Salute To Women Business

Jill M. Yaekel, Principal/Vice President, Yaekel & Associates Insurance Services Inc., Belleville

Jill M. Yaekel, Principal/Vice President, Yaekel & Associates Insurance Services Inc., Belleville By MELISSA CROCKETT MESKE    A self-proclaimed lifelong “Belleville girl,” Jill Yaekel has spent the last 21 years building up business alongside her father and her brother in the family’s well-established insurance firm, with an eye on ownership one day. When her father retired…

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Sherry Wimmer, President/Creative Director, Design 5 LLC, Lebanon

Sherry Wimmer, President/Creative Director, Design 5 LLC, Lebanon By MELISSA CROCKETT MESKE    Coming from a family of educators, Sherry Wimmer seemed destined to have a lifelong career in teaching as well. She completed a bachelor and master of science in art and education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and it seemed as though her path…

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Candice R. Fowler, Owner/President, Donco Electrical Construction LLC, Edwardsville

Candice R. Fowler, Owner/President, Donco Electrical Construction LLC, Edwardsville By MELISSA CROCKETT MESKE    “Change is constantly needed to be able to succeed in our business; I think women are very skilled at the ability to handle constant change,” says Donco’s Candice Fowler. As the company’s owner and president, Fowler has led it through many significant…

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Carol A. Bartle, Project Manager, Get To Know M.E., Belleville

Carol A. Bartle, Project Manager, Get To Know M.E., Belleville By MELISSA CROCKETT MESKE    Earlier this year, a group of businesses and organizations got together and started a campaign designed to improve the overall image of the Metro East region, to help neighbors get to know each other, and to increase the awareness of what…

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Jan Carpenter, Co-Owner/Creative Director, Cork Tree Creative Inc., Edwardsville

Jan Carpenter, Co-Owner/Creative Director, Cork Tree Creative Inc., Edwardsville By MELISSA CROCKETT MESKE    Having spent the past 25 years in the graphic design and printing industry, Jan Carpenter always had a desire to own and operate her own business. She was first introduced to the industry through a part-time job while still in college.    “I…

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Barbara A. Burrows, President/Owner, The Goddard School, Edwardsville

 Barbara A. Burrows, President/Owner, The Goddard School, Edwardsville By MELISSA CROCKETT MESKE    Born in Wisconsin, Barbara Burrows has built a life and a career for herself throughout the Midwest. She worked in the Chicagoland area extensively for many years as a human resources professional for firms such as ConAgra, Ecolab, Kohler and GE Osmonics before…

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