MUSCATINE, Iowa–Wanting to connect local business leaders with news they could use, Corridor Media Group Publisher John Lohman helped get the “Corridor Business Journal” up and running in 2004. Even in its early days it received positive attention. After only four years in print, the mayor of Bettendorf reached out to Lohman and encouraged him to start a second publication focusing on business news from in and around the Quad Cities. Flattered, Lohman kept the idea in mind, but did not quite feel the time had come to act on it. More recently, others have come to Lohman requesting a publication for the Quad Cities. Feeling ready, Lohman helped launch the “Quad Cities Regional Business Journal,” which debuted online Dec. 1, 2021 and in print Jan. 24.
A specialized publication, Lohman describes the “Quad Cities Business Journal” as, “focused on local and regional business news.” The “Quad Cities Business Journal,” comes out in biweekly print editions complimented by online content, including free daily email updates. In all of its formats, the “Quad Cities Business Journal” focuses on news about both small businesses and large corporations, as well as insights and analysis about trends and topics that affect area businesses. To stay true to their local nature, the “Quad Cities Business Journal” provides coverage of business stories in Clinton, Muscatine, and Scott Counties in Iowa and Henry, Mercer, and Rock Island Counties in Illinois.
Though the “Quad Cities Business Journal” has only just started making its mark in the area, Lohman already appreciates the opportunity he and others with the publication have to get to know and positively influence the region’s business community. “I’m really fortunate because I get to meet and learn a lot about a lot of neat businesses and business owners up and down the Mississippi,” he said, adding that he values getting to, “share their stories with a wider audience.”
To continue getting to know the Muscatine County business community, the “Quad Cities Regional Business Journal” opted to join the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “We are very supportive of chambers and the work they do in communities,” emphasized Lohman. “We think everyone should be a member of their chamber and read the ‘Business Journal’ as well,” he added.
A subscription based publication, Lohman encourages anyone wanting to learn more about all of the area’s business happenings and insights into them to take out a print or online subscription for themselves. “This is information they can’t really get anywhere else, and it’s all focused on local and regional businesses,” he stressed, highlighting that all of the writing comes from local sources and not from any wire services or the Associated Press. People wanting to subscribe may do so by visiting the “Quad Cities Business Journal” website and choosing the subscription package that makes the most sense for them. Those interested in receiving “Quad Cities Business Journal” email updates may also sign up for them on their website as well.