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Target Market News launches Chicago business publication

Target Market News has introduced Black Business Chicago, a new monthly which will spotlight news and features on Chicago's African-American businesses, corporate executives and local economic issues. The publication will also be supplemented by a Web site,, that will provide updated coverage of relevant business news on a daily and weekly basis between issues of the monthly print publication. Click for more

Buying Power report: Blacks spend as economy grows
New 16th edition shows $507 bil in spending

The finding comes from the 16th annual edition of "The Buying Power of Black America" report. In 2009, black households spent an estimated $507 billion in 27 product and services categories. ...

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Target Market News names Karen Weddington Vice President of Sales

(August 20, 2011) Veteran publishing executive, Karen L.E. Weddington, has been named Vice President of Sales by Target Market News effective immediately. She will be responsible for overseeing advertising sales for the company's media properties and sponsorships for its events.

"We are thrilled to have Karen join the Target Market News team," said Ken Smikle, president of the company. "She has extensive experience in print, broadcast and digital sales, and has negotiated countless successful opportunities for advertisers and marketers. Her skills will be an important asset as we grow our properties and platforms to the next level."

Weddington's initial focus will be on building advertising support for Black Business Chicago, the monthly news publication covering the city's black-owned companies and business executives.

"It's exciting to be working with the media company that has been the sole voice for African-Americans in the advertising and marketing industry for more than two decades," said Weddington. "We are the only media platform serving this business segment. With our in-depth knowledge of the industry and of Black consumers, we look forward to growing our capabilities in delivering client-centric solutions."

Weddington has an extensive background in executive positions at media companies. Most recently she was Vice President, Global Sales for Linx Media, a digital marketing firm. She's also held positions with the New York Times, Chief Executive magazine, and Essence magazine. She was also director of sales for the Chicago Sun-Times and  the Chicago Defender, and national sales manager for WVAZ-FM/V-103.

Weddington is a graduate of Boston University and holds a degree in Political Science. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Target Market News is celebrating its 22nd year as the nation's leading information source on African-American marketing and media. The company publishes a daily Web-based news bulletin with more than 13,000 industry subscribers. TMN also publishes an annual report, The Buying Power of Black America. It also hosts the annual Marketing to African-Americans with Excellence (MAAX) Summit and MAAX Awards program.

This fall, the company will re-introduce Target Market News as a bi-monthly trade publication covering African-American marketing, advertising, media and research issues.

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