Cork Tree Creative Steps Up as Sponsor of Family Hospice’s Masquerade Gala

Family Hospice’s Masquerade Gala celebrated it’s 25th year this past Saturday on April 2, 2016. Jan Carpenter, our co-owner and creative director, attended the fun-filled event on behalf of Cork Tree, an event sponsor. Family Hospice, located in Belleville, Ill. serves patients in the counties of St. Clair, Madison, Monroe, Clinton, Randolph, and Washington. Their vision is to help patients and families facing serious illness find the right care, at the right time, for the right reason.

Carpenter has donated her time and talents to Family Hospice as a member of the board and on the committee for the Masquerade Gala, believing that donating her energy to such a worthwhile cause furthers their mission, helping others when they need it the most.  


Cork Tree Creative featured on KSDK Channel 5's Show Me St. Louis

Show Me St. Louis recently interviewed Laura Reed with Cork Tree Creative and Jay Tebbe of the Belleville News Democrat, highlighting some of the best features of the Metro-East and the “Get to know m.e.” campaign. The "Get to know m.e." campaign was launched to help everyone in the Metro-East get to know their community better, the people who live and work here and the many attractions available for families, businesses and visitors. Year-round festivals, fantastic restaurants, and one-of-a-kind shopping destinations are just a few of the reasons people that live in the Metro-East want you to learn more about the many things that make living here so special.

Edwardsville-based marketing and public relations firm, Cork Tree Creative, has been working with the leaders of this campaign initiative since it’s inception. Various businesses in the Metro-East have teamed together to organize and fund this comprehensive, positive-image marketing campaign, helping fund visible projects that will help make the Illinois communities even stronger.

Join us in celebrating the many reasons we love calling the Metro-East “home”, and share with us our efforts of making the many communities that make up the Metro-East stronger.

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Cork Tree Creative Voted One of Best Marketing Firms for 2015

Cork Tree Creative, Inc. has been voted one of St. Louis Small Business Monthly’s (SBM) 2015 Best Marketing Firms in the publication’s November 2015 issue on stands now.

The monthly SBM’s “Best in Business” section features St. Louis area companies aiming to be the best in their industries. Cork Tree Creative, Inc. and 25 other firms were named by SBM readers as one of the best marketing firms in St. Louis. The woman-owned business was also named one of best public relations firms in St. Louis for two consecutive years by SBM. 

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. “There’s nothing more satisfying than focusing on a career that you enjoy, working with a team of professionals that exceed the expectations of clients every day,” said Laura Reed, co-owner and public relations director at Cork Tree Creative, Inc. “Our team is thrilled that our agency is considered one of the area’s best marketing firms and our goal is continued success, growth and having fun while doing it.”

Cork Tree Creative Promotes Nicole Dicks to Senior Account Executive

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill., Oct. 7, 2015 – Edwardsville-based public relations firm, Cork Tree Creative Inc., today announced that Nicole Dicks was promoted to Senior Account Executive.

Dicks, a lifelong resident of Madison County, graduated from Eastern Illinois University (EIU) with a bachelor’s degree in Communications in 1993. She also studied advertising, marketing, and public relations during her time at EIU, and was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority. She is excited about her new job title and the enhanced responsibilities that go along with it for Cork Tree Creative. “I’m thrilled for this promotion and to be a part of such a wonderful, hardworking team. It’s been a fulfilling journey, working with Cork Tree Creative since the beginning and contributing to the agency’s success. Every day is fun and never boring,” Dicks said.

Nicole Dicks has been with Cork Tree Creative since 2011. For Cork Tree Creative, she is a copywriter, editor and project manager, developing marketing plans for clients while overseeing search engine optimization programs and social media strategies. She currently lives in Glen Carbon, Ill. with her husband and two children.

Cork Tree Creative, Inc., located at 60 S. State Route, Edwardsville, Ill., is owned by Jan Carpenter and Laura Reed. For more information, please call (618) 656-7333, visit http://www.corktreecreative.com or find us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Cork Tree Creative Serves as Partner Sponsor for 10th Annual SIUE Day

Cork Tree Creative, Inc. was proud to be a Partner Sponsor for the 10th annual SIUE Day community event that occurred on Thursday, Oct. 15 at Dunham Hall on the SIUE campus. Public Relations Director Laura Reed and Social Media Specialist Alyssa Eason attended the event, which drew nearly 200 community leaders and business people to the networking breakfast.

“It was another great event for SIUE, and Cork Tree Creative was proud to be a sponsor for this excellent networking opportunity,” said Reed. “It’s always wonderful to have an opportunity to strengthen our relationship with the University and meet new faces in the community.”

The event was an opportunity for community business leaders to connect with key SIUE personnel, learn more ways to partner with the University and meet new businesses in the Edwardsville area and neighboring communities.

Cork Tree Creative, Inc., located at 60 S. State Route, Edwardsville, Illinois, is a full-service marketing and public relations agency owned by Jan Carpenter and Laura Reed. For more information, please call (618) 656-7333, visit http://www.corktreecreative.com or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin or Google+.