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BAM that works – a 25-year Longitudinal Study

January 22, 2023

Sometimes, I encounter people who have never heard of Business as Mission, and even more commonly, people who fail to grasp the whole picture. This true case study is factual in every way except that names and locations have been fictionalized because of certain political risks. Year 1:  Twenty-four years ago in Asia, Many Sparrows, …

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Lila Quotes Her Mother

January 15, 2023

My mother said, ‘The world needs to know what happened to me so that it does not happen to anyone else.’ In the community where I was born, the majority of families struggle to meet their daily needs of food, education, and medical care. Our family was no different. So, my mother, a talented seamstress, …

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The Human Trafficking Crisis

January 7, 2023

In 2010, President Obama designated January as NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION MONTH. It was established with the intention of re-dedicating ourselves to the prevention and ending of human trafficking – in all is its forms. Human trafficking is a multi-billion-dollar business, trading in people. Fifty million people are enslaved worldwide, and 80% of those rescued …

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Dave Kier: Leaders as Influencers

January 1, 2023

This Leadership Tip by IBEC board member, Dave Kier, perhaps would be better read in December. Yet, it is still valid for the first month of the year.  It is not too late to do a “managers analysis.” Larry W. Sharp, BAM Support Specialist, IBEC Ventures Larry.Sharp@ibecventures.com How do you close out a year?  A …

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The Jesus of Christmas, the God-Man at work!

December 24, 2022

This is a sacred time of year to remember the birth of Jesus, our Savior.  We will sing our sacred songs and watch the children’s play, and marvel at the yard displays that seem to get bigger every year. Yes, it is a fun time of year. But I got to thinking since most of …

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Small is Beautiful – in Football and in Business

December 18, 2022

I am not a soccer (‘football’ to the rest of the world) aficionado, but I do take a special interest every four years in the World Cup event, which takes place this year in November and December.  My interest is framed pretty much by my 21 years living in a country (Brazil) which is soccer …

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BAM Innovators and Entrepreneurs – have you thought about this?

December 10, 2022

I have been teaching innovation and entrepreneurship for several years and in each class, I try to extract innovative ideas and allow entrepreneurs opportunity to release their idea, hopefully into the monetization stage. I teach and model the lean startup grid for the business modeling, which we do with the class.  But something just hit …

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Dave Kier: More from Less

December 4, 2022

Business entrepreneur and builder, Dave Kier, shares some unique wisdom in this Leadership Tip from October 2022. Larry W. Sharp, BAM Support Specialist, IBEC Ventures Larry.Sharp@ibecventures.com —– There is a misconception that having more people, more money, and more assets produces more results. When we built our “mega” feed mill, it was rated at 350,000 …

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Keeping the end in mind? Good idea – but it may be more about the Journey (A Business as Mission reflection)

November 26, 2022

Matt lives in a crowded city in Asia’s largest country where his business demands a driver to take him from place to place.  Naturally he has become close friends with the driver, Wang Wei who had plenty of opportunities to observe Matt’s family and he saw something quite different from what he was used to, …

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Bob Bush: Thanksgiving Message 2022

November 19, 2022

As we approach Thanksgiving, Bob Bush, Managing Director of IBEC, shares personal experiences and insights. Larry W. Sharp, BAM Support Specialist, IBEC Ventures Larry.Sharp@ibecventures.com Back in 2015, I was asked to share my Thanksgiving message with our IBEC Ventures audience, and as I read through this message once again, it made me realize a couple …

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