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Need a service recommendation? now has a Preferred Partners Program

Across a dozen categories, we vetted providers to build your software, lead your PR, recruiting, DEI consulting and more. Working with them also supports our journalism.

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Different paths rely on similar help along the way.

For all the many different businesses and careers we at follow, a familiar rotation of service providers come up again and again. Informally, we have long made recommendations to the vendors we know best. Now, we’re finally formalizing them.

Timed with celebrating 15 years of independent journalism, we have launched the Preferred Partners Program. With others pending, find the first 20 service providers who joined us here.

We know the bankers and lawyers who get it, the PR reps, marketing firms and recruiters we trust and the software builders and hardware installers we recommend. For individuals, too, we have a growing list of career advancement programs we’d vouch for. If you want an intro, you fill out the form, and our team makes a direct connection. 

The vetting is real. At launch, we personally know each of these vendors, and happy customers they serve. Whether you’re at the startup stage or are representing an established institution, we have a recommendation.

This program won’t bloat. We’re relying on people and orgs we know well and limiting how many we recommend per category and per market we publish — knowing some of you have a strong preference for homegrown vendors.

Besides being vetted, vendors become a Preferred Partner by supporting’s journalism in one of two ways:

  • Being one of’s nearly 50 annual clients (details here), or
  • Signing a referral agreement to contribute a finder’s fee

The result is we at can not only give you high-quality recommendations for services you need, you can also support our journalism by using these services through an introduction by our team.

We do expect to add a few more categories and vendors, so if you’re interested in joining the program, fill out the form on the program page.

I’ve devoted my entire career to creating value for a community that relies on, and sustains, local journalism. This is one more way to do that. As you look for these services, let us make an introduction.


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