Shauna Norris

Sarasota, Florida – August 21, 2009 – Grapevine Communications, Sarasota's leading full-service marketing, advertising and public relations agency, continues to be recognized on both a local and regional basis. For the second year in a row, Grapevine was named to the Gulf Coast Business Review's "Top 500 Companies on the Gulf Coast of Florida"; and earlier this year, Grapevine was a finalist for the "Small Business of the Year" awards from both the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and the Manatee Chamber of Commerce.

Along with these accolades, and despite this historic economic downturn, Grapevine continues to grow in several key measurement categories. They report a 25% increase in new customer volume over last year, along with growth in their number of employees. Their total number of employees has increased to ten full-time employees and one part-time employee, plus they are currently utilizing a Graphic Design and Multimedia intern from the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (formerly MCC).

One reason for this unparalleled growth, particularly in a time when many advertising agencies are facing hardships due to the lagging economy, is the ability to attract new clients. When Grapevine realized early on the magnitude of this recession, they developed their own aggressive marketing strategy. Industries with the best opportunity were targeted and a disciplined new business development effort began.

This effort resulted in over forty-four proposals year-to-date, with a 70% success rate. "Many firms think that they can't afford marketing right now, but there are ways to maximize your firms' exposure even with a reduced budget" says Angela Massaro-Fain, President and Founder of Grapevine Communications. "Marketing is not just placing ads; it is a comprehensive and ongoing program that supports the business objective and keeps the company sustainable through these challenging economic times."

"Even during these times, we have been able to keep all of our award-winning creative employees, plus add to our team," stated John Fain, Co-owner of Grapevine Communications. "And we feel strongly that having the whole team together under one roof creates synergies which allow us to be more efficient and cost-effective, which translates to more successful and profitable campaigns for our clients."

A partial listing of Grapevine's new clients includes Baer Asset Management/Promenade Apartments, CounTreeWide Realty, Salvation Army of Sarasota, International Institute of Aesthetics, Ruben-Holland Development/Legends Bay, Sutter Roofing, SRQ TechPark and Trigon Refrigerant.

Grapevine Communications provides full-service advertising, marketing and public relations services to clients nationwide. The firm is the most award-winning advertising agency in Sarasota, Florida, and the surrounding areas. For more information on Grapevine Communications, contact Shaunna Norris ( at 941-351-0024 or visit the website at