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Freedom through business: hold fast to your dreams

October 8, 2017

The following is a report by international BAM spokesperson, Mats Tunehag.  He reproduces a speech by the founder and CEO of a freedom business, Annie Dieselberg. IBEC partners with the Freedom Business Alliance and this article breathes insight and inspiration into several issues in the BAM movement and especially developing freedom businesses. IBEC partners with …

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Socially conscious business and Business as Mission – what’s the difference?

October 1, 2017

Many terms surround the space in which IBEC works; terms such as socially conscious business, Business as Mission (BAM), social enterprise, Business for Transformation (B4T), Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Benefit Corporation among others. The following grid is far from perfect, but perhaps will help a little in creating some understanding. I welcome your comments. Socially …

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9 ways that IBEC Ventures is unique

September 24, 2017

This is an important question for any organization, not only for internal management purposes, but also to insure we serve the client well. What do we have that may be unique as we seek to meet client and customer needs? The question was asked of 21 consultants attending a 3-day training session in Kansas City …

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Business as Mission (BAM) training

September 17, 2017

On August 21, 2017 the naval vessel USS John S. McClain collided with a merchant ship with several fatalities; this was the second of two similar events in two months. I found the comments by retired Navy captain and current defense analyst, Jerry Hendrix to be informative. He said the cause can be traced to …

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3 dangers for owners/managers attempting Business as Mission

September 9, 2017

I have been visiting, observing and providing consulting services to cross-cultural businesses proclaiming to be authentic missional businesses for more than ten years. I have observed three dangers for those leading such businesses. First, what is a missional business? In 2016 I wrote the following on this blog site: A Kingdom business can be defined …

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7 things we have learned in over 10 years of BAM consulting

September 2, 2017

Having recently met as an IBEC leadership team to cast vision for the years ahead, we also took time to look back and reflect on the things we’ve learned over our 11-year history. We continue to be humbled to see God at work and share this retrospective from Larry Sharp and Gary Willett, reprinted from …

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Wealth Creation Manifesto

August 26, 2017

Thankfully much is being written nowadays about the Theology of Work and how God, as the worker God, gives we humans the ability to create wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18). The following “Wealth Creation Manifesto” was created by the Lausanne Movement and BAM Global and it helps us to understand how work is ordained of God and …

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Business as Mission changes lives

August 20, 2017

This is a true story but the names of the people and the places have been disguised for security reasons. Charvi is an Indian girl born into the largest red-light district in Asia. Her mother, Aashi, had been “trafficked” as a young woman and had been in the sex trade for many years. As a …

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What you should know before starting your business

August 13, 2017

I am teaching an on-line class in innovation and entrepreneurship this summer. While preparing for the class I came upon this article in LinkedIn by Betty Liu, Founder and CEO at Radiate, Inc.. For BAM startups, it seems to be a “must read.” Larry Sharp, Director of Training, IBEC Ventures Larry.Sharp@ibecventures.com   What You Should …

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7 BAM startup principles contemplated while salmon fishing in Alaska

August 5, 2017

I recently went fishing with my daughter in the Kenai river of south-central Alaska – first for king salmon, then for the famous sockeye (red) salmon. Fishing was slow so I began to contemplate parallels to the world of Business as Mission (BAM) startups. 1. Love what you are doing. There were maybe 50 men …

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