Cork Tree Creative Named As One of the Best PR Firms in St. Louis for Two Consecutive Years

best pr thumbCork Tree Creative, Inc. was named one of St. Louis Small Business Monthly’s (SBM) 2015 Best Public Relations Firms in the publication’s July 2015 issue on stands now.

Each month, SBM’s “Best in Business” section features St. Louis area companies aiming to be the best in their industry. Cork Tree Creative, Inc. and 25 other firms were named by SBM readers as one of the best PR firms in St. Louis. This is Cork Tree Creative’s second time making the list in its 6 years in business. SBM polls its readers monthly, identifying the best businesses in the area in a particular industry. Cork Tree Creative, Inc. topped the list out of more than 200 nominations submitted throughout the region.

“It’s a huge honor to be named as one of the SBM’s Best PR Firms,” said Cork Tree Creative co-owner and public relations director Laura Reed. “We’ve worked hard for our clients, and to be recognized by the business community means a lot to us.”

Cork Tree Creative, Inc., located at 60 S. State Route, Edwardsville, Illinois, is owned by Jan Carpenter and Laura Reed. The company offers public relations, website development, graphic design, search engine optimization, social media management services, photography/videography services and more. For more information, please call (618) 656-7333, visit http://www.corktreecreative.com or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Eason Announced as Webster University’s Outstanding Graduate

Alyssa Eason, a Social Media Specialist at Edwardsville-based marketing firm Cork Tree Creative, Inc., was recently awarded the prestigious Outstanding Graduate Award by Webster University. Eason was honored with this award for exhibiting all of the characteristics of an outstanding student including leadership, community involvement, balancing multiple commitments, and the motivation to succeed. She is only the second student to receive this award. 

Eason gives some worthwhile advice to future students deciding on their degree: “Make sure you start by choosing the right program for you. If you don’t like your program, you won’t succeed. Second, make sure you can motivate yourself. You’ve got to be a self-starter and dedicate time to your classes.” View the entire interview by visiting the Webster University Online website http://websteruonline.com/

At Cork Tree Creative, Alyssa Eason manages many social media programs, creates press releases and does blogging for various clients. You can learn more about Cork Tree Creative and social media management strategies by visiting their website at www.corktreecreative.com.

Cork Tree Creative Sponsoring Route 66 Festival

It’s time to have a rocking good time at the 18th Annual Edwardsville Route 66 Festival happening Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13 at City Park in downtown Edwardsville, IL. Sponsoring the festival for the fourth consecutive year is St. Louis area marketing firm Cork Tree Creative, Inc. Cork Tree Creative is a full-service marketing and public relations firm specializing in website design, graphic design, social media, video production, photography and SEO. 

Laura Reed, owner of Cork Tree Creative, is delighted to be associated with the festival and the historical significance of Route 66. “As Mother Road Sponsor of this popular event, it has been a pleasure to help organize and promote a festival that stirs such fond memories of Route 66. Because the festival appeals to all ages, it revitalizes our area’s history for the younger generations to appreciate as well.”

The weekend’s events include a classic car cruise and show, great food, beer and wine as well as art vendors, children’s activities, Metro Milers 10K Run, Trailnet Route 66 Bicycle Ride and live music by Well Hungarians and Dr. Zhivegas. Visit www.edwardsvilleroute66.com for the complete event schedule, follow the festival on Twitter, or like their Facebook page.

Reed Graduates from RBGA Leadership Academy

Laura Reed, Public Relations Director and Owner of the St. Louis area Marketing and PR Firm Cork Tree Creative, Inc. graduated from the respected Riverbend Growth Association Leadership Academy Friday, May 15. Eight graduates celebrated this accomplishment after completing a nine-month program that included presentations from local business and political leaders, exercises in public speaking and communication enhancement endeavors. In addition to field trips and meetings with public officials, participants networked among themselves and forged lasting relationships within their fields and beyond. 

Reed said the sessions were quite informative, covering a wide-variety of subject matter to include healthcare, transportation and the media. “Working with this top-notch group of professionals has been a rewarding experience that I will never forget. I’ve now expanded my networking circle to include some great people, socially and professionally.”

The RBGA will hold its next Leadership Academy in the fall of 2016 and will make a call for nominations in July of 2016.  Nominees should be between the ages of 21 and 40 and be up and coming employees in the businesses in which they work.  For more information about Leadership Academy, contact Monica Bristow at 618-467-2280.

Cork Tree Creative Sponsors New Metro-East Positive Image Campaign

By Nicole Dicks

Cork Tree Creative recently signed on as a sponsor of the “Get to know m.e. campaign: The Metro-East. I live here. I love it.” The purpose of the campaign is to unite various local businesses in the area and fund a comprehensive, positive-image campaign for the Metro-East. Additionally, the funding of visible projects to make our community even stronger will be considered in the marketing efforts.

Laura Reed, Co-Owner and Director of Public Relations for Cork Tree Creative, thought this campaign was a great way to showcase the Metro-East’s many positive attributes. Reed said, “We have a great community and more and more people are starting to talk about the Metro-East for its food scene, housing stock, bustling Main Streets and our parks, which are only going to get better.” As a business owner that regularly supports the community, she also stated that there’s a lot of pride among Illinois residents and businesses, supporting each other and cooperating to make this area a better place to live, work and play.

The “Get to know m.e.” campaign is officially being launched March 2015 and a few sponsor spots are still available for local businesses wanting to participate. The website, www.gettoknowthemetroeast.com, is also accepting project ideas. Want to learn more? Use the contact form on the website or find up-to-date campaign details on their Facebook page.  

There are so many reasons to live in the Metro-East and love it!

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