The new Quad Cities Regional Business Journal made its arrival official on Tuesday, Feb. 22, with a snip of the ribbon at its Bettendorf office.
QCBJ owners John and Aspen Lohman joined the publication’s staff for a ribbon-cutting at the QCBJ’s offices at 2117 State St., Suite 105. The open house event, hosted in conjunction with the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, drew more than 125 business and community leaders.
John Lohman, group publisher of parent company Corridor Media Group, welcomed the crowd as he talked about his 14-year journey to expand his business journal model to the Quad Cities region. His first publication, the Corridor Business Journal (CBJ). was launched nearly 18 years ago in the basement of his North Liberty, Iowa home.
“We are excited about being here in the Quad Cities. It only took us 14 years after we were first approached by former Bettendorf Mayor Mike Freemire to launch a business journal in the region,” said Mr. Lohman. “We have a great team and are laser-focused on providing local and regional business news and information to business and community leaders.”
Mr. Lohman and his team were welcomed to downtown Bettendorf, where QCBJ is located in the Alter Building, by Chamber President and CEO Paul Rumler and Bettendorf City Administrator Decker Ploehn. The guests included Chamber Ambassadors and chamber staff as well as community leaders, business leaders, subscribers, family and friends.
The QCBJ is a sister publication to the CBJ. Both business journals produce daily online newsletters and print editions every other week.
The QCBJ, led by Editor Jennifer DeWitt, launched online Dec. 1, 2021, and published its first print edition on Jan. 24. The other staff members are Kenda Burrows, senior reporter; Dave Thompson, content editor; and Dayle Hall, media consultant.
To learn more or to subscribe, visit www.quadcitiesbusiness.com.