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

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.

For the last 12 years G&D has also focused on the environmental sector, working with various state, federal and local conservancies. They were recently chosen to help brand and launch the Centered Outdoors campaign to get people outside, healthy and active.

Their experienced staff is enhanced with outside writers, back-end programmers, and printers/fabricators, all in Pennsylvania.

G&D supports local nonprofits such as CCYSB, CBICC, CCEDP, ClearWater Conservancy, PaDCNR, CCWRC, Coaches vs Cancer, PaParks and Forests, PA Rec and Park Society, Woods & Water, and Trout Unlimited among others.

Owner and Creative Director Kitty Patterson’s advice for other’s in her industry is to “bring as much experience and know how to the table at your first meetings.”

“Do some research. Then listen to the clients, get a feel on how they do business and how you can help them through good design and communications. … Don’t expect your clients to know what you know, and use your expertise to help them understand how good design works,” she said.

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