Lakesha Cole is an author, retail entrepreneur and military community advocate. Lakesha serves as an invaluable resource for military spouses and women seeking to turn their ideas into a successful business.
Lakesha is the owner of She Swank Marketplace, a brick-and-click boutique in Jacksonville, NC that celebrates and sell local, independent, military spouse and veteran-owned brands. Lakesha is the co-creator of the Rosie planner, the first official day planner for military families.
In addition Lakesha’s portfolio includes consulting on military spouse and veteran employment. She is committed to offering creative solutions to help improve the unemployment gap. She also serves as a partnership liaison in connecting companies to military talent and resources and connecting military spouses and veterans to employment and entrepreneurship opportunities through Hiring our Heroes Military Spouse Professional Network and North Carolina for Military Employment.
Lakesha has a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. She’s an instructor at the Small Business Center at Coastal Carolina Community College. Before starting her own business, Lakesha worked as the Public Information Officer for Stafford County Government, Family Readiness for the United States Marine Corps and in marketing for Fairfax County Economic Development Authority.