SOURCE: Hour Media

August 24, 2006 06:00 ET

Hour Media Announces DBusiness Magazine Launching September 2006

ROYAL OAK, MI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 24, 2006 -- DBusiness magazine, another world-class Hour Media publication, will debut on newsstands Sept. 1, 2006. This engaging, in-depth publication promises to be metro Detroit's leading resource for business leaders, executives, entrepreneurs, and innovators.

Spanning the professional to the personal, DBusiness offers engaging profiles, industry outlooks, and in-depth coverage of established and emerging markets both in metro Detroit and across the world. From automotive to technology, real estate to health care, the magazine is targeted toward executives eager to enhance the bottom line, identify growth sectors, and better manage and attract talented personnel.

"We're out to re-engineer the traditional regional business magazine," says Dave Manney, editorial and creative director of the premiere issue. "From companies that are growing with new technology to executives who are reinventing the way business is done, DBusiness brings you inside boardrooms throughout metro Detroit."

DBusiness takes readers around the world to see how local companies are tapping new markets and how international enterprises are doing business right here. "DBusiness is focused on growth in terms of regional companies and organizations expanding here, nationally, and internationally," says DBusiness Editor R.J. King. "We also spotlight the rich amount of inventions, innovations, and medical breakthroughs that come from southeastern Michigan and the state."

The premiere issue takes an engaging look at Dick Dauch's bold move in China; goes inside high-flying Pentastar Aviation; names the best lawyers in metro Detroit; introduces ePrize, the $40 million company changing Internet marketing; and examines the turnaround plans of Gov. Jennifer Granholm and gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos.

DBusiness visits China to take an exclusive tour inside Dick Dauch's 180,000-square-foot axle venture. From his hands-on approach to his grand, global expansion plan, award-winning automotive writer Paul Eisenstein looks at how the Motor City maverick is expanding his empire.

At Pentastar Aviation, it's clear Edsel Ford II has inherited his great-grandfather Henry Ford's innovative spirit. Revenue for the full-service operation for corporate and private jets has doubled since Ford's acquisition in 2001. DBusiness also goes inside the luxurious jets and studies Ford's multimillion-dollar facility renovation at Oakland County International Airport.

DBusiness also takes an advance look at the local attorneys who made the list of 2007 Best Lawyers in America. The feature includes profiles of area attorneys who received the honor, including Clark Hill's Reginald Turner, Pepper Hamilton's Barbara Rom, and Miller Canfield's Kathryn Ossian.

While the numbers tell an impressive story, DBusiness examines the vibrant energy behind the dynamic expansion of the Pleasant Ridge Internet promotions firm ePrize. In turn, the magazine analyzes why the fast-paced company is drawing prominent investors like Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert.

To get straight answers to tough questions, DBusiness turned to the one man who always gets results: WJR's Paul W. Smith. In the premiere issue, DBusiness shares Smith's conversations with Granholm and DeVos about Michigan's economy, taxes, the UAW, and small business.

Also in this issue, DBusiness looks at David Farbman's controversial World Hunting Association* and Vic Ventimiglia Jr.'s revved-up retirement. Plus, DBusiness shows readers how to rent a private jet, as well as the best new deals on luxury cars. DBusiness also takes an exclusive look inside Compuware Corp. co-founder Peter Karmanos Jr.'s briefcase.

"DBusiness is a magazine for business enthusiasts," says Hour Media CEO Stefan Wanczyk. "Our feature stories dig deep to communicate the core issues driving trends in our region. There's no publication in the area that rivals the energetic and comprehensive coverage presented by DBusiness. Furthermore, dollar-for-dollar, DBusiness is the most efficient and effective means to reach metro Detroit's business leaders and executives."

DBusiness magazine has a circulation of 30,000 and will be direct-mailed to business owners, executives, and professionals in Oakland, Wayne, Macomb, Washtenaw, Livingston, Monroe, and Genesee counties. It will also be sold on regional newsstands for $4.95 per issue. DBusiness will initially be published bi-monthly, and then shift to monthly starting in March 2007. The Sept./Oct. issue is available at Barnes & Noble now and will be available on newsstands everywhere Sept. 1. To subscribe, call 866-660-MAGS (6247) or visit www.dbusinessmag.com.

DBusiness is brought to you by Hour Media, publishers of the award-winning Hour Detroit, Detroit Home, New York Home, Metro Detroit Bride, and Absolute New York magazines. Hour Media also publishes the Metropolitan Detroit Guest and Resource Guide, the Metropolitan Detroit Menu Guide, Very Important Promotion (V.I.P.), and numerous custom publications.

* Editor's Note: David Farbman's World Hunting Association announced Aug. 21 it will switch to a traditional harvest format from non-fatal darting for its inaugural tournament in the fall. The announcement was made after DBusiness went to press.

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