In Gear Career for Military Spouses to Share Professional Development and Networking Expertise at 2013 AUSA Expo

For entrepreneurial military spouses, running a business provides the opportunity to have a professional career in spite of the challenges they face living the military lifestyle. Thirteen successful military spouse small business professionals will have an opportunity to showcase their businesses at next week’s Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting & Expo in Washington, D.C., thanks to the Military Spouse CEO Experience.

“We’re thrilled that talented military spouse entrepreneurs will be featured at the Expo’s Military Spouse CEO Experience Pavilion. In Gear Career is excited to help these talented professionals network effectively with the many attendees and fellow exhibitors at this year’s event. It’s a great opportunity for these military spouse professionals to showcase the value their businesses bring to the marketplace,” said Executive Director Amanda Patterson Crowe.

To help these entrepreneurs maximize the opportunities to build their businesses, In Gear Career will provide them with hands on strategic networking coaching throughout the expo. These businesses represent a wide variety of industries and target markets, so the coaching will be customized to meet the needs of each company, their business models, and individual goals for the expo.

“In Gear Career provides free professional development resources and networking opportunities to military spouse job seekers through more than 15 local chapters across the country. We’re excited to offer our expertise and mentor these dynamic and talented business leaders,” Crowe explained.

This is the inaugural year for the Military Spouse CEO Experience, which is the brainchild of military spouse professionals Adrianna Domingos-Lupher of MSB New Media, Lori L. Volkman of Trajectory Communications, and Wendy Poling of My Military Life Radio, and underwritten by Armed Forces Insurance, MetLife, UPS and the Virginian Suites of Arlington.

This year’s businesses participating in the Military Spouse CEO Experience Pavilion:

• Christina Bell Landry, Dumbell Fitness
• Jessica Bertsch, Power House Planning
• El Brown, Kinderjam
• Stephanie Brown, The Rosie Network
• Lori Churchill, Lock n Load Java
• Kellie Dudley, R. Riveter
• Marijke Landon, Nomadés Collection
• Ginger Miller, Women Veterans Interactive
• Stephen Peters, The American Military Partners Association
• Jennifer Pilcher, Military One Click
• Bridget Platt, Daddy’s Deployed
• Lee Platt, Avening Management & Technical Services
• Ashley Thompson, Smash Creative Services

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