- Founded in 1979, the Alliance of Area Business Publishers (AABP) was started to bring together city and regional business magazines and tabloids throughout North America. Typical of its members are such publications as Crain’s Chicago Business, Florida Trend, Biz New Orleans and Grand Rapids Business Journal.
- AABP represents approximately 57 publications in North America with a combined circulation of over 1.2 million. Much of the niche industry’s growth is due to the failure of local newspapers to hone in on Americans’ fascination with business goings-on, especially in their own communities.
- AABP works on behalf of its members by providing marketing and communications services, lobbying, educational programming and new business development. The Alliance offers members a monthly electronic sales training program with national recognized leaders in the field.
- The Alliance’s combined readership of over 1.8 million compares with the two million readers of Wall St. Journal, 980,000 readers of Business Week, 852,000 for Fortune and 900,000 of Forbes.
- Planned activities of AABP include monitoring and disseminating information on the latest electronic publishing concepts and techniques, national opinion polling among members on a variety of business topics, providing benchmark updates of sales, circulation, editorial and production figures, education and training seminars for its members, and strengthening the position of this niche in the national marketplace.