Why Might Your Business Fail?

July 14, 2024

I recently realized that sometimes, business owners seem oblivious to economic, social and planning factors, which can bring them down.  I have been the board chair of an association of businesses committed to a wonderful social cause, but I have been increasingly concerned that some feel that their social enterprise will somehow survive because of […]

From Hostile to Allied

July 7, 2024

IBEC has received permission to reprint this story set in country that is unfriendly to mission workers and Jesus followers. I am grateful to know Brandon and cross paths with him occasionally. A segment of his journey is told in the book, “Missions Disrupted” 2022. Larry W. Sharp, BAM Support Specialist, IBEC Ventures —– […]


June 30, 2024

This week, Americans celebrate Independence Day; a term used by many other countries which celebrate their freedom from colonial powers. Some other countries call it National Day like Spain and Thailand do; but what does it mean to be independent? Independent from what? What does it mean?  How about freedom? Is freedom absolute or conditional? […]

IBEC Brazil: IBEC Managing Director, Bob Bush

June 22, 2024

IBEC Managing Director, Bob Bush, takes a moment to share a powerful account of his trip to Brazil in May 2024. We are excited to witness how God continues to advance His Kingdom and message across the world through the medium of BAM! Larry W. Sharp, BAM Support Specialist, IBEC Ventures —– Here at […]

8 Truths Every Effective Leader Tells Themselves (Almost) Daily

June 15, 2024

IBEC is very grateful for our partnership with The Center. They have given permission to share this article by Jay Desko originally posted on their website All BAM businesses would do well to consider these eight truths. Larry W. Sharp, BAM Support Specialist, IBEC Ventures —– Try this experiment: think about something that […]

Underdogs in a Top Dog World Going up Against the Giants – and Winning

June 9, 2024

The Biblical narrative of David and Goliath is well known. To a lesser degree, similar events are scattered through the historical landscape. Sparta’s 300 Greeks held the giant Persian army at Thermopylae; Hannibal and his elephants defeated Roman legion after legion, and Sam Houston defeated Santa Anna in an 18-minute battle with less than half […]

The Number One Principle to Consider When Volunteering Overseas

May 31, 2024

It is natural for us in our privileged world to respond to those who are unemployed or victims of exploitation, or those suffering in heartbreaking poverty in a developing country slum, or a child begging on the street of a faraway city, or millions without access to basic education. We want to go there, do […]

Memorial Day and Business as Mission

May 24, 2024

Memorial Day is an important day for a nation like the United States. It is a day to remember and honor those who died while serving in the nation’s military. The day originated after the Civil War where more lives were lost than any other US war (620,000). Memorial Day is different than Veterans Day which originated […]

BUSINESS AS MISSION: Working Together for God’s Glory

May 19, 2024

IBEC is proud to be a part of BAM Global and recently participated in the BAM Global Summit. I found this graphic which they distributed last year to be very helpful, and I am grateful for Jo Plummer and Mats Tunehag making it possible. Larry W. Sharp, BAM Support Specialist, IBEC Ventures

An Alaskan mother; an Alaskan entrepreneur

May 12, 2024

Yesterday was Mother’s Day. I always think about my mom who passed away 24 years ago; and I often remember my mother-in-law, who also is long gone from this life. I learned many things from my mother-in-law business owner. Doris was the founding owner of a seafood company in Kenai, Alaska.  I worked for her […]

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