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IBEConnect July 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A NEW INITIATIVE - FREEDOM BUSINESS ALLIANCE  

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

WELCOME BOB BUSH, MANAGING DIRECTOR  

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

DIALOGUE WITH US...
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.
UPCOMING IBEC NEEDS

+  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)

DID YOU KNOW?   

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?
v=illJc5lxEzA&feature=player_embedded


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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