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

Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak

Est. 2002 | Williamsport

Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak was established in 2002 by Julieanne E. Steinbacher, Esquire, CELA (Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation). In 2015, the firm expanded by adding a State College office and H. Amos Goodall, Jr., Esquire, CELA and Kathleen Yurchak, Esquire, joined the team.

Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak developed the Elder & Special Needs Resource Center to provide seminars for people who are aging or living with disability. The firm established the annual Dr. Alexander Nesbitt Commitment to Caring Award, sponsors Walks to End Alzheimer’s, Relay for Life, Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walks, North Central Sight Services fundraising events and many more charitable endeavors.

Steinbacher has a “Superb” AVVO Rating for attorneys. She was a 2015 recipient of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s (PBA) Special Achievement Award and is a frequent presenter about matters related to elder law.

“The vision of the elder care law firm is to bridge the gap between the legal system and the aging network. Using handcrafted legal documents and suitable resources, we are able to support each client’s present and future need. We never use a cookie cutter, one-size-fits-all approach. Every document and plan is customized to meet each client’s specific needs and no two plans are ever the same.”

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