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We Are WBENC Certified


You may be familiar with the friendly faces at Cork Tree Creative, but did you know we are also certified by The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council? The WBENC is the nation’s largest certifier of women-owned businesses, and is a leading advocate for women entrepreneurs and business owners. They work to promote diversity in the world of commerce by expanding opportunities and eliminating barriers for strong female business owners.

Certification by the WBENC is a pretty big deal; no “participation trophies” here. A WBENC certified business must be 51% owned, operated, controlled, and managed by a woman. Additionally, businesses must complete a formal documentation and undergo a site visiting process.

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Offering Staff Headshots & More for Your Business

In today’s world of iPhones and Androids, we snap picture after picture with our high-tech, high-resolution camera phones. We have no problem being behind the lens, taking aesthetic photos of our delicious brunch or adorable shots of our four-legged friends. However, when someone turns the camera to us, we instantly shy away. We can all agree that our society is driven by visuals more than ever before, and yet we so often undervalue the importance of quality photos of ourselves. At Cork Tree Creative, we recently stepped out of our comfort zones and conquered our fears of the dreaded headshot, and had a blast while doing it. And guess what? Your staff can do the same.

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The Cork Tree Creative Experience: An Intern’s Perspective

By Amanda Junger

As a senior mass communications major at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, I am required to complete an internship with a company in the greater St. Louis area. I spent upwards of six months refining my online portfolio and resume to prepare for the application process, anxious about this new step in my educational career. When I was offered an internship position with Cork Tree Creative, the wave of relief was shortly replaced by a knot in my stomach. I had no idea what to expect.

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We've Moved...and Here's the Scoop!

Big things have been happening here at Cork Tree Creative! We are excited to announce our recent move to a new office space. Our larger, more accessible space is only a few steps away from our previous location in downtown Edwardsville, Ill. Staying in the Edwardsville area was important to co-owners Jan Carpenter and Laura Reed.

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2017: A Focus on Today's PR Team

By Nicole Dicks

A writer for Forbes recently wrote, “The public relations industry does a terrible job of public relations.” He went on to say, unless you’re in the industry “very few people can explain what people in public relations really do.” Typically, PR professionals don’t buy advertising, don’t create commercial jingles, and don’t work the kiosks at the local outlet mall.

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