Multiple academic studies, along with heaps of personal experiences, have shown that in business settings men not only talk more than women, but also tend to more frequently interrupt their female peers. The reasons that the studies have settled on vary from men using conversation as a tool of dominance to men simply being raised to perceive interruptions differently, but the evidence of men feeling more entitled to voice their opinions is quite clear.

This, of course, is very annoying on a day-to-day basis, but there are larger problems stemming out from it that have a truly negative effect on working women; including the fact that the more someone talks, the more likely their voice will be amplified.

That’s where Women in Business hopes to be a positive force. We hope to amplify the voices that might otherwise be interrupted. That’s why we are proud to continue our tradition of celebrating women-led businesses and organizations with our second annual Fifty Women- Owned Businesses to Follow list.

Inside this issue you will be introduced to 50 women-owned and women-led companies that serve as shining examples of what women can accomplish in business no matter what the industry. Companies and organizations included range from construction firms to advertising to information technology. By including such a large variety, we aim to blur the conceptual line between men and women’s work until people forget it ever existed.

As always, the opportunity for Women in Business to feature such an array of organizations came from our readers, who sent in nominations from communities across our 23-county readership. A few names on the list may be familiar from previous lists such as Top 100, Women Making a Difference or last year’s Fifty to Follow. Many are new additions that we were happy to discover have found such success in Central Pennsylvania.

We hope that the final list represents both large well-established companies and small startups full of potential, while also covering every region of our readership. Readers will see that growing your business is possible in all corners of the commonwealth, whether you are in Altoona, Clairton or Troy.

It is not only our mission to provide a podium for current success stories, but also to support women who have yet to break into the business world. With this in mind, we asked each company selected for some advice that they could pass on to someone else looking to succeed in their industry and hope that their answers demystify the intimidating task of starting and maintaining a business.

With this special edition finalized, Women in Business is moving on to collecting submissions for Women Making a Difference, which will shine a spotlight on the individual women who have taken a leading role in business and in their community. The edition will be published this fall and nomination forms can be found on our website under the “Women Making a Difference” tab. .

June 16, 2017 RSS feed / Top 50 Women Owned Businesses

Marakae Marketing Inc.

Est. 1996 | North Huntingdon

Maria Bernardo Brady envisioned Marakae Marketing in 1996 to achieve her goals of a rewarding career while enjoying motherhood. More...

The Sargent’s Group

Est. 1980 | Johnstown

The Sargent’s Group, Inc. was founded in 1980 by Sara “Sally” Sargent and consists of three sister companies: Sargent’s Court Reporting, Inc., Sargent’s Transcription Service, Inc. More...

Blair Insurance Services, Inc.

Est. 1980 | Altoona

Divorced with three young kids and equipped with five years of insurance experience and three years of investment experience, Bonnie Hand started Blair Insurance Services, Inc. More...

Yoga Dear

Est. 2015 | Lewisburg

Yoga Dear believes that yoga is so much more than fancy yoga poses. More...

Doing Better Business, Inc.

Est. 2013 | Altoona

Doing Better Business Technology Solutions (DBB) was created by Debra, Beth and Joseph Dellaposta in order to help businesses and organizations move from paper-based document workflows to digital information management and workflow solutions. More...

Nestlerode & Loy, Inc.

Est. 1937 | State College

Nestlerode & Loy, Inc. is an independent investment advisory firm. More...

Answerlinks, Inc.

Est. 2002 | Hollidaysburg

Incorporated in 2002, Answerlinks started as a home-based business. The basement of the founder’s home served as the original operational site of Answerlinks. More...

Advantage Home Health Services, LLC

Est. 2003 | Pittsburgh and Altoona

In just 14 years, Amy Hancock started three companies and has grown from one employee in 2004 to nearly 600 employees today. AdvantageCare Rehabilitation provides geriatric contract therapy services to long- term care and assisted living facilities. More...

Advanced Shipping Technologies, Inc

Est. 2002 | Ebensburg

Advanced Shipping Technologies, Inc (AST) is celebrating its 15th year in business during 2017. The company supports its client base with a dedicated team of AST staff, specializing in logistics services throughout North America. More...

College Ready Playbook

Est. 2017 | Lewisburg

Robin Muller is CEO and head coach of College Ready Playbook (CRP); a company developed to assist high school student athletes understand and navigate the NCAA eligibility rules. More...

Express Mobile Diagnostic Services, LL C

Est. 2008 | Penn Township

Express Mobile Diagnostic Services, LLC (EMDS) was started in 2008 by Nancy Amorose and has been a strong contender in the mobile diagnostics industry ever since. More...

All Access Rigging Company

Aliquippa

All Access Rigging Company is a DBE, WBE, certified contractor offering rental of the latest under bridge inspection units and work platforms. More...

ACRES Project

Est. 2014 | State College

The ACRES Project (Adults Creating Residential & Employment Solutions) was founded by a team of dedicated parents, professionals, and community members who recognized the critical need for services for adults with autism. More...

Bella Lucia

Est. 2009 | Altoona

Bella Lucia was founded in 2009 with the belief that there is a better way to eat gluten free without giving up flavor and taste, merging traditional baking with new dietary needs. More...

Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak

Est. 2002 | Williamsport

Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak was established in 2002 by Julieanne E. Steinbacher, Esquire, CELA (Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation). In 2015, the firm expanded by adding a State College office and H. More...

Image Signs Inc.

Est. 1990 | Altoona

In 1990, Suzanne Zavalanski decided to quit her full time retail management job to start a full service sign company, which had been a lifelong dream. More...

Krevel Trucking Co., Inc.

Est. 1990 | Clymer

Brenda Krevel formed Krevel Trucking in 1990. A year later Ridge Energy was formed and purchased its first coal refuse pile, a reject product from early coal mines deposited into piles near the mines as waste. More...

Lyceum Group LLC

Est. 1996 | Somerset

Lyceum Group LLC, owned by Jane Heiple, is a national and Pennsylvania certified woman-owned workforce education and development consulting firm. More...

Russell Stone Products

Est. 2002 | Grampian

Russell Stone Products is an internationally recognized company with a rich history of carrying products, such as their Curwensville sandstone, that have been tested, analyzed and proven to be cut from some of the most highly regarded stone producing More...

Prequel Solutions, LLC

Est. 2003 | Washington

Prequel Solutions, LLC is a Women’s Business Enterprise that provides talented staff proficient in key technology areas frequently required by clients with the ability to get them onsite and working quickly. More...

Solid Ground Services, Inc.

Est. 2014 | Troy

Solid Ground Services, Inc. specializes in excavation, site construction, trucking and asphalt paving and was formed by Krystle and Kyle Bristol in 2014.  More...

Studio SMC

Est. 1999 | Beaver

When Sam McWilliams founded Studio SMC in 1999 she envisioned a commercial interior design firm with business practices based on her own ethics and values. More...

Precision Copy Products Inc.

Est. 1989 | Clairton

Precision Copy Products Inc. is a provider of multi-functional office equipment, services and supplies. More...

Apogee Engineering

Harrison City

Apogee Engineering is a lighting, electrical and systems engineering firm focused on designing energy efficient systems within new or remodel construction projects. More...

Advantage Resource Group, Inc.

Est. 1953 | Altoona

Returning with her family to her home in Pennsylvania in 1985, Bobbie A. Miller purchased an existing executive recruiting and placement company called Altoona Personnel Services. More...

Benzel’s Bretzel Bakery, Inc.

Est. 1911 | Altoona

Benzel’s has specialized in the production of pretzel products for well over 100 years. Adolph Benzel, the grandfather of current president, Ann Benzel’s, husband, started the company after emigrating from Germany. More...

Swisher Concrete Products, Inc.

Est. 1990 | Clearfield

Since 1990, Swisher Concrete Products, Inc. has continued to grow by acquiring updated manufacturing equipment, trucks, etc. as well as maintaining a core group of employees that have made it all possible.  More...

Margaret Sams Consulting

Est. 2006 | Venetia

Established in 2006, Margaret Sams Consulting (MSC) has done environmental studies for hundreds of public and private projects throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, w More...

Roberta Binder Heath, LL C

Est. 2010 | Huntingdon

Robin Binder opened Roberta Binder Heath, LLC. in 2010, a firm that concentrates on school law, business law, employment law and labor relations, commercial and general civil litigation, civil rights and construction litigation. More...

Diversified Investment Solutions, Inc.

Est. 2008 | Huntingdon

Diversified Investment Solutions, LLC was established in October 2008 by Jo Anna Swope, an investment executive with over 20 years of trust and investment experience. More...

Actuated Medical, Inc.

Est. 2006 | Bellefonte

Actuated Medical, Inc. (AMI) was founded in 2006 when it was realized that there was a market need for an agile, small business with actuation expertise. AMI’s mission is to integrate motion into medical devices to improve patient outcomes. More...

Serviam Construction, LLC

Est. 2012 | Altoona

Founded by Jayme Rhodes in 2012, Serviam Construction LLC is a service disabled veteran-owned small business/woman-owned business general construction firm with the capabilities to self-perform drywall, carpentry, ceiling and concrete work. More...

Ameron Construction Co., Inc

Est. 1984 | State College

Ameron Construction began as Ashcraft Construction in 1969, and from its small beginnings as purely an excavating contractor, now offers large-scale landscaping, segmental block retaining walls, hardscape and paving. More...

Beth’s Barricades

Est. 2005 | Gibsonia

Founded in 2005, Beth’s Barricades has supplied contractors, municipalities, developers and events with quality, dependable traffic control devices and services.  More...

Blackburn Center

Est. 1976 | Greensburg

In December 1976, what is now known as Blackburn Center was born, providing services for rape victims. The agency expanded to include domestic violence services in 1978, and opened an emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence in 1979. More...

Foresight Construction Services

Est. 2012 | Clinton

Foresight Construction Services provides construction management, inspection and engineering services. Services extend from pre-construction to post-construction phases. More...

Graphics and Design

Est. 1986 | State College

Graphics and Design (G&D) develops and designs branding strategies, marketing materials, reports, web sites and advertising for a diverse list of clients.  More...

Green Collar Consultants, Inc.

Est. 2008 | State College

Green Collar Consultants, Inc. is a certified Disadvantaged (Woman-Owned) Business Enterprise providing sustainability consulting services to the building industry. Karen Norris, president and owner, became a LEED Accredited Professional in 2009. More...

Mahfood Group LLC

McMurray

The Mahfood Group LLC (TMG) has been organized to serve its clients in a fashion unlike the environmental consulting firms of the past. More...

HR Consultants, Inc.

Est. 1998 | Johnstown

HR Consultants, Inc. (HRC) provides management, human resources consulting and training services designed to improve the competitiveness of organizations and minimize employment practice risk. More...

Arotin’s Hummingbird Estate

Est. 2017 | Patton

After working in healthcare administration with a single company for over 15 years, Carolin Arotin opened up her own personal care home with a desire to do the work herself. More...

Impressions WHQ, Inc.

Est. 1997 | State College

Impressions WHQ, Inc. was formed by Michelle Damiano in 1997. Since then, Impressions’ offices have grown to 2600 sq. ft. of open studio and showroom, while increasing their roster of local and regional clients, as well as staff. More...

Neff Specialties

Est. 2001 | Hastings

With a combined 150 years of experience, Neff Specialties has the breadth of knowledge needed to design, sell, install and service products for private and public clients in the education, industrial and commercial markets throughout Pennsylvania, We More...

Reclamere

Est. 2001 | Tyrone

Reclamere was founded in 2001 to work with customers to help them manage off-network IT equipment. Early in the company’s history, they began helping clients manage security needs such as data destruction and data breaches. More...

The Markosky Engineering Group Inc.

Est. 1999 | Ligonier

Markosky is a woman-owned business enterprise that provides civil engineering, environmental consulting and construction services in Pennsylvania and neighboring states. It was incorporated in 1999 by Joyce V. Markosky, PE and Mark A. Markosky, PE. More...

SunnySide Supply

Est. 1980 | Slovan

Paul and Nanette Battista started SunnySide in 1980 during an intense recession when companies were looking for innovative ways to save money or streamline cost of procuring materials. More...

StelTek Graphics, Inc.

Est. 2003 | Bedford

StelTek Graphics, Inc., a large format printing and print production management company, was born late in 2003 as a WV Corporation.  President and Owner Marcia O’Rear, moved the company to Bedford in 2006. More...

MacBracey Corporation

Est. 2001 | Washington

MacBracey Corporation was founded in 2001 by Mary Sue ‘Sam’ Bracey. More...

Arrow Land Solutions, LLC

Est. 2008 | Altoona

Arrow Land Solutions, LLC (Arrow) is a certified woman-owned business providing real estate acquisition, relocation and property management for both public and private real estate projects. More...

Northstar Environmental, Ltd.

Est. 1995 | Beaver

Northstar Environmental, Ltd. More...

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