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

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. EMDS added Jamie Bostard as CEO in January of 2016 and the momentum to be even better has steadily increased.

An appealing addition to the company’s repertoire is their acceptance into the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). EMDS was also appointed as the winner of 2017 South Central Ohio Healthcare Supplier Diversity Symposium.

EMDS currently has approximately 100 employees working in at least 10 states. Their clients include skilled nursing facilities, correctional facilities and personal care homes. EMDS serves patients in their homes that are enrolled in a home health or hospice program.

The company prides itself on quality and making every effort possible to ensure timely service while keeping patients in house. Hospital readmissions impact everyone and they maximize their efforts so that transportation fees and loss of revenue upon hospital admissions are minimized.

Reports are provided to the facility within 30 minutes of the completed exam. The company offers online services that enable members to access reports and images, along with the ability to interface with electronic health records (EHR). Their X-ray services run 24/7 and ultrasound exams are also provided seven days a week on a scheduled basis.

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