Four months ago at our annual retreat we affirmed our purpose statement:
We help build sustainable businesses through consultative expertise
that changes lives and transforms communities.
• Viability – God uses business to make followers of Jesus.• Urgency – Making followers and building kingdom communities starts in the present.• Responsibility – God’s people are personally accountable for reaching the unreached through business.
Some of the challenges and opportunities identified in late 2015 which are priorities for 2016 are:
- Consultants and Subject Matter Experts: We need more quality consultants and subject matter experts. Says Jim Mayer, Director of Recruiting, “…we continue to look for more people with the right kind of heart, experience, margin, and life skills so that we can provide the best consulting help to those who need it in the hard-to-reach areas of the world.” If you or someone you know might be a good addition to IBEC’s consulting team, please contact Jim at email@example.com.
- Markets Served: It is important to identify the best market for IBEC’s services. Historically we have served markets in the mission sector, but we sense the landscape shifting toward established business people taking their businesses abroad, and secondly national start-ups.
- Partners and Alliances: Who are our best partners and alliances in order to be stronger together and pursue economies of scale? We continue to desire to develop strategic partnerships with stateside organizations that are training and preparing entrepreneurs and business developers (incubators and accelerators); we want to partner with financial institutions that provide equity and loan partners as well as donations and grants; we also seek partners who develop intellectual property and challenge the resource community.
- Revenue Model: How can we create a balanced diversified revenue model which will create value from consultative expertise, training and education and donations?
- Measuring and Reporting Value: There is a challenge to be able to measure success, or perhaps like Einstein suggested, “Strive not to be a success, but to be of value.” How do we know we have created value, and how can that be measured and reported?