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Design Firms Stantec, Sparling Sign Merger Agreement

Design and consulting firm Stantec, based in Canada with offices in San Diego, has signed a merger agreement with design firm Sparling, whose San Diego office provides electrical engineering and architectural lighting work, and its lighting design division Candela.

Palomar Specialty Insurance Completes $17.5M Surplus Note Issuance

Palomar Specialty Insurance Co., based in La Jolla, said it completed a $17.5 million surplus note issuance in a private placement to RenaissanceRe Ventures Ltd., and to funds under management by a premier asset manager.

SD Sports Innovators Accepting Applications for Springboard program

SD Sports Innovators, the nonprofit business accelerator that connects entrepreneurs in the active sports industry to veterans and experts, said it is accepting applications for its SDSI Springboard program through March 6.

NewSchool of Architecture to Host World Information Architecture Day Event

NewSchool of Architecture & Design said it has been selected as the West Coast venue for World Information Architecture Day (WIAD) 2015, a global one-day event Feb. 21 that focuses on improving how digital technologies intersect with everyday life.

National Funding Expanding Business to Include Broker Services

National Funding, a San Diego private small business lender, said it expanded its business to include broker services to fund loans.

USD, UCSD MBA Programs Ranked Among World's Best

The Financial Times has named the MBA programs at the University of San Diego and the University of California, San Diego as among the 100 best in the world.

EDF Renewable Energy Announces Commercial Operation of Hereford Wind Project

San Diego-based EDF Renewable Energy announced recently that the 200-megawatt Hereford Wind Project in Texas reached commercial operation in December. In addition, tax equity financing closed with BNY Mellon and MUFG Union Bank N.A. Financial details were not disclosed.

Higgs Fletcher & Mack Promotes Three to its Partner Ranks

Lots of news at Higgs Fletcher & Mack. Loren Freestone, AnneElise Goetz and Jason Ross were recently promoted to partner. Their promotions bring the organization’s partner total to 49.

MiraCosta, Mesa Colleges Part of Pilot Program

EDUCATION: Two Local Schools Among 15 Chosen in the State

MiraCosta College and Mesa College have been given the initial OK by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors to host pilot baccalaureate programs.

Small Businesses Face Burden of New Laws

LEGAL: Compliance More Difficult for Some Firms

Burke Jones mulls a list of expenses for his three UPS Store franchises.

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Telehealth Pod Brings Care to Campuses

MEDICINE: Kaiser Part Of National Pilot Project

Kaiser Permanente San Diego is testing a high-tech telehealth station that allows patients to see a doctor without ever leaving work.

SCS Chosen for Environmental Consulting on I.B. Commercial Corridor Project

SCS Engineers have been contracted by Project Design Consultants to provide environmental consulting services on the City of Imperial Beach’s Palm Avenue Mixed Use and Commercial Corridor Master Plan Project, according to SCS.

Mesa, MiraCosta Colleges Chosen for Pilot Baccalaureate Programs

MiraCosta College and Mesa College have been given the initial OK by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors meeting to host pilot baccalaureate programs.

Supreme Court Declines Convention Center Case

LEGAL: Lawsuit By Company Claimed Antitrust Violations

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review an August lower-court ruling favoring the San Diego Convention Center in an antitrust lawsuit brought against center operators.

Marketing Agency AdEase Changes Name to Civilian

Community-centric marketing agency AdEase says it has changed its name to Civilian to better reflect the communications specialist’s character and sense of purpose. The change is effective immediately, announced CEO and founder Stacey Nelson Smith.