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. .

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2017-06-16 / Top 50 Women Owned Businesses

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. CRP was formally launched April 4, 2017 with a nationwide client base through the use of social media, texting, video chat and conference calls.

College Ready Playbook fulfills the need for a resource to provide high school student athletes and their parents with information to navigate the NCAA initial eligibility rules. CRP strives to simplify the complex requirements for high school athletes to compete at the collegiate level, in any sport.

College Ready Playbook uniquely addresses academic preparation at the high school level. In order to be eligible to compete, athletes must have a specific minimum grade point average in 16 NCAA identified core courses, have an SAT or ACT score that corresponds to that GPA on a sliding scale and verified amateur status. The goal is to assist student athletes early in their high school career by providing a playbook that specifically addresses their academic and athletic prowess.

Not every athlete can compete at the highest collegiate level, however, the key to success both on and off the court or field is the right fit. College Ready Playbook works to identify that fit, both academically and athletically by presenting clients with multiple options.

College Ready Playbook was selected as a finalist for the Small Business Development Center at Bucknell University’s Innovate-Her competition. CRP was one of three women centric businesses selected from a group of 25 business submissions.

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