1.The purpose of the Criteria for Membership is to provide guidelines for active membership in the Alliance of Area Business Publications. Only applicant publications that do not violate the organization’s standards will be approved. Active Membership in the Alliance is open only to publications engaged in the business of publishing for a profit local, state, regional and/or metropolitan independent, printed general business periodicals.

2.Any publication is eligible to join the Alliance if, at the time of application, it has been published on a local, state, regional or metropolitan basis for a period of at least one year, during which not less than six issues shall have been published.

3.Members must be published as an enterprise organized for profit. All nonprofit publications (such as Chamber of Commerce newsletters and association newsletters) and for-profit publications owned by nonprofit entities are excluded.

4.Members must be focused on broad business coverage of multiple industries, not just coverage of a single industry. Trade publications are excluded.

5.Publications focused primarily on providing specialized real estate listings, buyer arrivals and financial listings such as bankruptcies and incorporations are excluded.

6.Each member’s circulation must be audited, not later than eighteen (18) months following acceptance as an active member, by either ABC, BPA, VAC, CVC or such other auditing firms as the Board of Directors deems necessary to validate circulation. A copy of the audit or a letter from the audit company indicating that an audit is in process must be submitted with the membership application.

7.The applicant publication’s primary mode of delivery to readers shall be by mail or comparable means. Free bulk distribution through racks is not acceptable as a primary means of delivery.

8.The applicant publication routinely shall include an editorial/ commentary section.

9.The applicant publication must be delivered as a freestanding publication, not as an insert in another publication.

10.The applicant publication’s editorial content shall be free of undue influence from other business interests of its ownership.

11.The ratio of advertising to editorial pages in an applicant’s publication shall not exceed an annual average of 75 percent advertising.

12.The applicant publication shall be, in the judgment of the Board of Directors, of high ethical and journalistic standards that would reflect credit on the association and the business-publishing niche.

13.The applicant publication shall, in the judgment of the Board of Directors, exhibit sufficient editorial excellence and integrity to merit distinction as a positive editorial force in its community.

14.The applicant publication shall, in the judgment of the Board of Directors, enhance the usefulness and strength of character of the association.

15.Any size and format are eligible for membership.

16.Each applicant for Active membership shall pay an initiation fee with the application. The initiation fee is $250. Upon approval of membership, an invoice for a pro rata portion of the balance of the first-year dues will be sent.

17.Active membership may be granted by the Board of Directors upon recommendation of the Standards Committee.

18.Any corporation that supplies services to any AABP member shall be entitled, upon payment of dues, to become an Associate Member and shall be invited to take part in AABP meetings as the Board of Directors shall decide.

Any corporation which supplies services to the AABP membership shall, upon payment of Annual membership dues, be entitled to become an Associate Member and shall be invited to take part in the AABP meetings as the Board of Directors shall decide. More information about Associate Membership.

Copyright © 2016 The Alliance of Area Business Publishers. All rights reserved. AABP