BizWest Media LLC has sold The Wyoming Business Report to APG Media of the Rockies LLC. In the wake of the deal, the Wyoming Business Report became the sister publication to several community newspapers in Wyoming, including the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.
Ken Amundson, senior associate for W.B. Grimes & Co., represented BizWest Media in the sale.
The Wyoming Business Report was created almost 16 years ago when the publishers of the Northern Colorado Business Report (now BizWest Media) brought in veteran AP reporter Dennis Curran to cover Wyoming business, first as a few pages in the Colorado paper and then as a stand-alone publication. The Wyoming Business Report remains the only statewide newspaper devoted to business news.
BizWest Media, which has offices in Fort Collins and Boulder, is the publisher of BizWest, the biweekly business newspaper formed out of the merger of sister papers Boulder County Business Report and Northern Colorado Business Report in early 2014.
Under APG Media of the Rockies, Wyoming Business Report will join the Wyoming Tribune Eagle in Cheyenne, the Laramie Boomerang, the Rawlins Daily Times and the Rock Springs Rocket-Miner in a new media family started when APG bought the McCracken Newspaper Group in October. It also bought the Post Register in Idaho Falls, Idaho in November.
APG is a subsidiary of Adams Publishing Group LLC, a family-owned media company headquartered in St. Louis Park, Minn.
The sale marks the first time the Wyoming Business Report has been directly affiliated with any other Wyoming newspaper. Wyoming Tribune Eagle publisher Scott Walker said the sisterhood between Wyoming’s only statewide business publication and four community newspapers across the I-80 corridor will lead to great synergies and improve all the papers.
“None of the daily papers have a business reporter,” he said. “I think it’s just a good opportunity and Wyoming Business Report’s always been a big part of state. We want to continue that tradition and try to grow from it.”