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Cork Tree Creative named Small Business of the Month

PHOTO: Laura Reed, left, and Jan Carpenter.

The RiverBend Growth Association has named Edwardsville-based Cork Tree Creative as its Small Business of the Month for August 2020.

In 2009, Jan Carpenter and Laura Reed formed Cork Tree Creative with the intent to provide clients with marketing services to include graphic design, website design and public relations that were all-inclusive and under-one-roof.

Since then, the team has expanded services to include modern-day marketing. They offer their clients multiple options and numerous platforms to spread the word about their products and services. Some of those options and platforms include search engine optimization, Google Analytics, social media, premium promotional supplies for businesses looking for customized products, and other digital marketing services.

Cork Tree Creative is both Women’s Business Enterprise Nation Council (WBENC) and Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) certified. The WBENC certification validates that they are at least 51 percent owned, controlled, operated, and managed by women.

The WOSB certification has increased the firm’s visibility on a national scale, providing them the opportunity to prove their marketing and public relations expertise in federal contracting opportunities.

The two owners say they have fun working together and they laugh a lot. This,  they said, has translated into a long list of happy, steadfast clients that continue to utilize their services.

Cork Tree Creative is at 105 Plaza Court in Edwardsville. Visit

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