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 2012. This special advertising section share the stories of women who support our communities through their businesses.

View the full print section or click on any of the headlines below to read individual stories from Women in Business.

Terri Fry Brukhartz Helps Entrepreneurs Be Successful

Business Coach Terri Fry Brukhartz helps entrepreneurs gain perspective on their businesses and overcome the roadblocks that prevent them from achieving their vision.

Locally connected, locally committed Realtor Greer Haseman

Greer Haseman, a local Real Estate Broker with Gagliardo Realty Associates has been representing the diverse markets of Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park for the last 27 years.

Knot Just Knits, not just a store

Did you know that there is a yarn shop right in Downtown Oak Park? Elizabeth Halpern opened Knot Just Knits on Westgate Street two years ago.

Find your happily-ever-after home with Realtor Bobbi Schaper Eastman

Bobbi Schaper Eastman loves being a Realtor. She loves the flexibility of her work day and the ever changing flow of what she does.

Five Star Realtor and EcoBroker: Erica Cuneen

No matter the endeavor, Erica Cuneen always strives to go beyond expectations. Drawing on past experience that includes being a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador and a bilingual (Spanish) teacher in the Chicago area, Erica began her career in real estate in 2001.

Dawn Ferencak, a uniquely personal approach

Dawn Ferencak likes to go behind the scenes when connecting with her customers and create ways to help make their businesses grow beyond their expectations.

Dr. Mary Ann Bender, pain-free patients

Do you ever wonder how people decide what profession to pursue? Dr. Mary Ann Bender chose her career in podiatry as a direct result of the 19 years she spent as a competitive figure skater.

For Patti Sprafka Wagner, real estate is a life-long pursuit

Patti Sprafka Wagner was born to sell real estate—literally. Her father, John Sprafka, opened up his first real estate office before Patti was born.

1148 Cosmetics, much more than makeup

There are plenty of places you can go to buy makeup, but few if any offer the experience you get at 1148 Cosmetics. Owner, Jen Haagenson gives her clients a level of personal attention and expertise that is hard to find at a department store cosmetics counter.

A Passion for Beauty

As much as 70% of a person’s first impression is said to be based solely on looks. At James Anthony Salon, 7607 W. Lake Street in River Forest, maximizing that first impression is their highest priority.

Nimble and creative, MSK successfully navigates a challenging real estate market

Real estate is the perfect business for Kara Keller. It gives her the opportunity to know and serve people at critical stages of their lives.

Marcee Gavula, your real estate partner 

Marcee Gavula entered the real estate community seventeen years ago and never looked back.

Suze Solari Style

My expertise lies in bringing depth to a clients wardrobe he or she can not see; by using my Design background to create outfits for a client using their existing wardrobe – with new combinations of color, pattern & texture.

Deedee&edee: A destination for fashion in Forest Park

For the past six years, women in the western suburbs have relied on deedee&edee for clothing, jewelry and accessories with a distinct and flattering flair.

Constructive Chaos: Art, cooking, chaos and fun!

Kris and Ashley Nelson, a mother-daughter team dreamed up this art and culinary school for kids 5-18.

Tan Travel provides the personal connection you can’t get when booking your trip online

Lydia I. Villanueva-Soto, president and owner of Tan Travel, has being in the travel industry for over twenty years. She has a passion for her clients that the internet or a computer cannot provide.

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