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Special Reports & Nominations

For questions about nominations or special reports, contact Co-Managing Editor Amber Hair at ahair@pacbiztimes.com

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Most Influential

Our roundup of the best and brightest leaders in the Tri-County region.

  • NOMINATIONS CLOSE: January 5, 2024
  • PUBLICATION DATE: February 9, 2024

Central Coast Innovation Awards

Our report of entrepreneurs in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties who are pushing the envelope by creating new products, services and solutions. This report is presented alongside the Startup Village, which recognizes bold and innovative ideas from college students in the region.

  • NOMINATIONS CLOSE: January 19, 2024
  • PUBLICATION DATE: February 23, 2024

Who’s Who in Commercial Real Estate & Construction

Our report of the top leaders in the Tri-County's construction, general contractor and associated industries.

  • NOMINATIONS CLOSE: February 2, 2024
  • PUBLICATION DATE: March 8, 2024

Top Women in Business

Our report on the region's top female leaders, including entrepreneurs, non-profit heads and those involved in public service.

  • NOMINATIONS CLOSE: February 23, 2024
  • PUBLICATION DATE: March 29, 2024

Champions in Education

Our inaugural report recognizing teachers, administrators, innovators and philanthropists from across the region as we recognize the role that education plays in creating the workforce of the future. Please send any nominations to Co-Managing Editor Amber Hair at ahair@pacbiztimes.com.

  • NOMINATIONS CLOSE: March 18, 2024
  • PUBLICATION DATE: April 12, 2024

Business Hall of Fame/Legacy

Our annual report celebrating significant business leaders in the community and the businesses that have reached incredible milestones.

  • NOMINATIONS CLOSE: March 22, 2024
  • PUBLICATION DATE: April 26, 2024

Central Coast Best Places to Work

Our report on the best places to work along the Central Coast as determined by surveys and employee feedback.

  • SURVEY DEADLINE:  April 19, 2024
  • PUBLICATION DATE: May 24, 2024

Who’s Who in Banking & Finance

Our report on the top leaders in banks, credit unions and other financial institutions throughout the Tri-County region.

  • NOMINATIONS CLOSE: May 3, 2024
  • PUBLICATION DATE: June 14, 2024
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Latino Business Awards

Our report on the top Latino business owners in the Tri-County region.

  • NOMINATIONS CLOSE: May 17, 2024
  • PUBLICATION DATE: June 28, 2024
Submit your nomination here

Who’s Who in Agriculture & Viticulture

Our annual report profiles leaders in farming, ranching, food processing, cannabis and winemaking.

  • NOMINATIONS CLOSE: June 7, 2024
  • PUBLICATION DATE: July 12, 2024
Submit your nomination here

Spirit of Small Business

The Business Times has partnered with the U.S. Small Business Administration to celebrate small business with profiles of innovative companies, how-to articles and a resource guide.

  • NOMINATIONS CLOSE: June 21, 2024
  • PUBLICATION DATE: July 26, 2024
Submit your nomination here

Champions in Health Care

During an era of unprecedented challenges in health care, we profile the region’s top practitioners, researchers, administrators and front-line workers.

  • NOMINATIONS CLOSE: July 5, 2024
  • PUBLICATION DATE: August 9, 2024
Submit your nomination here

40 Under Forty

Our popular special report profiles 40 up-and-coming businessmen and women under 40 years of age.

  • NOMINATIONS CLOSE: July 19, 2024
  • PUBLICATION DATE: August 23, 2024
Submit your nomination here

Giving Guide

Our annual advertorial publication provides in-depth information on the region’s dynamic non-profit sector.

  • PUBLICATION DATE: September 20, 2024

Fastest-Growing Companies

This special report lists the region’s fastest-growing companies with editor’s choice profiles of compelling stories

  • NOMINATIONS CLOSE: August 16, 2024
  • PUBLICATION DATE: September 27, 2024
Submit your nomination here

Who’s Who in Professional Services

We recognize the leading attorneys and certified public accountants in private practice in the region.

  • NOMINATIONS CLOSE: September 20, 2024
  • PUBLICATION DATE: October 25, 2024
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Who's Who in Health Care, Insurance Services & Life Sciences

Our Who’s Who report profiles dozens of decision-makers in the health care, life sciences and insurance.

  • NOMINATIONS CLOSE: October 4, 2024
  • PUBLICATION DATE: November 8, 2024
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Fall Economic Forecast and 2023 Tax & Financial Planning Guide

We present articles and expert panels on the investment and economic outlook for the New Year and top tax trends.

  • PUBLICATION DATE: November 22, 2024

Who’s Who in Nonprofits & Foundations

This special report profiles leaders in fundraising, foundations, community service and arts organizations.

  • NOMINATIONS CLOSE: November 1, 2024
  • PUBLICATION DATE: December 13, 2024
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2025 Book of Lists

Our final special report of the year compiles the Top 25 lists we’ve published during the year and adds new lists to create the most comprehensive directory of businesses in the tri-county region.

  • PUBLICATION DATE: December 27, 2024