The Small Business Freedom Alliance

The Small Business Freedom Alliance (SBFA) is a group of local business owners/citizens who stand against Federal and State overreach which adversely impact our business operations.

Our main tenets:

  • All businesses are essential all the time.
  • We will stand up to government overreach into our businesses and lives.
  • We will educate members about their rights and freedoms so they can make informed choices for their businesses and families.

Board of Directors

Josh Phelps
Josh Phelps
President

Small Business Freedom Alliance introduces our President Josh Phelps. Josh is a local small business owner who operates two businesses and is passionate about our core tenets.
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Josh’s Bio:
>President – Winchester Metals, Inc
>Health Coach at Icoachketo, LLC
>MBA Shenandoah University
>BS – Ag Economics Virginia Tech
>James Wood graduate, lifelong Fred Co resident
>Married, two elementary aged kids
>Former Chairman Winc/FredCo economic development commission (now EDA)

Jared Mounts
Jared Mounts
Vice President

Small Business Freedom Alliance introduces our Vice President Jared Mounts. Jared is a local small business owner who operates two businesses and is passionate about our core tenets.
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Jared’s Bio:
>’93 James Wood Graduate
>Shepherd College K-12 Physical Education Degree
>Former Teacher/Coach for 17 years at James Wood High School
>Currently works in family businesses Shenandoah Refrigeration, Inc. & Jake’s Bait & Tackle
>Workforce Initiative Board Member
>Married to Keri, father to Tyler & Katelyn – with Jared Mounts

Patti Solenberger
Patti Solenberger
Secretary | Marketing Director
Patti’s Bio:
>Marketing Director and Board Secretary-SOLENBERGER’S True Value Hardware
>James Wood High School graduate
>Lord Fairfax Community College
>Lifelong resident of Winchester/Frederick County
>Married to John, mother of 3, Jenna, Jaime, Jackie. Mawmaw to Liam, Weston, Logan, Jack, and Bailey.
>Currently serving on the Winchester Rescue Mission Board and the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber Board.
Cary Nelson
Cary Nelson
Treasurer

Cary Nelson was born and raised in Frederick County and currently lives in the City of Winchester.   She is a graduate John Handley High School.  She has a B.S. in accounting from the University of Richmond, a minor in Art History and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Cary serves as the President of H.N. Funkhouser & Co., a local family-owned Petroleum Company that operates in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. 

David Kent
David Kent
Committee Coordinator

Small Business Freedom Alliance introduces our Board Treasurer David Kent. David is a local small business owner and patriot who is passionate about our core tenets.
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David Kent’s Bio:
>Marine Corps Veteran
>Shenandoah University MBA alumni
>Vice President of Signet Marketing
>Winchester Rotart Club Board Member
>Travis Manion Foundation Character Does Matter Volunteer
>Married to Rachel, father to three boys; Mason, Simon, and Evan

Committees 

The Small Business Freedom Alliance Membership Committee is responsible for expanding the reach, influence and authority of the Small Business Freedom Alliance by recruiting and engaging small business owners, small business supporters and influencers who will join us to uphold and defend our Constitutional rights and the tenets of the SBFA. They will keep a current list of members and greet all members and record their attendance at the SBFA Freedom Meetings. The current chair of the SBFA Membership Committee is Crystel Smith.

If you are interested in joining this committee, contact admin@smallbusinessfreedomalliance.org

The Small Business Freedom Alliance Finance/Fundraising Committee is responsible for securing the financial health of the Small Business Freedom Alliance. Members have a fiduciary duty to ensure that the financial matters of the organizations are in line with the mission of our organization by: maintaining accurate and complete financial records, presenting accurate and timely financial statements to the board, helping the board understand our finances, budgeting and anticipating financial problems, safeguarding the organizations assets and complying with federal, state and other reporting requirements. The current chair of the SBFA Finance Committee is Cary Claytor Nelson.

 

If you are interested in joining this committee, contact admin@smallbusinessfreedomalliance.org

The Small Business Freedom Alliance Education Committee recognizes personal choice and freedom, both for the individual and small business, require safeguarding by means of an informed and educated public. The primary focus of the Committee is to secure education and knowledge resources in line with the mission of the Small Business Freedom Alliance. The Education Committee is dedicated to equipping small business leaders by facilitating the professional learning and provision of resources, linkages and information that they need to grow and develop their unique business. The committee curates and provides resources to inform and engage leaders in understanding their rights and freedoms to make informed decisions for their businesses and families.  The current chair of the SBFA Education Committee is Samantha Armel. 

If you are interested in joining this committee, contact admin@smallbusinessfreedomalliance.org

The Small Business Freedom Alliance Public Relations Committee will be responsible for communicating with the membership about the Small Business Freedom Alliance Freedom Meetings and any special events that promote the SBFA. The public relations committee will promote the SBFA and the tenets of the SBFA through social media, the SBFA website, press releases and interactions with the local press and media. The current chair of the SBFA Public Relations Committee is Stacie Haaga.

If you are interested in joining this committee, contact admin@smallbusinessfreedomalliance.org