We are passionate about getting to know businesses, working with them as an extension, or branch, (see what we did there?) of their team to create a polished and professional presence for their company in print and online.

Melissa Heckel
Owner + Creative Director


I am Melissa, the owner and creator of Branch Creative Co. I love all things design-y and have a heart for serving fellow business owners. 

I started this company in 2009 as a side hustle, and was blessed to be able to go out on my own in 2014. Since then, I've built a team of contracted designers to help me manage it all—and they are such an awesome addition to my company! 

Outside of design, I am grateful to be a wife and mother, and have a passion for baking, ballet, and craft beer. I love to laugh until I cry, and Dave Matthews is my jam. Sorry (not sorry) to any haters out there.  

Fun fact: I am also Co-Owner and CMO of Severance Brewing Company in Sioux Falls. 

Branding is the process of connecting good strategy with good creativity. 
— Marty Neumeier