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Monday, September 22, 2014

IBEC Leadership Team: Larry Sharp, James Mayer, Gwen Rapp, Gary Willett and Robert Bush

It is a good thing for every person and every organization to periodically step back, assess who they are, what they have accomplished in the past, and where they are going in the future.  The Leadership Team of IBEC Ventures, led by Robert Bush, did that this past week at a beautiful setting in Colorado’s mountains – thanks to Board member, Dave Kier’s provision of his mountain chalet at 9150 feet above sea level; all with a lovely view of Pike’s Peak.

During our 4-day retreat we evaluated many things. Here are some of our conclusions:

IBEC’s Purpose

IBEC helps build sustainable businesses through consultative expertise that changes lives and transforms communities.

IBEC’s Vision

We envision an increasing number of Small-Medium sustainable Kingdom businesses with our special emphasis on areas that are both economically impoverished and spiritually unreached.

IBEC’s Initiatives for 2014-15

We concluded with five specific strategic initiatives for the coming year.  Included are:

  • Developing consultants through training partnerships such as Prepare to Engage and specific web-portal mechanisms for our more than 30 training courses.  Check out our website for examples of our training courses, soon to be available online.

Larry W. Sharp, Director of Training, IBEC Ventures

What are some examples of Triple Bottom Line Kingdom businesses?

Monday, September 15, 2014

The last three blogs have highlighted the Triple Bottom Line of a BAM (Business as Mission) business. 

  • The goal is to be profitable and sustainable
  • The business creates jobs and other community value
  • Spiritual capital is created –  Kingdom values and a pathway to following Jesus

I find it helpful to have practical models which help envision concepts like the Triple Bottom Line.

This week I received an email from a member of the leadership team of an offshore design company in Asia.  IBEC had helped them in the early years and now four years later Susy writes that it has been hard to take a wage from the business but all other expenses are being paid from the business including hired employees and rented space in a modern office building.  They continue pursuit of full profitability.

Secondly, the business has five employees – that is five families with a job and income, children with food and clothing and an option for a better future.  A few days ago Chuck Colson wrote this entry in his BreakPoint blog, In Celebration of Labor: The Value of a Good Day's Work. It provides a God-honoring view of work.

Thirdly, employees are seeing what Kingdom values look like in the workplace. Susy writes this week:

“Sometimes I think that my godliest moments are when I am doing what we call ‘spiritual work’: studying through Romans with my friend A, praying for a friend, or planning a purposeful event. But when an employee performs poorly and I have to stay late to re-do her work, am I patient? When an important client complains, do I trust the Father or worry and trust my own abilities? These situations are everyday crucibles, in which the quality of our inner man is tested”.  

A friend recently asked Susy a faith question and she shared a book by C.S. Lewis with her - Mere Christianity. She is reading it and the friend texted and said she had read up to page 59 and has lots of questions.

Another better known example of a kingdom company which has achieved long term profitability, more than 100 jobs, and a clear pathway to following Jesus can be seen in this clip, Barrington Gifts - Why we do what we do! on the IBEC website. "Your work can be ministry. Work is worship." This is the Triple Bottom Line in action.

Larry W. Sharp, Director of Training, IBEC Ventures

A BAM business seeks to make followers of Jesus

Monday, September 08, 2014
The last two blogs referred to two of the three bottom lines of Business as Mission (BAM): profitability and sustainability; and secondly, the creation of value, particularly job creation.  The third bottom line is the development of spiritual capital – making followers of Jesus.

The concept of the Triple Bottom Line has been around since 1994 when John Elkington coined the term to mean economic, social and environmental measurability.  He suggested that every business must measure profits but also the impact on people and the planet.1   The BAM Triple Bottom Line has made an adaptation with the insertion of the spiritual component. However, some BAM authors suggest a quadruple bottom line to include the fourth idea of stewardship of creation – a commitment to caring for the environment and all elements of God’s creation. 

Most writers and practitioners in Kingdom businesses suggest that the spiritual (or mission) bottom line is the raison d’etre for any activity and certainly a BAM company.  This bottom line requires that there be an intentional living of Kingdom values in every element of the company, and a continual striving to honor God in every aspect of corporate life.  A Kingdom company is specific, conscious, clear and intentional in establishing Jesus’ kingdom in the world.

Ken Eldred describes this as spiritual capital which includes a corporate culture of integrity, accountability, honesty, hope, loyalty, trust, serving others, fairness, and love.  They do what is right from God’s perspective.  Incarnational living is observed every day in a Kingdom business and becomes the basis for proclamation of faith.  BAM businesses have a vision, mission and strategy evidenced in their policies, procedures and culture that encourages godly values.3

The end of such integration of faith and work, a truly biblical concept, creates an optimum climate for people to decide to follow Jesus.  The business provides the context for discipleship. One such Asian business that benefited from IBEC consultants is noted by Dale Losch:

“For Andrew, the answer laid in living out the gospel every day by being fair with employees, paying his taxes, paying a fair wage, placing verses from the book of Proverbs on the office door and starting the day in prayer for everyone (all employees were non-Jesus followers).  It involved building relationships, caring for families, and even weekend camping trips with employees.  It meant talking about the real issues of life and showing them who Jesus is and how a follower of His really lives.  Some call it discipling people into the kingdom…”4

Reconciling and integrating all the bottom lines is a key issue for a BAM business.  It is not an easy task and involves more than just a business plan. It necessitates an integrated plan which brings together all three bottom lines:

  • What is good for the profit
  • What is good for all stakeholders including employees
  • And what is good for God’s kingdom. 
Deliberate management choices must be made so as to facilitate such integration. Numerous models exist in North America in companies owned and operated by Jesus’ followers committed to the Triple Bottom Line.  Such models should be studied because they can be emulated and used as transferable models to other cultures.  Helpful materials for further learning can be found in books by Buck Jacobs (C-12 group), Ken Eldred, Neal Johnson, and Ken Humphreys and on YouTube sites of Kingdom businesses in North America and abroad.  Contact IBEC for more information.

In summary, the Triple Bottom Line includes profit because that is what sustains an authentic business; it includes job creation because we see that as fulfilling the Great Commandment to love our neighbor (Mark 12:31), and it includes the building of Jesus’ kingdom and in so doing we obey the Great Commission (Matt 28:18-19).

1 The Economist, Nov 17, 2009

2 Mike Baer, Business as Mission, 2006

3 John Mulford and Mike Baer, “Kingdom Entrepreneurs Transforming Nations,” 2008

4 Dale Losch, A Better Way, 2012

Larry W. Sharp, Director of Training, IBEC Ventures

A BAM business creates jobs

Monday, September 01, 2014

Last week we began a three-part series on the Triple Bottom Line of Business as Mission (BAM).1 The first bottom line was that every business has a goal of profitability and sustainability.  The second bottom line is the creation of value, particularly job creation.

Mike Baer, in referencing the Kingdom of God, understands that the book of Matthew speaks about the Kingdom of God being “not yet,” but it also speaks of it being “here and now.”  In short, Kingdom living is about living out the principles of Jesus in every sector of life, including the workplace.  It demonstrates the integration of our faith with our work.  We bring the Kingdom of God “…on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt 6:10) via business transactions because business creates value and we have the opportunity to create holistic value based on the fruit of the spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control  etc.  A business owner in Asia, Pete, says it succinctly, “Everyday on the factory floor is an opportunity for discipleship.”

One of the key values created by business is jobs.  When we think of Jesus being very aware of the social condition of his day and doing something about physical realities such as hunger, danger, illness, and death, we can easily transpose his practical concerns to the concerns of today.

The Gallup Corporation recently surveyed over 150 nations in their renowned World Poll of major issues of life.  They wanted to “…discover the single most dominant thought on most people’s minds….”  Says CEO Jim Clifton, “Six years into our global data collection effort, we may have already found the single most searing, clarifying, helpful, world-altering fact.  What the whole world wants is a good job.”2

Consider the world conditions of today – extreme poverty (30% of the world living on less than $2 a day), unemployment in some countries over 50%, victimization and exploitation, disease (such as the Ebola crisis in West Africa), wars on several fronts and persecution.  Job creation will not heal all of this but growing economies creating good jobs brings dignity, opportunity for positive relationships and the ultimate transformation of individuals and communities.  God created humans to work and be productive (Gen 1:28), to work heartily ’as for the Lord and not men’ (Col 3:23) and “…shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father…” (Matt 5:16). This all takes place in the marketplace of work.

IBEC consultants, coaches and subject matter experts have valued experience at work because they know it is their “high and holy calling.”  Their success in the marketplace uniquely qualifies them to coach and train entrepreneurial business startups in hard places in the world.  One of the bottom lines for them is job creation.


Note a few affirmations from the 2004 “Business as Mission Issue Group”, chaired by Mats Tunehag:

  • We believe in following in the footsteps of Jesus, who constantly and consistently met the needs of the people He encountered, thus demonstrating the love of God and the rule of His kingdom.
  • We believe the Holy Spirit empowers all members of the Body of Christ to serve, to meet the real spiritual and physical needs of others, demonstrating the kingdom of God.
  • We believe that God has called and equipped business people to make a Kingdom difference in and through their businesses.
  • We believe the Gospel has the power to transform individuals, communities and societies.  Christians in business should therefore be a part of this holistic transformation through business.
  • We recognize both the dire need for and the importance of business development.  However it is more than just business per se. Business as Mission is about business with a Kingdom of God perspective, purpose and impact.
  • We recognize that there is a need for job creation and for multiplication of businesses all over the world.
  • The real bottom line of Business as Mission is – “for the greater glory of God.”

The gospel that does not deal with the issues of the day is no gospel at all.  Martin Luther

1 Sometimes we use the term Kingdom Business which Mike Baer defines as “…a business that is specifically, consciously, clearly and intentionally connected with the establishment of Christ’s kingdom in this world.  In other words, it is directly involved in making disciples of all nations. Michael Baer, Business as Mission, p.14

2 Jim Clifton, The Coming Jobs War, p.10

Larry W. Sharp, Directory of Training - IBEC Ventures

A BAM business will be profitable and sustainable

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Triple Bottom Line is a guiding force for the BAM movement.  These next three blogs will comment briefly on the meaning of each of the three bottom lines which drive us to our preferred future.  The first is the importance of a business which is profitable and sustainable.

For most of the 20th century businesses and MBA programs would answer the question, “What is the goal of your business?” with a simple response, “to maximize shareholder value” or “to make a profit”. 

However, the real goal of business is more importantly to serve others and bring glory to God. The original purposes of God are evidenced in the Creation Mandate that he is a God of enterprise, creativity and production – for His glory.  From the first human couple until now, God intended creation to grow and expand as mankind began to produce food, distribute food, build, manufacture and trade goods.  The fundamental function of creating wealth is intended to be a “high and holy calling”. Van Duzer expresses the purpose of business as two-fold: 1) “to provide the community with goods and services that will enable it to flourish” and 2) “to provide opportunities for meaningful work that will allow employees to express their God-given creativity.”1

Clearly the command of Jesus to “engage in business until I come” (Luke 19:13) carried with it the expectation of a profit.  Business is the only human institution which actually creates wealth.  Education, the Church, and government all consume wealth.  Business creates it! “But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who give you the ability to produce wealth.” (Deut. 8:18)

While it is true that profit can be abused as with any good thing, profit is a necessary and important component in adding value, providing good stewardship and multiplying resources as a way of helping people. Profit is that which results from a business which generates value and expands the total economic pie.  “Profit is a sign that others are being served effectively, not that advantage is being taken of them.”2  Profit is a necessary condition if we are able to continue to provide value to customers.  Profit, however it is not the goal.

In recent years, many business people have come to the conclusion that there is a wider purpose of business.  One of those leaders, John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, puts it this way: "The purpose of business is to create sustainable value for all stakeholders." (See his recent coauthored book, Conscious Capitalism). Mackey and others are focusing on the dignity of all their stakeholders, not just the shareholders.  They want to make a difference, seek a common good, and make the world a better place. This idea is incorporated in the modern trend toward CSR – Corporate Social Responsibility.

Traditionally development agencies, churches and governments have focused on providing aid to poor countries.  While there is a place for aid and disaster relief, aid will never alleviate poverty and these are rarely self-sustaining projects.  When funding dries up or interest declines the “false market” which created dependency is exposed and more problems often develop than were solved.  Only investing in sustainable profitable businesses creates employment and true economic development for poor countries.  Check out the excellent video from Poverty Cure entitled “From Aid to Enterprise.”

As IBEC consultants coach, mentor and contribute their expertise, the goal of profitability and sustainability is bottom line #1.  Our goal is that the business can outlast our involvement, be based on kingdom values and contribute toward the sustainable transformation of individuals, their families and entire communities.


Business as Mission is about business with a Kingdom of God perspective, purpose and impact. Business as Mission Issue Group, Lausanne, 2004.

Managers must convert society’s needs into opportunities for profitable businesses. Peter F. Drucker

Many assume, wrongly, that a company exists simply to make money…Profit is not the proper end and aim of management – it is what makes all of the proper ends possible. David Packer. Cofounder, Hewlett-Packard.

Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever he does.  Saint Paul.

I believe the only long-term solution to world poverty is business.  That is because businesses produce goods, and businesses produce jobs. And businesses continue producing goods year after year, and continue providing jobs and paying wages year after year…if we are ever going to see long-term solutions to world poverty, I believe it will come through starting and maintaining productive, profitable businesses.  Wayne Grudem – Business for the Glory of God.

1Van Duzer, Jeff. Why Business Matters to God, p. 46

2  Ken Eldred. The Integrated Life. p. 45

Larry W. Sharp, Director of Training - IBEC Ventures

What does IBEC mean by Small-Medium Enterprise (SME), and why is it important?

Monday, August 18, 2014

IBEC Ventures uses the acronym ‘SME’ in two very different ways. One is “Subject Matter Expert” and the other is “Small-Medium Enterprise.” The subject of this blog is the latter. What is a Small-Medium Enterprise, and how is that relevant to what we do?

Small-Medium Enterprise (SME) is defined in different ways in different countries. Even within the USA, there are some variances of definition.  The term is used globally by the European Union, World Bank, United Nations and within the USA by the Better Business Bureau, SBA and others.

In the USA, employer businesses with less than 20 workers make up 90% of all businesses. Not included are more than 22 million non-employer firms; indicating that small businesses play a gigantic role in our economy. Over 50% of Americans work in small businesses. See the interesting fact sheet from Forbes:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonnazar/2013/09/09/16-surprising-statistics-about-small-businesses/

Likewise, overseas the majority of workers are working and hope to work in the SME sector – small companies up to 50 workers. Since IBEC works exclusively overseas in the world’s most destitute countries, we define an SME as a company with short-term plans to grow to five or more workers with scalability potential to employ more than 50 workers.  Start-up capital in these SMEs might range from $10,000 to $100,000.

SME sector companies are larger than microenterprises (or cottage industries) which typically employ only a handful of people or are businesses operated by one self-employed individual. They have no plans to scale their operation.

Why is IBEC involved in the SME sector?

  1. According to the Brookings Institute, “Advanced economies are paying new attention to small and medium enterprises (SMEs). One reason is their sheer quantitative importance. The OECD reports that SMEs account for more than 95 percent of manufacturing enterprises and an even higher share of many service industries in OECD countries; in most OECD countries, SMEs generate two-thirds of private sector employment and are the principal creator of new jobs. Additional interest in SMEs has been sparked by dynamic firms like Microsoft, which developed from tiny start-ups.”  http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2007/03/development-de-ferranti
  2. SME companies gain attention in the community, are able to devote capital and human resources to social projects, and create value for city leaders and multiple families (see the Barrington Gifts video)
  3. SME companies employ by definition, larger numbers of people than microenterprises and thus influence more families with kingdom values and the knowledge of who Jesus is.  One of the 4 items in the “Quadruple Bottom Line”  (http://www.understandbam.com/what/is/bam/) defines job creation as vital to a BAM endeavor.  Job Creation is IBEC’s way of obeying the Great Commandment of Jesus – to love our neighbor as ourselves.  Love in impoverished countries with high unemployment, poverty and victimization looks in part like a good job.
  4. SME businesses have the potential to train employees in a wider range of skills and thus increase the capacity to grow professionally and contribute to the growth of the company.  The self-improvement of individuals is a positive way to transform communities and individuals.
  5. Wealth creation is a key value for SMEs and for IBEC.  As a company grows and is successful it has a multiplying effect on the economics of the region often referred to as the “ripple effect” in the local economy, generating up to 5 times as many jobs in related industries and stimulating growth beyond what a micro-enterprise can do. 

    Larry W. Sharp,  Director of Training – IBEC Ventures

A Look at Nepal - How Business Integrates with Faith

Monday, August 11, 2014

PC is a 20-year veteran mid-career business man who sold his business and decided to study at a seminary for a few years.  Toward the end of his studies and at IBEC’s recommendation, he spent 9 weeks as a business consultant in Nepal where he consulted with several companies and made many friends from the expat and Nepalese community.

While in Nepal, he was working with a group of five national contractors associated with his media company. They were sitting around sipping tea mid-afternoon talking business developments.  Afterwards they began to share stories with each other.  Out of the blue, one of them said, "Are you a Christian?" "Yes, I am," PC replied and asked “what about you?”

They responded in unison, “We are everything.” 

At their invitation PC then went to the white board of the office and sketched out the story of the Christian faith, explaining why he believed it and was a follower of Jesus. “Wow," they responded, “that is the first time we have heard that.”

PC of course found a Bible for them, and all five guys arranged for one more meeting just before PC headed back to the USA. They met and again PC shared how Christ had changed his life. Right there in PC’s house, all five of them decided to follow Jesus. 

Later, elsewhere in the city, PC was part of a Valentine’s multimedia production which coincided with Valentine’s Day.  The theme was the “Love of God.”  All five of the contractors came to hear the presentation – and they brought their entire staff.  Afterwards they asked how they could learn more and they began to meet with PC.

IBEC works toward an integration of strong profitable businesses with Christian values and principles.  Such meaningful application of faith and work brings transformation of people, communities and entire nations.  It demonstrates love for people (the Great Commandment of Jesus) and brings people to follow Jesus (the Great Commission of Jesus).

Larry W. Sharp,  Director of Training – IBEC Ventures

What is Business as Mission?

Monday, August 04, 2014

Many business professionals and church leaders today are hearing of the term “Business as Mission” (BAM). While there are many variances to a perfect definition, I like the expression of J.D. Greear of the Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, NC, “Christians in the marketplace today are able to gain access more easily to strategic, unreached places. Globalization, great advancements in technology and urbanization have given the business community nearly universal access.”

Greear reminds us that God has placed in his church the skills necessary to penetrate the most unreached parts of our world – and those skills are business skills. Business people should focus on a two-fold vision, “whatever you are good at, a) do it well for the Glory of God; b) do it somewhere strategic for the mission of God.”

Mats Tunehag, one of the leaders of the BAM movement suggests that Business as Mission (BAM) is simply “legitimate economic activity (business) by a workplace professional which serves as a vehicle for sharing the love of Christ…” He and the Lausanne committees on BAM insist that BAM activities must be profitable and sustainable, create jobs and local wealth; and produce spiritual capital (disciples of Jesus).

Such a definition would encourage one to think that BAM could, should and does take place in every workplace in the world where God’s people in business are faithfully living like Jesus and looking for ways to bring people to know him. And while to a certain extent that is true, BAM over the past 20 years has tended to think in terms of “developing impoverished” countries and unreached areas where Jesus is relatively unknown.

Three propositions may help to justify and explain the Business as Mission movement:

  1. The Sanctity of Work   It is important that we all have clarity on the biblical divine understanding that God is a God of work, and he intends his people to be workers (Genesis 1). We should not feel guilty or feel like second class Christians when we succeed in business; God expects us to drive for excellence, to be ambitious and to do “all for the glory of God”  (I Cor 10:31). While business and work can temp us to sin, work and business are fundamentally good and provide many opportunities to glorify God (See Business for the Glory of God, W. Grudem).
  2. The Christian at Work   This proposition suggests that Christians should engage in work like anyone else but live differently from everyone else. Christians work ethically, view their customers differently, love and serve others, seek justice and use their work to serve their communities. In so doing believers become a testimony and draw others to become followers of our Savior.
  3. Work and the Kingdom of God  The book of Matthew suggests that the kingdom of God is “not yet” (heaven) but also “here and now.” As we create jobs and wealth, we are advancing the kingdom of God which essentially is obedience to the Second Commandment (i.e.to love our neighbors). The Great Commission enjoins us to make disciples of “all peoples.” So the Christian businesses that we develop here in our home neighborhoods represent a transferrable model. We can participate in business startups, franchises, or multinational business efforts abroad in the developing world and all the while live like Jesus. That is Business as Mission.

Here is a quote from a recent memo from a friend who is a kingdom business entrepreneur in an Asian country: “Upon entering a local office where local authorities facilitate some aspects of our company, I saw my national friend who manages the office. Amidst the hubbub we greeted one another and caught up on personal news. Suddenly my friend asked, “Do you have a divine connection? I’m sensing a positive energy emanating from you and I don’t know what it is.”  Stunned, I replied, “ Well as a matter of fact, I do have a divine connection to Jesus!” I then went on to explain who Jesus is and His presence in my life. He listened intently. Something is happening in my friend’s heart and mind…something we believe that God is doing.”

So Business as Mission is not “business as normal.” Neither is it “missions as normal.” It is living out the commands of Jesus in the workplace: to love our neighbor and make disciples so individuals and communities are transformed – spiritually, economically and socially – for the greater glory of God and the establishment of his church.

Larry W. Sharp,  Director of Training – IBEC Ventures

IBEConnect July 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


In June, the core team of the Global BAM Think Tank on Human Trafficking came together for a face-to-face strategy meeting and produced the vision and structure for the newly-formed Freedom Business Alliance (FBA). FBA exists to promote and equip the global community of faith-based freedom businesses and ultimately endeavors to empower those who are trafficked and otherwise exploited to find sustainable freedom through enterprise. The core team will be conducting research, writing freedom business management resources and planning a kickoff conference. We are very eager and excited to come alongside the great work these groups are already doing and provide them with the tools they need, while also helping start ups think through business decisions.  

IBEC Ventures has been a key partner in prayer and financial contribution to make the FBA launch and strategy meetings possible, and the FBA team is looking forward to future collaboration. Thank you to IBEC and many others for joining us in this endeavor! 

- Marcia Leahy, for the team


Last month we sent a press release announcing the selection of Bob Bush as the new Managing Director of IBEC Ventures. We look forward to his leadership and he gives us an introductory greeting here:  

      "Words cannot even begin to express how grateful and humbled I am to be a part of such an incredible team. Our desire is to use business as a tool to transform lives, families and communities, and to ultimately spread the Good News to unreached people all over the world. I have no doubt in my mind that we will continue to grow God's Kingdom, as we turn to Him regarding everything we do. Our team at IBEC Ventures is here to assist entrepreneurs who have a passion to operate sustainable ventures that live out the gospel...reaching the unreached is what we are all about!
      Please do not hesitate to contact any of us at IBEC Ventures if you have any questions at all. Thank you for your continued support, and I look forward to helping you in every way possible."

God bless, Bob

The Business as Mission movement has seen encouraging success stories and much positive growth in the last fifteen years. As the movement continues to grow and more organizations and individuals engage with BAM as a powerful vehicle for Kingdom expansion, we are increasingly seeing the movement develop as a dynamic ecosystem. Take some time to...
Evaluate the implications of organizations pursuing Kingdom ends in BAM independently versus with a mindset of interdependency and collaboration.

Consider viewing organizations engaged in BAM as a value chain network, interconnected and with the ability to collaborate with other participants in Kingdom efforts.

We'd love to hear your perspective and dialogue further! Reach out to 
Gwen Rapp.

+  International tax, legal and accounting expertise
+  Engineer to draft medical facilities layouts

+  Financial analyst 
+  Grant strategist around international healthcare 
+  IT support and logistics
(Contact: Larry Sharp)


IBEC has a summer intern, Lindsey Blest, helping to establish and ramp up our social media platforms. Our next letter will detail more about these exciting developments. 

The BAM Think Tank offers some great papers on its website - check these resources out at www.bamthinktank.org. Go to Reports/New Papers.

The next OPEN Expo is coming up November 6-8 and we encourage you to participate. IBEC will also be holding some training sessions for our consultants who attend; contact Gary Willett for further information. Register for the main event here:  www.openexpousa.com.

+ IBEC is collaborating with the Global Enterprise Network (GEN) of the Navigators to develop a robust training program for consultants, coaches and mentors to missional entrepreneurs. A pilot program will be tested this year with the full launch scheduled for spring 2015. Thanks to Gwen Rapp for spearheading this.

Ken Leahy recently gave a presentation at a BAM conference on who IBEC is and what we do. See it on YouTube at: http://www.youtu.be/LfgNc8_GhpA.

The Barrington Group in China has a great clip which presents several elements of BAM. Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?

IBEC coordinates church seminars on themes of Business as Mission and helps provide on-ramps for people to engage in BAM. Contact Larry Sharp if you have an interest for your church, college, organization or business group. Examples of the seminar modules are available.

A REMINDER...which confirms the Triple Bottom Line

Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as yourself…go and make disciples of all nations…”

Gallup world survey says, “…the single most searing, clarifying, helpful, world altering fact: what the whole world wants is a good job.” (Jim Clifton reporting on a worldwide survey in the book The Coming Jobs War).




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IBEC Ventures Appoints New Managing Director

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Perkasie, PA – The Board of Directors of IBEC Ventures announced in June 2014 that Mr. Bob Bush has joined the consulting firm as Managing Director. Mr. Bush comes from twenty-seven years of progressive and successful sales, marketing and business leadership positions. Most recently he served as Senior Director for Business Development for Daylight Solutions and was responsible for establishing strategic decisions and vision for the commercial division.

Mr. Bush holds an MBA from Regis University with work experience in multi-national, early stage and mid- size companies. He has significant experience in helping companies to grow through recruiting and personnel development, sales, strategic and tactical planning, training and policy development. A recent supervisor comments, “Bobʼs commitment to excellence, coupled with his integrity and work ethic, is second to none”.

Bob himself states, “I am extremely excited about this opportunity...my experience building businesses (both domestic and abroad) coupled with my genuine love of the Lord, will allow me to hit the ground running...” IBEC Board chairman, Don Worthington states, “I believe Bob is the right leader for IBEC Ventures as we enter our 7th year of business development around the world.”

IBEC Ventures has established itself as a consulting group focusing on business start ups in the most spiritually unreached and economically impoverished areas of the world. They provide consulting services to Kingdom For-Profit businesses aimed at producing reproducible models and local value through job creation and resource development, as well as followers of Jesus. IBEC serves the growing community of Business as Mission business owners and developers – all for the glory of God. 

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