Send calendar items, at least two months before the event, to calendar@busjrnl.com.This WeekMarin County Small Employer Forum: Tips on how to prepare for the Affordable Care Act

Sponsor: San Rafael Chamber; Marin County Health & Human Service; Kaiser Permanente

Date: Sept. 24, 7:30--10 a.m. Cost: Free

Place: Embassy Suites Hotel, San Rafael

Info: 415-473-3309New Parent Education Center ribbon-cutting

Sponsor: California Parenting Institute

Date: Sept. 25, 4:30--6:30 p.m.

Place: California Parenting Institute, 3650 Standish Ave., Santa Rosa

Info: calparents.orgInvest Local Conference

Sponsor: Sonoma County Go Local Cooperative

Date: Sept. 26, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Cost: $25--$60

Place: Flamingo Hotel, Santa Rosa

Info: investlocal2013.eventbrite.comMarketing Success Through Stories

Sponsor: Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center 

Date: Sept. 26, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Cost: $180

Place: Renaissance Center Marin, 1115 Third St., San Rafael

Info: rencentermarin.comSo You Want to Start a Business: Marketing

Sponsor: Marin Small Business Development Center

Date: Sept. 26, 5:30--8:30 p.m. Cost: $20

Place: 1115 Third St., San Rafael

Info: www.marinsbdc.orgLive Better, Live Longer

Date: Sept. 27, 10 a.m. - noon. Cost: Free

Place: Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross

Info: magc.org; hosted by Dr. Anne CummingsAhead of the Curve: What's Next for the Future of Marketing

Sponsor: The Professional Services Marketing Group - North Bay

Date: Sept. 27, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Cost: $65/members; $75/non-members

Place: Sonoma Mountain Village Event Center, Rohnert Park

Info: psmgnorthbay.com/conference2013 Spirit of Marin luncheon

Sponsor: Bank of Marin

Date: Sept. 27, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Cost: $50

Place: Father David Ghiorso's Courtyard, St. Vincent's School for the Boys, San Rafael

Info: spiritofmarin.comEntrepreneurs of Tomorrow fundraiser

Sponsor: North Bay Black Chamber of Commerce

Date: Sept. 27, 5--7 p.m. Cost: $50

Place: Mary Agatha Furth Center, 8400 Old Redwood Hwy., Windsor

Info: nbbcc.org/entrepreneurs-of-tomorrowOlive-curing workshop

Sponsor: B.R. Cohn Winery

Date: Sept. 29, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Cost: $20/person; $15/wine club members

Place: 15000 Sonoma Hwy. (Hwy. 12), Glen Ellen

Info: brcohn.com; featuring Don LandisComing UpEmployment law seminar

Sponsor: San Rafael Chamber; Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center

Date: Oct. 3, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Cost: $100

Place: Renaissance Marin, 1115 Third St., San Rafael

Info: 415-755-1115Wine Country Harvest Faire & Business Showcase

Sponsor: Mark West Area Chamber of Commerce; California American Water

Date: Oct. 3, 4--8 p.m. Cost: Free

Place: Wells Fargo center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa

Info: markwest.orgEMERGE: Leadership Skills for Green Building Advocates

Sponsor: U.S. Green Building Council - Northern California

Date: Oct. 5--6, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Cost: $695

Place: NatureBridge Conference Center, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Sausalito

Info: usgbc-ncc.orgImpact Sonoma Conference

Sponsor: North Bay Business Journal; Summit State Bank

Date: Oct. 16, 7:30--11:30 a.m. Cost: $49/person; $425/table of 8

Place: Sonoma Mountain Village, Rohnert Park

Info: NorthBayBusinessJournal.com21st annual Days of Wine and Dozers

Sponsor: Northern California Engineering Contractors Association; BoDean Company; Ghilotti Construction

Date: Oct. 26, 5:30 p.m. - midnight.  Cost: TBA

Place: Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club

Info: nceca.orgCommercial Real Estate Networking Reception

Sponsor: North Bay Business Journal

Date: Oct. 29, 4--6 p.m. Cost: $55

Place: Sonoma Raceway

Info: NorthBayBusinessJournal.comNonprofit Boot Camp & Leadership Awards

Sponsor: North Bay Business Journal; Pisenti & Brinker; Summit State Bank

Date: Oct. 30, 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Cost: $55/person; $500/table of 8

Place: Doubletree Hotel, Rohnert Park

Info: NorthBayBusinessJournal.comImpact Solano Conference

Sponsor: North Bay Business Journal; Travis Credit Union

Date: Nov. 8, 7:30--10 a.m. Cost: $49/person; $510/table of 10

Place: Courtyard Vacaville, 120 Nut Tree Pkwy., Vacaville

Info: NorthBayBusinessJournal.com