Upcoming NBBJ conferences and events

Economic Outlook Conference

When: Thursday, February 29th

7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Networking

8:30 a.m. Program begins

11 a.m. Program ends

Where: Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park


Join the North Bay Business Journal in its annual Economic Outlook Conference at Sonoma State University on Thursday, Feb. 29th from 7:30 to 11 a.m. We are thrilled to partner with Sonoma State University in hosting this event!

The Economic Outlook serves as an educational space for the business community, where the North Bay Business Journal finds subject matter experts to discuss current challenges or trends within the North Bay region of business.

This year, the theme hones in on artificial intelligence, or AI, which is emerging further and further into our lives everyday. The theme in specific is, “Unlocking the Power of AI: Fueling North Bay’s Business Competitiveness and Shaping Future Education.”

Dr. Robert Eyler, Professor of Economics, Sonoma State University

Presenting: Economic Forecasts as Artificial Intelligence? The Volatile Outlook for 2024 and Beyond.

Alexander “Sasha” Sidorkin, Chief AI officer and Director, National Institute on Artificial Intelligence in Education

Presenting: Three Myths and One Real Worry: AI in Education and Workforce.

Dr. Emily Harburg, CEO and Founder, PairUp

Presenting: AI + Human Connection: Can technology bring us together, rather than pulling us farther apart?

Dr. John Sullins, Professor of Philosophy, Director of Programming for the Center for Ethics Law and Society, Sonoma State University

Presenting: Responsible Use of Generative AI in Higher Ed

Fiza Shaukut, CEO and Co-Founder, Patient First.AI

Presenting: AI to Improve Student Wellness and Wellbeing.

Stay tuned for more information!


Forty Under 40 Awards


When: Wednesday, April 17th

4 to 5 p.m. Registration and networking

5 to 6:30 p.m. Awards reception

Where: SaraLee & Richards Barn, Santa Rosa


The North Bay Business Journal is hosting its annual Forty Under 40 Awards this April, with nominations beginning soon. The Forty Under 40 Awards aim to recognize the most influential executives and professionals in the North Bay Area under 40 years old, those considered innovators, those creating advancements in their organizations, entrepreneurs creating new products or markets--you name it. Nominate a remarkable business professional under 40 that you know for this award.

Nominate a remarkable business professional under 40 today. Nominations close March 1st, 2024.

Stay tuned for more information!

Wine Industry Conference

When: Tuesday, April 23rd

Where: Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine County, Santa Rosa

Theme: Elevating Your Wine Business through Strategic Succession, Effective Distribution, and Innovative Marketing.


The North Bay Business Journal's Wine Industry Conference is one of the publication's annual networking events that's taken place for over two decades. The wine-centric soiree brings in a variety of attendees with wine industry backgrounds, as well as attendees from other general business backgrounds in the North Bay. It acts as a great hub of knowledge and networking for the North Bay Business Journal community, featuring expert keynote speakers and panelists each year.

This year's theme is, "Elevating Your Wine Business through Strategic Succession Effective Distribution and Innovative Marketing."

Joining us at the conference will be Keynote Speaker Remi Cohen, CEO of Domaine Carneros Winery, presenting: "Strategies for Success -- Mentorship, Succession, and Business Continuity Planning for the Future."

To follow, Tahlia Suggs, Marketing Apprentice at Price Family Vineyards & Estates, and Courtney Guntz-Summer, Assistant Director of Education at the Veraison Project, will speak about their experience and advocacy for The Veraison Project which is a wine and beverage industry apprenticeship program.

Additionally, joining us from Treasury Wine Estates will be Justin Noland, Senior Director of DTC Marketing and E-commerce, and Shem Swerkes, Director of Digital Innovation, speaking about marketing and the ways that AI can be used as a tool.


More information to come.

Influential Women Awards

When: Tuesday, May 14th

Where: Bricoleur Vineyards, Windsor


The North Bay Business Journal’s Influential Women Awards recognize outstanding women in North Bay Business, those demonstrating exemplary leadership, spearheading new innovations, and more.

We are now seeking nominations for the annual Influential Women Awards. This is your chance to honor and celebrate women who have demonstrated exceptional achievements, leadership, and impact in their respective fields. Nominees are considered to be outstanding women in the North Bay who are making a difference in the business world with their accomplishments and contributions.

Nominate an outstanding woman in the North Bay’s business community. Nominations close March 29th, 2024.

Stay tuned for more information!

Women in the Wine Business Awards

When: Thursday, June 6th

Where: MacMurray Ranch, Healdsburg


The North Bay Business Journal is excited to announce the opening of nominations for extraordinary women who are leaving a lasting and positive mark on the North Bay wine business industry.

Are you aware of an exceptional woman in the wine business who has been a catalyst for change and advancement? Perhaps she has pioneered sustainable wine production methods, advocated for inclusivity and diversity, led strong sales initiatives, been a DTC champion or has supported community impact endeavors. Whether she is involved in mentorship, viticulture, distribution, sales, marketing, or any other facet of the wine business, we are eager to learn about her notable accomplishments.

Therefore, we are seeking your valued nominations for women who have consistently demonstrated their dedication, expertise, and passion, and whose work has sustained a positive impact.

Nominate an extraordinary woman in the wine business today. Nominations close April 12th, 2024.

Stay tuned for more information!

Best Places to Work Awards

When: Tuesday, September 10th

Where: Graton Resort and Casino, Rohnert Park


Join the North Bay Business Journal in its annual Best Places to Work Awards. The 19th annual event celebrates companies all over Sonoma, Marin, Napa and Lake counties who have been determined as the ideal place to work.

Employees nominate their company and complete a profile for their company, and then employees are asked to complete an anonymous survey rating their overall satisfaction within the workplace, evaluating qualities such as camaraderie, mental health support, communication, support, fairness, and pride.

Companies qualifying as a Best Place to Work meet an overall average score that North Bay Business Journal compiles.

Nominations to participate begin on March 15th.

Stay tuned for more information!

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