The bizjournals.com website contains local business news from various cities in the United States, along with an archive that contains more than 5 million business news articles published since 1996. As of August 2021, it receives over 3.6 million readers each week.
The company was founded in 1982 by Mike Russell with the launch of the Kansas City Business Journal.
In 1986, the company acquired the full complement of publications from Business Journal Publications, including the St. Louis Business Journal and several other business journals and legal publications.
In 1986 Mike Russel acquired ten city business newspapers from Scripps-Howard. Scripps Howard Business Journals was operating ten publications, in Phoenix, Arizona; Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco (California); Washington, D.C.; South Florida; Atlanta,Georgia; Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, (Texas) and Seattle, Washington
In 2020, the company launched a book publishing partnership.
The publication publishes the following annual awards for each city:
The Business Journal's Forty Under 40 lists the 40 most successful entrepreneurs under the age of 40. It has been published since 1992.
The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal's Best Places to Work awards
The Business Journal's Best Places to Work ranks top businesses in local areas for best employee experience. Rankings are determined based on surveys on leadership, corporate culture, and communications. Different cities can use different methodologies and rank a different number of employers.
List of publications
Albany Business Review - Founded 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
Atlanta Business Chronicle - Acquired in 1986 with purchase of Scripps Howard Business Journals.
Austin Business Journal - A member of the Austin Chamber of Commerce, with offices in downtown Austin. Publishes several 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 - Acquired in 1986 with purchase of Business Journal Publications Corp.
Boston Business Journal - Founded by Robert Bergenheim and launched on March 2, 1981. The newspaper was originally named "P&L The Boston Business Journal" ("P&L" stood for profit and loss). However, "P&L" was later dropped from the name. Acquired in 1996 with purchase of CityMedia Inc.
Buffalo Business First
Charlotte Business Journal
Chicago Business Journal
Cincinnati Business Courier - Acquired in 1986 with purchase of Business Journal Publications Corp. Print edition has a circulation of more than 50,000 business owners, professionals and decision makers, and more than 10,000 email subscribers receive a free daily news update.
Cleveland Business Journal - Launched in May 2020
Columbus Business First
Dallas Business Journal - Acquired in 1986 with purchase of Scripps Howard Business Journals.
Dayton Business Journal
Denver Business Journal - Acquired by American City Business Journals in 1989
Hartford Business Journal
Houston Business Journal - Acquired in 1986 with purchase of Scripps Howard Business Journals. The Houston Business Journal had occupied space in the Park Towers for a period of over 10 years. Offices moved to 5444 Westheimer Road effective November 5, 2012.
Jacksonville Business Journal - Began publishing in 1985. Publishes annually a Book of Lists, which contains updated, ranked lists on a subjects including largest employers, largest companies, largest law firms, and similar lists.
Kansas City Business Journal - Co-founded by Michael K. Russell and William Worley in August 1982.
Pacific Business News - 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.