Generally I shy away from shining the spotlight inward on our organization, preferring instead to shine the light on those in our community and their achievements. But today I have exciting news about our company that I want to share.

The March issue of Editor & Publisher, the respected monthly trade news magazine covering the publishing industry, recognized Business Publications Corporation President and Group Publisher Suzanna de Baca, Business Record Publisher and Executive Editor Chris Conetzkey and the BPC team in a special section called “10 News Publishers That Do It Right.” BPC was cited for launching "new initiatives that provided value to the community" in 2020.  

As for most companies in Central Iowa, the past 12 months have been anything but business as usual. With the global pandemic, social unrest and the derecho, it was a year of adaptation and innovation. In trying to best figure out how we could support our communities, we listened, and then acted on what we heard.

Editor & Publisher wrote, "Our 10 news publishers (and honorable mentions) had to learn how to navigate a brand-new world," and specifically mentioned the Business Record's Buy One Give One program, which enabled local businesses to donate advertising to nonprofits; Coping with COVID virtual event series and Executive Vision Series on racial equity; dsm's Lifting the Veil event series focused on mental health; and BPC's companywide Iowa Stops Hunger initiative designed to bring awareness and action to combatting food insecurity among our business and cultural communities.

This year's Editor & Publisher's list includes the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Newsday and Variety. Past honored publications include the Financial Times of London, the Chicago Tribune, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Denver Post.


Talk about illustrious company! I simply could not be any more proud of Suzanna, Chris and our BPC team.

In 2021, we will keep moving forward. Most importantly, we will continue to listen and serve the needs of the communities we reach with our publications, including the Business Record, dsm  and ia magazines, as well as our custom publishing division.

I want to thank you for your continued support of our organization. Your readership, event attendance and patronage make our work possible.