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Andrea March

Andrea March has successfully reinvented herself several times as a woman business owner and leader. Co-founding the Women’s Leadership Exchange®, she says, is the fulfillment of her destiny, the culmination of all her previous experience, in business and in life.

After selling real estate for some years, she and her husband Sy launched a jewelry import and distribution company, Andrea March Accessories. Andrea, who had always had a passion for jewelry, was the salesperson as well as the designer for this affordable line of costume jewelry! Andrea and Sy ran this multi-million dollar business together for 20 years. In 1995, however, the industry changed, and Sy decided to retire. In her 40s, ambitious and energetic, with her daughter, Kerri, already on her own, Andrea pondered what to do with the rest of her life.

Watching a business program on CNBC one day, she realized she had no idea what they were talking about. Like many others, Andrea says, “I did not understand investing, and was probably not the exception – there were undoubtedly millions of people like me, with money to invest and no understanding of how to make smart decisions.” Thus was born Investment Expo, the company Andrea March founded and ran for the next five years.

Under her guidance Investment Expo became the largest financial strategies trade show/seminar program in the Northeast and South Florida, attracting up to 14,000 attendees annually. Andrea propelled Investment Expo into a first-class seminar business — one of the leading providers of financial information in the U.S., with 50 seminars conducted by top financial gurus.

Four years later — in 2001 — Andrea met Leslie Grossman, who had attended one of her two-day events. The two experienced women business owners shared a powerful commitment to women entrepreneurs like themselves. That commitment became Women’s Leadership Exchange®. Andrea and Leslie won the Enterprising Women Advocacy Award in 2005.

Sue Malone

Sue Malone is the founder and President of Strategies for Small Business, a provider of SBA loans for small business owners.  For the last nine years, she has been the #1 SBA lender by volume throughout the Nation (over 25,000 loans) under the loan programs of U.S. Patriot Express (veterans and their spouses), Community Express, and Export Express. She was responsible, with other veteran groups, in securing the extension of the Patriot Express program for additional three years. This has became the largest lending program to veterans in the country.  In this role, she travels the country giving seminars and workshops to small business owners approximate 40 weeks out of the year, including many military bases. As part of the loan process, free technical assistance is given, to help start or expand these businesses. Many of these veteran applications are from women- owned businesses.

Sue has donated her time for over 5 years to teach and promote the VEP program – the first one started at Syracuse University, and subsequently expanded to 9 other universities around the Nation.   The VEP programs are educational programs housed at major universities to give guidance to disabled veterans in starting or expanding their businesses.

In addition, she has set up training seminars for veterans and their families on military bases around the country on entrepreneurship, including free services pertaining to credit repair, applying for a loan, and general entrepreneurship training.

Sue has been the key note speaker at the major veteran events on entrepreneurship and job placement.  She has been directly involved with National Veterans’ conferences– always with a key role in the 4,000+ attendees for over 4 years.

Additionally, developing a mentoring partnership with veterans and non-veterans for reentry back into the work force. This includes forming partnerships with them and providing services they can trust.  This also involves establishing franchises, helping establish positive credit, and government contracting opportunities.

In addition, Sue has worked in establishing programs with many veteran organizations and commissions, researched resource centers, associations, and veteran recruiting and job placement organizations, including:  The American Legion, The Army Core of Engineers, SBA, SBDC’s, SCORE, VetBiz, Veterans of Foreign Wars, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Disabled American Veterans, Honor Our Troops, NVSBC, VAMBOA, U.S. Veterans Chamber of Commerce, VetBizCentral, Wounded Warriors Project, various state departments of veteran affairs, Vietnam Veterans of America, Women Small Business Centers, Women Who Launch, VetForce, Elite Service Disabled Veterans, Valor Games, Members of the Pentagon, and service branches such as the Army, Navy, and Marines.

She is also the President and co-founder of American Economic Development, Inc., the one you have the eye a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, providing services to veterans in the form of housing, education, and job placement.

Sue is the past Chair of the American Cancer Society National Gala Task Force 2011–raising $11.7 million in that year (for research projects, including the prevention and your of breast cancer).

She is proud to be from a family which honors our veterans, including her Husband (Vietnam era), Father and Uncle (Korea), and Father-in–Law (one of the oldest surviving and longest interned POW ‘s in World War II).