SDBJ Annual Awards Programs & Calendar of Events

Throughout the year, the San Diego Business Journal hosts a series of high profile events that bring together decision makers and business owners from all industries. These programs are designed to recognize businesses and leaders who positively impact the San Diego County business community.

Drawing in attendance from 300 to 1,000 attendees, these programs provide local and regional firms with the opportunity to reach a target audience face-to-face. To find out more information on these upcoming events, please call Audrey Marlow at 858-277-6695 or email:

Awards and networking programs also provide tremendous visibility for event sponsors. We offer unique opportunities for companies to promote their goods and services directly to event attendees—the movers and shakers in San Diego’s most vibrant industries. Sponsorship opportunities are available for each event at Presenting, Title and Gold levels.

Past Event Recaps

     It’s more than just a paycheck! The San Diego Business Journal’s Best Places to Work Awards program recognizes outstanding companies whose benefits, policies and practices are among the best in the region.

These companies do all they can to improve the performance by challenging their employees in an environment that makes work fun and engaging.

The awards program will honor top local employers that participated in a detailed survey conducted by the Best Companies Group. Results from the extensive survey ranks small, medium, large and mega companies on subjects such as leadership, corporate culture and communications and much more. The top 100 companies will be revealed at the award ceremony. Being named a best place to work can not only enhance recruiting efforts, but it can also increase employee retention, improve your brand awareness and reputation.

Thursday, September 20, 2018
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
910 Broadway Circle, San Diego 92101


     Join the San Diego Business Journal and Strazzeri Mancini along with area owners and leaders for advice and insight into navigating the complex issues related to growing a successful and sustainable family-owned business. It’s your opportunity to learn and network with others who are on the same journey as they strive to build wealth and create a lasting legacy.
     Hear from a dynamic lineup of panelists as they share real life examples of what separates success stories from failures. This networking breakfast and interactive panel discussions will offer perspectives from both industry experts and family business owners to address issues facing family-owned businesses every day.
     The Family-Owned Businesses Awards is the perfect opportunity to recognize your family-owned business or your clients, colleagues and friends whose San Diego-based family-owned firms have distinguished themselves in the local community.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Registration & Networking 7:00 to 7:30 a.m.
Breakfast 7:30 to 8:00 a.m.
Panel Discussions & Awards Program 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
The Westin Gaslamp Quarter
910 Broadway Circle, San Diego 92101


     San Diego has the highest percentage of veterans in the workforce in the country, is home to the largest concentration of military personnel and has scores of defense contractors. The San Diego Business Journal, in partnership with The Rosie Network, will celebrate and support local veteran entrepreneurs and military spouses with a new awards program and educational conference.
     The conference will include panel discussions on
          • Women – The Growing Face of Entrepreneurship
          • Building Your Brand Identity
          • Cybersecurity for Small Business
          • and more
     The conference is free to active duty, veterans and military spouses with military ID.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Conference 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Networking 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Dinner and Awards Program 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Networking 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Westin Gaslamp Quarter
910 Broadway Circle, San Diego 92101


     Each year, the San Diego Business Journal recognizes dynamic women business leaders who have contributed significantly to San Diego’s workplaces and communities. We want to hear from you! Now in the 25th year, the San Diego Business Journal recognizes these women by hosting our biggest and most anticipated reception and awards program to honor the winners and guests. Come celebrate at this annual networking reception and lunch recognizing the women shaping San Diego. Winners will be profiled in a special section of the San Diego Business Journal.

Thursday, December 13, 2018
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
1 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101