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OceanLeaf Awards Honor Leaders in East African Communities

Somali Family Service of San Diego County recently celebrated San Diego’s Somali and other East African cultures and community leaders at the third annual OceanLeaf Awards Celebration.

By Stephanie Glidden March 27, 2015 4:08 p.m.   $$ Share
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Lyford Readies for Her New Leadership Role at West Health

RESEARCH: As CEO, She’ll Look to Unify Efforts To Support Senior Population

If you’re looking to find a charismatic executive with a New York City tongue, Vermont’s dairy country probably wouldn’t be your starting point.

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Injecting Capital

MEDICINE: Health Care Systems Are Creating VC Arms Often to Invest in Promising Innovations for Providing Care

Hospital systems dealing with high-tech glitches and chaotic workflow brought on by health care reform are launching venture capital funds to fuel the solutions they need.

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Mediation Lets Parties Avoid Uncertain Trials of Going to Court

LEGAL: Crowded Courts, Jury Risks and Big Costs Are Bypassed

With budget cuts straining the state judicial system, judges frequently steer disputes between businesses toward mediation in attempts to find resolutions outside the courtroom.

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Fertile Grounds For A Lawsuit

LEGAL: In California, It’s Let the Business Beware as Labor Law Landscape Gets More Tricky to Navigate

California’s new paid sick leave law is being welcomed by labor interests, but attorneys say it is likely to add fuel to the trend of employees suing businesses over wage and hour issues.

National Investment Firms Buying into Carlsbad Office Market

The city of Carlsbad has emerged as San Diego County’s hot hub for big sales of existing office properties so far in 2015.

The Headquarters Getting Flour & Barley Restaurant

Operators of The Headquarters at Seaport commercial center in downtown San Diego recently signed a lease with Block 16 Hospitality to operate the region’s first Flour & Barley Brick Oven Pizza restaurant, set to open this fall.

Industry Leaders Forecast Higher Demand, Rents

The San Diego Business Journal recently spoke with top local regional executives of the larger commercial real estate brokerage companies. Here are some of their takes on what happened in the year’s first half and what’s likely ahead for the rest of 2015:

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Speculating On What’s Next

With Few Spec Projects Underway, Market Conditions Continue to Drive Up Tenant Costs

Halfway through 2015, San Diego County’s commercial real estate market is reaping the benefits of continued new-job creation and an unemployment rate that had dipped to 4.9 percent as of late spring, down from around 6 percent at the same point of 2014.

Cisco Buys Carlsbad Firm For $139M

Cisco System Inc. said on July 7 that it plans to buy a privately held Carlsbad business, MaintenanceNet, for $139 million in cash and retention-based incentives.

Growing Pains

ECONOMY: Rapid Growth Can Bring New Concerns, Distractions

Doubling or even tripling revenues in just two years is a dream for many entrepreneurs, a sign they correctly spotted an unmet need and that their business could soon be an unqualified success.

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TIME FOR A CHANGE

Two Women Entrepreneurs Saw Opportunity in A Financial Market That Wasn’t Being Well Served

When Valorie Seyfert and Amy Beattie launched CUSO Financial Services (CFS) in 1996, they were betting they could capitalize on credit unions’ frustrations with the independent broker-dealers the institutions had hired to offer securities products, such as annuities and mutual funds, to the unions’ members.

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Putting Women on Frontlines of Entrepreneurial Empowerment

FINANCE: Boot Camp Wants Female Investors for World Changing Mission

An all-female boot camp for angel investors is coming to San Diego this fall, designed to boost the participation of women in a field dominated by men.