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  • Commercial real estate vacancies up; lenders remain cautious

    Local experts have mixed opinions when it comes to the state of commercial real estate in the North County. Most agree that 2010 is shaping up to be better than last year and vacancy re-absorption leads current activity.

  • Tri-City Medical Center: Advancing health, wellness in North County

    In 1952, few could have imagined the rural flower fields and avocado orchards of Carlsbad, Oceanside and Vista would grow into the major population and commerce centers they are today. From its beginnings in 1957, Tri-City Medical Center has mirrored that growth. Today, it is a nationally recognized hospital with a world-renowned medical and professional staff, state-of-the art technology and highly rated, compassionate patient care.

  • Banks expand small-business loans

    NEW YORK -- Banks know what the public wants to hear: They're lending money to the little guys.

  • Computer Circulation Center provides quality products, unbeatable service

    Computer Circulation Center is based out of Southern California and was founded by Elias Zeitoune in 1983. We currently have locations in Oceanside (corporate headquarters) and Vista (retail).

  • Neal 'Electric 101' basic class

    Neal Electric sees this Basic Electrical educational class as a great chance for us to better know our friends in the industry. It is also a chance for our customers to learn what our trade is all about while learning some of the capabilities of Neal Electric and how we can be a further benefit to them.

  • Real estate summit sparks 'Conversations' about North County housing, economy

    About 40 years ago I arrived for the first time in the place referred to as "The North County" -- an area that runs roughly from Mira Mesa and Sorrento Mesa on the south all the way north to the borders with Orange and Riverside counties.

  • Is this really a good time to buy a home?

    To say the least, the last couple of years have been among the most challenging in the history of our nation's economy. Record numbers of business failures and home foreclosures have tested our resolve and financial safeguards at levels not seen in decades.

  • The true secret to success

    If you are a business owner in today's information overload era, you've been to a jillion presentations on The Seven Secrets of this, The Five Keys to that. Some were excellent, some were not so hot - you may even have been to one of ours. (They were the excellent ones, of course.) You've read hundreds of blog articles claiming to hold the secret to success, you've bought every business or self-help book on the market. You've attended webinars, clicked on more tweets, Facebook or Linked-In links and e-mails than you can keep count of.

  • Networking is more important than you think

    Did you ever get an e-mail with a smiley face at the end of a sentence? Ever send off a tweet only to wonder if you were "too honest?" Or, how about posting a blog about something you are passionate about, only to wonder if that would hurt your business?

  • Dispelling common marketing misconceptions

    In working with small businesses for the past eight years, we have observed some of the misconceptions about marketing that many small business owners have: 1) They consider marketing an expense; 2) They see marketing as "expensive" or "costly"; and 3) They think that marketing strategies have to be done on a large scale in order to be successful.

  • People power: Is your business taking advantage of social networking?

    Social media has taken information dissemination to new heights; this Web 2.0 phenomenon has transformed people from content consumers into content creators. Social media has modernized the business world. Businesses are now able to reach consumers faster, cheaper and with more consistency. Companies are utilizing social media to reach old customers, gain new ones and build or maintain credibility and reputation among consumers. Smart companies are also using the real time component of social networking to enhance customer service and support.

  • North County chambers provide economic outlook

    The Daily Transcript talked with North County chambers about the state of the regional economy and what might be expected in the coming years.

  • City councilman explores ways to bring economic development to Escondido

    This year looks like it's going to be a busy one for Escondido City Councilman Dick Daniels.

  • January home prices fell from December, up from one year ago

    The median price of all homes sold in North San Diego County fell from December to January to $361,000, according to the North San Diego County Association of Realtors' HomeDex report.

  • Vista, San Marcos focus on economic development

    Both Vista and San Marcos are laying the groundwork for developers to come in and create more business and job opportunities in their cities. In Vista, city officials have cleared the way for two new hotels near the Vista Business Park. In San Marcos, the city is updating its general plan, and moving forward with two sets of major infrastructure improvements.

  • North County manufacturing companies adapt to changing market conditions

    This year's outlook for manufacturing is as varied as the North County landscape that produces satellite and digital communications, medical and dental devices and supplies, biotechnology and clean tech, golf equipment, surfboards, skateboards and wrought iron railings.

  • Poway building on Stowe sold in short sale

    The 11,580-square-foot industrial/flex building at 13700 Stowe Drive in Poway 92064, has been sold for $1.63 million.

  • SANDAG, Caltrans outline major freeway projects for 2010

    Motorists will continue to see massive roadwork this year, as more than a half dozen-construction projects are set to start.

  • SBA ARC loan aids business cash flow

    Darlene Goodbody has taken advantage of several federally funded programs.

  • Stand up to an economic downturn

    Small business owners, including those in stable industries, are feeling the heat of the broad economic slowdowns.

  • Fresh & Easy and Walgreens in Del Oro Marketplace

    A 13,885-square-foot Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market will soon open a store at the former Armstrong Garden Center site in Del Oro Marketplace, 4131 Oceanside Blvd., Oceanside 92056.

  • New station will reflect Encinitas history

    As a reflection of Encinitas' flower industry history, designs by San Diego-based Domusstudio Architecture for the new Cardiff fire station at 618 Birmingham Drive incorporate a repetitive saw-tooth roof that mimics a row of greenhouses.

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  • Local firm helps struggling businesses stay afloat during tough economic times

    Experts say they are the lifeblood of the economy, but many of the nearly 71,000 small businesses throughout the San Diego region -- including some 19,000 in the North County -- continue to struggle through tough economic times.

  • Two athletes form elliptical bike company

    Five years ago Bryan Pate was an injured runner with a problem. He hated exercising in the gym. Some people might think his solution extreme: He contacted his friend and fellow Ironman Brent Teal with the idea of building an elliptical trainer he could ride outdoors.

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San Diego Business Showcase

March 11, 2010 -- Carlos Rico gives an overview of the San Diego Business Showcase held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

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