LAKELAND, FLORIDA (April 10, 2017)—On Tuesday, April 11, at 4:45 PM, students from the Young Entrepreneurs Academy of Polk  (YEA!) will be visiting Maximize Digital Media, for a behind the scenes look at what it takes to brand, advertise and market a successful business.

Chrissanne Long and Craig Hosking, co-owners of Maximize Digital Media will help students learn about various advertising, marketing, and public relations strategies that are vital to small business success. Students will learn how to enhance their company’s brand while attracting customers and generating sales. Ms. Long will share her own entrepreneurial success story with the students.  YEA! students will hear where the business idea came from, what the challenges have been and what skills it takes to keep the business running.

Maximize Digital Media, a digital marketing company, specializes in helping small businesses and entrepreneurs with online marketing strategies. They are known for their coaching skills in the fields of Website Design, Internet Marketing, Social Media, and Search Engine Optimization.

Creating beautiful, obtainable websites for small businesses and entrepreneurs is their passion. Providing those same businesses with the marketing strategies to propel them forward is the work that makes them proud. And empowering others to learn and master the tools and techniques that will drive their continued success is their ultimate goal.

The Maximize Digital Media team is filled with people who live and breathe marketing strategy, who hold a brand’s website in the same regard as a piece of artwork, and who make it their personal mission to see a client succeed. They believe in telling a client’s story, painting a masterpiece with it, and marketing it with heart.

They are committed to making a meaningful difference in our community. Ms. Long and Mr. Hosking are the creators of Lakeland Business Leaders, a local business network that connects local solutions to customers in real-time. Maximize, together with LBL, stands behind small businesses, entrepreneurs, and start-ups.

Transportation underwriting provided by Boring Business Systems.

YEA! is a groundbreaking program that teaches students how to make a job, not just take a job! In addition to lessons inside the classroom, YEA! introduces students to all types of businesses through field trips, guest lectures, and networking with business mentors and community leaders.

YEA! is made possible by our Investor Sponsors:  Allen & Company of Florida, Inc., Bank of Central Florida, Jannetides College of Business & Entrepreneurial Leadership at Southeastern University, Keller Williams Realty, Publix Super Market Charities, and SunTrust; and our Scholarship Sponsors:   Hunt Berryman, Maximize Digital Media, Robert A. Mazur, and Spectrum (formerly Brighthouse Networks). The YEA! Sponsors and the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce are helping to build the next generation of business leaders in Polk County.

To learn more about YEA! visit, or for information on our local chapter, please visit