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IBEC's new BAM videos library

Sunday, March 26, 2017

If you have been following our weekly blogs over the past month, you have seen an overview of our new IBEC Ventures website and learned about our Clients, our Team and our Approach.

The last section we would like to draw your attention to is the BAM Videos Library featuring some of the leading Business As Mission practitioners and thought leaders as well as Kingdom business leaders. These include:

  • IBEC-produced BAMtalks vignettes: 2-3 minute talks about key aspects of the BAM movement
  • BAM and Kingdom business examples: videos about actual businesses operated on Kingdom principles for Kingdom purposes
  • Perspectives on work and business: videos about faith in the workplace and business as an answer to poverty
  • BAM overviews: in-depth discussions about Business As Mission

There are about 25 videos in all and we are confident that you will find them to be very helpful as you consider any possible role you might play in the BAM movement.

Thank you for your interest in IBEC. Please let us know if you would like to be a part of what God is doing through IBEC Ventures.

Jim Mayer, Recruiting Director, IBEC Ventures

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IBEC's approach

Sunday, March 19, 2017

An approach is defined as “the method used or steps taken in setting about a task, problem, etc.” IBEC’s approach is rooted in who we are: we are a business consulting group which helps build sustainable Kingdom businesses in areas of the world that are both economically impoverished and spiritually unreached.

Kingdom businesses are profitable and sustainable; they provide jobs and dignity for workers; they seek to make disciples of Jesus; and wisely utilize the resources of God’s creation.

How do we do this? What is our method and what steps do we take toward that end?

First, we refer to our core competency as our consulting and coaching services. They reflect modern business consulting principles and standard coaching practices, but there is a unique quality. We believe that faith principles and godly values are integrated together within a growing business. The business must reflect who we are as followers of Jesus and create the context for the making of other disciples.

Check out the Approach section of the new website. There you will see services to businesses but also training content for business owners and for church groups, colleges and conferences in North America. Perhaps you would like to sponsor a BAM weekend seminar, or perhaps you know of a Kingdom business startup that needs help. Check out the last three weeks’ blogs for a better understanding of our clients and our team. Contact us at: info@ibecventures.com.

Our process is reflected in a 5-phase grid which demonstrates everything from identifying opportunities to nurturing and evaluating success. The method includes unique steps as we screen, evaluate, clarify, assess, identify, plan, coach, mentor, implement, hold accountable, problem solve, train, support and develop. Because we are client-centric other action steps are determined by the clients’ needs.

Our Team: Business as Mission game changers and life changers

Sunday, March 12, 2017

For a consulting/coaching group like IBEC, the team of consultants and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) is at the heart of what we do. These quality men and women with life experience in industry, culture, and life, with a wide range of business focus in the USA and abroad provide an asset to the Kingdom of God and to start-ups around the world.

Many IBEC consultants bring small business experience, while others have grown start-ups into multi-million dollar corporations and others bring leadership experience from Fortune 500 companies. IBEC is blessed. The expertise is simply too varied to imagine and too exhaustive to mention, but give it a try on the new website by following the Team links on the home page and navigation menu. You can also check out the individual resumes of some of our folks.

IBEC Consultants Training and Resource Library

The introduction of our new website is also our opportunity to introduce the new IBEC Consultants Training Program and Resource Library. Generous grants from the VEIT Foundation and the Cornerstone Foundation have helped us greatly expand our training for consulting team. We now provide all IBEC consultants and SMEs with a formal self-paced training curriculum covering basic and advanced BAM consulting topics. Each topic includes videos featuring BAM movement leaders and veteran BAM business owners as well as tools like sample business plans and resource guides. We also include 1:1 coaching and discussion with members of our leadership team to ensure that each consultant gets maximum value from their training time investment.

The IBEC Consultants Resource Library is available to IBEC consultants and SMEs, providing access to tools and resources for addressing IBEC BAM client needs. This is also where our team accesses the IBEC Consultants Training Program. These “second to none” training and materials benefit not only the consultant and coach but ultimately the clients.

Seasoned IBEC Consulting Services leadership

Our clients can count on the best possible guidance, coaching and consulting expertise from this team coordinated by Gary Willett, Director of Consulting Services. Gary himself has top level executive experience and work with small Not-For-Profits and churches as well as service overseas with international mission organizations. IBEC consultants also have access to the entire IBEC Leadership Team to guide and assist in meeting client needs.

Do you or someone you know have the makings of an IBEC consultant or SME?

Do you have spare cycles and a desire to put your gifts and business experience to work for the Kingdom? If you love God, have business skills and some margin with your time, we would like to help you leverage what God has given you in order to transform lives.

Check out the summary on our on-line brochure, Get in the Game, and contact IBEC’s Director of Recruiting, Jim Mayer, at jim.mayer@ibecventures.com.

In summary, as we step into IBEC’s 2nd decade of operations, we’re honored and excited to see how God has assembled an amazing team of BAM game changers and life changers!

New doors for prospective IBEC clients

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Last week we introduced you to our “new baby” – the new IBEC Ventures website. This week I have the pleasure of showing off one of my favorite parts of the website: the Clients area!

Clients are the reason that IBEC exists. Helping prospective IBEC clients find us and quickly connect with us is the top goal of our new website. We’re addressing that with our new website in two ways: visibility on the internet and providing a great experience for prospective clients when they visit our website.

Visibility on the internet: We’re beefing up our Search Engine Optimization and visibility on key partner websites - so people searching the internet for things related to Business As Mission can easily find us. As anyone working in this area of website development knows, this is no small challenge and is a work in progress!

Client-focused website: IBEC serves six general categories of clients and a single click from any page on the website takes visitors to information specific to each of them:

  1. Overseas Startups and Established Businesses - expatriates and nationals building community-impacting Business as a Mission (BAM) businesses
  2. North American Businesses Expanding Overseas - seeking to grow their business and the Kingdom
  3. Expatriate Employees - seeking to impact their communities while working overseas
  4. Faith-based NGOs and Agencies - seeking to equip workers to build Business As Mission (BAM) businesses
  5. Churches - activating business people to use their gifts for Kingdom building
  6. Colleges and Universities - equipping students to pursue Business As Mission

Seeing themselves, IBEC and their next steps

For each of these types of clients, we provide a series of profiling questions to help prospective clients recognize themselves as a good fit for IBEC services based on their objectives and issues. For example, some of the questions in the Overseas Startups and Established Businesses section include:
  • Do you live in a country and a community that needs quality jobs, sustainable economic opportunities, and spiritual transformation?
  • Are you considering starting a new business using a BAM model focused on the triple or quadruple bottom line? 1) Sustainable profit and wealth creation in the communities where they operate; 2) Jobs that provide income and dignity for employees; 3) Spiritual capital – followers of Christ; 4) Stewardship of God’s creation.
  • Do you need help developing a Strategic Business Plan that integrates your vision to build the Kingdom while building a sustainable business?
To help prospective clients see how IBEC works with clients like them, we highlight our services and ways that IBEC engages with similar organizations and share examples of clients we’ve served. Since our goal is to make it easy to engage with us, we provide contact information for the person at IBEC they can contact to discuss their specific needs – me included!

For the past 10 years, IBEC has been serving businesses, organizations, and individuals seeking to make Business As Mission (BAM) and the quadruple bottom line a central part of their personal and organizational strategy for impacting the Kingdom of God. We are currently working on over 20 projects in areas like China, Africa, India, Thailand, and Nepal...and we would love to work with you as well. God is doing amazing things in some of the darkest places of the world through the creation of jobs. What a privilege and honor it is for us at IBEC to be a part of His team and we’d love to help you join us in this Kingdom adventure.

Take a look around the Clients area on our website. Find your door, open it, and call us if you’d like to connect!

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