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

The Markosky Engineering Group Inc.

Est. 1999 | Ligonier

Markosky is a woman-owned business enterprise that provides civil engineering, environmental consulting and construction services in Pennsylvania and neighboring states. It was incorporated in 1999 by Joyce V. Markosky, PE and Mark A. Markosky, PE. The company employs over 60 engineers, environmental scientists, archaeologists, technicians, inspectors and administrative professionals that comprehensive services for environmental and civil engineering projects. Markosky serves both public and private clients with experience in large scale highway and bridge projects, small commercial and residential sites; environmental assessments, permitting, hazardous waste and air quality evaluations; cultural resources, archeological and historic structure evaluations; oil and gas site design and permitting; as well as construction inspection and management.

Markosky advises those in its industry to, “work hard, continue learning, and be flexible and open to new opportunities.” This mindset has led the company to several accolades, including the Civil Engineering Achievement Award from Pittsburgh ASHE for SR 376 Parkway West Project in 2016 and the Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award from Pittsburgh in the $15 million Category C for their efforts on the PennDOT Route 28, East Ohio Street Improvement Project in 2015.

Markosky prides itself in its community involvement and works with local high schools, inviting college-bound students into their offices to spend a day shadowing a professional engineer or environmental scientist. The company also puts on Future City; Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science; and Flight 93 Memorial Planting Day.

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