We are honored to announce that the Sun Coast Media Group (Winter Haven Sun newspaper and Haven Magazine) has been awarded Small Business of the Month for May 2018! The media group were awarded this designation for their strong community involvement, generous attitude and collaborative spirit. Read more below!
The Sun Coast Media Group, have fostered wonderful partnerships right across Polk County. Amongst others, they have partnered with the Winter Haven Hospital Foundation, donating many thousands of dollars in advertising each year. Helping to promote their annual Fore The Love of Gold Tournament, Hospital Gala, Shooter Showdown and Lewis Family Cancer Fund’s Swing for the Cure – all of which enable the hospital to continue their much needed services across Winter Haven. The Winter Haven Sun newspaper and The Haven Magazine partnered with Rockin’ on the River to bring awareness to Autism by donating ad space and covering the event. Girls Incorporated of Winter Haven’s events are enhanced with media partnerships from group too….and there have been many many more organizations who have benefitted from their generosity.
We, at the Chamber, also have the privilege of partnering with them to promote the successes and needs of our Polk County schools through their Education Connection articles. They are wonderful cheerleaders for all our events. Advertising Director Kim Edwards, is an integral part of the Chamber’s Ambassador Committee – working hard to welcome new businesses to the city.
Aside from their corporate partnerships, the group’s team are also giving of their time, never failing to roll up their sleeves and participate in many other programs and projects across Winter Haven. Chris Sexson, President and Publisher, not only donated his time to be a celebrity Pancake Flipper for Kiwanis of Winter Haven, he also donated advertising opportunities for this event. Chris donned his “high heels” and ran in the American Cancer Society’s fundraiser “Hero’s in Heels” race. Chris sits on the Main Street Winter Haven Board, and is a major supporter for all local events.
It doesn’t stop there! Did you love having Banksy in Winter Haven? Chris and Amy (Chris’s talented wife, photographer and editor of The Haven) were instrumental in bringing this iconic art piece to Winter Haven. Their promotion of this major coup for our city brought many people, from all over Florida, to Winter Haven. While they were here to see the Banksy exhibit, they also enjoyed local food and shopping opportunities – boosting business across the whole city.
Sun Coast Media Group, and their publications, The Winter Haven Sun and The Haven Magazine have become an integral part of our community and to quote Chris “this is just the beginning!” their dedication and enthusiasm is just one of the things that make this team so special! Thank you and Congratulations!