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Canned Wine Stacks Up Against the Competition

Local Wineries See Advantages, But For Now, Fiscal, Size Realities Dilute Their EnthusiasmNico Roulston, owner of the Candied Apple Café in Julian known for its breakfast options and barbecue dishes, says he doesn’t serve his customers anything but wine in a can these days.

Work & Progress

Construction Co.’s Culture Creates Value Proposition for Clients and Employees

In an industry that has failed to attract women in significant numbers, Johnson & Jennings General Contracting stands out.

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Women in Construction Demolish Stereotypes at Work

BUILDING: Diverse Roles Are Offered in High Demand Sector

Theresa DeMarco has worked as a structural steel welder, ran her own construction company and is a project manager for Emmerson Construction in San Diego.

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Developer Creates Model for Delivering Affordable Homes

HOUSING: Co. Controls All Costs, Taps Community Spirit for Projects

Building affordable, middle-wage homes in San Diego’s pricey real estate market takes patience, tenacity, and a commitment to improving the community.

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No Middle Ground in Multifamily

Middle-Wage Earners at the Mercy of A Continued Strong Market As Developers Mostly Deliver More High-End Units

Low vacancy rates are keeping the San Diego region’s multifamily market strong for real estate investors, but builders warn that not enough middle-wage units are being built to keep pace with population growth.

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New Eatery Isn’t Just in Encinitas, It Is Part of Encinitas

DINING: Local Flavors, Local Art and the Locals Are All Part of Biz Plan

Founder and CEO of the real estate, hospitality and lifestyle company, American National Investments (ANI), Gina Champion-Cain, continues to invigorate the food and beverage landscape of San Diego, this time opening a new restaurant in Encinitas as part of ANI’s The Patio Group division.

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Fruitful Selling Points

Eateries Adopt ‘Superfood’ Products and Labels as More Consumer Preferences Head Toward Healthy

For Everbowl founder, Jeff Fenster, who started the company in 2016 and now has 10 locations in San Diego and Riverside counties, using the word “superfoods” isn’t to get consumers to believe superfoods are new to the market nor that they can cure or keep a person immune from diseases.

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Improving Outcomes

New State Plan Changes Formula For Determining Level of Funding for Community Colleges

No longer content to tie support for community colleges primarily to enrollment levels, state officials have approved a new funding formula that will require the schools to demonstrate how well they are performing.

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Some Universities Taking Active Role in Guiding Students to Success

WORKFORCE: New Software, Tutoring Help Keep Students on Track

Although performance-based funding hasn’t come to California’s public universities, California State University San Marcos has begun taking steps to demonstrate how it is helping students succeed.

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Rosé Continues to Be a Rising Star For Local Wineries

WINERIES: Millennial Palates and Good Prices Help Push Wine’s Sales

In the last several years, rosé has risen in popularity among wine drinkers nationally. Despite being a newer and smaller market compared with its California-based counterparts like Sonoma County, Napa Valley and the Central Coast, San Diego is capitalizing on the trend.

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Endeavor Hires Producers to Open Right Doors For New Bank

BANKING: Despite Good Economy, De Novo Banks Face Challenges

The ranks of the post-recession crop of aspiring de novo banks are thinning, but the headcount at San Diego’s Endeavor Bank is expanding roughly two years ahead of schedule to accommodate bankers looking to join the new venture.

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Active M&A Scene Finds Good Target in Local RIA

ACQUISITION: L.A. Firm Gets Greater SoCal Presence With Donnelly Purchase

A $3.6 billion registered investment advisor (RIA) in Los Angeles run by two native San Diegans has acquired Donnelly Wealth Advisors (DWA), a San Diego-based firm with $405 million in assets under management.

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