From left, Business Record Editor Emily Barske, BPC Vice President Jason Swanson, BPC President and CEO Suzanna de Baca, and BPC Group Publisher Chris Conetzkey at the AABP summer conference in Columbus, Ohio.

The Business Record was nationally recognized with four awards from the industry association of leading business publications over the weekend.

Our mission to help businesses do business better is driven by supporting our community and state. We exist because of engaged audience members who turn to us for news so they can be equipped with information to help their businesses and communities thrive. This is why we do the work we do – not to win awards. But we are proud to be recognized for the work we are doing to keep our community and state informed.

The Alliance of Area Business Publishers, made up of members from business publications in major U.S. cities, recognized the Business Record in the following categories of the 2022 Editorial Excellence Awards:

  • Best Daily Email: Bronze for the Business Record Daily, which is our twice-daily newsletter keeping the business community informed with in-depth original reporting and quick updates on the news they need to know. “This newsletter offers a good survey of area news and reporting of benefit to the target population – even from sources outside the publication,” the judges wrote. “This is a service to readers and the community. The content offers both depth and context, in a readable and relatable style.” You can sign up to receive it here.
  • Best Specialty E-Newsletter: Gold for Fearless, our weekly newsletter produced by Fearless Editor Emily Kestel on women’s and gender issues. “This newsletter of specialized content is supportive, interesting and community-building. The material adds significant value on top of what the publication provides otherwise, and it’s written in an authentic and friendly voice,” the judges wrote. You can sign up to receive it here.
  • Best Explanatory Journalism, Medium Tabloid: Gold for Staff Writer Sarah Bogaards’ series “20 years of decline: Iowa’s dwindling birthing units.” "This three-part series examines how expectant mothers across the state have been harmed by the shutdown of hospital birthing units,” the judges wrote. “The writer weaves together stories from mothers who have experienced this crisis and the reasons why. Another of the articles offers possible solutions from experts across the state.”
  • Best Newspaper, Medium Tabloid: Bronze for the weekly Business Record print edition. “The bold covers on this publication play up their lead stories well; design and visuals are dominant as a strength,” the judges wrote. “The photo selections show the publication knows how to choose the right image to enhance design. The reporting shows the staff has great access for stories like the firsthand account of health care workers dealing with COVID.”


These awards are a team effort and a testament to the work each staff member puts in each day.
But without our members, none of this would be possible. Support of our work means more than any award ever could. Consider becoming a member if you aren’t already, and as always, feel free to give us feedback or ideas at any time so that we can continue serving you.