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Three Things I Learned During the Epidemic of 1974 That Apply to BAM in the Pandemic of 2020

July 11, 2020

In the early 1970’s I was living, along with my family, in the Brazilian Amazon port city of Belem where I was the administrator of a school for children of expatriates. The Amazon Valley Academy is a K-12 school following an American curriculum but also in the 1970s and 80s taught a German program for …

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Mats Tunehag: Let Freedom Ring! Fighting Slavery with Business Solutions

July 2, 2020

This is the time of year when we celebrate America and the freedoms which exist here because of the founders of yesteryear.  However, we are reminded by recent events that many in our country and around the world do not feel the freedoms that many of us have experienced. Mats Tunehag’s article from April 23rd, …

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See’s Chocolates – a metaphor for a Quality BAM Business

June 26, 2020

My wife’s favorite food group is chocolate, and I sometimes think that it is also her “Love Language.”  She can tell the difference between Cadbury’s, Hersheys, Swiss Lindt and Brazilian Garoto with her eyes shut, and her favorite is See’s of California. So my interest was piqued recently when reading how See’s Candy became Warren …

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Seven Reasons why Everyone Needs a Coach

June 20, 2020

When I was a collegiate hockey player, it never dawned on me that I might not need a coach. Not only did the coaches help me with personal skill development like skating, passing, shooting, and checking, but also how to develop my team play so together we could be successful.  Although I had good coaches …

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Indebtedness

June 12, 2020

IBEC Board member, Dave Kier is a businessman with wise counsel on many, many subjects.  This is an article which he distributed in March of this year and is well worth sharing here on this blog. Thanks, Dave, for blessing, encouraging and teaching Kingdom Business leaders in ways like this.  It is entitled, “Indebtedness.” Larry …

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From Normal to Liminality to “New Normal” Seven Tips for Business As Mission in the 2020 Era of COVID-19

June 5, 2020

The term “liminal” means to be in an intermediate state, phase, or condition.  The root term limen come from the Latin means “threshold”.  Its first use was by an ethnographer, Arnold van Gennep, who connected it to three rites of passage:  the separation or detachment from a stable environment; the margin which is an ambiguous …

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God Restores the Market Place

May 29, 2020

This blog by Mats Tunehag was published in November 2016, but it seems very relevant to our current environment. We continue to appreciate his contribution to the Kingdom of God and the BAM world. –Larry Sharp, Director of Training, IBEC Ventures larry.sharp@ibecventures.com —– The prospects were not good. Actually really bad, even disastrous. The city …

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How does Business, Faith and Education go together to make a better life in one of the world’s poorest countries?

May 22, 2020

Or does it? Yes, I saw it in action – in one of the poorest countries in Africa – Zimbabwe. We asked agricultural student, Anthony, “what is happening here at Ebenezer school – and why are you here?” It is always great when the respondent has a crystal-clear answer.  Without hesitation Anthony responded, “I have …

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Turning it Around – Looking at The Effect of the Environment on the Company

May 15, 2020

This is the first of a series by Mark Polet, to help bring people to an understanding that the most spiritually and materially impoverished people also face the most existential environmental challenges. Some BAM companies are already working in these environmentally challenged areas and may not be aware of the risks they face even to …

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How an IBEC board member plans to ‘break even’ in his business during the COVID-19 epidemic even without external help

May 8, 2020

I was intrigued recently when I learned how Jonathan Pascual was surviving the coronavirus crisis, on Atlanta’s (Georgia) east side. He and his wife have owned Taproom Coffee for six years and have nine employees in two locations. Why is it that he seems to have less stress than others in similar circumstances? Good Reputation …

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