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Cymer sheds light on innovative technology

A pair of UCSD graduate students were the first to see the light. Before long, so would millions of others.

WD-40: It's all in the can

From preventing rust on aircraft to lubricating sticky windows, drawers and hinges, WD-40 is a homegrown success story that has built a lasting brand.

University of San Diegoís mission unwavered through decades of change

On a mountain ridge overlooking Linda Vista sits a plot of land that stood undeveloped until 1949. Once blanketed in a sea of sage and chaparral, the mesa now known as Alcala Park is today home to the University of San Diego.

Qualcomm: Innovating the pace of mobile technology around the world

Twenty-seven years ago, a group of seven former Linkabit scientists and engineers gathered in Irwin Jacob’s San Diego home to discuss the future of digital communications.

SDCCU adapts with changing times, lifestyles and technology

This coming January will mark 75 years of business for San Diego County Credit Union.

H.G. Fenton Company: Building San Diego for more than a century

If there hasn’t been much written about H.G. Fenton Company, it’s because the 103-year-old, family owned firm is more focused on getting things done than talking about its accomplishments.

Jessopís name synonymous with jewelry in San Diego since 1892

Jim Jessop always wanted to go into the jewelry business. He has the seventh grade school paper to prove it.

Jack in the Box: A novel idea that changed how Americans eat

Satisfying the needs of a rising car culture that demanded convenience, San Diego businessman and restaurateur Robert Oscar Peterson opened his first drive-thru Jack in the Box in 1951. Located at the corner of 63rd Street and El Cajon Boulevard, it was the first restaurant to use new two-way intercom technology. A giant jack-in-the-box took customers’ orders through a speaker box, and about three minutes later, they could pick up their 22-cent hamburgers at the drive-thru window. Perhaps not coincidentally, 1951 was the first year the term “fast food” appeared in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

Chicken of the Sea: Time-tested tuna

Before it became a Navy town, San Diego used to be a tuna town. Nearly a dozen tuna canneries dotted the waterfront in downtown during the early 1900s, from 1911 through 1920.

Hecht Solberg: Stability, integrity, loyalty keeps law firm going for 40 years and counting

Almost every major commercial project developed in San Diego during the past four decades bares the fingerprints of Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg and Bagley LLP.

Charco Design & Build makes inroads with new business focus

In 2011, the owner of Charco Design & Build Inc., Armando Flores, took his love for lines to a new level when the company made for itself a new and more elaborate foundation from the building blocks of what Flores had been doing for years at Charco Construction Co. Inc.

Local bookseller maintains family legacy at La Jolla bookstore

Despite a brutal market for booksellers, Warwick’s, the oldest family-owned and operated bookstore in the nation, still draws customers to La Jolla.

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D&K Engineering: Building an enduring company

Friends and business don't mix, it's often said. But Scott Dennis and Alex Kunczynski, principals of Rancho Bernardo-based D&K Engineering, convincingly debunk that commonly held belief.

Baker Electric: Four generations since 1938

When in 1938, LeRoy Neville Baker paid $4,000 to purchase the Dietrich Electric Shop in Escondido, he could hardly have imagined that the company he founded, Baker Electric Inc., would still be thriving nearly three-quarters of a century later, with his great-grandson, Ted Baker, its president and CEO.

GET Engineering: Thirty years strong

In the early '80s, a government employee named Rod Tuttle was working for the U.S. Navy in Pt. Loma in the infancy of what is now known as the Naval Tactical Data System. NTDS is a computer-to-computer information system that, essentially, informs a Navy commander what's going on around his ship and enables him to make strategic and tactical evaluations and decisions, rapidly and accurately.

North County Transit District: Radical changes lead to smoother ride

Oceanside's North County Transit District is shaking things up in the transit industry. A new business model, new buses, lower fares, customer improvements, and a lean and mean, forward-thinking board of directors and management team are combining to create more riders and more revenue for the transit district which operates COASTER trains, SPRINTER light rail and BREEZE buses.

McKenna Long Aldridge's Stephanie L. Seidman, Ph.D.: Working hard, hiring smart people key to success

If necessity is the mother of invention, there is perhaps no greater necessity than the health of human beings and the eradication of disease, worldwide. To this end, scientists regularly invent drugs to treat a wide range of maladies and bring them to market, hopeful for a multimillion-dollar acquisition by a large pharmaceutical company.

San Diego Regional Enterprise Zone: Transforming San Diego

The California-designated Enterprise Zone provides the largest array of pro-business and helpful economic incentives in San Diego County.

BofI Federal Bank: Delivering personal service

Riddle me this: What bank is the second largest bank headquartered in San Diego, has great customer service, yet only one branch location? And what bank has no ATMs, yet offers its customers fee-free access to every ATM in the United States?

Allen Matkins: 'Outstanding' team yields success

Offhand, not many people would equate the responsibilities of the managing director of a major law firm with those of the general manager of a professional football team.

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