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Fair Trade: What does it Mean, and does it Matter?

February 8, 2019

We hear a lot about fair trade these days and indeed many of the Business as Mission (BAM) businesses that IBEC serves are members of a fair-trade association.  The whole topic can be confusing as there are many organizations that claim a fair trade standard but in reality they do not following the principles of …

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LET’S AVODAH!

February 1, 2019

Mats Tunehag is a world leader in the BAM movement and has given permission to republish his important article from last year, where he describes the use of an important biblical word, Avodah.  He explains how work is ordained by God and our lives should have an integrated perspective every day of the week. Business as Mission …

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Business As Mission: A historical example from the chocolate industry

January 25, 2019

About the time I watched the funeral service for George H.W. Bush and listened to how his character influenced his family as well as national and international decisions during his presidency, I was reading the book, Chocolate Wars by Deborah Cadbury.  It had been recommended by Mats Tunehag, international leader on issues related to Business …

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PhotoUp: A BAM Business IBEC is Proud Of

January 18, 2019

Sometimes Christian business owners come to the conclusion that since their business is not located overseas, the opportunity to reach the unreached in other parts of the world is unrealistic. However, IBEC is currently working with an amazing company that has built a strategy to not only create domestic jobs, but overseas jobs as well. …

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Start Your BAM Company off Right – Be a good boss

January 11, 2019

The reader may be about to start a company, but leadership or management may not be your skill set.  I have observed people start tour companies because of a passion for tourism; or a coffee company because they knew and loved the coffee industry; or a boat manufacturing business because they had architectural and boat …

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Startup guide to stability factors in business startups

January 4, 2019

I worked in the fishing industry for several years in my youth, everything from boats at sea, the slime line in the plant, and management, so my interest often piques with high profile fishing stories. A recent one was the sinking of the crab boat, Destination in the Bering Sea in February 2017, taking with …

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2018 – what a year for IBEC Ventures

December 28, 2018

Happy New Year! As we come to the end of 2018, we have so much to be thankful for here at IBEC Ventures.  Before we move into the New Year, it’s important for us to reflect on how God has used us for His Kingdom in 2018.  Some of the highlights include: A redesigned website …

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A kingdom-minded business perspective on Christmas

December 23, 2018

There are many ways to say “Merry Christmas” or to give a Christmas greeting in the languages of the world.  The greetings above represent “Merry Christmas” in most of the languages served by IBEC consultants.  Despite cultural and linguistic differences there is one commonality – the Christ of Christmas! The continuity of Christ – from …

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IBEC Successes

December 14, 2018

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill A few months ago we published a blog highlighting eight failures in IBEC’s history. Recently, I have been reminded that our audience deserves a complementary piece highlighting some successes, so in the spirit of Churchill who also wrote, …

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Building vehicles, creating jobs, and transforming lives (Business As Mission in Africa)

December 7, 2018

The Basic Utility Vehicle, (BUV), is designed for the rural geography of developing countries.  It is a simple low-cost vehicle that is easy to operate, maintain and repair.  It is designed for rugged terrain, and thus is ideal for serving rural Africa, allowing people to earn a livelihood and generate income.  It has a 1,750 …

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