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Tell Me Something Good #5

Am I the only one who felt like last week was long enough to account for all of June?

If I’m being honest, apathy really stayed with me this week. Even while refraining from going out as much as possible (since my husband is at risk), the discord within our society still managed to reach me. 

 A random bit of good news: my new chicken coop and goat house are both 90% of the way done. 

But let’s get into the good business news!

New Entrepreneur Platform Supporting Business Owners in Need

100 Million Academy, a new entrepreneur education platform, launched just one month ago. Since then the founders have provided more than 1,500 entrepreneurs in need with free annual memberships.

Any entrepreneur who emailed the founders and showed how their business was affected by COVID received a membership. Moving forward, the founders are connecting with established charities like Girls Who Code and Dress for Success to comp members access.

100 Million Academy shares tactical and practical skills with online and live lessons taught by legendary nine-figure experts. The online platform covers essential topics like:

  • email marketing 
  • branding 
  • mastering e-commerce sales 
  • generating cash flow
  • scaling up a business
  • and more

Business Acquisition Brings Together Two Great Companies

ProArch, headquartered in Atlanta, acquired Rochester-based iV4, which is now named iV4, a ProArch Company. 

The two businesses, separately, complement each other: ProArch’s strengths are in product engineering, data, and cloud services, while iV4’s strengths are in managed services, networking, cloud architecture, and cybersecurity. 

“We are excited considering incredible prospects this acquisition will bring to the combined organization, our clients, and our people,” Santosh Kaveti, ProArch’s CEO said. “ProArch and iV4 together have a thriving story in the making in the areas of:

  • cloud 
  • data
  • artificial intelligence 
  • product engineering
  • security 

Joining forces with iV4, for us, is all about growth and opportunities.”

Veteran’s Support Organization Holds 4th Successful Online Networking Event

VETS2INDUSTRY (V2I) held its 4th networking event just yesterday. V2I focuses on connecting transitioning servicemembers, veterans, and their spouses with the hiring managers, recruiters, and business owners who want to hire them. 

Brian Arrington, V2I’s founder, organized an event that flowed well, allowing attendees ample opportunities to network in small breakout rooms and to hear from speakers, recruiters, and transitioning veterans. 

If you’re interested in connecting with an engaged veteran community, be sure to reach out to Brian to attend the next V2I event. 

A Small Budget Shouldn’t Prevent Great Marketing

Last week, my interview series with Sarah Noel Block went live on The Defiant Business Podcast. Sarah addressed a variety of topics including small business marketing, automation, and the future of in-person meetings and events.

However, a common theme was Sarah’s experience using a modest marketing budget to generate maximum results. Sarah even shared her tech stack for small businesses that costs less than $200 per month!

If you’d like to hear more about how Sarah keeps marketing lean for her clients, be sure to listen to her episodes while you finish out your Sunday.

I hope you have a great week. Get outside, be creative, and create good news of your own!

Yours in defiance,


P.S. Did you hear that I’m hosting an exclusive live PR case study interview in my Facebook Group, The Defiant Business Group, on June 17th?

I’ll be interviewing James Trudeau, a freelance photographer, and Jennifer McGinley, CEO of JLM Strategic Communications about how she helped him get his quarantine-related photography into print, TV, and online media. 

Join the group today to be sure you don’t miss it!

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