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July 2013 Archives

Newspaper merger increases company expansion

The parent company of a Virginia newspaper, The Culpepper Star-Exponent, has purchased a Pittsburgh-based private holding firm in a deal that should be finalized in Aug. 2013. Warren Buffet's BH Media Group has reported they will seal the deal of the Press of Atlantic City, a southern New Jersey media distributor, with daily circulation of 67,000 and Sunday circulation of 77,000. The acquisition will allow the company to expand into new markets. It was purchased from a family who had owned the periodical since 1951. A former publisher at a South Carolina periodical will take over publication of the New Jersey newspaper. He expressed his enthusiasm at returning to the periodical.

Forming an intellectual property plan

As people in Virginia know, for thousands of years, business leverage has been based on brute strength as well as the quantity and quality of available raw materials. Human muscle power built the pyramids of Egypt and Roman aqueducts. Oxen and draft horses towed barges and moved mills. With the Industrial Revolution machines started doing the work, but the game was still mostly about size, power and strength. The company with the biggest factories and quickest ships usually won.

Merger between two arilines being investigated

An $11 million merger proposed between US Airways and American Airlines is being investigated by 18 state attorneys general. This merger will be investigated regarding its potential effect on consumers. The investigation is required to determine whether this merger would constitute a monopoly of the industry. Monopolies caused by mergers and acquisitions can be harmful because they limit a consumer's choice and decrease competition.

Virginia businessman honored by SBA

A Fredericksburg businessman who turned around a document conversion company started by his father in 1976 has been chosen as the Richmond district's SBA Small Business Person of the Year. The owner of ILM Corp. took the company from six employees and, with the help of a small business grant from the SBA, increased the company's business to 29 employees and $2.6 million in sales. He will be honored for growing a business through hard work and wise investments of time and resources.

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