Legendary Stowe Township bakery Mancini’s has been recognized by a national board as an exemplary woman-owned business.
Mary Mancini Hartner has led the multigenerational business for nearly 45 years and considers certification by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council a career capstone.
“Pursuing the certification became a personal challenge and has been on my bucket list for years,” Hartner said. “Getting all the records together has had the added benefit of forcing me to organize my office, but the certification and recognition that comes with it has been gratifying.”
Founded in 1997, the WBENC is the largest women-owned business network in the country. Registered members must undergo a thorough application process and meet several criteria.
Mancini’s has been a culinary staple of the McKees Rocks area since its founding in 1926 by Italian emigrant James Mancini. The company operates locations in Stowe and Pittsburgh’s Strip District, and distributes to a range of regional retailers.