From left are Cork Tree Creative Principal and Public Relations Director Laura Reed and Principal and Art Director Jan Carpenter.
EDWARDSVILLE — Cork Tree Creative celebrated five years in business in January and has been named business of the month by the RiverBend Growth Association.
The company, 60 S. State Rt. 157, Box 3, is a public relations and marketing firm specializing in graphic design, web design, social media and SEO (search engine optimization) expertise.
Jan Carpenter said that location is their main office, but they mainly work from home and can meet in one of their conference rooms at their office or go to the client.
Carpenter said she and Laura Reed owned and operated their own businesses before forming Cork Tree Creative, but also had a love for their work that could never pull them apart. Carpenter said although they had their own businesses, they still worked together occasionally on projects.
“We’ve always worked so well together, and we decided that no matter what, we always needed each other,” Carpenter said.
Carpenter said they put their resources together and began their own business.
Carpenter is in charge of graphic design while Reed oversees public relations. Cork Tree was created so small and large businesses could receive marketing services under one roof.
Reed has a degree in political science from SIUE, with a minor in TV and radio, and Reed is self-taught in graphic design.
“My goal was to be a TV news anchor until I took an internship at a public relations firm before graduation,” Reed said. “I found my calling, and luckily for me, they hired me when I graduated.”
In addition to helping their clients with all of their needs, Cork Tree Creative is involved in the community, where they have volunteered for Watershed, Edwardsville 5k and Route 66/Glen Carbon-Edwardsville contributors. They’ve also donated their time on boards such as Madison-Bond Workforce Investment Board and Family Hospice, among others. Most recently, they have sponsored Walk with Meredith in support of Down syndrome funding.
Although it hasn’t been easy with the economy, Reed and Carpenter have made a success of their business, and being awarded business of the month by the growth association reassured them their hard work has not gone unnoticed.
“It felt great to win,” Carpenter said. “The RiverBend Growth Association has been wonderful with us. They made us feel like we really accomplished a lot.”
“Like all small business owners, we have worked so hard over the past five years to figure out how to sustain a business in a tough economy, while providing the best customer service we can,” Reed said. “This award, coupled with celebrating our five-year anniversary, reminds us of why we have worked so hard. Thank you to the RiverBend Growth Association for everything they have done to help us, and to the hundreds of other businesses throughout the years grow and succeed. We are very grateful.”
For more information, call the office at (618) 656-7333 or visit the website www.corktreecreative.com.