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Serve Jesus where you are

July 31, 2017

Dave Kier is an IBEC Board member and CEO of DFS Feed in Iowa. He writes a daily devotional for his more than 200 employees. I am privileged to be allowed to read them; one of which is reproduced here with his permission. Feedback from a recent Business as Mission conference I attended revealed a …

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Business as Mission – how about results?

July 23, 2017

The facts of this story are real and true; but due to security issues, names have been changed. As I travel around the US and Canada, I am often asked, “are you seeing any results for all your work with Business as Mission?” In short what they are demanding is “Show me the money”. It …

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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – is it BAM?

July 16, 2017

Recently I watched a “60 Minutes”1 documentary describing the phenomenal rise of Chobani Yogurt to become the top selling yogurt brand in the United States. Founded in upstate New York in 2005 by Turkish immigrant Hamdi Ulukaya without outside investors, Chobani is a charming feel-good story of entrepreneurship. The story seems to have all the …

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Sight for Souls – medicine as a business

July 8, 2017

Not long ago, I was talking with Ken Leahy, former IBEC Director and board member. He was giving me an update on the for-profit Discovery Eye Institute (DEI) in Ethiopia (owned by Sight for Souls in the USA). Ken is the treasurer of DEI and along with Gwen Rapp provided IBEC consulting services for DEI. …

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10 Ben Franklin quotes for business owners

July 2, 2017

Historian Richard Morris suggests that there are seven key Founding Fathers.  Predictably they are John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and George Washington. If you are an entrepreneur or a business owner, you may identify most with Benjamin Franklin. Arguably he may have been the most successful inventor, entrepreneur …

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5 entrepreneurship lessons from Wilbur and Orville Wright

June 24, 2017

I recently traveled to Brazil which required a total of 48 hours in airports and on airplanes, so I bought David McCullough’s recent book The Wright Brothers and loaded it on my kindle. I thought I needed an old-fashioned story closer to my generational understanding. I had just designed curriculum for a West Coast university …

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Founders Imports: moving from the sideline to the goal line

May 28, 2017

Bob Bush is the Managing Director of IBEC and writes about one of the projects where he serves as a consultant. We continually thank God not only for clients like Founders Imports but the coaches and consultants who serve them. Founders Imports (foundersimports.com) is a perfect example of what can happen when a family comes …

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7 best practices for BAM startups

October 25, 2015

Earlier this year I tried to consolidate the material that exists on the subject of ‘Best Practices for BAM Startups’.  These seven items are not necessarily comprehensive and complete, but hopefully they will be a help to organizations and individuals starting down the pathway of Kingdom entrepreneurship. Work with an entrepreneur.   Though such people …

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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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