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 Sargent’s Group

Est. 1980 | Johnstown

The Sargent’s Group, Inc. was founded in 1980 by Sara “Sally” Sargent and consists of three sister companies: Sargent’s Court Reporting, Inc., Sargent’s Transcription Service, Inc. (STS) and Sargent’s Personnel Agency, Inc. (SPA).

Sargent’s Court Reporting offers court reporting and transcription services to a variety of local, state and federal entities, as well as private clients. Sargent’s Court Reporting has grown to include 19 offices spread throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, Kentucky and West Virginia.

STS has provided transcription services for over 37 years. With Sargent’s leadership and guidance of a talented management team, STS is one of the nation’s top firms.

SPA was established in 1989 and has been dedicated to providing quality employees while eliminating advertising, recruiting and administrative burdens.

Over the years, Sargent has been a leading member on hospital boards, service projects for community development and the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania. Additionally, Sargent has been awarded the title of Small Business Person of the Year for Pennsylvania from the U.S. Small Business Administration, as well as Western PA/ Tri-State Area Female Entrepreneur of the Year from Ernst & Young.

Sargent’s advice for someone working in this industry is, “hard work will reap big rewards.”

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