Past Issues

Feb/Mar 2011

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The American Business Journal has started 2011 off with a bang. As recession is still looming and worry surmounts, the extraordinary companies we profile are proof that there is no country in the world for business like here. We continually hear from those that not only survived the recession— they flourished.

The United States is the epitome of diversification. There is no sector, no industry, and no business that doesn’t have a part somewhere across this vast and diverse land. This was the inspiration for our new ‘State Focus’ section. Every issue we find the story within a state and find out what makes it a wonderfully unique place to do business. This issue we feature Texas, the economic powerhouse which has proven to be much more than just an oil state. Check out our interview with the Mayor of Houston, Annise D. Parker on page 24.

The entrepreneurial spirit is on fire in America for 2011 and here at The American Business Journal our focus is fuelling that momentum. This issue features some great contributions about critical elements of commerce. Richard Binhammer, Dell Computer’s social media expert, gives us some great insights into making social media work for business. We hear from the Canadian American Business Council about the critical relationship with our neighbours to the North and what it means for the private sector. Business, after all, is what built America.

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Winter 2010

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The festive spirit is in full swing here at ABJ; the offices are decked out and we are busy wrapping up the year. The success of the magazine this year has to be credited to the outstanding companies we have had the pleasure to profile, companies that keep the economic outlook ever-optimistic despite environmental, political and economic challenges. We are happy to do our part to showcase the hard working entrepreneurs whose determination to thrive (despite the recession) has been an enduring inspiration.

In anticipation of continuing down this path, ABJ is preparing for a great year. We have bold plans for 2011. Due to the overwhelming number of positive stories in the U.S., ABJ will be going to a bi-monthly format in order to get them to you. Our editorial team is growing and our content will feature more information than ever to help you ride the wave in the good times and batten down the hatches in the bad.

It’s a very interesting time to be in the digital realm. WikiLeaks are releasing information daily that have real world repercussions on the global banking systems. Cables are soon to be released with details on our own banking systems that are causing a lot of people anxiety. Mark Zuckerberg has taken a famously aggressive stance that we are evolving into a society with less privacy. Companies are well advised to harness the juggernaut that is the internet with more focus than ever. In 2011 we will be dealing with a lot of the challenges and benefits associated with technology and online media, and we have a very exciting interview to bring you, on that note, in our next issue (stay tuned!)

Meanwhile, we hope you enjoy the rich content we present in the Winter edition of ABJ. May your spirits be as high as the price of gold.

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Aug/Sep 10

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It’s an interesting time to be doing business in the U.S. Amid many conflicting reports on the economy, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner said early this month that the country is in fact (get ready), showing signs of stability. Why? Companies are hiring again. In an interview with Bloomberg Television in New York, he said: “We have some more work to do, but I think the economy is definitely getting stronger.”

Though damage has been done, and there is a lot of work to do, there are reasons to be optimistic in this climate of uncertainty. In March, employment increased the most in three years and the unemployment rate was improving. Payrolls have increased and there were posted increases in hiring in many industries, especially in manufacturing and healthcare. All in all, reasons to look towards a better future.

This month, ABJ reflects that positive future, as we look at management tactics in a new era, and focus on some very innovative companies in healthcare, food and drink, and entertainment industries. Take a look, and remember—the best is yet to come for American businesses.

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June/July 10

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As we dive head-first into the summer months, I’m reminded that those of us with office jobs often don’t have the benefits of enjoying the outdoors.

Sure, we might walk home from work, or spend time on a patio on the weekend. But for the most part, we spend most of our time indoors, in front of a computer, plugging away.

But what if we took a step back, and tried to even out our weekdays with a little attention to our personal lives?

Balancing our work and private lives may be the key to a happier life. This is a theory subscribed to by our cover interviewee this month — Mereille Guiliano, author of French Women Don’t Get Fat, and Women, Work, and the Art of Savoir Faire.

Guiliano spoke to me about living life, and enjoying the finer things, like eating a homecooked meal, and turning off your Blackberry to have some space from work. She’s certainly an authority on balance, having worked towards it throughout her professional career.

In any case, we invite you to take a time out, peruse the interview, and have a good read, as ABJ highlights the best in business.

Have a good summer, and remember to stop and smell the roses.

 

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April/May 10

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In part two of ABJ's management series, we look at the intertwined relationship between an organization's culture and their employees' productivity. In speaking with experts, Antonia McGuire uncovers a clear link between chronic fatigue and the implications to the bottom line. Read on to find out what managers can do and why North Americans have much to learn from those living in Australia.

Focusing on the state of Ohio, we bring you a profile on the young, ambitious Senator Sherrod Brown, who is leaving his mark in history. In our company focus, we put the spotlight on various organizations who share their success stories.

Last but not least, read our monthly lifestyle column to learn about the return on investment when it comes to weight loss in the workplace.

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March 10

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After the world’s economic leaders met in Iqaluit, N.W.T. to reaffirm their commitment to banking regulation last month, the spotlight is now on America’s failing system. When the housing market tanked and banks claimed bankruptcy because too many people couldn’t make their mortgage payments, the feds stepped in to save those banks “too big to fail” with a massive bailout package.

With President Barack Obama’s firm push for a banking bill to pass and a filibuster looming up in Capitol Hill, ABJ breaks down the problem that was missed by the media, how the end result will impact the banks’ bottom line and ultimately, the customer.

Focusing on the state of North Dakota, we bring you an exclusive interview with U.S. Governor John Hoeven, who has recently announced his run for a seat in the Senate this fall. In our company focus section, we put the spotlight on various organizations who share their success stories.

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February 10

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With world leaders having recently met in Copenhagen, the spotlight is now on China’s manufacturing sector and what its environmental and economic impact will be on the global community going forward in 2010 and beyond. Heads first started to turn when the U.S. hiked up its tariffs on tire imports last fall, initiating China’s launch of its antidumping probe into imported American goods and services. With China’s rapidly growing economy and its booming manufacturing sector, we got the chance to speak with Kathy Segerson, an expert in environmental and resource economics, to discuss China-America trading and what that dichotomy’s environmental impact will be in the future.

This month we also focused on the state of Maryland, and we bring you a profile on the ambitious Senator Barbara Mikulski, whose accomplishments and initiatives are admirable. It’s been said that small businesses will be the key to America’s economic revival, and so this month we scoured the country for entrepreneurs with great success stories, and learnt more about the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) as well as how a sports writer-turned CEO launched his own business.

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January 10

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Happy New YeYear! We hope you are excited about the coming decade. At George Media we’re gearing up for a full year of growth and stories galore.

This issue focuses on two states: Colorado and Pennsylvania. ABJ is pleased to bring you an exclusive interview with Pennsylvania’s Governor Rendell, and we also feature several company profiles that spotlight success stories from a range of sectors. Check out our opener, Hot Stories to Watch in 2010.

This issue of ABJ is dedicated to Damien Evans, who suddenly passed away on December 11th, 2009. Damien was an important member of the George Media team and will be missed dearly by his friends and family. Our thoughts go out to those close to him. He will not be forgotten.

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Nov/Dec 09

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Ah, flu season is back. It seems like everyone is either sick, worried about getting sick, or talking about healthcare in the U.S. Following a long debate over the summer and now the bills before the Senate, The American Business Journal (ABJ) looks at health care reform with a few features in our special double issue of ABJ, including a look at physician-owned hospitals, mental health care in the U.S. and an enlightening interview with Washington Governor Chris Gregoire— who speaks at length about health care changes. These articles are sure to be of interest to all our readers, but more importantly, our doctor CEO readers whose businesses may be affected by new reforms. Not only did we interview Chris Gregoire, we also focused on her state—Washington. We were privileged to have the opportunity to interview many legislative and city officials for features about the Association of Washington Cities, the City of Bothell, which celebrated its centennial anniversary this year, and the City of Bellevue.

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October 09

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Third time’s a charm. George Media is proud to present the first issue of The American Business Journal. Our third publication, the ABJ, is centered on issues facing the American public, and in this issue we highlight a variety of industry topics and trends – we hope you enjoy the read.

The housing industry is coming back...so the experts have said. But what about individual states? Where do they stand in terms of economic recovery? Our spotlight on Louisiana includes stories from Louisiana-based companies who are holding their own as the recession moderates. We had interviews with health care companies trying to make a difference, food and drink enterprises watching their industries grow, and contracting companies operating in the harshest conditions.

The American Business Journal, like its sister publications The Canadian Business Journal and The International Resource Journal, is BPA audited. We’re proud of that fact. We’re also proud that the launch of the ABJ signals a re-branding of George Media. Since we’ve celebrated a year in business, we’ve decided to undertake the mammoth task of re-branding the company so that the world can really see what George is made of. We have a stellar team behind our brand, and we’re looking forward to next month’s issue of the ABJ – as well as more new publications to come in 2010.

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