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5 things that prove old dogs CAN learn new tricks

October 17, 2015

You don’t usually hear from me directly, but today I’m going to step out from behind my role as IBEC blog beautifier (and editor and social media marketing specialist) and let you in on a secret: Old dogs CAN learn new tricks! The proof is in the five new share buttons at the bottom of this …

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Reclaiming lives: a lighthouse in a dark place

October 12, 2015

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value”    Albert Einstein A couple of weeks ago I wrote about values and outlined the values of IBEC Ventures. I believe that every business has values, but more than that – they should clearly articulate their values and seek to live by them …

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Five Essentials for Entrepreneurs in the Startup Phase

October 3, 2015

Patrice Tsague, president of the Nehemiah Project is a gifted and experienced godly entrepreneur.  He writes a weekly devotional which I appreciate very much. I thought this one was a good one to pass on to the IBEC readership.  He shares Five Essentials for Entrepreneurs in the Startup Phrase. 1    These essentials provide a good start …

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Values: that which is worthy and important

September 26, 2015

On a recent trip to Alaska, I visited the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage, where we explored the several cultures of Alaskan first nations.  We spoke to Eskimos from the far north, watched interpretive dance and heard stories which have lasted hundreds of years.  One thing intrigued me – ten universal values of all …

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What is in a name?

September 19, 2015

Mount McKinley (Denali) Names are important for many reasons.  In late August I viewed Mt. McKinley in Alaska a couple of different times.  Now it is no longer Mt. McKinley but Denali, which means “tall one” or “high one” by the local Athabascan native peoples.  It was named Mt. McKinley by a prospector in 1896, …

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Freedom Business: a business that exists to fight human trafficking

September 12, 2015

Freedom Business: A business that exists to fight human trafficking Freedom Business Alliance exists to help Freedom Businesses succeed. IBEC is proud of our involvement in the Freedom Business Alliance (FBA) which was launched this year and has now developed its website.  IBEC’s own Marcia Leahy is on the Core Leadership Team and IBEC is …

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Fulfillment at work

September 5, 2015

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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Critical clarity: customers and culture

August 31, 2015

I recently read a comment in Patrick Lai’s book, Business for Transformation – Getting Started. He said “before producing a product, ensure that you have customers first.”  That got me thinking about culture and the key role it plays in any business endeavor. Culture is the values and practices shared by the members of group.  The business …

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Recommended read: “Business for Transformation – Getting Started”

August 24, 2015

Patrick Lai is a thought leader and a proven BAM entrepreneur/practitioner of Business for Transformation (B4T), a term closely related to Business as Mission (BAM).  In his second book, Business for Transformation – Getting Started, he talks about authentic businesses which are profitable and sustainable, create jobs, and bring people to follow Jesus.  It is …

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Lessons from Microsoft @ 40

August 17, 2015

For sure there are many lessons from the 40-year history of Microsoft. Clearly they are a gigantic success and I will highlight just three lessons here in hopes they will provide insight for all of us in the startup world. I travel to and through Seattle quite often and took note recently of “Microsoft at …

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