Top Influentials discuss the rising cost of construction; the attorney's role in business valuation; domestic partnerships and more.

  • Coca-Cola drinkers to pay more after Labor Day

    Drinkers of Coca-Cola can expect to pay more starting this fall after the company's biggest bottler said last week that it would raise prices.

  • Palace of gold sold off for its melt value

    HONG KONG -- At $800 an ounce, the golden bathroom sink had to go. At $1,000, say goodbye to the golden horse-drawn chariot. But don't even think about touching the golden toilet.

  • Small firms find creative ways to bring bills down

    As energy costs soar, small businesses are heading back to the drawing board.

  • Valuation and risk shifting

    At a core level, nearly every facet of a business transaction involves a determination of value. Consumers and producers are always working along this value line, providing low, midrange, and high-end choices from the gas pump to hotels, from restaurants to clothing racks. Business-to-business transactions often involve the same elements, but on a much larger scale, particularly those involving the sale of a business or development of a joint venture enterprise. Value is the key index and the central starting point for virtually every transaction involving investment in a business, an employee, a patent, a product and even in relationships.

  • Overcoming the financial challenges faced by domestic partners

    Despite the state Supreme Court's ruling in May to legalize same-sex marriage in California, the federal law still remains in effect: same-sex and non-married heterosexual couples alike do not have all of the same legal rights and benefits as married heterosexual couples. For these domestic partners, major obstacles arise when it comes to tax, retirement and estate planning. For instance, domestic partners are not eligible for the unlimited marital deduction, potentially incurring estate or gift taxes when re-titling, passing or transferring assets.

  • Valuation: Good attorneys preserve value, minimize taxes

    San Diego County is represented by more than 2,000 business owners who have invested heart and soul into developing lower, middle-market, private companies with annual revenues between $5 million and $150 million. They have and will continue to be the economic engine that employs hundreds of thousands of county residents.

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