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The Munificent Five

Innovate 78 Brings North County Cities Together to Cooperate Rather Than Compete for BusinessesMichael Bronner, president of Dr. Bronner’s natural soap company, probably didn’t know it, but in 2013 he witnessed what passes for a minor miracle these days in city government.

By Sarah de Crescenzo October 20, 2016 4:28 p.m.   $$ Share
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Charter Schools Chalk Up Health Care Savings to Benefits Trust

WORKFORCE: Trust’s Success Requires That It Be Carefully Managed

Local benefits consultants — the innovators San Diego’s business community looks to for help in capping health insurance costs — have identified another industry they believe can gain from a risk-pooling strategy that continues to win converts among tech and bioscience companies.

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Brokers and Buyers Feel the Pain of Health Insurance Commission Cuts

Asense of loyalty obliges Mission Valley insurance broker Michael Dysart to continue serving his longtime clients in the individual health benefits market. But he won’t take on new customers.

Deal them in: 2017 Conditions Should Coax Cos. to Bet on M&A

When the last day of 2016 rolls around, the value and number of mergers and acquisitions completed nationwide may not reach the high-water market set in 2015, but the number of major deals in the pipeline and a potential relaxing of antitrust regulations have experts bullish about 2017.

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M&A Culture Helps Hone and Spread the Wealth of Business Talent

Adam Simpson’s parents worried about his habit of growing small bioscience companies to the point where they would be acquired by a large pharmaceutical company.

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Executive Q&A Trevor Callan, Callan Capital

Nearly a decade ago, the three Callan brothers, Trevor, Ryan and Tim, banded together to launch an independent wealth management firm. Callan Capital provides wealth management services with a focus on corporate executives facing significant financial changes, such as the sale of their company.

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Fiduciary Rule Reconfigures The Financial Advice Model

New federal rules on retirement accounts set to take effect in April have wealth managers working to ensure they can prove they are acting in their clients’ best interests.

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Winning Architecture Brings a Sense of Style And a Sense of Belonging

A dozen buildings were recently highlighted as exemplars of local architecture at the San Diego Architectural Foundation’s 40th annual Orchids and Onions event.

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Manchester Moving to Recently Acquired Mister A’s Building

The former Sempra Energy tower in downtown San Diego will soon have another company name removed from its exterior, just a few months after its former co-owner, Manchester Financial Group, put its moniker on the Ash Street building.

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Industrial Demand Moves North; Developers Make Plans to Meet It

Afew years ago, when he led a local software company and was scouting North County for prospective industrial sites for his research-and-development efforts, Ben Badiee was able to find just four appropriate locations in the city of Escondido.

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Diverse Mix Shares Tepid Outlook, Limited Access to Capital

ECONOMY: Despite Recent Robust Growth, Cos. See Various Headwinds

San Diego business consultant Chris L. Shimojima admits his line of work gives him a somewhat skewed view of conditions facing many middle-market companies.

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Core Strength

Mid-Market Companies Dominate Locally in Job Growth, Investments

The National Center for the Middle Market doesn’t believe in jinxes, or it never would have posed the question.

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Private ‘Conversations’

MedCrypt Aims to Take Dangers Out Of Medical Device Communications

Medical devices, like anything else hooked to the internet, can offer a convenient door for intruders wanting to enter a device or an entire hospital network. Responding to the hacker threat, a bicoastal startup called MedCrypt is building a business on medical device security.