Since its founding in the mid-1980s, Media Ventures, Inc. has stayed true to the principles and values upon which the company was founded. MVI’s mission statement, “To produce work to the highest standards in the industry that is accurate, timely and competitively priced” is the foundation around which the entire company has been built. This commitment to quality and customer service has propelled MVI successfully into the 21st century. As the industry has evolved, so has MVI, with an expanded focus on custom content publishing across multiple media channels, social media services, data management, advertising and more.

What began with a managing editor, two editors and a graphic designer has expanded to include researchers, proofreaders, digital media experts, cartographers and top-level designers. Through the years, MVI’s growth has been defined by innovation and the ability to transform and evolve within the industry we so proudly serve.

Following the deregulation of AT&T in 1984, MVI became a pioneer in the creation of directory enhancements. The company’s first foray into the newly created niche was the creation, development and deployment of the Silver Scene, a 4-color, glossy information section bound into the front of telephone directories targeted specifically to the 55+ age group. This ambitious project was rolled out in nearly 100 markets by Southwestern Bell, one of the seven “Baby Bells” created by the divestiture of AT&T. From that launch in 1987, MVI went on to secure contracts with all seven of the “Baby Bells” for the creation of community information sections.

And that was only the beginning…

Today, MVI offers a full range of publishing, social media and data management services, with an experienced, dedicated in-house editorial, design and digital team, plus a seasoned management team with nearly a century of experience. From conception to creation, MVI connects its clients’ content across multiple media channels—print, digital, mobile and social media. From creating and managing databases, to publishing magazines, newsletters, catalogs, e-marketing, mobile applications, visitor guides, sustainability reports and more—we’ve created content vehicles for recycling services, parks & recreation departments, chambers of commerce, health care groups, nature conservancies, small businesses, local directories, diving suppliers and more.

Following MVI’s certification as a Women-Owned Business in 2011, a whole new world of opportunity opened to MVI, and it’s something we have embraced with the same passion, dedication and commitment to excellence that we have always maintained.

Media Ventures, Inc. is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise.

Timeline

  1. 1984
  2. 1985
  3. 1987
  4. 1990
  5. 1994
  6. 1995
  7. 1997
  8. 1998
  9. 2002
  10. 2003
  11. 2004
  12. 2005
  13. 2007
  14. 2010
  15. 2011
  16. 2012
Effective January 1, 1984, AT&T's local operations were split into seven independent Regional Holding Companies, also known as Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOCs), or "Baby Bells".
Competition among directory publishers explodes and the seed that would become Media Ventures, Inc. is planted.
MVI opens an office in Bridgeport, CT with five employees. The company has two clients – Southwestern Bell and Bell South.
Reports from the booming, highly profitable Yellow Pages Industry indicate that maps are the most highly referenced section in the phone book, so MVI begins to offer custom cartography services and publishes the first Greater Bridgeport Map Guide for the Bridgeport Regional Business Council. Custom maps for telephone directories play an integral role in MVI’s growth into the new decade.
David Persson purchases MVI and moves the company headquarters to Norwalk, CT. David is a veteran publishing executive who will launch MVI into multiple new publishing markets. His impact on MVI is immediate and prior to the end of 1994 MVI is contracted to design and create a high-end booklet commemorating the 25th anniversary of Penthouse magazine. Tracy McCarthy, David’s daughter, returns from Guatemala and a stint in the Peace Corps and is brought on board to develop MVI’s cartography services.
MVI signs on with Electronic Media magazine and publishes a supplement for them titled Electronic Media’s Guide to: NATPE. This custom guide targets conference attendees and features hotel and transportation information, a Las Vegas strip map, program highlights and area activities.
MVI developed a series of advertiser supported resource guides for Bell Atlantic. Categories included home improvement, health care, pet care and more.
Published Gulf Telephone’s Product & Services Guide, an eight-page, four-color product bound in the telephone book, along with a 40-page community page section.
In partnership with American Park Network, MVI publishes a series of guides highlighting our country’s national parks. The guides are endorsed by Fodor’s and the National Park Foundation and are distributed at the entrances to more than 20 national parks.
The first issue of Coastal Boating magazine is published by MVI. This consumer publication is the brainchild of Media Ventures and is distributed throughout South Florida’s Indian River, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward and Dade counties, and presents the unique lifestyle of living and boating on Florida’s coast.
Following the success of the first year, Coastal Boating increases its publishing cycle from four issues to six issues and increases circulation and representation at local and regional events throughout the marine industry.
MVI expands its reach to Chambers of Commerce and publishes the Indian River Chamber Guide, working in part through their Florida office. Multiple chamber guides will follow, including ones for Bridgeport, Westport, Stamford, and Southington, CT and York, ME.
MVI writes and designs the inaugural issue of Mixx magazine, a special advertising section that appeared in Adweek, Brandweek and Mediaweek magazines.
Partnering with the Yellow Pages Association (YPA), MVI publishes the first Yellow Pages Sustainability Report. Also during this year, MVI secures a contract to publish recreation guides for the Town of Herndon, VA.
On April 20, 2011, Media Ventures Inc. becomes a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise. MVI also signs on with Healthcare Commerce Media Corp. to publish their bimonthly magazine, Pharmaceutical Commerce.
MVI expands its digital footprint to include SEO management, including eNewsletter publishing and begins publishing a product catalog for American Diving Supply.
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  • You’ve got an audience to reach, we’ve got you covered. Whether you need a company newsletter, magazine, chamber directory, local map, visitor guide, social media management or anything in between, MVI has the expertise to deliver your product, in print, digital or mobile format.

Testimonials

  • Hamilton County Recycling

    WOW this insert looks fantastic! Not sure if I was the only one that suggested it be double-sided and the font size increased, but whoever designed it deserves HUGE KUDOS! It is so much easier to read and the colors are great!

    Susan Schumacher

    Assistant Solid Waste Specialist

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