August is National Black Business Month. We strongly advocate supporting Black businesses, which increases the economic stability of our community. This month we are spotlighting a local Black business that is near and dear to our hearts. Bernadette Morris of Sonshine Communications has a resume worthy of honor and we are especially honored that she played an integral role in the launch of Oasis at Miami Gardens. Her spirit of excellence was apparent at the opening ceremony and continues to shine in all we do. Enjoy our spotlight!
National Black Business Month Spotlight
Bernadette Morris is the President/CEO of Sonshine Communications, an award-winning, full-service PR, marketing and advertising agency. Incorporated in 1993, Sonshine is one of the most successful and highly regarded Black-owned agencies in Florida.
Sonshine offers comprehensive services ranging from grassroots marketing to fully integrated communications services. The firm represents a cadre of clientele including federal and state government agencies, corporations and small businesses, non-profits and ministries. Under her leadership, Sonshine has acquired multiple accounts ranging from Anheuser-Busch, Darden Restaurants, Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), Kaiser Family Foundation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; to the CDC, FDOH, FDOT, NHTSA, NOAA, Jessie Trice Community Health System and many more. Morris and her team have championed a myriad of campaigns, including the national “truth” movement, the celebrity HIV/AIDS awareness, and most recently, the statewide FL511 Traveler Information System.
A woman of many talents, Bernadette manages multiple companies. She is also the CEO of Black PR Wire, a nationwide news distribution company serving the Black media throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean. Clients of BPRW include Business Wire, Coca-Cola, ASPiRE TV and others.Morris is also the CEO of her non-profit company, Women Grow Strong, Inc., which serves to educate, empower and inspire women and young girls.
Bernadette holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Florida International University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of North Florida. Prior to starting Sonshine, she served as Associate Dean of Public Affairs at Miami-Dade College. She has also enjoyed a successful career in broadcast journalism where she was a publicist for PBS/NPR, and a producer of children’s programs. Bernadette is committed to “Making the Difference of a Lifetime with Quality, Substance and Style.” She and her husband of 30 years, Colin, have two young adults:Rebecca, 28, a model and style/fashion designer; and Stephen, 27, a former professional football player in the National Football League (NFL), and presently a Facility Services Engineer with a national General Contractor, Design Build and Construction Management corporation.
For more information on Bernadette, visit us online at www.sonshine.com, or www.blackprwire.com, or via social media @SonshinePR and @BlackPRWire.