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Start Your BAM Company off Right – Be a good boss

January 11, 2019

The reader may be about to start a company, but leadership or management may not be your skill set.  I have observed people start tour companies because of a passion for tourism; or a coffee company because they knew and loved the coffee industry; or a boat manufacturing business because they had architectural and boat …

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Startup guide to stability factors in business startups

January 4, 2019

I worked in the fishing industry for several years in my youth, everything from boats at sea, the slime line in the plant, and management, so my interest often piques with high profile fishing stories. A recent one was the sinking of the crab boat, Destination in the Bering Sea in February 2017, taking with …

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2018 – what a year for IBEC Ventures

December 28, 2018

Happy New Year! As we come to the end of 2018, we have so much to be thankful for here at IBEC Ventures.  Before we move into the New Year, it’s important for us to reflect on how God has used us for His Kingdom in 2018.  Some of the highlights include: A redesigned website …

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A kingdom-minded business perspective on Christmas

December 23, 2018

There are many ways to say “Merry Christmas” or to give a Christmas greeting in the languages of the world.  The greetings above represent “Merry Christmas” in most of the languages served by IBEC consultants.  Despite cultural and linguistic differences there is one commonality – the Christ of Christmas! The continuity of Christ – from …

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IBEC Successes

December 14, 2018

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill A few months ago we published a blog highlighting eight failures in IBEC’s history. Recently, I have been reminded that our audience deserves a complementary piece highlighting some successes, so in the spirit of Churchill who also wrote, …

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Building vehicles, creating jobs, and transforming lives (Business As Mission in Africa)

December 7, 2018

The Basic Utility Vehicle, (BUV), is designed for the rural geography of developing countries.  It is a simple low-cost vehicle that is easy to operate, maintain and repair.  It is designed for rugged terrain, and thus is ideal for serving rural Africa, allowing people to earn a livelihood and generate income.  It has a 1,750 …

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How do IBEC consultants add value?

November 30, 2018

It has been interesting to observe and analyze IBEC consultants throughout the 12 years of our existence.  It has been a fun and informative learning experience as I have traveled with some amazing people.  Each one has added value to the projects we visited and helped. IBEC consultants offer encouragement Bob Bush consults with four …

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Business As Mission leadership lessons from World War I: Remembrance Day celebrated 100 years ago

November 23, 2018

At 11 am on the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918, the armistice for World War I was signed.  This “war to end all wars” had involved most of Europe and cost the lives of nearly 17 million, plus that many or more wounded. My maternal grandmother’s sister served with the Canadian Forces and …

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“Business As Mission: “Overflowing with thankfulness”

November 16, 2018

We have three nationalities in our family.  My wife, Vicki is a US citizen; I am Canadian, and my four kids have three citizenships, each having been born in Brazil and also registered as Canadians and Americans.  Canadians celebrated thanksgiving in October, and Americans will do so this week.  But my Brazilian kids sometimes say, …

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The Great Commission – a key bottom line for Business as Mission (BAM)

November 9, 2018

Our blog last week highlighted poverty, poor countries, and the Great Commandment of Jesus to “love your neighbor”.  For IBEC and most BAM businesses, that translates into job creation as a practical way to love those mired in poverty, injustice and unemployment. But Jesus also asked us to make disciples (or followers) of Jesus (MT …

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