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Kudos: Marcie Manfredonia-Siciliano Honored as ‘Woman of Empowerment’

Marcie Manfredonia-Siciliano

Marcie Manfredonia-Siciliano, of Bedford Hills, has been honored as a Woman of Empowerment by P.O.W.E.R (Professional Organization of Woman of Excellence Recognized) for her contributions and achievements in the fields of construction maintenance, custom candles and CBD products.

Growing up as a “tomboy” and having to overcome adversity was good preparation for running a woman-owned minority business (WBE/MBE) in an industry notoriously dominated by men, Manfredonia-Siciliano says.

When she was 13, her father died of cancer, leaving her mother and three siblings to fend for themselves. She left school early and began working two jobs to make ends meet. She had the first of her four sons at age 19 and found creative ways to help provide for her family, from making chocolate pops and hand-decorated clothing, to hosting yard sales, to selling Avon products.

In 1992, she took part-time work to give her the flexibility to take care of her children and her mother, who had breast cancer. For a while she was forced to go on financial assistance. Having to depend on that to get by “took a huge toll on my spirit,” she says.

 “One day, while waiting on a long line with my boys by my side, I decided I was no longer going to put my family through the rigmarole anymore, so I walked out,” she says. “I decided to sell all our belongings and start my own business.”

Twenty-five years later, Nationwide Maintenance is a full-service maintenance and general contracting company servicing some of the largest commercial and retail businesses in the Tri-State area. Manfredonia-Siciliano is responsible for overall operations, hiring, marketing, providing estimates and general administration.

She also established the Building A Cure foundation, benefiting cancer research, and launched Custom Candle Co., a candle and specialty gift store with locations in White Plains and Bedford Hills. Her newest business is CBD Live Natural which carries all-natural products with the goal of helping people feel their best and improve their quality of life without prescription drugs.

 “Never be afraid to try new things or be afraid to fail, because with faith, hard work and dedication you can accomplish anything,” she says.

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