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Freedom Makers Virtual Services Merges with Re4ormed to Enhance Support for Veteran and Military Spouse-Owned Businesses

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Effective immediately, Freedom Makers Virtual Services (FMVS) has merged with Re4ormed to create The Forum. The Forum's mission is to grow veteran and military spouse owned businesses by providing an ecosystem of support through "All Calls" and partner offerings.

The merger was a natural one. FMVS's mission is to connect small business owners with professional, capable military spouse virtual assistants. This aligned well with Re4ormed's goal to help veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses. A new logo has been revealed as part of the merger and launch.

The founder of Re4ormed, Navy Veteran, Mark Mhley, says, "There is clearly defined entrepreneurial spirit shared by those who have worn our nation's cloth and supported the defense of our nation. I believe that combining forces with FMVS will scale and improve our collective impact and amplify the voice of our community's offerings."

"All Calls" are a dynamic part of The Forum's ecosystem. They consist of weekly, time-zone-based virtual support forums, quarterly professional symposiums and other networking events held throughout the year. All veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs are encouraged to join the community to "get a little help and give a little help" by sharing their businesses through executive pitches and connecting with one another online and in the real world.

The Forum's directory of vetted partners, business services and products can be found on FMVS's website. It provides a searchable catalog of enterprises that offer support and resources to small business patrons. It also features products from veteran and military spouse-owned companies.

"We believe small businesses make up the backbone of our country and military spouses are the backbone of our military," Laura Renner, FMVS's founder, says. "Veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs deserve marketplace access and resources. Supporting the growth and sustainability of small businesses and the income earning potential of military families are at the heart of what we do. Mark and I believe in each other's missions and I'm honored and excited to partner with him."

Renner is also a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate. After serving as a Public Relations Officer, she earned her International MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Renner currently serves as an Air Force Reservist.

About Freedom Makers Virtual Services:

FMVS was founded in 2015 and continues to grow. It's built on a foundation of principles: freedom, transparency and striving for excellence. Because the virtual assistants who find work through FMVS are associated with the military, they understand how to be flexible and deliver top-notch service to small businesses and entrepreneurs who are working to grow and scale their companies. FMVS prides itself on delivering excellent, customized support while simultaneously proffering meaningful, flexible work for military spouses around the globe.

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Local Business Owner Jade Kettner Named to NSBA Leadership Council

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Jade Kettner, Hawkeye NDT Services, Fort Collins, Colorado was recently named to the National Small Business Association (NSBA) Leadership Council. NSBA is the nation's oldest small-business advocacy organization and operates on a staunchly nonpartisan basis. Kettner, a recognized leader in the small-business community, joins the NSBA Leadership Council alongside other small-business advocates from across the country as they work to promote the interests of small business to policymakers in Washington, D.C.

"As a small-business owner, I see daily the importance of being involved and active when it comes to laws and regulation," stated Kettner. "Joining NSBA's Leadership Council will enable me to take our collective small-business message to the people that need to hear it most: Congress."

Jade Kettner began service to her country volunteering as a teen, 1987-88, at the Philippine Refugee Processing Center / PRPC-USDOD (Morong, Bataan, PI). That difficult red zone experience, a USDOD -United Nations joint project, primed her for the importance of advocating to Congress. Kettner believes to effect change; we must engage Congress directly. Kettner is passionate about Active-Duty Military/Veterans and their families. Jade has an insight into the military family experience. More importantly being a small business owner, with her Veteran (20 years retired US Army) husband, Jade brings a uniquely accurate and clear voice to the challenges and needs of the small American Woman & Veteran owned business.

Kettner joined the NSBA Leadership Council as part of her efforts to tackle the many critical issues facing small business, including tax reform, regulatory restraint, health care costs and how the Affordable Care Act will impact small business. The NSBA Leadership Council is focused on providing valuable networking between small-business advocates from across the country while ensuring small business a seat at the table as Congress and regulators take up key small-business proposals.

"I am proud to have Jade Kettner as part of our Leadership Council," stated NSBA President and CEO Todd McCracken. "She came to us highly recommended, and I look forward to our coordinated efforts for years to come."

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Sunpro Solar Named to Inc. Magazine’s Vet100 List

MANDEVILLE, La. -- Sunpro Solar has been named to the annual Vet100 list which acknowledges the nation's fastest growing veteran-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. The ranking is composed of honorees who have also landed on the iconic Inc. Magazine 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S and created in partnership with Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). Both distinctions are considered hallmarks of entrepreneurial success.

"We attribute our success as a company to the employees we hire and the culture that supports them. The values that guide our team are many of the same values like responsibility, service and integrity that are found in the armed forces," says Marc Jones, Sunpro Solar Founder, CEO and U.S. Army veteran. "We are proud of our employees who have served our nation and who continue to make a difference for our company today."

In July 2020, Sunpro Solar was named 5th largest residential solar installer in the U.S. by Solar Power World Magazine. As the demand for home solar in the United States rapidly increases, Sunpro Solar continues to expand nationwide. Sunpro Solar is proud to bring cleaner energy and lower utility costs to homeowners across the nation. Sunpro Solar offers customers affordable home solar, energy efficiency solutions and battery storage. With over 2000 employees, Sunpro Solar currently operates in 17 states.

"Business growth is a real economic driver in this country and the fact is that most of the new jobs in the economy-over 87 percent-are created by private businesses," says Eric Schurenberg, CEO of Mansueto Ventures, publisher of Inc. Magazine. "Veteran entrepreneurs contribute their share to the job story, employing over 5.5 million. They deserve to be recognized for their continued service to the country."

"Military experience provides veteran entrepreneurs with skills and knowledge we know to be valuable in the business world," says Mike Haynie, Syracuse University Vice Chancellor and IVMF Founder and Executive Director. "The growth of this year's list is a hopeful and inspiring indication of how important and valuable veteran entrepreneurs are to our society and economy. These businessmen and women not only served in defense of our collective freedom and security, they now continue to serve by bettering the economies in their communities and across the country. We are proud to partner again with Inc. magazine and are grateful for their efforts to shine a spotlight on the success of veteran-owned businesses."

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About Sunpro Solar:

Sunpro Solar is a top solar company in the U.S. that provides affordable solar energy and battery storage solutions to homeowners nationwide. Sunpro Solar was named 5th largest residential solar installer in the U.S. by Solar Power World Magazine in July 2020. An Inc. 500 company, Sunpro Solar continues to expand as the demand for home solar in the United States rapidly increases. Sunpro Solar has headquarters in Louisiana and currently operates in 17 states. Visit to learn more about Sunpro Solar.

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About Inc. and the Inc. 5000

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today's innovative company builders. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 20,000,000 today. For more information, visit

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. Now in its 40th year, this prestigious list of the nation's most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success.

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Veteran-Owned Berry Law Listed on the Inc 5000 for 4th Straight Year

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Out of more than 6 million business in the United States, Berry Law has been honored with a spot in Inc. magazines annual 5000 fastest growing private companies list for the 4th consecutive year. Being ranked in the top 5000 places, Berry Law lands among some of the fastest growing and highly respected companies in the US. The prestigious list spotlights the national industry leaders who continue to grow their businesses in both size and revenue.

While making the list a single time is considered the hallmark of successful entrepreneurship, Berry Law has shattered expectations for what a law firm can achieve by ranking on the Inc. 5000 list for a 4th consecutive year. The Berry Law team has worked tremendously hard to provide exceptional service to their clients while growing a scalable practice focused on individual rights. This year alone, Berry Law has added 32 additional employees to its headcount, including 24 new hires since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic.

"We are proud to be recognized on the Inc. 5000 list for another year," says Berry Law's CEO, John Berry, Jr. "We use every day as an opportunity to get better, constantly improving our client services, business practices, and employee training. While this award is worth celebrating, rapid business growth is just a secondary outcome of fighting hard for our clients every day. This growth represents years of building referrals and name recognition through offering exceptional service to every client."

COVID-19 has presented challenges to businesses greater than anything we have seen before. Part of Berry Law's success has been using its military roots to build a culture of aggressively rising to meet difficult changes. When an event like the pandemic upsets the status quo operating environment, Berry Law looks for opportunities to improve and streamline. Led by a heroic effort by team members Gordon Bjorman and Brent Masten, the firm was able to transition its IT systems quickly to a remote work structure and continue operating without disruption. The addition of new capabilities surrounding virtual meetings, remote document collaboration, and streamlined case management not only allowed Berry Law to work through the pandemic, it upgraded capabilities and has presented additional room for growth.

The Berry Law team would like to thank each of their clients for helping them become one of the fastest growing law firms in the entire country. During this unknown time, sticking with them and trusting them to help fight your most important battles.

To view the full Inc. 5000 list, please visit Inc. magazine's website on or after August 12, 2020.

Berry Law Firm was founded in 1965 by legendary attorney John S. Berry, Sr. With over 250 years of combined legal experience by its attorneys, Berry Law is well equipped to handle the most serious legal needs. Originally focused on criminal defense work, the firm has expanded to offer a full suite of legal services.

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Reality of a Veteran-Owned Family Business: Daniel and Joy Symonds, Funeral Home Owners, Available for Veterans Day Interviews

ELGIN, Ill. -- As Veteran's Day approaches, Symonds-Madison Funeral Home announced that Daniel and Joy Symonds, the husband and wife team behind the family-run funeral home in Elgin, Illinois, are available for interviews about life as veteran and military spouse owners of a family business.

"I have served in the Army for 17.5 years and have owned my business for six years," said Daniel Symonds, Owner of Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. "The military taught me how to take charge and get the job done, in a disciplined manner. I also learned the importance of real-time feedback, and how to use that information to improve your performance. This translates well to customer service, because any successful business needs the ability to make adjustments to better serve your customers."

Symonds is currently a First Sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve. He is a second-generation licensed Funeral Director and U.S. Army Reserve Soldier, following in his father's footsteps of military and funeral service. In addition to working in funeral service for 25 years, Daniel has served four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and throughout the world on training missions in Panama, Germany, Korea and Malaysia. He serves on the Executive Board of American Legion Post 57. He has owned Symonds-Madison Funeral Home together with his wife since December 2013. He has two daughters who he hopes will follow in his footsteps of military.

"On Veteran's Day, it is important to remember the families behind the soldiers. My husband really has three wives - the Army, our business, and me," said Joy Symonds, Owner and Director of Community Engagement for Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. "Balancing the demands of work and family life amidst the needs of the military can be challenging. You truly have to embrace flexibility and work hard to prepare for those times when your spouse and business partner has to be away on military business, anywhere from a weekend to an extended deployment. Having a supportive community all year long is so very important to making it through those challenging times."

To schedule a Veteran's Day interview with Daniel or Joy, please call 847-741-1168 or email

At Symonds-Madison Funeral Home we believe every funeral should be as special as the person it honors. We are a veteran and family-owned funeral home that thrives on helping you create a final, heartfelt experience that exceeds your expectations, regardless of budget.

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