American City Business Journals

American City Business Journals (ACBJ) is an American newspaper chain based in Charlotte, North Carolina. ACBJ publishes under 6 brands, which reach 4 million readers: The Business Journals, which publishes local business news for 43 markets in the United States, Hemmings Motor News, Street & Smith's Sports Business Daily, Inside Lacrosse, AmericanInno, and The company is owned by Advance Publications.[2]

American City Business Journals
FounderMike Russell
HeadquartersCharlotte, North Carolina
Area served
United States
Key people
Whitney Shaw
(Chairman and CEO)
Mass Media
OwnerAdvance Publications
Number of employees
1,900 (as of 2009)[1]
ParentIndependent (1985–1995)
Advance Publications (1995–present)
American City Business Journals' corporate office is in Charlotte, North Carolina. The company's major divisions are metropolitan weekly publications and sports publications.[2]


In 2009, ACBJ acquired, a website formerly associated with the now-defunct, Condé Nast Portfolio, and redirected the URL to the ACBJ website.[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 and greatly increased the number of its publications.[1]


Title Metro area Founded Notes
Albany Business Review Albany, New York 1974 (as Capital District Business Review) Previously known as Capital District Business Review and The Business Review. The Review publishes an annual Book of Lists which, for example, contains ranked lists of local engineering firms, colleges, general contractors, fastest-growing companies, labor unions, law firms, hospitals, tourist attractions, apartment communities, manufacturers, etc.
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 Acquired in 1986 with purchase of Business Journal Publications Corp.[9]
Birmingham Business Journal Birmingham, Alabama 1983 Acquired in 1999[10]
Boston Business Journal Boston, Massachusetts Acquired in 1996 with purchase of CityMedia Inc.[11]
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.[9]
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
Acquired in 1986 with purchase of Scripps Howard Business Journals.[4]
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.[12]
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.[13]
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.[14]
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.[11]
Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal Minneapolis–Saint Paul Acquired in 1996 with purchase of CityMedia Inc.[11]
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.[11]
Phoenix Business Journal Phoenix, Arizona 1980-10-20[15]
Acquired in 1986 with purchase of Scripps Howard Business Journals.[4]
Pittsburgh Business Times Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1981-08-31[16] Acquired in 1986 with Business Journal Publications Corp.[9] Sold in 1988.[17] Reacquired in 1996 with purchase of CityMedia Inc.[11]
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 Acquired in 1996 with purchase of CityMedia Inc.[11]
St. Louis Business Journal St. Louis, Missouri Acquired in 1986 with purchase of Business Journal Publications Corp.[9]
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.

Best Places To Work awards
The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal's Best Places To Work awards

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.[18][19] 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.

Best Places to Work Award

The Business Journal's Best Places to Work ranks top businesses in local areas for best employee experience. Rankings are determined based on surveys uncovering such variables as leadership, corporate culture, and communications. Some variation exists between different cities. For example, Minneapolis-St. Paul recognized 59 companies and 4 individuals in 2018[20], whereas Los Angeles will honor its top 100 in 2019.[21]


  1. ^ a b "ACBJ Chairman Ray Shaw dies at 75". Jacksonville Business Journal. Jacksonville, Florida: ACBJ. July 20, 2009. Retrieved July 20, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "American City Business Journals". American City Business Journals.
  3. ^ "More on the relaunch", Talking Biz News, December 8, 2009 8:15 am. Retrieved November 16, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Two Companies Merging Business Journal Divisions".
  5. ^ a b "Austin Business Journal". Member Directory. Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. Archived from the original on July 4, 2015. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  6. ^ Staff (March 17, 2015). "Austin Business Journal Releases List of Fastest-Growing Central Texas Neighborhoods". TWC News Austin. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  7. ^ "Austin Business Journal's Best Places to Work Award". Nurture OBGYN. June 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  8. ^ "Q1Media is the 7th Fastest Growing Company in Austin according to the Austin Business Journal's Fast 50 List". Q1Media. Archived from the original on July 4, 2015. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  9. ^ a b c d Business Journal, St. Louis Magazine Sold
  10. ^ Birmingham Business Journal celebrates 25 years
  11. ^ a b c d e f American City Business Journals agrees to buy six weeklies
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ Zucker, Shaina. "HBJ to move to new Galleria office space in November." Houston Business Journal. Friday October 12, 2012. Retrieved on October 13, 2012.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ Lowery, Ilana (November 2, 2015). "35th Anniversary: 'Business Journal' has grown up with Valley". Phoenix Business Journal. Archived from the original on April 25, 2017. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  16. ^ "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Google News Archive Search".
  17. ^ Journals acquired
  18. ^ Kass, Mark (January 5, 2012). "Business Journal names Forty under 40 winners".
  19. ^ "Columbus Business First 40 under 40 search". January 20, 2012.
  20. ^ Kuehn, Nancy (August 16, 2018). "Best Places to Work".
  21. ^ "Los Angeles Business Journal Best Places to Work 2019". 2019.

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