American City Business Journals

American City Business Journals
Industry Publication
Founded 1985 (1985)
Founder Mike Russell
Headquarters Charlotte, North Carolina
Area served
United States
Key people
Whitney Shaw
(Chairman and CEO)
Products Magazines
Mass Media
Number of employees
1,900 (as of 2009 (2009))[1]
Parent Independent (1985–)
American City Business Journals' corporate office is in Charlotte, North Carolina. The company's major divisions are metropolitan weekly publications and sports publications.[2]

American City Business Journals is an American newspaper chain based in Charlotte, North Carolina, owned by Advance Publications. It has a range of media 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 motorsports periodicals, including SportsBusiness Journal, Sports Business Daily, five sports annuals, and The Sporting News. The company is the United States' leading publisher of NASCAR magazines, which includes NASCAR Illustrated and

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, a website formerly associated with the now-defunct Condé Nast Portfolio.[3]

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, North Carolina, and greatly increased the number of its publications.[1]


Title Metro area Founded Notes
Albany Business Review Albany, New York
Albuquerque Business First Albuquerque, New Mexico
Atlanta Business Chronicle Atlanta, Georgia
Acquired in 1986 with purchase of Scripps Howard Business Journals.[4]
Austin Business Journal Austin, Texas The Journal is a member of the Austin Chamber of Commerce.[5] The Journal's office is located in downtown Austin, Texas.[5] The Journal publishes a number of lists and grants several awards annually, among them being "List of Fastest-Growing Central Texas Neighborhoods",[6] "Best Places to Work Award",[7] and "Fast 50" list of rapidly growing companies.[8]
Baltimore Business Journal Baltimore, Maryland
Birmingham Business Journal Birmingham, Alabama 1983
Boston Business Journal Boston, Massachusetts
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
Columbus Business First Columbus, Ohio
Dallas Business Journal Dallas, Texas 1977
Acquired in 1986 with purchase of Scripps Howard Business Journals.[4]
Dayton Business Journal Dayton, Ohio
Denver Business Journal Denver, Colorado
Triad Business Journal Greensboro, North Carolina
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.[9]
Houston Business Journal Houston, Texas
Acquired in 1986 with purchase of Scripps Howard Business Journals.[4] 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.[10]
Jacksonville Business Journal Jacksonville, Florida
Kansas City Business Journal Kansas City, Missouri 1982
Co-founded by Michael K. Russell and William Worley in August 1982.[11]
L.A. Biz Los Angeles, California Online only
Business First of Louisville 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
Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal Minneapolis–Saint Paul
Nashville Business Journal Nashville, Tennessee
Orlando Business Journal Orlando, Florida
Philadelphia Business Journal Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1982-03
Phoenix Business Journal Phoenix, Arizona
Acquired in 1986 with purchase of Scripps Howard Business Journals.[4]
Pittsburgh Business Times Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1981-08-31[12]
Portland Business Journal Portland, Oregon
Puget Sound Business Journal Seattle, Washington
Acquired in 1986 with purchase of Scripps Howard Business Journals[4]
Triangle Business Journal Raleigh, North Carolina
Sacramento Business Journal Sacramento, California
St. Louis Business Journal St. Louis, Missouri
San Antonio Business Journal San Antonio, Texas
San Francisco Business Journal San Francisco, California
Acquired in 1986 with purchase of Scripps Howard Business Journals.[4] 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
Acquired in 1986 with purchase of Scripps Howard Business Journals.[4]
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.
Acquired in 1986 with purchase of Scripps Howard Business Journals.[4]
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.[13][14] 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.


  1. 1 2 "ACBJ Chairman Ray Shaw dies at 75". Jacksonville Business Journal. Jacksonville, Florida: ACBJ. July 20, 2009. Retrieved July 20, 2009.
  2. "About Us". American City Business Journals. Retrieved January 19, 2011.
  3. "More on the relaunch", Talking Biz News, December 8, 2009 8:15 am. Retrieved November 16, 2011.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 "Two Companies Merging Business Journal Divisions".
  5. 1 2 "Austin Business Journal". Member Directory. Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 2015-07-03.
  6. Staff (March 17, 2015). "Austin Business Journal Releases List of Fastest-Growing Central Texas Neighborhoods". TWC News Austin. Retrieved 2015-07-03.
  7. "Austin Business Journal's Best Places to Work Award". Nurture OBGYN. June 2012. Retrieved 2015-07-03.
  8. "Q1Media is the 7th Fastest Growing Company in Austin according to the Austin Business Journal's Fast 50 List". Q1Media. Retrieved 2015-07-03.
  9. Zimmerman, Malia (April 2001). "SBH Top Award Winner Opens Business Newspaper To Fill A Need". Small Business News. Small Business Hawaii. Archived from the original on August 8, 2008. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  10. Zucker, Shaina. "HBJ to move to new Galleria office space in November." Houston Business Journal. Friday October 12, 2012. Retrieved on October 13, 2012.
  11. Kaberline, Brian (March 1, 2009). "Kansas City Business Journal | March 1, 2009 | "KCBJ co-founder, developer Mike Russell dies at age 69"". Retrieved January 26, 2012.
  12. "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Google News Archive Search".
  13. Kass, Mark (January 5, 2012). "Business Journal names Forty under 40 winners".
  14. "Columbus Business First 40 under 40 search". January 20, 2012.

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