Dawn is Out & About in Austin

Committed to serving the West Side of Chicago

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By Dawn Ferencak

Sales Representative

Contact Dawn at dawn@austinweeklynews.com or dawn@oakpark.com or call her at 708/613-3329. 

Dawn Ferencak likes to go behind the scenes when connecting with her customers to create ways to help make their businesses grow beyond their expectations. What she didn't expect, when she started working for Wednesday Journal Publications, Inc. seven years ago, was how much of a passion she would develop for the communities she serves. Her work has become much more of a way of life than a 9 to 5 job.

Dawn takes the time to get to know her clients' businesses from the ground up.  She knows how important it is to learn their background; why they started their business; what their goals are; what their challenges are; and what drives them to succeed. This uniquely personal approach builds strong bonds of trust. Her clients know that she always has their best interest in mind and as a result they truly consider her a partner with them in their success. Dawn says that she believes in bringing the best skills, research and products to the table every time she has a chance to help a client. This clarity of focus is one of the reasons she was recently named Sales Representative of the Year by the Illinois Press Association.

Since joining the Austin Weekly News team in 2010, Dawn and her son Paxton have immersed themselves in the threads of the West Side community.  She has grown personally and professionally thanks to many special friends she's made through her work.   To show her commitment to the West Side community and all who have embraced her there, she and her son go Out & About in Austin.  These weekly visits to West Side locales showcase residents and businesses through Austin Weekly News and on AustinWeeklyNews.com.  Dawn is active in the Austin Chamber of Commerce, Austin Coming Together, Bethel New Life, Westside Ministers Coalition, Garfield Park Little League, Fathers Who Care, West Garfield Park Youth Council, and Westside Providers Network.  She wishes to acknowledge just a few of the many people who have helped her to connect with the community: Dan Haley, Terry Dean, Ms. Elaine Sappington, Rev. Lewis Flowers (deceased) , Rev. Walter Jones, State Rep. La Shawn K. Ford, Dr. Andre Hines and the entire staff of Circle Family Health Care Network, State Rep. Camille Lilly and Alderman Deborah Graham along with their respective staff, the wonderful staff of the Austin Chamber of Commerce, Frank Brim, Sara Spoonheim and the staff of Bethel New Life, Darnell Shields, and Kay Leane.

When asked what motivates her, Dawn says she enjoys being a servant leader in a community so grounded by faith.  And she loves making people happy.

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Alex Roseborough from Chicago  

Posted: October 9th, 2013 5:02 PM

Save some room for the ice cream, Dawn. As I mentioned to you many months ago, it's only going to get greater for you and the Austin Weekly News. And, the icing on the cake is that you have a good son who loves you. Continued Blessings to you both.

Jim Allen, M.M. from Chicago, Oak Park  

Posted: December 27th, 2012 11:48 AM

So good to see Dawn out and reporting on stories we normally don't read in other publications. Dawn and the POWER of the Austin Weekly News gives me hope of a better West Side of Chicago.

Ald. Ervin from Chicago  

Posted: December 26th, 2012 8:52 PM

Always good to see you and Paxton out and about on the Westside. Keep up the good work.

lydia from oak park  

Posted: December 26th, 2012 11:50 AM

Working with Dawn has been an absolute pleasure. She really focuses on the needs of the small business owners and provides solutions that with out her we would not have. Thank you Dawn for being on our side.

windy from Chicago   

Posted: December 24th, 2012 5:18 PM

If your looking for hands on one on one you can find that in Dawn. My frist meeting with her was by way of the West Side Branch of the NAACP she is enlighting a joy to be around. We welcome Dawn with open arms and loving hearts .

Reverend Walter Jones from Chicago  

Posted: December 24th, 2012 10:13 AM

Keep Up The Good Work - Merry XMas

Frank Brim from Chicago  

Posted: December 22nd, 2012 6:33 PM

Dawn is a treasure in the Austin and Garfield Park community that everyone will know shortly. I can speak for the Garfield Park Little League baseball program when I say that she has gone above and beyond the scope of her duties by assisting us in Branding, capturing videos and photos that provide a beautiful collage of our service to our client base. Thank you Austin Weekly for this hire, and thank you Dawn for your journalistic insight and Hard work!

Dawn from Chicago  

Posted: December 20th, 2012 10:44 AM

Dear fellow Westsiders, Thank you for your warm embrace! Please follow Out & About and watch for more updates from the past (over 50 videos with photos of our great community).

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