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Community Highlights: Meet Todd Valentine

Today we’d like to introduce you to Todd Valentine.

Hi Todd, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
As early as I can remember, I have been interested in business! From selling candy in middle school to proposing a marketing plan to my dad when he considered opening his own catering business, I have always been intrigued with the emotion that you feel when a brand you resonate with has a commercial or an ad and how that triggers something inside of you!

I have worked in a couple of different fields leading up to owning my agency. For a time I worked for a non-profit on a college campus, I coached basketball at a community college, and I most recently worked at a prestigious recruiting firm. All of these opportunities provided me with a unique and eclectic experience that I am grateful for today. My passion for small businesses grew exponentially last year as so many small businesses struggling and being impacted by the ongoing pandemic.

I decided to start Valentine Marketing & Media with a passion to help small businesses thrive. Small businesses and family-owned often have limited resources they can’t afford to waste and oftentimes amid that budgeting a good marketing strategy is left out. I want to come alongside businesses and strategize and execute that strategy with them!

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
This has definitely been an adventure. That biggest adjustment is learning how to balance work with this particular season of my life! I am engaged and planning to get married on December 11th of this year to my lovely fiancee, Priya.

She has been a huge help in supporting me as I navigate a lot of the tough challenges of entrepreneurship. Every month this year, I have thought to myself, I wish what I know now I knew when I got started, but thats life.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Valentine Marketing & Media?
​Valentine Marketing & Media is a black-owned full-scale marketing and brand agency! We specialize in holistic strategy and execution that puts you on the top of your customer’s minds when they are ready to buy. The companies we typically work with are small and family-owned with limited resources they can’t afford to waste.

We not only recognize this, but this is something we resonate with. We strive to continue to deliver the best possible return on investment for our clients. I didn’t start this business with the intention of getting rich and making a bunch of money, I am truly passionate about telling the stories of the small business owners that encapsulate the local culture! Our process of working with a business owner starts with a consultation where we try to get to know the business owner as a person and understand their passion.

We devise a strategy tailor-made for the business owner. We absolutely do not sell a one-size-fits-all approach, but instead, we are looking to create a custom strategy that makes sense for your business! Currently, we offer social media management, web design, paid ad management, search engine optimization, and email marketing.

What’s next?
In the next couple of months, we are looking to work with some passionate business owners. Currently, we have about three to four clients and we are excited to add more in the coming months!

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Wels Blanchard

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