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Thanksgiving 2020 at IBEC Ventures

November 21, 2020

A couple of days ago, someone asked me if I celebrated Thanksgiving.  They made the quip because I am Canadian, but I have lived in the USA almost half of my life. I responded, “Of course; I love having two celebrations each year.”  But the simple conversation reminded me that God asks us to be …

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Is it Business as Mission? A Litmus Test

November 15, 2020

More and more individuals, churches and colleges are taking an interest in the concept of Business as Mission (BAM). That is a good thing, because today, God is using businesses owned and operated by Kingdom minded professionals who are wired by God for business and called to the high and holy calling of living out …

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Grain Bags Romania – A Business as Mission Company

November 6, 2020

“Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so.” Genesis 1:11 As a teenager, my first job was on a farm two miles north of town. After school let out for the summer, I participated in …

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Creation Care Matters: A Tale of two Australian Companies

October 31, 2020

In the past couple of years, BAM Global has developed some helpful documents with regard to Creation Care and the responsibility of Christians to care for God’s creation and consider important details when starting and operating Kingdom businesses. Mats Tunehag and Mark Polet bring their expertise in science, business and theology to give us all …

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Thinking of starting? Post-Pandemic Business as Mission

October 25, 2020

I recently attended a webinar taught by Gary Furukawa, the founder and CEO of Freestone Capital Management, a national financial advisory firm headquartered in Seattle. One of the slides resonated with me, as I connected the thoughts to founders of BAM businesses and the question of business opportunities. Mr. Furukawa suggested that the “Pandemic Accelerated …

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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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