Women in Business 2011

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To celebrate the business successes and entrepreneurship of women in Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park, Wednesday Journal and Forest Park Review present Women in Business 2011. This special advertising section share the stories of women who support our communities through their businesses.

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Ruth Ann Wiesner of Raw Marketing
RAW Marketing is a boutique marketing outsourcing firm headed by marketing maven, Ruth Ann Wiesner. This high-energy firm manages the social media identity and internet marketing and promotional work (behind the scenes) for small businesses across the country...think of us the next time you see posts from some of your favorite businesses on social media outlets.


Dr. Mary Ann Bender of Advanced Physical Medicine
After working for a large podiatric group practice on the far South Side of Chicago for the last eight years, I have always longed to work in my own community of Oak Park (ten years and counting). After the birth of my daughter last year, I realized I had the perfect opportunity to decrease my commute; so I opened my podiatry practice at North and Woodbine in June of 2009.


Marketing advice you can count on
Dawn specializes in print and online advertising through products developed by Wednesday Journal Publications, Inc. With an emphasis on long-range planning, Dawn will help you plan your campaign to grow your customer base. Serving local entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 - all clients are treated equally and provided with quality service and respect.


Lydia Villanueva-Soto of Tan Travel
Lydia Villanueva-Soto is a Certified Travel Counselor (CTC) and the owner of Oak Park's own brick and mortar travel agency, Tan Travel. The agency has been around since 1984, and was located on S. Marion St. for 20 years. Once Lydia purchased the business in 2007, it was moved to S. Oak Park Ave. This also made her one of the youngest Latina business owners in the Chicagoland area.


Dr. Mary M. DiSomma and Dr. Ruth A. Songco-Chi of Disomma Foot and Ankle Clinic


Susan Banks of MindBloom Preschool
Located in Austin, but serving all of Chicagoland, MindBloom Preschool of Chicago is a distinguishable and affordable mixture of solid educational values and real world experiences. Founded by Susan Banks (Susan), who is a product of Chicago's Austin neighborhood, MindBloom teaches children ages 2-5 HOW to learn and provides them with access to education that WORKS, regardless of who they are or where they live.


AltCare brings laser treatment to Oak Park
"There are some ailments that just resist treatment", says Dr. Cheryl Haugh, owner of AltCare Health Center. She should know. She has been practicing alternative therapies for over 25 years in the Oak Park area. A chiropractic physician, Haugh explains that light therapy has been around since Hippocrates. But with the development of laser technology, specific wavelengths of light can deliver accurate doses of energy directly to the treatment site.


Five Star Realtor and EcoBroker, Erica Cuneen
Erica Cuneen began her career in Real Estate in 2001, and within a few years became a top-producing agent. In the October 2011 issue of Chicago Magazine, Erica was named among the 2011 Chicago Five Star Real Estate Agents.


The Oak Park Women's Exchange, evolving with the times
The Women's Exchange movement in America started in 1833 in Philadelphia.The first Exchange was created as a place where "gentlewomen in reduced circumstances" could supplement their family's incomes by selling handcrafted items. Today, the Federation of Women's Exchanges has 38 locations in 16 states. 

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