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

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. Swope earned the Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA) designation in 2002 and has been able to utilize her trust department experience in many aspects of her financial services business.

Diversified Investment Solutions has been named “Best Financial Advisor” by the Reader’s Choice Awards in the local hometown newspaper in 2016 and 2017. Swope was also presented the “Volunteer of the Year” award by the Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce in 2013. Diversified Investment Solutions is an active member of the Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce, Huntingdon County United Way, Huntingdon County PRIDE and the Newspapers in Education program.

Recognizing the importance of well-informed investors, Swope makes every effort to educate all of her clients about the complexities of investing, while encouraging reasonable expectations of investment results. Diversified Investment Solutions is dedicated to the success of their clients through quality planning and thoughtful advice. Their focus is on each client’s complete financial picture, from planning for retirement to passing assets on to heirs.

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