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On The Agenda: Local businesses keep marching

February is coming to a close and the local business community is marching on with many events this week. From panels on integrated sustainability and success for women in law to forecasts on market trends and real estate to recognition ceremonies, the first week of March set to be a busy one.

The Urban Land Institute San Diego @ Lunch is focusing on integrated sustainability on Monday. Public, private and federal leaders will discuss how they implement sustainability to be competitive, achieve smart growth, find cost savings and build an economy of resources. The panel will be moderated by Rameeta Garewal, chair of the ULI Sustainability Committee, and will include Linda Gianelli Pratt, chief program manager for the city of San Diego Environmental Services Department; Debbie Duckworth, pollution prevention branch manager at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton; Marco Sessa, senior vice president of land development at Sudberry Properties; and Rob Rouse, strategic sustainability project manager for URS. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the URS Corp. office on 4225 Executive Square, Fourth Floor.

The USD School of Law’s San Diego Judicial Reception to recognize alumni and other members of the San Diego bench will be on Tuesday. The event is inaugurated by the USD School of Law’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations. It runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hahn University Center on 5998 Alcala Park.

The Lawyers Club of San Diego hosts “The Essentials of Success for Women in the Law” brown bag lunch discussion on Wednesday. A panel of successful women attorneys and a noted legal recruiter will discuss their experiences and thoughts on the professional skills, personal attributes and key strategies it takes for women to reach the highest levels of the legal profession. The panel will include: Deborah Ben Canaan, Karen B. Dow and Julie A. Vogelzang. Bridget V. Grimes will be the moderator. The event runs from noon to 1:15 p.m. at the downtown offices of Morgan Stanley on 101 W. Broadway, Suite 1800.

The Connect Entrepeneur Hall of Fame Luncheon will be on Thursday. The luncheon will honor Howard “Ted” Greene, biotech inventor, entrepreneur, investor and pioneer. The Hall of Fame brings together San Diego’s biotech and high-tech leaders and educators to honor individuals who have achieved distinction in their career for founding, leading or advancing a San Diego technology-based or life sciences business or organization. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Estancia La Jolla on 9700 N. Torrey Pines Road in La Jolla.

Higgs, Fletcher & Mack LLP hosts “Bonding Fundamentals and Market Trends for 2012” on Thursday. This educational workshop and construction industry mixer will focus on bonding fundamentals and market trends for 2012. Guest speakers include Richard Hallett, direct of surety at Barney & Barney LLC; and the Higgs Fletcher & Mack LLP Construction Practice Group. The event runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Higgs, Fletcher & Mack LLP on 401 West A St., Suite 2600.

The 16th Annual Real Estate Conference at the Burnham Moores Center for Real Estate at the University of San Diego will be on Friday. Senior level real estate executives will gather to hear speakers address the opportunities and challenges in today’s local, regional, national and international real estate markets. The event runs from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront on One Park Blvd.

The Work at Home Business Expo is on Saturday. All ages are invited to learn about the opportunities to create additional job security and income by starting a home business. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

More than 6,000 scientists are expected to attend the Biophysical Society’s 56th Annual Meeting from Feb. 26 through Feb 29 at the San Diego Convention Center. There will be more than 150 exhibiting companies at the convention and trade show. Also at the San Diego Convention Center from Feb. 28 through March 1 will be the IPC Apex Expo. Thousands of colleagues from more than 50 countries will attend the event, featuring advanced and emerging technologies in printed board design and manufacturing, electronic assembly and test. More than 400 exhibitors will be showing equipment, materials and services for printed boards and electronics manufacturing.


IPOs planned

The following is a list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week:

Argos Therapeutics Inc. - Durham, N.C., 5.3 million shares, priced $13 to $15, managed by Lazard Capital Markets and Canaccord Genuity. Proposed Nasdaq symbol ARGS. Business: Biopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of cancer and infectious diseases.

GCT Semiconductor Inc. - San Jose, Calif., 7.5 million shares, priced $7 to $9, managed by BofA Merrill Lynch. Proposed Nasdaq symbol GCTS. Business: Designer and supplier of 4G LTE and WiMAX wireless chips.

Home Loan Servicing Solutions Ltd. - George Town, Cayman Islands, 13.3 ordinary shares, priced $14 to $16, managed by Wells Fargo, Barclays, and Citigroup. Proposed Nasdaq symbol HLSS. Business: Recently formed to acquire mortgage servicing assets from Ocwen Financial.

Provident Mortgage Capital Associates Inc. - San Bruno, Calif., 8.3 million shares, priced at $15 each, managed by UBS, Credit Suisse, and Deutsche Bank. Proposed NYSE symbol PMCA. Business: Newly formed real estate finance company that will acquire residential mortgage loans, including primarily jumbo loans, residential mortgage-backed securities and other mortgage-related assets.

Yelp Inc. - San Francisco, 7.15 million class A shares, priced $12 to $14, managed by Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, and Jefferies. Proposed NYSE symbol YELP. Business: Local business reviews site with 66 million web users and 5.7 million mobile app users monthly.


National Events


The National Association of Realtors releases its pending home sales index for January.

Lowe's Cos. Inc. (LOW) reports quarterly financial results, and British bank HSBC reports 2011 financial results.


The Commerce Department releases durable goods for January; Standard & Poor's issues the S&P/Case-Shiller index of home prices for December and the fourth quarter; and the Conference Board releases the Consumer Confidence Index for February.

German chemical and pharmaceutical company Bayer AG, and Dutch company TomTom NV, which makes navigation devices, report quarterly financial results.


The Commerce Department reports fourth-quarter gross domestic product; and the Federal Reserve releases the Beige Book.

Costco Wholesale Corp. (COST) reports quarterly financial results.


The Labor Department issues weekly jobless claims; the Commerce Department reports personal income and spending for January, and construction spending for January; Freddie Mac releases weekly mortgage rates; and the Institute for Supply Management issues its manufacturing index for February. Also, automakers release vehicle sales for February, and selected chain retailers release February sales comparisons.

Kroger Co. (KR) and Wendy's Co. (WEN) report quarterly financial results.


No major announcements.

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