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. .

Sign up to receive breaking news and new edition alerts:
2017-06-16 / Top 50 Women Owned Businesses

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. With 168 hours in a week and four clients at start up, Jill Weaver found herself sleeping next to a phone. In what Weaver considers the grueling years to come, four employees were added to the staff and 86 clients came on board. By 2008, the company relocated to a 3000 square-foot facility in Hollidaysburg. State-of-the-art call management software was put into use in 2014 allowing for a greater capacity to effectively handle more calls, streamline message delivery and logging.

Currently, Answerlinks has 22 staff members, serves over 600 clients in all types of businesses nationwide and has opened a second site in Bozeman, Montana.

Answerlinks is certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and is designated as an EDWOSB. Weaver currently holds volunteer positions on many corporate and entrepreneurial advisory boards. Answerlinks participated and completed the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program in 2016.

Answerlinks is community driven and strives to give back through spending both time and funds to Habitat for Humanity, AAYIHA, BAHA, Montana Aquatic Resource Services, Gallatin Ice Foundation and Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Return to top

Sign up for Biz Alerts

Email Marketing You Can Trust