It's been a decade already! In your hands you are holding the product that celebrates those 10 years of effort. Even at its humble beginning, I always believed that The Network Journal could make a difference in helping African-Americans build strong businesses. As we compiled resource information and profiles of those who had successfully developed their own enterprises, I knew that The Network Journal was destined to affect the lives, attitudes and personal economies of all who read it.
Looking back, I see how great an achievement it was to be the first black-focused business publication in New York, with a presence on the World Wide Web. When we started the Internet as we know it today did not even exist. Another victory for us was the development of our two hallmark business-related programs: the 40-Under-Forty Achievement Awards, which began six years ago, and the 25 Influential Black Women in Business Awards, which had its start five years ago. Today, both programs enjoy unparalleled success in bringing together and recognizing outstanding black executives from across the region.
Now, at the dawn of a new decade, The Network Journal has become a must-read for business leaders, power brokers and deal makers in this great city. We've leveraged our pursuit of information and mirrored the growth of our readership. We've transitioned from a black-and-white tabloid newspaper to a glossy, full-color magazine, growing our circulation to more than 53,000 readers a month.
Yes, we've made strong alliances and partnered with some of the largest organizations in the country, including D& B and the U.S. Small Business Administration. As a result of those partnerships, we've produced an annual Entrepreneurs' Resource Guide that puts vital business start-up and business-sustaining information in the hands of all our readers. For two consecutive years we hosted the "Savings Awareness and Financial Investment� conferences with former New York State Comptroller and gubernatorial candidate H. Carl McCall. In so doing, we sent a strong message to all New Yorkers about just how serious we were about helping people to get more in sync with their finances.
Special recognition is due to those who started this journey of faith with us: editors Tania Padgett and the late Akinsiju Ola, and Herb Boyd, a writer whose dedication and many talents contributed to our successful growth. My sincere thanks for the vision and loyalty of our staff�a wonderful professional team that makes it all run smoothly, especially our new editor in chief, Rosalind McLymont, who works tirelessly to ensure that The Network Journal meets the highest editorial standards. And many, many thanks to our advertisers and readers, for without your support we would not have made it this far. I hope that we have served your interests well. Rest assured that we will continue to strive to do so in our next DECADE.
By Aziz Gueye Adetimirin