American City Business Journals
|Headquarters||Charlotte, North Carolina|
(Chairman and CEO)
Number of employees
|1,900 (as of 2009)|
Advance Publications (1995–present)
American City Business Journals (ACBJ) is an American newspaper chain based in Charlotte, owned by Advance Publications. ACBJ owns a range of media outlets, including 40 primary metropolitan weekly publications, which reach 4 million readers with business community related news, and The Business Journals, which has daily news from those newspapers and other business news and information. It also controls the Street & Smith's Sports Group, which publishes periodicals, including Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily.
American City also publishes specialty publications, which include a high-tech business newspaper, a law journal, and Hemmings Motor News. In 2009, ACBJ took over management of Portfolio.com, a website formerly associated with the now-defunct, Condé Nast Portfolio.
Mike Russell founded American City Business Journals. The President and CEO of American City is Whitney Shaw. Shaw was previously senior vice president of ACBJ and president of its sports-publishing division. He succeeds his father, Ray Shaw, who was chairman and CEO of ACBJ for 25 years. Ray Shaw, the company's chairman from 1989 until his 2009 death, bought a controlling interest along with a partner in 1989, selling to Advance Publications in 1995. It was Russell who suggested Shaw buy the entire company rather than just a few journals. Under Ray Shaw's leadership, the company moved from Kansas City, Missouri, to Charlotte and greatly increased the number of its publications.
|Albany Business Review||Albany, New York||1974 (as Capital District Business Review)||Previously known as Capital District Business Review and The Business Review.|
|Albuquerque Business First||Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Atlanta Business Chronicle||Atlanta, Georgia|
|Austin Business Journal||Austin, Texas||The Journal is a member of the Austin Chamber of Commerce. The Journal's office is located in downtown Austin, Texas. The Journal publishes a number of lists and grants several awards annually, among them being "List of Fastest-Growing Central Texas Neighborhoods", "Best Places to Work Award", and "Fast 50" list of rapidly growing companies.|
|Baltimore Business Journal||Baltimore, Maryland||Acquired in 1986 with purchase of Business Journal Publications Corp.|
|Birmingham Business Journal||Birmingham, Alabama||1983||Acquired in 1999|
|Boston Business Journal||Boston, Massachusetts||Acquired in 1996 with purchase of CityMedia Inc.|
|Buffalo Business First||Buffalo, New York|
|Charlotte Business Journal||Charlotte, North Carolina|
|Chicago Business Journal||Chicago, Illinois||Online only|
|Cincinnati Business Courier||Cincinnati, Ohio||1984||Acquired in 1986 with purchase of Business Journal Publications Corp.|
|Columbus Business First||Columbus, Ohio||Claims to cover Central Ohio business news but only focuses on counties adjacent to Franklin County where Columbus is based.|
|Dallas Business Journal||Dallas, Texas||1977|
|Dayton Business Journal||Dayton, Ohio|
|Denver Business Journal||Denver, Colorado||1949||Acquired by American City Business Journals in 1989|
|Triad Business Journal||Greensboro, North Carolina|
|Hartford Business Journal||Hartford, Connecticut|
|Pacific Business News||Honolulu, Hawaii||
Started by entrepreneur George Mason and former Honolulu Star-Bulletin editor John Ramsey. In 1983 Mason sold the newspaper to ACBJ, though he continued to write a regular column for more than a decade after that.
|Houston Business Journal||Houston, Texas||
Acquired in 1986 with purchase of Scripps Howard Business Journals. Along with several other corporate sponsors, it coordinates the FastTech 50 Competition each year. The Houston Business Journal had occupied space in the Park Towers for a period of over 10 years. In 2012 the newspaper announced that it was moving to 5444 Westheimer Road effective November 5, 2012.
|Jacksonville Business Journal||Jacksonville, Florida|
|Kansas City Business Journal||Kansas City, Missouri||1982|
|L.A. Biz||Los Angeles, California||Online only|
|Louisville Business First||Louisville, Kentucky||1984|
|Memphis Business Journal||Memphis, Tennessee||1979-05-04||
Founded by Ward Archer as Mid-South Business, one of the first local business papers published in the United States.
|Milwaukee Business Journal||Milwaukee, Wisconsin||Acquired in 1996 with purchase of CityMedia Inc.|
|Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal||Minneapolis–Saint Paul||Acquired in 1996 with purchase of CityMedia Inc.|
|Nashville Business Journal||Nashville, Tennessee|
|Orlando Business Journal||Orlando, Florida|
|Philadelphia Business Journal||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||1982-03||Acquired in 1996 with purchase of CityMedia Inc.|
|Phoenix Business Journal||Phoenix, Arizona||1980-10-20|
|Pittsburgh Business Times||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||1981-08-31||Acquired in 1986 with Business Journal Publications Corp. Sold in 1988. Reacquired in 1996 with purchase of CityMedia Inc.|
|Portland Business Journal||Portland, Oregon|
|Puget Sound Business Journal||Seattle, Washington||
Acquired in 1986 with purchase of Scripps Howard Business Journals
|Triangle Business Journal||Raleigh, North Carolina|
|Sacramento Business Journal||Sacramento, California||Acquired in 1996 with purchase of CityMedia Inc.|
|St. Louis Business Journal||St. Louis, Missouri||Acquired in 1986 with purchase of Business Journal Publications Corp.|
|San Antonio Business Journal||San Antonio, Texas|
|San Francisco Business Journal||San Francisco, California||
Acquired in 1986 with purchase of Scripps Howard Business Journals. In 2008, East Bay Business Times merged with the San Francisco Business Times.
|Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal||San Jose, California|
|South Florida Business Journal||Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Florida|
|Tampa Bay Business Journal||Tampa, Florida||1981||
founded as Tampa Bay Business, renamed in the late 1990s as The Business Journal Serving Tampa Bay
|Washington Business Journal||Washington, D.C.|
|Wichita Business Journal||Wichita, Kansas|
The Business Journals
The Business Journals is the online media division of American City Business Journals which operates websites for each of the company's 40 print business journals, as well as its first web-only local business news and information site for Los Angeles, California.
The site contains local business news from around the nation, updated throughout the day, along with an archive that contains more than 2 million business news articles published since 1996. The Business Journals' sites have more than four million unique visitors each month.
Forty under 40 Award
The Business Journal's Forty Under 40 is an annual list compiled and published by the Business Journal newspapers since 1992. The purpose is to list the 40 most successful entrepreneurs under the age of 40. The 40 are usually nominated from within individual areas in range of the local business journal's publication.
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- Business Journal, St. Louis Magazine Sold
- Birmingham Business Journal celebrates 25 years
- American City Business Journals agrees to buy six weeklies
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- Journals acquired
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