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Creation Care Matters: A Tale of two Australian Companies

October 31, 2020

In the past couple of years, BAM Global has developed some helpful documents with regard to Creation Care and the responsibility of Christians to care for God’s creation and consider important details when starting and operating Kingdom businesses. Mats Tunehag and Mark Polet bring their expertise in science, business and theology to give us all …

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Thinking of starting? Post-Pandemic Business as Mission

October 25, 2020

I recently attended a webinar taught by Gary Furukawa, the founder and CEO of Freestone Capital Management, a national financial advisory firm headquartered in Seattle. One of the slides resonated with me, as I connected the thoughts to founders of BAM businesses and the question of business opportunities. Mr. Furukawa suggested that the “Pandemic Accelerated …

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Enjoying Work

October 17, 2020

IBEC Board member, Dave Kier, writes regularly and this one caught my attention last month.  We are grateful not only for successful businesspeople like Dave, but also people like him, who understand the theology of work and are applying it in BAM companies in other continents. Larry Sharp, Director of Training, IBEC Ventures larry.sharp@ibecventures.com ***** …

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One BAM Entrepreneur Making a Joyful Noise in Portugal – and beyond!

October 10, 2020

Imagine that you have a small startup business and you’re striving to make it successful.  You are positive the product is in demand by a large customer segment. You love your team, all of whom are highly skilled and work together well, but you haven’t solved key marketing questions. Where can you turn for someone …

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IBEC – Mission Connexion Workshop 2020

October 4, 2020

In January of 2020, Bob Bush, Managing Director of IBEC Ventures, spoke at Mission ConneXion in Portland, Oregon. This text of his workshop is inspiring to us all. —– I spent nearly 30 years in the healthcare industry prior to joining IBEC, and I can honestly say that this opportunity to serve God in this …

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Training Grid For Business as Mission Employee Training

September 26, 2020

A couple of months ago, I was asked to help a Business as Mission startup company develop a process for training new employees in work values which were new to them having little or no understanding of Biblical standards.  The owner wanted to teach the value as “secular” but have it based in a Biblical …

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The Complexity of BAM Businesses Operating Abroad

September 19, 2020

A headline in the Harvard Business Review caught my attention.1 The subtitle screamed, “Companies operate in an increasingly complex world: Business environments are more diverse, dynamic, and interconnected than ever – and far less predictable.”  And if that is true in North America, it must be even greater for start-ups in the overseas arena. Cross-cultural …

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Rich

September 11, 2020

Dick Weidner is the founder and CEO of Legacy Ventures, a partner with IBEC Ventures and the Third Path Initiative in www.triventure.com, a startup training, coaching and capital endeavor. Larry Sharp, Director of Training, IBEC Ventures larry.sharp@ibecventures.com ***** It is one of the more subjective words in any language. In the U.S. if your annual …

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Finding Fulfillment at Work

September 5, 2020

Monday is Labor Day in the US and Canada, a national holiday that dates back to the 1880s. It has its roots in the labor movement and is celebrated in September in North America, distinct from most of the world which celebrates the International Workers Day on May 1. Our Christian faith has much to …

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Seven Principles for Business As Mission from Lewis and Clark

August 30, 2020

My wife and I visited memorials to the Lewis and Clark Expedition at the mouth of the Columbia River last weekend with our two daughters.  On one of the buildings overlooking the Pacific Ocean were the words, “The object of your mission – the Pacific Ocean” – Thomas Jefferson. Being moderately curious, I came home …

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