Virginia Business celebrates anniversary with a salute to business: past, present and future.February 28, 2011 5:59 AM
by Paula C. Squires
Since its debut 25 years ago, Virginia Business has published 301 issues. That’s enough magazines — lined up end to end — to cover a football field. So it seems fitting that we would offer a Super Bowl package of information in our silver anniversary issue. In a salute to this milestone, Virginia Business has produced a 49-page section that looks at business — past, present and future — in Virginia.
We hope readers will enjoy our Facebook of business leaders — profiles that range from the seasoned, coat-and-tie crowd to an emerging generation of leadership. The section begins with a look at the Top 25 Best in Business during the past 25 years. This list includes people like Steve Case, who made the Internet a part of everyday life, and Gloria Bohan, who built her travel company into a national leader. Virginia Business also catches up with Jerry Halpin, a Northern Virginia developer in his 80s, who just sold his legacy portfolio at Tysons Corner. In their own words, many of these leaders share the best business advice they ever received.
At the other end of the spectrum is a feature on the Top 25 to Watch. Here you can read about young entrepreneurs like Joel Erb, 30, who started his Internet marketing business at 15, and Michael Pirron, who’s pioneering a new business model. This group comments on the biggest trends they foresee in the next 25 years.
In between is a playbook for the business-minded: 25 tips on doing business in the Old Dominion, 25 people you should know, the state’s 25 fastest growing companies, the 25 fastest-growing jobs and the top 25 entrepreneurs from the past quarter century. Mindful of the state’s changing business demographics, there’s also a piece on Virginia’s top-led minority companies. In the middle of the magazine is a foldout timeline looking at significant developments in business and the magazine since March 1, 1986 when Virginia Business began its mission to be the state’s source for business intelligence.
Paula Squires is managing editor and was one of the magazine’s earliest freelance contributors.
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