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Joanne Peterson

Owner and Founder
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When Joanne E. Peterson started Abator in 1983, there were very few women-owned technology firms. Today, in addition to her passion for helping clients achieve intelligent use of information, Peterson co-authors a blog for diverse business owners, provides technical assistance through Chatham’s WBC, serves on PowerLink’s Board and volunteers via WBEC/WBENC.

Abator is a multi-faceted traditional consultancy supporting government and commercial clients building engagement teams that develop solutions to meet frequent business, legislative or critical regulatory reporting challenges. Its product lines include Lolopop Business Intelligence Office (BIO), the underlying platform for and

Peterson began her consulting career with Cutler Williams in Dallas, followed by a stint with Allen Services and Consultant Systems before establishing Abator. She grew the business negotiating contracts with major multi-national companies and state governments in developing custom software application systems. Peterson is an alumna of: WBENC’s first Tuck School of Business Executive Management Training; Chatham University’s Economics & Management; and Grahm Junior College’s Mass Communications programs.


  • PowerLink 25th Anniversary Honoree (2017)
  • Chatham University’s Cornerstone Award in Information Technology (2016)
  • SBA 8(a) Program Graduate 2013
  • Women’s Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ (WBEC)/WBENC’s Shining Star (2006 & 2018)
  • In Technology Women CEOs: Why So Few in the Region’s High-Tech Community (1994)
  • Inc. Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist (1989, 1990)


  • WBEC
  • Chatham University
  • PowerLink

Email: [email protected]