Wednesday Journal • Forest Park Review, October 19, 2011

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Women In Business

Strengthen • Create • Build • tranSform • mentor

Ruth Ann Wiesner/Raw Marketing
AW 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. RAW Marketing specializes in allowing small to mid-sized businesses and entrepreneurs to fulfill their costrestrictive communications budget with affordable options in outsourced, hands-off, marketing management. We become the voice for our clients and skillfully manage all promotional efforts that would otherwise fall on the shoulders of a full-scale marketing department in which smaller businesses and entrepreneurs don’t have the capability to staff. “We promote your business…so that you can focus on running your business.” Businesses have worked hard to create their market niche and successfully run, but with the strong


shift in marketing trends, it is has become vital that your presence through various media outlets is consistently promoted and you are engaging your current and potential customers on a daily basis. With the current economic conditions and cutbacks on staffing and advertising/marketing budgets, RAW Marketing offers smaller entities access to services that typically are reserved for larger businesses that have the finances to staff in-house marketing departments or the ability to retain the services of large communications firms. RAW Marketing can not only increase your revenue, exposure or help you accomplish entrepreneurial dreams; we interact with our clients as if they are family. To find out more about RAW Marketing’s services, please visit our website at www.rawmrktg.com or call us at 815-410-9139.


Wednesday Journal • Forest Park Review, October 19, 2011

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Mary Ann Bender, D.P.M.

Foot and Ankle Specialist
6931 W. North Ave Oak Park, IL 60302 708-763-0580

Do you wake up with Heel Pain?
I can help!
A fellow Podiatrist performed the procedure on a Friday and the following Monday I was back at work, wearing a surgical boot and treating patients who were more than a little amused that the doctor was also a patient. But their amusement aside, the additional benefit to my patients is that I know what it is like to have serious foot problems, and more importantly, how to effectively and compassionately help my patients heal comfortably with or without surgery and recover with minimal disruption to their everyday lives. My dream of opening a business in my community is now a reality, and I could not be more excited and eager to showcase my skills and services to the people in my community. The feet are truly the foundation to the entire body, and happy feet lead to happy people! This may be a condition called Plantar Fasciitis, and there are a variety of nonsurgical treatments for it.



fter 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. I came to podiatry as a result of competitive figure skating. Skaters typically wear a size, sometimes two, smaller than their conventional shoes. As you can imagine, that means the skater’s foot, specifically the toes, suffer. I trained as a competitive figure skater for nineteen years, and the result has been several surgical procedures, most recently three years ago while working as a Podiatrist.


• Injuries • Tendonitis • Arthritis • Bunions • Fungal Toenails

• Digital X-Ray • On-site Physical Therapy • Evening Hours • Convenient Parking • Spanish/Polish Speaking Staff

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Dawn@OakPark.com • Marketing Advice You Can Count On!
Strategic planning to help you reach your goals.  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.  No budget is too small or too large!  

Here’s what clients and colleagues are saying about Dawn:
Dan Haley, Wednesday Journal 
Dawn is a wonderful consultative, creative sales and marketing person. She has good ideas, terrific follow-through and, as an entrepreneur herself, a very strong understanding of the challenges and opportunities our customers face.

Olga Solares, West Suburban Medical Center
Dawn is an excellent account rep who truly cares about her clients and is extremely flexible and accommodating in an effort to meet client needs and advance goals. I expecially appreciate how well connected Dawn is with the community she represents and that is reflected in the quality of her work and her client recommendations.

Amy Selle, The British Home

Lydia Villanueva-Soto, Tan Travel

Dawn was an important part of the Southtown Business Association Oct. 1 Family Fun Festival. Her advice and flexibility with all the business owners was like having a friend on our side.

Dawn is great to work with. She’s smart, fast, efficient, flexible, adaptable and always provides superior customer service. She helps us reach our customers!

Steve Bergren, Tennis and Fitness Center

Call today for a FREE consultation. “Visit my website at www.OakPark.com/Dawn

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Click on my photos and videos to see how I go the extra mile for my clients!  Iam connected to the communities I serve!” - Dawn

Dawn is one of the most creative people in my support network. She believes in her product, and as a customer, I sense she believes in me too. Dawn is interested in making a difference, and has elevated our advertising to more accurately reflect our unique and valuable service.

Dawn’s experience and professionalism guide us through advertising, and help us maximize returns from our advertising expenditures. She makes the Tennis and Fitness Centre feel like a Partner, not a Client, of the Wednesday Journal.



Your Partner in Success! Dawn Ferencak • 708.613.3329



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Wednesday Journal • Forest Park Review, October 19, 2011


Your Door to the World!

Lydia Villanueva-Soto, Owner Tan Travel 964 S Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL TanTrvl.com

as part of Apple Vacations’ Golden Apple Travel Agency program. Due to her dedication to her family, she is also involved with the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at Irving Elementary School and the Huskie Booster Club at Oak Park River Forest High School, where her two sons attend. What do you enjoy the most within your business? My clients! That’s what we specialize in—excellent customer service. I help clients fulfill their travel dreams and having the opportunity to hear their feedback once they return is priceless. Why should people use travel agents? I am a real person. You can talk to me and I can provide you with expert advice. Thatcannot be matched on the Internet. Also, if something goes wrong on your trip, you’re in another country and there could be a language barrier. The Internet isn’t going to be able to help you in distress, but I can. People think they get better deals online, that’s not always true. We are able to price match most internet rates on vacation packages and we do not charge a fee to book a vacation. What sets you apart from your competitors? I have been very fortunate to travel to most of the destinations I sell. From that I provide personal knowledge , experience and expertise. I consider myself kind of a travel therapist . I listen to your needs, budget concerns and expectation. From there I work with you to find the best travel options for you. I’m also a lot easier to talk to then a computer. What is your business philosophy? My clients are my niche, and at Tan Travel you will always receive the best customer experience possible. You are number one. We are the vacation whispers and can make your travel dreams come true. What do you feel has been your greatest success? Surviving this economy and knowing it can only get better as well as being fortunate to own and operate a successful business in a great community like Oak Park.

• • • • • Vacation Packages Domestic & International Vacations Cruises Destination Weddings Honeymoons

dia 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. Lydia has been in the travel industry for over 20 years, and began working at Tan Travel in 1994, and within two years was promoted to Office Manager. In recognition of her travel industry experience, Lydia has appeared in several travel-trade magazines. She has sat on many advisory boards for several local and international non-profit organizations, including Membership Chair for the West Suburban Women Entrepreneurs (WSWE) and is the current president of the Southtown Business Association for businesses located on S. Oak Park Ave between Van Buren St and Lexington St. Due to the civic involvement Lydia and Tan Travel partake in, the agency has been awarded “The Nicholas Award” for significant investment in the Oak Park business community, andthe “OPAL Award” for inspired leadership and commitment to the Oak Park gay and lesbian community. Tan Travel has received the “Top Group Producer” award from American Airlines, the “Magellan 360 Outstanding Sales over $1,000,000 for 2008,” and the “Million Dollar Producer” award from Uniglobe Travel Centerin 2010. Lydia has also been awarded over two dozen certificate of achievements from a plethora of tourist boards and tour operators from around the world. Tan Travel isalso listed on Funjet Vacations 500 Club Preferred Travel Agents list as well

Find us on OakPark.com or at TanTrvl.com
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email: lydia@tantrvl.com

Feet Hurt?
Relief is Available for:
• Bunions • Hammer Toes • Ingrown or Fungus Nails • Heel & Arch Pain • Corns/Calluses • Pain Syndromes • Wart Removal • Diabetic Foot Care • Laser Surgery • Ankle Injuries • Sprains/Fractures

Dr. Mary M. DiSomma P.D.M.
Disomma Foot & Ankle Clinic 1100 Lake St Suite 248 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 383-5554 Disomma.com

ly staff offers both conservative and surgical foot care options.

What has been your greatest success to date?

The best feeling for a podiatrist is to prevent diabetic amputations by providing routine diabetic foot care.

What have you learned most from your business?

How long have you been in business?

I feel that the more you put into your profession, you get the best end result. I work very hard to be the best foot doctor for my patients.

I’ve been practicing podiatry for 14 years after finishing school form the William Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine.

Dr. Ruth A. Songco-Chi
Disomma Foot & Ankle Clinic 1100 Lake St Suite 248 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 383-5554 Disomma.com

What is your greatest business challenge?

1100 Lake St., Suite 248
Mary M. DiSomma, D.P.M. Ruth A. Chi, D.P.M.

Oak Park, Illinois 60301

It’s a challenge to stay abreast of the constant podiatric advances and incorporating these state of the art enhancements into my podiatric practice.

“Gentle, Friendly Care for Your Feet”

(708) 383-5554
* Most Procedures Performed in Office

What do you love about your business?

Most Insurances & PPO’s Accepted.
Evening & Saturday Appointments Available • Affiliated with Rush Oak Park Hospital

Mention this ad for FREE initial consultation Medicare covers shoes for diabetics
(new patients only)

I love helping all people feel better with healthier feet. It gives me great pleasure to help local athletes enhance their performance with foot orthotics and seeing the smiles of children walking better. I provide the best podiatry care possible to the community. From the very young patients to the retired, my office with warm and friend-

What is your business philosophy?

Dr. Chi is a highly trained specialist in the medical and surgical treatment of the foot. She has received her podiatric degree from the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. She has completed her residency at Thorek Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. She is an assistant professor, a laboratory assistant and a tutor at the Department of Medicine at the Scholl at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Dr. Chi has donated her time and talent to the needy and low-income families by working with, “Public Action to Deliver Shelter and Supportive Services,” (PADS) and NorthPointe. She also provides foot care to low income families at Heiwa Terrace Retirement Home.


Wednesday Journal • Forest Park Review, October 19, 2011

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Susan Banks/MindBloom Preschool

Open House Saturday, October 29 • 3-5pm
Avenue on Chicago’s west side*, is a unique licensed day program for children ages 2-5 yrs of age. It has a curriculum centered on the principles of literacy, math, science, socialization, and character development, which are taught using the Socratic Method. Latin and classical works are also apart of the curriculum. The classes have 1:4 teacher-student ratios and the overall program is small with very limited spaces for a more quality educational experience. Free pickup and dropoff is a benefit for full time enrolled students. Staff is trained in CPR & First Aid. Hours of operation are 6am-6pm, with earlier and later times available.
*Also caters to children throughout the Chicagoland area and some suburbs. Please call to inquire about discounted rates and enrollment information.



ocated 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. How Susan’s Mind Bloomed Through God’s grace and her parents’ involvement, Susan’s zeal for learning and teaching others began early in her life. Early on, Susan competed in numerous spelling bees and academic decathlons in middle school. In high school, Susan excelled in honors courses and the Latin Olympics, winning medals, and was paid by the Chicago Board Of Education to tutor Latin and other subjects part-time. These experiences encouraged Susan to become an Educator, in addition to her dream of becoming an Attorney. After earning several awards and corporate scholarships, Susan

completed college and entered law school, earning both JD and LL.M. degrees in just 3½ years. Washington, DC was the next journey, where Susan tutored again and also practiced Corporate Litigation for nearly 10 years before returning to Chicago to fulfill her mission of empowering others through education. In 2010, Susan created MindBloom Preschool Of Chicago, to become an effective childcare resource to parents of pre-kindergarten children who demand a stellar education. Susan’s small program is modeled after private schools where students excel in academics and in life. A colorful house and adjoining lot Susan purchased for her departed mother, serves as the preschool’s site, boldly encouraging any entering child or adult to “Dare to be Remarkable” and to “Bloom Where You Are Planted,” as etched on the front steps. To discover more about MindBloom, visit www. mindbloompreschoolofchicago.com, or call Susan Banks at 773-287-1277.

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AltCare Brings Laser Treatment to Oak Park
The laser released it. Nine years ago, the US Food and Drug Administration cleared ML830 Low Level Laser for non-surgical treatment and management of carpal tunnel syndrome. There are few/no side effects, so laser treatment facilitates healing, decreases pain and allows patients to reduce or eliminate medications. Other conditions which can benefit from Low Level Laser therapy include: arthritis, nerve entrapment, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, plantar fasciitis, injuries and condition of the back, tendonitis, TMJ, tennis elbow, neuralgia, wound healing, bursitis, and sprains/strains. Haugh is delighted to offer this promising therapy to people who have experienced previously failed treatments. “ I am aggressively introducing laser therapy into the treatment of chronic sufferers and new patients alike.” She concluded. To find out more about Laser therapy or to set up a complimentary appointment to discuss your problem call 708 848-9900.

here 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. Haugh, who does both joint adjustments and muscle therapy during her treatments, was first attracted to this modality when an anesthesiologist who worked with Janet Travell, MD, President Kennedy’s “back “ doctor, reported he had largely replaced trigger point injections with Laser treatment. Travell pioneered the diagnosis and treatment of myofascial pain. “I practice Travell’s myofascial work every day, so when I read that Bernard Filner, MD worked with her for 10 years; I trusted what he said about Laser therapy.” Haugh explains.

FDA Appoved

Whiplash Back Pain Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Wound Healing
A Complimentary Consultation

Days prior to the Super Bowl, Ellen Spicuzza, team RN, treated Patriot wide receiver David Givens, who had a locked hamstring. She rotated the pen-like laser over the "belly" of his muscle for about five minutes.

Dr. Cheryl Haugh, DC, MEd
831 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL

(708) 848-9900


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Wednesday Journal • Forest Park Review, October 19, 2011


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rica Cuneen began her career in Real rica Cuneen began her career in Real Estate in 2001, and within a Estate in 2001, and within a few few years became a top-producing years became a top-producing agent. agent. In the October 2011 issue of In the October 2011 issue of Chicago Chicago Magazine, Erica was named Magazine, Erica was named among among the 2011 Chicago Five Star Real the 2011 Chicago Five Star Real Estate Estate Agents. This select group of Agents. This select group of professionals, professionals, accounting for less than accounting for less than 2% of the total 2% of the total number of Chicagoland number of Chicagoland chosen for the real estate agents, wasreal estate agents, was chosen for the of their service and outstanding quality outstanding quality of their service of their high satisfactheir high levelsandcustomer levels of customer satisfaction. tion. Erica’s primary residential markets are Erica’s primary Park, Forest Park and Chicago, Oak residential markets are Chicago, She Park, Forest Park and River Forest. Oak is well-educated on River Forest. She is well-educated on current market trends and recognizes current market of finding the ideal the timely valuetrends and recognizes the timely value of finding for each of home and community the ideal home and community for each of herself in her clients. She pridesher clients. She prides with the highest standards of working herself in working with the highest standards of professionalism, integrity. professionalism, service and service and integrity. As a Corps volunteer in As a former Peaceformer Peace Corps Ecuador, Erica is alsoErica is also a fluent volunteer in Ecuador, a fluent Spanishspeaker. Spanish-speaker. As an environmentally conscious As an environmentally conscious professional, Erica is certified as an EcoBroker.Erica is certified as an professional, With over 90% of home-buyers identifying energy EcoBroker. With over 90% of home-buyers identifying energy savings and home


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savings and home environment as environment as key decision making key decision making factors, Erica factors, Erica has the expertise to best has the her clients on “green” issues. She advise expertise to best advise her clients on “green” issues.energy and is well-versed in innovative She is well-versed in innovative that addand to environmental strategies energy value environmental strategies that add real estate transactions. Her knowledge in value to real estate transactions. Her this field not only helps her clients better knowledge in this field not only helps understand energy efficiency, sustainable her clients better understand energy design and other environmental trends, efficiency, sustainable design and other but gives her listings an edge in marketing environmental trends, but gives her strategy. listings an edge in marketing strategy. Says clients Kevin and Sara: “Erica is aSays clientswork with. Sara: helps is a delight to Kevin and She “Erica delight to the frustrationhelps eliminate eliminate work with. She from real the frustration from and is very well estate transactions real estate transactions and is very well connected to what is going connected to what is going on in the on in the market. She helped us exact market. She helped us find the find the exact we needed in Oak Oak in only a house house we needed in Park Park in only a few weeks.” few weeks.” When not selling real estate, Erica When not selling real estate, Erica is active in numerous community is active in numerousgreater Oak organizations in the community organizations in the greater Oak out Park/River Forest area. To find Park/River Forest area. To find out how you Cuneen how Erica Cuneen can help Erica with can help you with your real estate your real estate needs, contact needs, contact her at 708.220.2025 or at erica@ her at 708.220.2025 or at erica@ beyondpropertiesrealty.com. Her beyondpropertiesrealty.com. Her website is website is beyondpropertiesrealty.com. beyondpropertiesrealty.com.

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708.386.1366 642 S. Lombard, Oak Park
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of the Oak Park Women’s Exchange
The Artisans & Crafters Unique Boutique is a not-for-profit marketplace that gives local artisans a place to showcase & sell their artwork. The Artisans & Crafters Unique Boutique is will find a full spectrum of handcrafted gifts, Youa not-for-profit marketplace that gives local artisans a place to showcase & sell including: original jewelry designs, fused & painted their artwork. glassware, unique baby gifts, pottery, fine art work,
award winning quilts, artisanal soaps & candles, You will find full spectrum of handcrafted gifts, woodworking,aknitted & crocheted items, designer including: original jewelry designs, fused & painted doll clothes, floral arrangements & much more... glassware, unique baby gifts, pottery, fine art work, Voted as “One of Oak Park’s best local shopping destinations” award winning quilts, artisanal soaps & candles, woodworking, knitted & crocheted items, designer Our 37th Holiday Craft Fair will be held on&November 6th, 839 S. Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 708.848.4693 www.opwe.org doll clothes, floral arrangements much more...


The Oak Park Women's Exchange: Evolving with the times
Long time member, Deanne Alexander, started making soap shortly before she joined.The whole process, from packaging to diversifying her product line and pricing, was a journey that continually involved the input of the Exchange’s membership. Artist Mary Jansen, showcases and sells her fine art work, as well as her traditional folk-art forms.She makes time-honored crafts,such ashand woven wheat decorations, Ukrainian egg art and unique twisted wirework jewelry. The Artisans and Crafters of the Woman’s Exchange has a diverse group of members, from homemakers wanting to make additional income, to professional business women who don’t have enough time to sell their artwork, to artisans with a passion towards their work, who just want to make a living selling it, as well as patron members who just want to be a part of supporting the arts. What started out in 1974 as a group of women, who supported each others dreams in the field of arts and crafts, still passionately provides the same service 37 years later.

he Women’s Exchange movement in America started in1833 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. The Oak Park Women’s Exchange was established in 1974 and over the years, this artists’ co-op has evolved along with the times. Their storefront, the Artisans & Crafters Unique Boutique, is a not-for profit marketplace for artisans to showcase and sell their art. This precious locality, gives women an opportunity to experience the entrepreneurial world of fine arts and crafts.Artisans who become members, are exposed to the learning process of pricing, marketing and packaging of their artwork within an economical retail setting.They can determine the salability of their handcrafted items within the scope of todays fast-paced competitive foreign market, making the changes they feel needed to best impact their sales and profits.

from 10-4, at a NEW LOCATION Voted as “One of Oak Park’s best local shopping destinations” Fenwick High School • 505 Washington Blvd., Oak Park, IL
839 S. Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 708.848.4693 www.opwe.org

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