Runtzel starts new business

Oakhurst resident Rima Runtzel has started a new business that combines her affinity for social media and love of networking to benefit independent business owners in the Mountain Area.

Local Social, a social media marketing agency, announced its first partnership with Oakhurst Feed & Pet Supply.

“I have had the opportunity to work with Rima on numerous projects, in the community, where she used marketing skills at expert levels. The fact that she is a local business and very aware of the community she herself lives in is all the more reason that I choose to work with her,” said Colette Goga, owner of Oakhurst Feed & Pet Supply. “We know that she will bring us a measurable increase in social media engagement, which ultimately means more customers walking through our doors and more dollars spent locally.”

According to Runtzel, social media continues to grow at a rapid pace, and with that, the need for qualified people to manage companies’ pages.

Runtzel has lived in the Oakhurst area for more than 20 years, attending Wasuma Elementary School and graduating from Yosemite High School.

Noted for her community involvement, Runtzel plans and coordinates many corporate-sponsored and community events including Sierra Tel’s Patriot Day, Oakhurst Community Christmas Tree Lighting, and Online Auctions to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst. With more than 14 years of service at Sierra Tel, she is currently the marketing coordinator for its Business Development department.

Currently serving on the Yosemite Unified Alternative Education Programs Site Council, she is also a past president for the Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst, an emeritus member of the Friends of the Oakhurst Branch Library (FOBL) board, and has been an ambassador for the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce. She was named Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year in 2009, Woman of the Year in 2011, one of Central California's “40 Under 40” in 2011, and the Honorary Mayor of Oakhurst for 2011/12.

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- Local Social