Welcome to Let’s Connect – It’s Time to Lead, Ladies

Welcome to our third edition of Let’s Connect– Closing Deals in Heels which focuses on women in leadership roles!

According to a new study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the pandemic has disproportionately impacted the health of women-owned businesses.While the business impact of COVID-19 has varied depending on industry, there’s one group that has been hit particularly hard in America: women-owned small businesses.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce also conducted a recent survey, which indicated that the number of female business owners who ranked their business’ overall health as “somewhat or very good” fell 13 points during the pandemic, from 60% in January to 47% in July 2020. By contrast, the number of male business owners reporting a “good” business health status only fell five points in the same period (67% to 62%).

Each year we spotlight successful women in this issue. Thewomen share insights into their unique experiences as business owners or executives. We hope you will enjoy reading about them, and if you are a woman at the helm of your own business, or if you know one, please contact me to be included in our 2021Let’s Connect Directory.A special thank-you to our sponsors.

More than ever, I know that we must support each other to bring our businesses back from the impacts of COVID-19. Please do business with the women spotlighted in this 2021 edition as well as our advertisers. It is up to the women of central PA to make this tool a resource. Please share it with others and help us continue the growth by participating in our 2022 issue.

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Thanks for reading!

Marsha Blessing PUBLISHER