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

    Network with the area’s most brilliant I.T. leaders at the most talked about Tech event of the year. Take part in engaging diversions. Eat delicious food. Get your shoes shined.
Play a game of pool. Enjoy a cigar. Dance to the live band.

Thursday, May 10, 2018
4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The Paddock
Del Mar Fairgrounds


     This event recognizes our local industry leaders’ great achievements within their companies and in the community. The winners and finalists are lauded for demonstrating determination and insight yielding huge successes for their organizations. These executives have taken the lead in driving their businesses and the local economy. The San Diego Business Journal honors these CEOs by hosting an exclusive reception and awards program to honor the winners, finalists and guests.

An independent panel of judges will select winners in the following categories:
Public Company (publicly traded) • Privately held Company
Nonprofit Organization (e.g., 501(c)3) • Business Nonprofit (e.g., credit union)
Government Agency • Family-Owned Business • Education

Thursday, June 7, 2018
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
3777 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego 92122


     Each year, the San Diego Business Journal researches and publishes the list of the 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in San Diego County. This research uncovers our region’s top emerging growth companies. The San Diego Business Journal honors these companies by publishing the list and hosting an exclusive invitation only reception and awards program to honor the winners and guests. Honor your company by submitting for the 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies list. Don’t miss this opportunity to let your company shine!

Submission Deadline May 1, 2018

Thursday, July 19, 2018
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
The Westin Gaslamp Quarter
910 Broadway Circle, San Diego 92101


     Join us as we honor up-and-coming leaders under the age of 40 at our first 40 Under 40 reception and awards presentation. The San Diego Business Journal will honor 40 young professionals — leaders, change makers and innovators — who are making waves, creating impact and leaving a positive mark on the San Diego community. We’re looking for the next generation of key executives and entrepreneurs.
     Celebrate these young leaders by submitting nominations for the 2018 40 Under 40 Awards.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
The Westin Gaslamp Quarter
910 Broadway Circle, San Diego 92101

     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