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The List


1. Scripps Health
(10,800 employees)
A not-for-profit, community-based, healthcare delivery network that includes four acute-care hospitals on five campuses, more than 2,600 affiliated physicians, an extensive ambulatory care network, home healthcare and associated support services.

2. Loews Coronado Bay Resort & Spa (532)
Headquartered in New York City, Loews Hotels offers distinctive hotels in most major markets in the United States and Canada.

3. Palomar Pomerado Health (3,200)
The hospital district covers an 800- square mile area and is the largest hospital district in California.

4. Amylin Pharmaceuticals (717)
A biopharmaceutical company committed to improving lives through the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative medicines.

5. National University (2,000)
The second-largest private, nonprofit university in California.

6. Wal-Mart Stores(5,762 in San Diego; 1.8 million worldwide)
The world’s largest retailer, with $312.4 billion in sales.

7. Watkins Manufacturing Corporation (1,100)
Maker of Hot Spring Spas, the numberone selling brand of portable spa, and Caldera Spas

8. VA San Diego Healthcare System (2,466)
Provider of comprehensive healthcare for inpatients and outpatients at the medical center in La Jolla and outpatient care at clinics around the county.

9. City of Carlsbad (1,100)
Strives to continue to improve the quality of life for all those who live, work and play in Carlsbad.

10. American Specialty Health (540)
A diversified specialty benefits company for physical medicine, complementary healthcare, wellness and disease management for obesity.


1. Provide Commerce (225 employees)
Manages a collection of branded Web sites, each offering high-quality, perishable products.

2. College Loan Corporation (458)
Student-loan provider, managing more than $9 billion in student-loan assets.

3. The Ken Blanchard Companies (270)
Consulting firm that helps companies improve their performance, productivity and bottom-line results.

4. Seacrest Village Retirement Communities (230)
Retirement communities providing services to seniors in a Jewish environment.

5. Road Runner Sports (302)
Running apparel, shoes, accessories and information resource.

6. Reef (105)
One of the largest sandal manufacturers in the world, now evolved into a fullfledged apparel brand.

7. WebSide Story (142)
A leading provider of on-demand digital marketing applications.

8. Gordon & Rees, LLP (170)
Founded in 1974 in San Francisco, Gordon & Rees employs more than 290 attorneys in 11 offices.

9. Dudek (200)
A leading Southern California engineering and environmental firm that solves regulatory and technical challenges for municipal agencies and major landowners.

10. Planned Parenthood of San Diego & Riverside Counties
Provides confidential, comprehensive, high-quality medical services.


1. Proffer Financial (40 employees)
A mortgage professional dedicated in providing expert guidance through Internet technology with the added convenience of local service.

2. Western Pump (50)
The only fully integrated petroleum and lubrication systems firm in California. Specializes in construction and servicing of fleet fueling facilities, aviation, retail service stations and convenience stores.

3. Manpower of San Diego (95)
A staffing agency that offers employers a range of services such as permanent, temporary and contract recruitment; employee assessment and selection; training; outplacement; outsourcing; and consulting.

4. Olivenhain Municipal Water District (84)
A water management company, committed in serving safe, reliable, high-quality water in a cost-effective and environmentally sensitive manner.

5. Althea Technologies (93)
Founded in 1998, a biotechnology pharmaceutical company with expertise in qPCR assay services and plasmid DNA production.

6. NAMM, the International Music Products Association (64)
An international association representing nearly 9,000 retailers and manufacturers of musical instruments. Its mission is intended to unify, lead and strengthen the global music products industry.

7. Epsilon Systems Solutions (100)
A private, veteran-owned small business providing innovative technical and operational solutions such as environmental management services and marine field services.

8. MortgageIT (74)
A mortgage lender, providing retail, wholesale and correspondent lending products and services.

9. Peartrees Catering (70)
Established in 1984 and now one of the largest, state-of-the-art catering facilities in San Diego County.

10. Apical Industries (75)
Apical is a provider of quality emergency flotation and evacuation equipment.