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“If we build it, they will come” Not necessarily!

November 28, 2021

I recently analyzed something that has intrigued me for some time.  I knew that in the early years of IBEC, we made plenty of mistakes, and so I wondered how I could save others from some of those same mistakes.  One result was included in a speech I gave at the B4T conference in the …

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Thanksgiving 2021: A Biblical Reflection

November 21, 2021

1. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” We were delighted that three IBEC-coached businesses were featured at the Lion’s Den in October 2021:  Kijani Forestry (Uganda), Imani Collective (Kenya) and Co.Labor (Colombia).  Thanks to the hard work of Bob, Gary, and others. …

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2021 BAM Book List

November 14, 2021

Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers Harry Truman  It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it. – Oscar Wilde There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island. – Walt Disney Of making …

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A Must Watch – just three minutes!

November 5, 2021

Have you ever heard of Harakati Coffee? How about the country of Tanzania? Have you ever heard of Seed of Hope Coffee?  How about the country of Thailand? Do you ever wonder how a Business as Mission company gets its start? How about the path to capitalizing a company? Think Triventure – Think IBEC Ventures …

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Time to shop for Christmas: The Power of what you wear!

October 31, 2021

Some time ago, I wrote about the story of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle getting off the plane in Australia with Meghan wearing a pair of jeans made by victims of trafficking in Cambodia.  The BAM company is Outland Denim and is committed to all the principles of BAM’s Quadruple bottom line:  profitability, job creation, …

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What is it that we do?

October 24, 2021

Last week, we presented two 3-minute videos to answer the question of WHY Business as Mission and WHY IBEC.  We tried to answer the question of why we care about poverty and job creation; and why we care about making disciples of Jesus. Standard definitions of WHAT Business as Mission is, include the basic ideas …

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Time for 2 short videos? – Why of what we do

October 17, 2021

Most of our readers are probably familiar with Simon Sinek’s TED talk where he emphasizes the importance of the WHY of any endeavor. “People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe”. His Golden Circle demonstrates the importance of the WHY question. These …

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Dave Kier: Leadership Tip #10- Having the Long Look

October 9, 2021

IBEC Board member, Dave Kier, regularly encourages his clients with words of wisdom like this Leadership Tip #10.  As I write this, Dave is again in Zimbabwe and Zambia, building a feed plant to help feed a nation, all for the glory of God. Larry W. Sharp, BAM Support Specialist, IBEC Ventures Larry.Sharp@ibecventures.com Sometimes a …

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Coworking – a growth industry and a BAM opportunity

October 3, 2021

When I graduated from business school, no one had heard of coworking spaces; in fact, my three kids who graduated from business school hadn’t either; but my oldest grandson, a current junior in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business sure has.  So, what is the idea of coworking space? While a group of engineers may have …

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What gets you up in the morning?

September 25, 2021

An email like the one which arrived today gets me up in the morning.  I first met JW in an airport in Asia.  Phil and I had visited his agency as IBEC consultants, and later, we provided some training seminars there. Time went by and Bob began to serve JW via zoom, connecting to his …

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