Little Acorn Media is a parent company for multiple online publications of positive local or niche news, stories, and education. The Little Acorn Media team is a group of individuals whose goal is to bring people together to share, experience and create positive connections. Little Acorn Media values and promotes communities and the positive and inspiring stories, events and places that make them up.
A few of the specific services we aim to provide are:
- Local classifieds. Ex: Geauga Classifieds
- Current local news and events
- Small business resources to local entrepreneurs
We are proud to have a team of wonderful local writers who provide us local stories.
The Little Acorn Media Team is:
Rachel Strong – Owner and Head of Operations
Rachel has been a lifelong resident of Geauga County, growing up in Middlefield and now living in Huntsburg. From 1999 – 2006, Rachel worked at the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office as Records Clerk and Corrections Officer and eventually subcontracted to work in the Federal Building in downtown Cleveland to assist federal agents who investigated social security fraud. She has also worked at a large local state park manor and lodge in HR and as Front Office Operations manager. In October of 2011, Rachel met Gabe Arnold and was presented with an investment opportunity in Geauga News where she could further her interest in technology and social media. She quickly took on the challenge and is currently co-owner of Little Acorn Media.
Gabe Arnold – Founder and Creative Director
Gabe founded his first service company at age 16, quickly mastered online advertising, and lead generation, and sold over 5 million in business before age 21. After the decline of the housing market Gabe moved into the technology world full time. He has founded a half dozen technology companies that are all in operation today.
Gabe began working on the concept of Little Acorn Media first as an idea specific to Geauga County, where he grew up, because he felt like there was no central source for information, no reliable online classifieds dedicated to our specific area, and no outlet for the positive news that was going on around us every day. He hoped that there would be a few people who would enjoy reading about all the good things that happen here in Geauga County, and hoped that there would also be a handful of folks who might be interested in creating positive things for our entire community.
As he started to spread the word about this idea of positive local news, he was surprised to find that there were many people who felt the same way as he did. By a series of very fortunate events, Gabe met Rachel Hunziker early on via Twitter, and she immediately dove in head first and took on as much work in the project as she possibly could. Rachel became one of our co-founders, because she chose to dedicate all the resources she had in an effort to make Geauga News a success. Gabe’s mother, brothers, and sister heard about the project, and they quickly offered all their support to help make the idea come alive. Thanks to their tireless efforts and the help of all our faithful writers, Geauga News got off to a great start very quickly.
As Geauga News grew rapidly, it became apparent that other communities could also benefit from a similar central connection point that would focus on the positive events, people and news of their community. So Little Acorn Media was born as the LLC that would own and license Geauga News and all additional publications. Check out Geauga News.
Sheryl Gusler – In the Kitchen and Feature Writer
Sheryl Gusler has lived in Middlefield for 56 years and is a graduate of Cardinal High School. She has been a business owner for over 29 years. She is married to Duane and loves visiting with her family and friends as much as time allows. Sheryl has three children and three grandchildren, loves to travel, cook, read, and garden. She is committed to helping others as much as she can. Her favorite quote is “If you think you can do it, you can! Success begins with you.”