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$25 Million Gift is SDSU’s Largest; Endows Business School

EDUCATION: Fowlers’ Matching Donation Boosts Campaign to $750M Goal

Local philanthropist and San Diego Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler and his wife Alexis have pledged a $25 million endowment gift to San Diego State University’s College of Business Administration. University officials said the gift is the largest in SDSU’s 119-year history.

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Vacation Rental Focus Shifts From Ban to Enforcement

HOSPITALITY: Council Rejects Proposed Change, Seeks Clarifications

Two years of debate over how to regulate short-term vacation rentals in the city of San Diego recently came to a head, as hundreds of residents packed a City Council meeting to debate competing approaches to the problem of nuisances being created by renters booking stays in private homes through sites including Airbnb.

UC San Diego Extension to Offer Coding Boot Camp

A big name in higher education is getting into a hot, business-oriented space: coding boot camps.

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Luna Grill Obtains $30M in Financing for Future Growth

Operators of the San Diego-headquartered Luna Grill restaurants have secured nearly $30 million in financing, to aid its ongoing growth strategy. The fast-casual eatery has 29 current locations, with another 18 in the pipeline for 2017.

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Growth Potential

RESEARCH: Pair Has Designs on Mass CBD Production

What if the weed industry could brew cannabis like Budweiser brews beer — in big steel vats designed for large-scale production? It would certainly be better for business than waiting on cannabis plants to grow from the ground.

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Growth Potential

ECONOMY: Prop. 64 Could Open Many Business Lines

Excuse Dion Markgraaff if he seems a little charged up about the business opportunities that await if Californians vote to legalize recreational marijuana. Over-enthusiasm sort of comes with the territory.

Sempra's Q3 Earnings Hit $622M; SDG&E Posts $183M

Sempra Energy posted a big jump in third-quarter earnings, due mainly to a gain related to one of its subsidiary’s purchase of a Mexican pipeline builder and operator. After adjusting for one-time items, the company beat analysts’ profit expectations but missed on revenue.

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Joy Frieman Honors Husband With $2.5M Donation to UC San Diego

Joy Frieman, the wife of late Scripps Institution of Oceanography director Edward A. Frieman, has given $2.5 million to the University of California, San Diego in memory of her husband, who died in 2013.

Aya Healthcare Acquires Orange County Firm

Aya Healthcare, a San Diego-based provider of travel nursing and hospital workforce solutions, announced Nov. 1 it has acquired HealthCare Select, a vendor-neutral software company headquartered in Dana Point. Terms were not disclosed.

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PR Veterans Form New Firm

Three San Diego communications professionals have joined together to launch a new advertising and public relations firm.

San Diego Hotels Posting 2016 Gains in Revenue, Other Key Metrics

San Diego County hotels saw total revenue rise 4.6 percent from a year ago in 2016’s January-to-September period, topping $2.08 billion, according to the latest monthly data from industry research firm STR.

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Visceral Aims to Shape Brands While Shaping a Better World

TECH: B2B Design and Development Services Target Cause-Based Groups

Ten years ago, programmer Jay Buys was spending his professional hours building Facebook apps that could sell ringtones for a big public relations firm.

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Principle Players

ECONOMY: Rankings Aim to Take the Measure Of For-Benefit Companies

A walk through the shared offices of local startups should be sufficient proof that “for-benefit” companies are a particular favorite of millennial entrepreneurs.

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Fowlers’ Name to Adorn SDSU Business School After $25M Gift

Local philanthropist and San Diego Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler, with his wife Alexis, have pledged a $25 million endowment gift to San Diego State University’s College of Business Administration. University officials said the gift is the largest in SDSU’s 119-year history.

UC San Diego Receives $1.4 Million, Cyber-Focused Federal Grant

The local University of California campus received a $1.4 million award from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to explore the global internet and push the frontiers of cybersecurity research.