RiverBend Growth Association Chooses Cork Tree Creative as April Small Business of the Month

By Laura Reed

We are happy to report that the RiverBend Growth Association has chosen Cork Tree Creative as its Small Business of the Month for April! We are very appreciative of the recognition and for the many wonderful things that the RiverBend Growth Association does to help businesses like ours grow and succeed. With this being our 5th anniversary, we are reminded of the many challenges we faced in the beginning as a small business and are grateful for the assistance we have received over the years from supporting organizations like the RiverBend Growth Association.

Hillary Clinton believes that it takes a village to raise children. The same is true for a small business. Without support from local organizations, fellow business leaders and most importantly, a reliable and dedicated staff, raising a small business from infancy can be very challenging. I am proud to report that we have a very nice village prospering and Cork Tree Creative is growing up respectfully. Thank you to the RiverBend Growth Association for this recognition and to our many friends and colleagues who have helped us over the years. Cheers to 5 more!

Cork Tree Creative Sponsors Cycling for Meso Event

By Laura Reed

Continuing our efforts to give back to the communities we serve, we are happy to announce that Cork Tree Creative has signed on as a Power Sponsor of the upcoming Cycling for Meso event being held on the Madison County Trails in Edwardsville. This event is being hosted by one of our long-time clients, Gori Julian & Associates, Inc., P.C. and is sure to be a success with a growing list of sponsors helping make this first-time event take shape. All proceeds from the event benefit the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.cycling for meso logo final

In the work we have done with Gori Julian over the years we have gained a broad understanding of Mesothelioma and the impact the disease has on its victims and their families. We appreciate Gori Julian's efforts to raise funds to benefit the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation and know Cycling for Meso will be a great event. We are happy to help!

Three different cycling paths are being offered, making the event open to beginning and expert cyclists. Familes and children are welcome. Sign-up online at Cyclingformeso.com


Cork Tree Creative Sponsors Economic Development Commision's 6th Annual Night with the EDC

By Laura Reed

Congressman John ShimkusA group of approximately 220 area business leaders from throughout the St. Louis region gathered at Gateway Center on Thurs., March 6, 2014 to celebrate the many successes of the Collinsville Economic Development Commission in its efforts to attract and retain business in the community. Congressman John Shimkus, a native of Collinsville, provided the crowd a brief update on discussions in Washington, D.C., and helped point out the many features of Collinsville that make it a great place to work and raise a family. Offering a mix of cocktails, live music and great networking, the Night with the EDC event was a hit.

Cork Tree Creative, Inc. was highlighted as one of the sponsors for the evening for providing in-kind services in the development of the event invitation, which was designed to look like a travel ticket, playing off the Collinsville Economic Development Department's "Destination Collinsville" brand. Cork Tree Creative also provided graphic design services in creating event signage, table markers and more. A website landing page for RSVPs was also created by Cork Tree Creative's web design team. A cohesive look brought the entire event together and fun was had by all.


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New Website Design for Dr. Richard Novak Launched

By Laura Reed

Cork Tree Creative has been fortunate enough to work with Dr. Richard Novak of Maryville, Illinois for the past several years to enhance his marketing efforts and attract new customers to the growing practice. One of the first projects we completed for Dr. Novak was to design and develop a standard html website that served as a brochure-style website for him to use to introduce his practice to new clients and cross sell services to existing clients.

Realizing the potential a website offers a practice like his, Dr. Novak decided he wanted a freshened approach to his site so we did a complete web re-design and redeveloped the site as a content management website. This content management site offers Dr. Novak the opportunity to make his own website updates, gives him the opportunity to blog about his practice, incorporates video, cross sell his products and supplements and overall gives him a more powerful marketing tool to enhance his business. We are proud of the new site as well as its diversity of use and functionality and hope that Dr. Novak likes it too!

















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W.A. Schickedanz Agency, Inc. Added to the Cork Tree Client Roster

By Laura Reed

Cork Tree Creative, Inc., today announced W.A. Schickedanz, Inc. of Belleville, Ill., has hired the firm for copywriting and website design services. The company and its affiliate Interstate Risk Replacement, Inc., provides trusted, professional commercial lines underwriting services in Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas. The agency is nationally recognized and holds both domestic and international underwriting contracts with multiple insurers.

Cork Tree Creative will work with the agency to enhance its online image and provide overall online management. We look forward to working with the agency and will post before and after shots of their website once the new one goes live!