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First Impressions that Last | Advertising Concepts of Madeira

First Impressions that Last | Advertising Concepts of Madeira

It’s not often that your life’s work is thrust upon you, but that’s what happened to Tina Morrison, owner of Advertising Concepts of Madeira.

Like a lot of college students, Tina served an internship to get some on-the-job training before she graduated and had to look for work. “I interned at an ad agency,” Tina recounts, “and one of their divisions handled promotional products—mugs, totes, pens, all that. I really enjoyed my time there.”

Tina Morrison, Owner
Advertising Concepts of Madeira

After graduation, Tina put her skills to work as a graphic designer for a print shop, but in 1997 she realized that her employer was not “kid friendly,” and she and her husband wanted to start a family.

“I really wanted to spend time with my family, so I decided to start my own business,” says Tina. It was a scary proposition, but she decided to make the leap, and the idea she landed on harkened back to her college days at the ad agency. “I decided to go into promotional products,” she says, “and I lined up a few contracts and got started. I still have some of those early clients to this day.”

Tina is quick to point out that she sells quality advertising specialties, not tchotchkes. “People hate getting key chains that fall apart with almost no wear and tear,” she says, “or cheap pens that run out of ink almost immediately.”

Instead, Tina concentrates on offering products designed to last. “Totes are our number one seller,” she shares. “Not only because companies give them out at trade shows, but also because people are more eco-conscious and want bags that they can shop with again and again.”

Quality mugs and pens are also popular, and Tina notes that millennials are happy to get promotional products that cater to their interest in technology. Battery back-ups, and skins and holders for tablets all get high marks for a generation that is increasingly mobile.

Just as the type of products her clients seek has changed, so, too, has the way Tina attracts those clients. “When I realized that clients were increasingly looking to find my products online, I realized there was less need to have a brick-and-mortar presence for walk-in customers,” Tina notes. “Now, I have a shop for equipment, because I do my own screen printing and heat transfers for T-shirts and totes, but walk-up? Not any more!”

Even though she had a good client base, Tina remembers that the economic downturn of 2008 created a nerve-wracking shift. “Before that, I had a lot of beach accounts, small businesses and hotels that purchased promotional products that they could sell to their own customers,” says Tina. “Many of them lost ground in 2008, so I had to replace clients and find new ways to connect.”

Today, she says, her membership in the Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce helps her do just that. “I feel that the Chamber gives me credibility and status with the new owners out there,” Tina explains. “Their EPIC program, promoting environmentally friendly products, has created an interest in stainless steel straws, which are now big in the beach community.”

For the most part, Tina is still a one-woman enterprise. She’s the company’s only full time employee, but has two part-timers who help her handle the extra work brought on by trade shows.

She considers her industry a stable one going into 2020. “Mugs, pens, T-shirts, and totes are memorable,” she writes on her website, “and provide a better cost per impression for advertisers than almost every major marketing effort like TV, magazines, and the Internet.

“(Promotional products are) your opportunity to leave a lasting impression with your customers!”

It’s a Sign! Come Celebrate!

It’s a Sign! Come Celebrate!

Rowland Family Dentistry is celebrating the installation of its new sign, and you’re invited to the party! “Our original sign came down in a storm about six months ago,” says Dr. Judy Rowland. “People wondered if we’d closed our practice! Once our new sign was installed, we wanted to do something to reassure people that… Continue Reading

Invested in Small Business Success!

Invested in Small Business Success!

It’s no secret that small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and in many ways membership in a Chamber of Commerce is the backbone of small business success. Small businesses provide our communities not only with products and services, but also with jobs. According to the Small Business Administration, the country’s 30.2-million small businesses… Continue Reading

Drawn to his Calling

Drawn to his Calling

Growing up in central Florida, a young Jason Miller didn’t know his career would start calling to him when he was on his high school swim team. “I dove into the pool, turned my neck, and before I’d swum twenty-five yards the pain hit,” says Jason. “My neck was so stiff that I couldn’t move… Continue Reading

Pirates in Pink Beach 5K is October 13

Pirates in Pink Beach 5K is October 13

“It started as a general conversation about how the city could support breast cancer awareness month,” says Treasure Island Police Officer Lauren Styles. “We thought a 5K run in October would be a good way to involve our Police and Recreation Departments, and involve the community, too.” In short order, a partnership was forged with… Continue Reading

Your Pets, Their Passion: Animal Hospital of Treasure Island

Your Pets, Their Passion: Animal Hospital of Treasure Island

Since 1986, Animal Hospital of Treasure Island has cared for the furred and fanged residents of our beaches with conscientious compassion. Doctors Charles Allen and Joci Forkner acquired the practice in 2015, and continue the hospital’s tradition of exemplary veterinary service for pets on Treasure Island and in the surrounding area. Both of these dedicated… Continue Reading

Sweet Brewnette Brews Coffee, Memories

Sweet Brewnette Brews Coffee, Memories

Whether it’s a quick cup o’ joe to start your day, or a leisurely lunch with friends, Sweet Brewnette brews up more than coffee here on Madeira Beach. Sweet Brewnette is a neighborhood coffeehouse inspired by people, cultures, and culinary adventures from the world we live in. They pride themselves on the importance of offering… Continue Reading

Celebrating National Small Business Week

Celebrating National Small Business Week

Every May, the National Small Business Administration recognizes the contribution that small businesses make to our economy and our communities. This year, that recognition runs from May 5 to May 11, and we’ve been encouraging residents to SHOP LOCAL and support the small businesses that not only provide jobs, but also support a wide range… Continue Reading

Leave Your Mark Here! We’ll help!

Leave Your Mark Here! We’ll help!

One of the most important benefits of membership in the Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce is our ability to speak for our members in a variety of ways. First is through our website’s Member Directory, where we present a quick look at your business, either garnering information from your company website, or… Continue Reading

Paradise News: Still Serendipitous After All These Years

Paradise News: Still Serendipitous After All These Years

In many ways, Paradise News, now in its twenty-fifth year of publication, is the embodiment of serendipity. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “serendipity” as “the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for; also : an instance of this.” This phenomenon was at work well before Paradise News made its debut in… Continue Reading

Easter Events/Services

Easter Events/Services

For our faith-based communities, Spring marks a time of spiritual renewal and festive celebration. To help you connect with these events, here is a list of what our local churches have planned to celebrate the Easter season. Our member Church By The Sea (495 – 137th Avenue Circle in Madeira Beach) begins the season on… Continue Reading

Earth to Autism promotes sustainable business

Earth to Autism promotes sustainable business

Local businesses looking to become more eco-friendly can turn to the non-profit Earth to Autism for help. Incorporated in July 2017, Earth to Autism exists to help adults living with autism to find and maintain meaningful employment opportunities in green industry jobs. Founder and Board chair Leanne Scalli, PhD, says the organization serves two of… Continue Reading

Health Fair & Trade Show April 18

Health Fair & Trade Show April 18

TREASURE ISLAND ­­— The 3rd  Annual Health Fair and Trade Show, sponsored jointly by the Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce (TIMB Chamber) and Revenue Generating Activities Network (RGA) is set for Thursday, April 18, from 10:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m., at the Treasure Island Community Center, 154 – 106th Avenue, Treasure Island.… Continue Reading

Madeira Beach Election Results (Unofficial)

Commissioner, District 3 **Doug Andrews – 53.02% J. Roger Pryor 0 46.98% Commissioner, District **John E. Douthirt – 50.47% Steve Kochick – 49.53% Charter Amendments #1 Simple Majority Vote To require a simple majority vote of a quorum of Commissioners present and eligible to vote, instead of three affirmative votes for most actions of the… Continue Reading

William Karns Installed as Chairman

William Karns Installed as Chairman

It was truly a “night to remember” January 31, when William Karns (William Karns Enterprises) accepted the Chamber’s chairmanship for 2019 from outgoing chairman Joe Dise (Dise Wealth Management) during the Chamber’s Annual Dinner and Awards Banquet at the Bilmar Beach Resort. The gala also saw the installation of the 20019 Board of Directors:First Vice-Chair… Continue Reading

Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Chamber Relocation

Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Chamber Relocation

Treasure Island, FL ­­— The Treasure Island & Madeira Beach (TIMB) Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on January 16 to celebrate its relocation to 12601 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. The move from its former location at 245 – 107th Avenue was accomplished on Friday, November 30, with help from members Ken Hautmann (Caddy’s… Continue Reading

Women in Tourism Pineapple Award goes to Missy H. Hahn

Women in Tourism Pineapple Award goes to Missy H. Hahn

Treasure Island, FL ­­— Missy H. Hahn, president of the Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce, received the Tampa Bay chapter of Women In Tourism (WIT) Pineapple Award on December 21, 2018. The award came during the chapter’s luncheon on Friday, December 21, at The Edge Hotel on Clearwater Beach. Prestigious Pineapple Award… Continue Reading

Sport Kite Competition and Fest Flyin’ High!

Sport Kite Competition and Fest Flyin’ High!

The 22nd Annual Treasure Island Sport Kite Competition and Festival returns January 19 and 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, behind the host hotel, the Thunderbird Beach Resort. Windworks and the Eastern League Sport Kite Association sponsor this popular sport kite competition and are now gathering competitors from around the U.S. to perform… Continue Reading

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