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9 Indicators that spring may be around the corner for your business startup

March 22, 2019

Those of us who live in northern climes, eagerly look for signs of spring about the month of March or April.  Having grown up in western and northern Canada, it became a ritual to identify positive signs that winter was waning. I now live in the northwest USA, and recently I saw some of those …

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Mission Drift – what’s that?

March 15, 2019

A mission statement is a short statement of why an organization exists, what its overall goal is, and the expected outcomes. IBEC Ventures expresses this in terms of its purpose, its vision, and its values (see IBEC’s about page). Our statement includes the following important goals as we direct our efforts toward the most impoverished …

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Business As Mission: Strategic questions consultants need to ask; and Business As Mission owners need to answer

March 10, 2019

Coaches have one composite skill – the asking of questions with resulting skillful conversation.  Bob Hancox, who co-authored the book Coaching for Engagement: Achieving Results Through Powerful Conversations.1  defines coaching as “a way of focusing and leading a conversation with the intent of facilitating learning, heightening engagement, and encouraging higher performance… the focus of the …

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The 5Ps of Employee Fulfillment

March 1, 2019

The 5Ps of Employee Fulfillment I live across Lake Washington from Microsoft and I regularly see one of their employees’ pickup buses near my place.  Yes, Microsoft is a big player in the Seattle community, so my interest was piqued when I saw this article on LinkedIn on Dec 11, 2018.  The author is Kathleen …

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The KIND Company – built on Purpose: Relevant to BAM businesses

February 22, 2019

Daniel Lubetzky’s father survived the holocaust and he left a legacy of kindness both during the war and afterwards, something which has informed his son Daniel’s approach to business. Ever eat a KIND bar?  A billion a year are sold worldwide, and the company is valued in at billions of dollars. The podcast noted below …

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Presidential Wisdom

February 15, 2019

The month of February is the month we remember two great presidents of yesteryear.  Monday is Presidents’ Day, part way between the birth dates of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. We do not readily associate these successful political figures with business, but both were one-time businessmen.  Washington was a large landowner in the planting industry …

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Fair Trade: What does it Mean, and does it Matter?

February 8, 2019

We hear a lot about fair trade these days and indeed many of the Business as Mission (BAM) businesses that IBEC serves are members of a fair-trade association.  The whole topic can be confusing as there are many organizations that claim a fair trade standard but in reality they do not following the principles of …

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LET’S AVODAH!

February 1, 2019

Mats Tunehag is a world leader in the BAM movement and has given permission to republish his important article from last year, where he describes the use of an important biblical word, Avodah.  He explains how work is ordained by God and our lives should have an integrated perspective every day of the week. Business as Mission …

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Business As Mission: A historical example from the chocolate industry

January 25, 2019

About the time I watched the funeral service for George H.W. Bush and listened to how his character influenced his family as well as national and international decisions during his presidency, I was reading the book, Chocolate Wars by Deborah Cadbury.  It had been recommended by Mats Tunehag, international leader on issues related to Business …

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PhotoUp: A BAM Business IBEC is Proud Of

January 18, 2019

Sometimes Christian business owners come to the conclusion that since their business is not located overseas, the opportunity to reach the unreached in other parts of the world is unrealistic. However, IBEC is currently working with an amazing company that has built a strategy to not only create domestic jobs, but overseas jobs as well. …

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