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Enjoying Work

October 17, 2020

IBEC Board member, Dave Kier, writes regularly and this one caught my attention last month.  We are grateful not only for successful businesspeople like Dave, but also people like him, who understand the theology of work and are applying it in BAM companies in other continents. Larry Sharp, Director of Training, IBEC Ventures larry.sharp@ibecventures.com ***** …

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One BAM Entrepreneur Making a Joyful Noise in Portugal – and beyond!

October 10, 2020

Imagine that you have a small startup business and you’re striving to make it successful.  You are positive the product is in demand by a large customer segment. You love your team, all of whom are highly skilled and work together well, but you haven’t solved key marketing questions. Where can you turn for someone …

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IBEC – Mission Connexion Workshop 2020

October 4, 2020

In January of 2020, Bob Bush, Managing Director of IBEC Ventures, spoke at Mission ConneXion in Portland, Oregon. This text of his workshop is inspiring to us all. —– I spent nearly 30 years in the healthcare industry prior to joining IBEC, and I can honestly say that this opportunity to serve God in this …

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Training Grid For Business as Mission Employee Training

September 26, 2020

A couple of months ago, I was asked to help a Business as Mission startup company develop a process for training new employees in work values which were new to them having little or no understanding of Biblical standards.  The owner wanted to teach the value as “secular” but have it based in a Biblical …

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The Complexity of BAM Businesses Operating Abroad

September 19, 2020

A headline in the Harvard Business Review caught my attention.1 The subtitle screamed, “Companies operate in an increasingly complex world: Business environments are more diverse, dynamic, and interconnected than ever – and far less predictable.”  And if that is true in North America, it must be even greater for start-ups in the overseas arena. Cross-cultural …

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Rich

September 11, 2020

Dick Weidner is the founder and CEO of Legacy Ventures, a partner with IBEC Ventures and the Third Path Initiative in www.triventure.com, a startup training, coaching and capital endeavor. Larry Sharp, Director of Training, IBEC Ventures larry.sharp@ibecventures.com ***** It is one of the more subjective words in any language. In the U.S. if your annual …

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Finding Fulfillment at Work

September 5, 2020

Monday is Labor Day in the US and Canada, a national holiday that dates back to the 1880s. It has its roots in the labor movement and is celebrated in September in North America, distinct from most of the world which celebrates the International Workers Day on May 1. Our Christian faith has much to …

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Seven Principles for Business As Mission from Lewis and Clark

August 30, 2020

My wife and I visited memorials to the Lewis and Clark Expedition at the mouth of the Columbia River last weekend with our two daughters.  On one of the buildings overlooking the Pacific Ocean were the words, “The object of your mission – the Pacific Ocean” – Thomas Jefferson. Being moderately curious, I came home …

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When Not Helping Hurts

August 22, 2020

A recent Christianity Today article helps the reader process his/her thinking relative to needed aid as well as sustainable business – especially now in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  These quotes hopefully will stimulate you to read the full article. To read it, click here. The coronavirus pandemic is having a devastating economic impact …

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Four Proven Steps for Success in Kingdom (BAM) Business

August 16, 2020

I was intrigued to read the Forbes list of 2020 world Billionaires,1 this year taking special attention to those at the top, noting those who had increased their net worth and those who had lost.  I have never been too curious about these things, but one thing piqued my attention. Ten of the top twenty-five …

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