Hammock Publishing Inc. has won eight awards in the 17th Annual APEX Awards for Publication Excellence, including a Grand Award for American Spirit, the member magazine of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) – the third consecutive year that American Spirit has received this honor.
Hammock submitted the November/December 2004 issue for the competition. In making the award, the judges said of American Spirit: “Marvelous spreads with first rate photography, illustrations and type set the stage for compellingly written features. This meticulously crafted, exceptionally designed and written magazine is absolutely top-drawer.”
The contemporary iteration of a century-old publishing tradition, American Spirit is the official magazine of the DAR, one of the best-known and most celebrated women’s organizations in America. Available on national newsstands and by subscription, the bimonthly American Spirit reflects our nations fascination with historic preservation, travel, genealogy, collectibles and Americana.
Winning Awards of Excellence in the contest were:
Design & Layout – “Voyage of the Periauger” – American Spirit
Feature Writing – “When Women Lost the Right to Vote” – American Spirit
Best Redesign – Ride PWC Magazine, published for the American Watercraft Association
Most Improved Magazines & Journals – Ride May/June 2004
Magazine & Journal Writing – MyBusiness (published for the National Federation of Independent Business – April/May 2004
Web & Intranet Site Content & Writing – NFIB.com
Custom Published Newsletters – “Sumner Health” (published for Sumner Regional Health Systems Inc., – Autumn 2004

We’re not sure what we were looking forward to most: the arrival of spring or the April/May issue of MyBusiness magazine. Both came on the scene recently as the magazine we produce for the 600,000 small-business members of NFIB reached readers this week. The cover story depicts an unlikely partnership: small business and the government. MyBusiness readers usually want the government to stay as far away as possible from their small businesses. But this story shows the benefits of working closely with Uncle Sam by scoring federal contracts.
The issue also looks at how the Internet has changed small business over the last decade. Can you remember life without e-mail? We sure can’t. The MyBusiness Manual covers the many ways outsourcing can be a boon for busy small-business owners. We also talked to a guy who will have your customers begging to be put on hold when they call your office. And of course, there’s the regular commentary from our favorite columnist, Harvey King.