Blue Sky Network Wins Export Pitch Contest

TECHNOLOGY: World Trade Center San Diego Gives Brazil Outreach a Boost

Blue Sky Network, a San Diego business offering advanced satellite communications, won $25,000 to further its international business as part of a recent pitch contest organized by the World Trade Center San Diego.

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Manscaped Going Public Via SPAC Merger

RETAIL: $290M Co. Partners with Bright Lights Acquisition Corp.

Manscaped, the men’s consumer lifestyle brand that specializes in grooming products, is going public via a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) merger, according to the company’s founder and CEO.

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H.I.M-istry Naturals Strikes Deal with Nordstrom

RETAIL: Partnership a Seven Figure-Plus Opportunity for Men’s Skincare Co.

A San Diego-based manufacturer of natural men’s grooming products is capturing a bigger market share thanks to a newly-inked strategic growth partnership.

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Alastin Skincare Has Been Acquired

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Pharma Co. Set to Grow

BIOTECH: With New Focus, aTyr Raises $86M

San Diego-based aTyr Pharma recently raised $86.3 million in what some characterized as a dramatic turnaround for the company.

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Denver Company to Acquire Majority Stake in Space Micro

TECHNOLOGY: North County Firm Has Contracts With NASA, Military Services

North County-based Space Micro announced on Nov. 22 that Denver-based Voyager Space Inc. has agreed to buy a majority stake in the company.

Sempra Contemplates New LNG Export Site in Mexico

ENERGY: Shipments to Asia Could Pass Through Topolobampo, on the Gulf of California

Sempra (NYSE: SRE) has expanded its plans to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the west coast of Mexico.

Neurocrine Partners with Japanese Firm on Potential New Dementia Drug

San Diego-based Neurocrine Biosciences (Nasdaq: NBIX) has entered into a strategic collaboration and licensing agreement with Japan’s Sosei Group to develop potential new treatments for schizophrenia, dementia and other neuropsychiatric disorders.

Viasat to Buy Competitor

AEROSPACE: Inmarsat Deal Worth $7.3 Billion

Carlsbad-based Viasat (Nasdaq: VSAT) said on Nov. 8 that it has agreed to buy British competitor Inmarsat for $7.3 billion.

Bumble Bee Launches Inclusivity Program

COMMUNITY: Scholarships to Generate Economic Opportunity for People of Color

Bumble Bee Foods, LLC, the $1 billion East Village-headquartered company, wants to impact communities of color in San Diego.

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Growth Accelerates at Vista-based Watkins Wellness

MANUFACTURING: Hot Tub Maker Sees Surging Demand Since COVID-19

According to reports, the demand for pools and hot tubs has surged as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The hot tub sector saw a 400% uptick in some areas last year.

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Local Co. Makes Oprah’s Favorite Things List

MANUFACTURING: Bindle Bottle Sales On Track for 300% Gain in 2021

Earlier this month, Amazon and Oprah Winfrey revealed the 2021 Oprah’s Favorite Things List, a roundup of the talk show host’s favorite holiday gifts of the year.

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Acquisition Spree Continues

MANUFACTURING: Fluidra Pays $78M for Water Testing Firm

Carlsbad-based Fluidra North America continues to make a big splash in the swimming pool equipment sector, last week announcing its third major acquisition in 2021 – the $78 million purchase of Taylor Water Technologies, a leading manufacturer of water-testing solutions.

Border X Brewing to Double Revenue

Latino Brewery Projects $3M in 2021, $6M in 2022

Border X Brewing, LLC, the first 100% Latino-owned brewery in San Diego, is forecasting growth.

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Workout Equipment Co. Reaches $100M in Sales

FITNESS: Tru Grit Sells at Best Buy, Target and Walmart

With gyms across the nation forced to shut their doors last year as a result of COVID-19, home gyms became a more attractive option for those looking to stay healthy and active. A group of local entrepreneurs noticed the gap in the market and saw it as a new business opportunity.

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