Understanding the needs of the residents and the businesses that serve them is one great reason to elect Anan Abu-Telab as the next village president of Oak Park. Doing business with the residents of Oak Park and River Forest is quite different from many other communities. Our town values the merchants and service providers that risk their family's fortunes and work hard to provide a unique retail, service, and restaurant experience for the residents.
Creating something special requires a partnership between the business owner, the village and the residents that is informed by a broad understanding of the concerns of each group. Among the current candidates for village board and president, Anan Abu-Telab is uniquely qualified to give voice to the small business owners of Oak Park. Conversely, there is a broad spectrum of government, legal, corporate and banking interests represented in the VMA slate of candidates.
When small businesses in Oak Park need to make decisions on the correct way forward, we do not typically hire a consulting firm to create a solution or to select an employee. We use the input of our residents, our customers and the history of successes and failures to carefully craft a vision of a way forward. Many residents have become incensed by the number of consulting contracts awarded over the past few years that do not necessarily have the village arriving at a better decision, only a more expensive and slow decision. This is the type of thinking that can be changed for the better with the election of Anan Abu-Telab to the post of president. Things can be better. Caring, enthusiasm, and courage to make decisions should be of value in our village.
We have been residents of Oak Park for over 25 years and operate five businesses here. We are strong advocates of old-fashioned, neighborly caring for customers and neighbors because they are the same people. We would like this vision represented in our local government. We are supporting the candidate that we believe will help to create opportunities for current and future businesses and a vibrant village life for the current and future residents of Oak Park. For this reason we strongly endorse Anan Abu Telab for village president.
Brent and Jill Showalter
Owners of Yuppie Puppy, Doggie Day Play, Hometown Handyman, and Hometown Service group
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