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Graduation Wisdom for Life and Business

June 6, 2021

This is graduation time in North America.  My mind retreats some decades to when it was a privilege to give the commencement address at two different high schools.   Now this week I am attending my second grandson’s graduation from high school. My advice for him comes first from the scriptures: The book of Proverbs, with …

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Business is a calling; it is a gift; it is ministry

May 28, 2021

“God did not call me to be a minister or a missionary; He called me to be a businessman – and I see no difference.” (Michael Cardone of Cardone Industries) I have recently been contracted to write a couple of courses for a Christian college in Canada.  One of the courses is to be entitled …

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“Blanche, I don’t need a water bottle; I need a job!” Deux Mains – A Kingdom Startup in Haiti

May 22, 2021

Julie Colombino arrived in Haiti just days after the January 2010 devastating earthquake.  She had given up her two-week vacation to help since she was a trained disaster responder and had a keen interest in helping in that desperate time.  No one could be prepared for Haiti in those days, and there were no words …

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Dave Kier: Verses for Running a Business – And a life  

May 15, 2021

I have found IBEC Board member and businessperson, Dave Kier, to have extraordinary wisdom in life and business. Perhaps the following thoughts written by Dave a couple of months ago tells why. Larry W. Sharp, BAM Support Specialist, IBEC Ventures Larry.Sharp@ibecventures.com Do you folks in business have favorite verses? There were Proverbs I kept a list …

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Think About This: April 2021 BAMGLOBAL Conference Reflection

May 9, 2021

IBEC Ventures was well represented in a workshop led by Bob Bush and Larry Sharp with about 40 attending.  Bob also worked tirelessly with follow-ups to his involvement in various events and we look forward to seeing how God uses those contacts to benefit the building of His Kingdom. The recent BAM conference on April …

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May 1: International Workers’ Day – or International Customers’ Day?

May 2, 2021

May 1 is considered Labor Day in most every country in the world. With its roots in the labor movement in the late 19th Century, the day commemorates the world’s workers with celebration and holiday. While it certainly is important to celebrate the historic gains made by the world’s workers as well as the more …

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IBEC: Partnering with Business as Mission Startups

April 25, 2021

This week, you may wish to spend just two minutes listening to two business owners who are being served by IBEC.  Perhaps you could share this video with your friends, church group or business associates.  The testimonial affirms the faith component of what we are about in starting businesses. Click here to watch   Larry …

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Where was the Leaf’d Box when I needed it? But it is there for you! – A Business as Mission Model

April 17, 2021

I was a country music ‘aficionado’ growing up in the 1950s and 60s. So, when I talked to Robert Campana recently, it was easy for me to remember Merle Haggard’s 1968 signature song called, “Mama tried”.  The catchy tune laments that his “mama tried to raise me better” but he refused and at age 21 …

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A Business as Mission Perspective on Creation Care

April 10, 2021

Business as Mission articulates its value proposition with 4 bottom lines, often called the Quadruple Bottom Line. In simplest terminology, they are Profit, People, Purpose, and Planet which incorporates the raison d’être of BAM – businesses are profit-making, job creating, disciple making, and creation caring. What does this final one mean for BAM businesses? I …

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Going About Our Business: Legacy Ventures Network

April 5, 2021

By: Richard H. Weidner Legacy Ventures Kingdom Capital Fund Legacy Ventures Network Kingdom Investment Clubs In the first chapter of the book of James, there is an analogy that cuts to the core of so many of us. Verse 11 in the NIV reads, “For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant, …

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