal’s Business Women of the Year Awards. You should attend the event, which will be held this Wednesday, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, from 11:30 a.m., to 2 p.m.

Law Firm in Trump U. Case Buys Practice

San Diego-based consumer advocacy law firm Haeggquist & Eck said it’s bought the Cooper Law Firm in Irvine, an employee and consumer class action firm.

SDSU Entrepreneurs to Get Legal Help Through Partnership

San Diego State University, University of San Diego, and Duane Morris LLP on Nov. 3 launched a joint program that will pair SDSU entrepreneurs with law students and attorneys.

Procopio Expands to Nevada

San Diego County’s largest locally based law firm has expanded to Nevada, the fourth state in which it has at least one office.

Grant to Train Medi-Cal Providers Through CSU Institute for Palliative Care

A new $244,000 grant will fund palliative care education for qualified Medi-Cal providers at the California State University Institute for Palliative Care in San Marcos.

Leidos Inc. Gets $17 million TSA Contract

Leidos Inc. said it received a prime contract from the Transportation Security Administration that could be worth as much as $17 million over five years.

Monterrey Provision Co.'s Distribution Center in Otay Mesa to Close

Chicago-area food distributor KeHE Distributors LLC is closing the Monterrey Provision Co. distribution center in Otay Mesa and laying off 91 employees 18 months after acquiring the family-owned company.

Sempra Reports Q3 Earnings, Notes Potential Wildfire Costs

San Diego-based Sempra Energy in quarter three results recorded higher earnings, though that’s without taking into account potential costs related to the 2007 wildfires.

San Diego’s Kimpton Hotel Palomar Gets New Restaurant

A new restaurant, Curadero, has opened in downtown San Diego’s Kimpton Hotel Palomar as part of a renovation project.

Alphatec Q3 Revenue Drops Due to Hurricanes

Carlsbad-based Alphatec in preliminary quarter three results reported revenue of $22.8 to $23.1 million.

ICW Group Insurance Cos. Names New COO and Strategic Execution Officer

ICW Group Insurance Cos., a San Diego-based group of property and casualty carriers, has hired John Novak as chief operating and strategic execution officer.

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