Meeting a Unique Need

Chicago represents one of the largest concentrations of black-owned business in the nation, but there is no singular vehicle that brings together news, information, research and commentary about this dynamic community. Consequently, the ability for these businesses to grow, exchange information and do business with one another and the larger business community has been challenging.

A media vehicle is needed that can report on and galvanize African-American-owned enterprises throughout metropolitan Chicago. Black Business Chicago is that publication.

Target Readership

There are more than 50,000 black business owners in the city of Chicago. Their annual household income is above $75,000 and they are above average in education, home ownership and car ownership. They are business leaders and opinion influencers in their communities and typically have membership in numerous community, social and professional organizations.

Starting with a controlled circulation of 15,000, Black Business Chicago will be an advertising-supported, monthly tabloid mailed via controlled-circulation to business owners and executives. BBC will also be a stand-alone, complimentary publication carried at various consumer and business locations throughout the Chicagoland area.

Editorial Focus

Black Business Chicago
will spotlight news and features on Chicago’s African-American businesses, corporate executives and local economic issues.


Regular topics and departments will focus on local business statistics, entrepreneurship, management, economic development, industry profiles, business and personal technology, calendar of business-related events, lists and topical commentary.

The publication will also be supplemented by a Web site,, that will provide updated coverage of relevant business news on a weekly basis between issues of the monthly print publication.

Management and Staff

Black Business Chicago will be edited and published by Target Market News with Ken Smikle serving as editor and publisher. Editorial material will be contributed by prominent African-American writers who have worked for the Chicago Tribune, Business Week and other noted national and local business publications.

Celebrating its 22nd year in operation, Target Market News is the leading authority on African-American marketing and media. Ken Smikle is editor and publisher of Target Market News’ Web site and annual report, "The Buying Power of Black America." Prior to founding Target Market News in 1988, he was a senior editor of Black Enterprise magazine, and an editor for the N.Y. Amsterdam News.  

For further information contact:
Ken Smikle, President
Target Market News
228 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604




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