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NAEIR redistributes corporations’ unsold products to nonprofits

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By Gary C. Smith
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Gary C. Smith is the president and CEO of the National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources (NAEIR). The nationalCongressman Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), NAEIR president and CEO Gary C. Smith, and  former Congressman Bobby Schilling (R-Ill.) take part in discussion at NAEIR headquarters. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is a gifts-in-kind type organization that solicits donations of excess inventory from American companies and redistributes a wide range of materials to its membership base of approximately 12,000 nonprofits, schools and church organizations throughout the country. Smith, who has served as president and CEO since 1993, is the son of NAEIR’s founder Norbert C. Smith.

Why did you create your business?

“Over the years and during the course of business dealings with a wide range of companies, many of them major corporations, Norbert C. Smith, a business executive and entrepreneur, observed that there were millions of dollars of unsold products, in perfectly good condition, simply collecting dust in warehouses or being sent to landfills.

“He founded NAEIR in 1977 as a means of capturing this material and making it available initially to schools across the country. NAEIR was the first organization of its kind; serving as a middleman between American corporations and nonprofits, schools and churches throughout the U.S.  It is the leading gifts-in-kind organization in the country and has received over $3 billion dollars in donations of inventory since its founding.”

What is the one scripture (or two) that you draw strength from?

“‘Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.’ – Psalm 31:5 (NKJV).”Gary C. Smith

Share the best advice you can share with an entrepreneur?

“Never give up! Keep listening to others (customers, employees, and friends). The answer will be revealed. Listen more than you speak.”

Have an interesting tidbit about your business or yourself that you would like to add?

“I’m a recovering alcoholic. No slips for 28 years (February 1985)…with the help of the Lord and AA (Alcoholics Anonymous).”

Visit their website at www.naeir.org and NAEIR’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NAEIR. The organization’s toll free number is (800)-562-0955.

Smith on entrepreneurship: Crawl, walk, and then run

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Paula Smith, author of “Easy Steps Learning Series,” participates in the agape Christian Center Back To School Bash in Arlington, Texas, on Aug. 10. East Steps gave away school supplies, calculators, and ITUNES gift cards to visitors.

By Paula Smith
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Paula Smith is founder of Providing Leading Solutions, LLC — a company that specializes in Microsoft© technology solutions,Paula Smith, author of “Easy Steps Learning Series,” participates in the agape Christian Center Back To School Bash in Arlington, Texas, on Aug. 10. East Steps gave away school supplies, calculators, and ITUNES gift cards to visitors. leadership and professional training, and curriculum development for Microsoft products for a global society. PLS is a Microsoft© Partner. Smith is the author of “Easy Steps Learning Series,” a series of books that provides Microsoft training in Outlook 2010 and PowerPoint 2010.

Why did you create your business?

“I created my business to help and train others in the area of technology.”

What is the one scripture (or two) that you draw strength from?

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13 (KJV).

Share the best advice you can with an entrepreneur.

“The best advice I can share with an entrepreneur is you have to set goals or reset your goals even when you miss them and do not get discourage but lessons learn and build upon it to strengthen you. Sometimes you have to crawl, walk, and then start running with an unstoppable mind.

“When challenges happen, do not get discourage. Just change your focus into positive energies and divine strategies to get through them. You may have to re-position yourself geographically, but never fear the unknown and never fear to be successful! Great leaders endure. Be empowered, encouraged and enlighten!”

Have an interesting tidbit about your business or yourself that you would like to add?

“I am an ordained minister, and I enjoy working in the ministry, the arts, cooking, song writing, geek gadgets, and technology.”

Connect with Smith at http://www.easystepslearningseries.com. Both training manuals are available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. E-reader versions are also available. She is also on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Know a Christian business owner we should feature in  the Pew Business Spotlight? Email suggestions to pewnews@aol.com.

 

 

Kubicek: Love, righteousness essential in building your legacy

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By Steve Kubicek
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Summit Partners LLC is a limited liability company providing publishing and administration services for author, speaker, and businesSteve Kubiceks consultant, Steve Kubicek.

What is the one scripture that you draw strength from?

“Joshua 1:9 (NIV) is the verse I reach for when I’m facing a challenge. It reads, ‘Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’”

Share the best advice you can share with an entrepreneur?

“Are life, prosperity, and honor important to you? Assuming they are, keep reading. Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, left a treasure map that promises to lead to life, prosperity, and honor. Solomon imbedded the map in the form of an instruction. You can discover the map for yourself by carefully studying verse 21:21 within Solomon’s book of Proverbs. You will note that he first explains for whom his treasure map is intended. Solomon says, ‘He who pursues… .’ Do not miss this point. Solomon makes it clear. He means you, if you are willing to follow the instruction that follows. Solomon continues, ‘He who pursues righteousness and love will find … .’ Notice that this statement is definitive. Solomon declares that whoever pursues righteousness and love will indeed find, ‘life, prosperity, and honor.’ What a promise; what a pursuit.

Your legacy is dependent upon your pursuit of love! I’m reminded of the Apostle Paul’s teaching in 1 Corinthians 13 when he said now"Up and In" I will show you the way of life that is best of all – love. Paul says that ‘love’ is the most excellent way. Paul also warns that if we achieve our accomplishments without love our legacy will end up amounting to little more than an irritating noise; certainly not prosperity and honor.

“As an entrepreneur it is important to recognize that in addition to building our business we are also constructing our legacy? According to the teachings of Paul and Solomon, depending on the path pursued, we either establish a legacy of little consequence, or we build a legacy of prosperity and honor. The determining factor is a choice. Will we intentionally choose a pursuit of righteousness and love in all our business dealings and life activities, or not?

“Pause for self-examination: What paths are you pursuing? Are you pleased with the legacy you leave at the end of each day? To test the status of your legacy and determine if you need to make adjustments insert your name in place of the word ‘love’ in Paul’s description of the attributes of love below (see underlines): ‘Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boost, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres’ – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV).

“Now ask yourself, am I on the right path?”

Have an interesting tidbit about your business or yourself that you would like to add?

“I would love to invite readers to visit www.upandinbook.com, the official website of my debut book, UP and IN: Seven Keys to Unlocking Your Potential.  I created UP and IN, a personal growth guide, as a means of showing how to adopt the Up-and-In point of view—a powerful, transformative, uplifted, inspired mindset that turns down-and-out attitudes upside down.”

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Davis: Is it really a blessing?

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Ahmad Davis

By Ahmad Davis
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Scripture for study: “The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it” Proverbs 10:22 (NLT).

I can remember my first car that I bought with my own money (sort of), it was a bright red Geo Prism. I was very excited because itAhmad Davis was my first big purchase and I got a loan on it with a low monthly payment and a moderate interest rate. You could not have told me that God did not bless me with this vehicle, I was excited and thanked God repeatedly for this blessing.

My age was 19 and I had few bills, so I started to use my new credit cards to accessorize my new car with an improved speaker system, new rims, and custom interior changes. And of course there came a new wardrobe to compliment the new ride.

Over time, my payments started to stretch me thin and I had to start making choices between maintenance needs and bills, I chose maintenance. This was a cascading effect as my bills started to go delinquent and the pressure and stress started to mount in my relationships personally and at work. As a result, my personal finances were in shambles as well as my sanity.

As I started to read more on personal finance via the Bible and listen to people such as Dave Ramsey I have come to a simple conclusion, God does not bless people with debt-people rationalize it. There is not one scripture in the Bible that endorses borrowing money, every scripture either strongly encourages you to stay away completely or to get out quickly.

On the other hand, God can and will bless ownership. When you have ownership of something, it is under your authority to transform, rebuild, sell, or repurpose as you see fit. The Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13: 1-23) illustrates how God can multiply what you possess, but only if you own it.

The soil in the parable was not borrowed land; it was owned by the sower and therefore capable of being developed and transformed into good soil that God could bless, increase and multiply.

In this I challenge you to transform your thoughts on how God blesses you and position yourself to be an owner (the sower) and allow God to show you what to buy that will be something He can bless so that there will be no sorrow with it.

Five Feet Twenty has spiritual health of doctors, business leaders in mind

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By Jim Lange
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Jim Lange is founder of Five Feet Twenty, a business that serves business and ministry leaders. Five Feet Twenty serves its clients through:Lange_photo5

  • Books that help others to grow in their walk with Jesus (Bleedership: Biblical First-Aid for Leaders and Calming The Storm Within: How to Find Peace in this Chaotic World – for more information and some free resources go to www.calmingthestormwithin.com);
  • A monthly magazine for Christian doctors and business owners that they provide to those they serve as a way to minister to them (to receive a free copy, go to www.5feet20.com/magazine);
  • Monthly Truth@Work roundtable meeting to help business and ministry leaders to grow their organizations in a Godly way while at the same time, helping them to grow personally and spiritually.

Why did you create your business?

“I began my business simply because the Lord led me to. I never in my wildest dreams would have thought I’d be doing what I am doing now, but I feel like the most blessed person on the planet that I get to do what I do.”

What is the one scripture (or two) that you draw strength from?

“Matthew 6:33 and Psalm 62:1-2”

Share the best advice you can share with an entrepreneur?

“Don’t lose focus on what God has called you to do. Keep your eyes on Jesus!”

Have an interesting tidbit about your business or yourself that you would like to add?

“The name of my business (Five Feet Twenty) comes from my height. I am rather tall and get asked often how tall I am and I respond, “I’m five feet twenty.” That equates to six feet eight inches.”

Visit Lange’s blog at http://www.5feet20.com. Read more inspiring stories from Christian business owners at www.insidethepew.net and click the “business” header. To feature your business or to make a suggestion, email pewnews@aol.com.

Biadasz blessed beyond measure with publishing company

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By Peter Biadasz
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Total Publishing And Media is an author-owned book publishing company based in Tulsa, Okla. Biadasz (pronounced bee-ahd-ish) is thePeter Biadasz founder and author of “Write Your First Book.” The company is the total resource for the writing, publishing and marketing of books.

Why did you create your business?

“After my 10th book as an author was published, I was looking for another publishing company. After connecting with someone in my network, I was able to acquire the company which is now Total Publishing And Media.”

What is the one scripture (or two) that you draw strength from?

“Matthew 6:33 – “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.”

Share the best advice you can share with an entrepreneur?

“Prayer and persistence is key.  Understand the gifts and talents you have been blessed with and the take ownership by being a good steward of what God has blessed you with. Finally, we have been given too to give to others. Give more than you receive in service, product, support, etc.”

Have an interesting tidbit about your business or yourself that you would like to add?

“Total Publishing has grown through God-given referrals.  He constantly reminds me who is REALLY in charge by presenting me with authorsTotal Publishing And Media who I would have never know about but for them being pointed to me from a variety of sources. Therefore I do not have to market, just pray and be a good steward over the company.”

Learn more about Biadasz’s book publishing company at www.TotalPublishingAndMedia.com.Want to have your business featured on our Pew Business spotlight? Send us an email expressing interest to pewnews@aol.com.

La. nonprofit job assistance program expands to 200 faith-based charities

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MATAWAN, N.J.–  It was an innovative idea that took shape just two years ago, a faith-based non-profit utilizing iCIMS’ Recruit ApplicantICIMS Tracking System (ATS) as a job placement database, allowing the state’s unemployed to have access to a listing of available jobs through local ministries in the area. Now, iCIMS is proud to report its customer, Faith Employee’s Employment Data (FEED), is expanding its program.

“The response has been amazing. Our church participation has grown by leaps and bounds, from just 13 churches when we first started to nearly 250,” said FEED CEO, Bill Stanton, “The iCIMS Talent Platform has helped us provide a strong and robust job placement database to churches and businesses throughout Southern Louisiana. Local businesses love the idea. By the end of 2013, we expect to have a total of 480 businesses in our network. Our goal is to cover most of Louisiana by summer and possibly expand to other states.”

FEED worked with iCIMS Inc., a leading provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) talent acquisition software solutions for growing businesses, FEEDto create a uniquely configured Talent Platform that acts as a job placement database. The database connects the unemployed and underemployed of FEED affiliated faith-based organizations with participating businesses that post job openings.

“Thanks to the success of the program and the number of new churches signing on, we predict job fulfillment will increase by more than 400 percent this year,” Stanton said.

Each participating employer organization is given system access to post job openings as well as filter through the pool of candidates who have applied for positions. In turn, the unemployed and underemployed can search and apply for jobs by submitting resumes, employment applications, and cover letters through an online career portal.

“We are so proud to have the opportunity to work with FEED to help create the ideal platform aimed at decreasing the unemployment rate in Louisiana,” said Adam Feigenbaum, CEO and iCARE Ambassador at iCIMS. “Because iCIMS Talent Platform is a highly configurable SaaS solution, we were able to customize FEED’s account to fit their unique workflow and allow multiple faith-based organizations and participating businesses to access the platform at the same time. As FEED expands, we will be there to accommodate their growth and ensure their efforts are successful.”

To find out more about FEED’s efforts visit http://www.feedjobplacement.com/index.html.

Titles provide children a view of rescued Gulf Oil Spill pelicans

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By Lynda Deniger
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Lynda Deniger is president of HIS Publishing Company, a publisher of children’s books. The Abita Springs, La., resident will soon offer ebooks and Christian testimonials.Lynda_@_B&N-1 Deniger is the author of “Salty Seas and His Heroic Friends” and “Patti Pelican and the Gulf Oil Spill.”

Why did you create your business?

“I had written a children’s book manuscript in 1988 but kept telling myself I wasn’t a children’s author. I wouldn’t pursue publication until 2008 when I felt God impress me to self-publish. Once the process started I knew I wanted to perform the book for children. I got a mentor who taught me the art of storytelling and thousands of school children later, I found I really could entertain them and entice them to enjoy books and their stories.

When the Gulf Oil Spill happened, my characters ended up in the middle of it. Patti Pelican and the Gulf Oil Spill gives children a bird’s eye view of the event and how more than 2,000 pelicans were rescued, rehabilitated and released. It’s a realistic redemption story that provides valuable insight into the need for environmental stewardship.”

What is the one scripture (or two) that you draw strength from?

“Judges 18:9: ‘Arise… For we have seen the land, and, behold, it is very good. Do not be too lazy to go; enter to possess the land.’ Jeremiah 29:11, ‘For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord; plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’”

Share the best advice you can share with an entrepreneur?

“Walk in integrity in all you do. Seek God’s guidance for your business decisions and trust Him to direct your path. When you face obstacles, ask God for wisdom to handle it. Just believe that if He called you to step out in faith, He desires to bless you and the work of your hands.”

Have an interesting tidbit about your business or yourself that you would like to add?

“I didn’t do kids. Didn’t have any; didn’t hang around them. Actually, I was afraid of them and didn’t know how to relate. I find it amazing that given my history with children that God would call me to write children’s books and bring them to life through my performances. But then again, I’ve been performing since I was three. God just changed the age of my audience. I find great delight in their awe and wonder about my books, especially when they ask for my autograph. Oh, to be a celebrity for God!”

Both books by Deniger are available at www.saltyseasandfriends.com. Want to have your business featured on our Pew Business spotlight? Send us an email expressing interest to pewnews@aol.com.

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Davis: Tithing is not a law … kind of

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By Ahmad Davis
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My first experience with tithing was when I was homeless sleeping out of the back of my 1991 Ford Explorer. I heard Dave Ramsey on the radio and his show gave me hopeTithe and inspired me to get out of debt and start to tell my money what to do.

As I gained composure and wrote my first budget on a yellow pad and starting to see some traction in my finances, he was also inspiring me to tithe because of some of the testimonies and experiences I was hearing on his show. So I begrudgingly wrote my first tithe check to a church that I had only visited once, but they were kind to me.

I soon recognized that my own inner struggles with writing the tithe check was not isolated, many people have a tough time giving 10% to God for various reasons. But, one reason was reconciled with me a while back and I wanted to share it with you.

Tithing was pre-law. The very first tithe was performed by Abram to Melchizedek. According to Genesis 14:18-20 (NKJV), the author wrote, “Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. And he blessed him and said: ‘Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemiesAhmad Davis into your hand.’ And he gave him a tithe of all.”

This scripture shows that Abram gave a tithe to honor God who has already blessed him. There was no commandment given by God prior to this event to give ten percent of your earnings, it was done because it was the right thing to do.

As a rule of thumb, the first actions in the Bible set the precedent.

You might have a few reasons why you do not tithe, but read over the entire Genesis 14 chapter and pray over what God’s word is saying here. Prayerfully, you will feel a sense of peace about this piece of the great debate.

Ahmad Davis is a coach with Victory By Design, a firm based in Beaumont, Texas, serving clients locally, nationally and internationally. Ahmad provides solutions for individuals, couples, and businesses who are overwhelmed and stressed financially. Ahmad’s typical clients’ are pastors, single parents, lawyers, couples, doctors, business executives, newlyweds, business owners, and others who want a simple solution with remarkable measurable results. For more information, visit http://www.thebiblicalblueprint.com. To get your questions answered on the Inside The Pew Forum, email Ahmad at coach@thebiblicalblueprint.com.

 

The First Born Son Inc. helps restore individuals and families

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By Ezechiel “Zeke” Bambolo, Jr.
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Through The Firstborn Son, Inc., Bambolo and his staff delivers motivational talks to elementary, junior and senior high schools, college groups, family advocate groups, Ezechiel "Zeke" Bambolo churches, and corporations. The focus of their presentations is improving family dynamics across all of these demographics by introducing or enhancing the understanding of multi-generational family legacy.

Why did you create your business?

“Our culture is riddled and crippled by the promotion of individualistic pursuits. We have greatly lost the understanding and exhibition of true family unity (love, strength, commitment, purpose, perseverance, etc.) within the confines of traditional family. However, corporations have adopted the traits (family branding) which ought to make families powerful and are successfully piling billions of dollars in their bank accounts. In short, the principles work greatly if applied properly and purposefully to our traditional families.

We deliver speeches, but most importantly seminars which allow individuals and family to acquire strategies, purpose, motivation, and more, as well as implement them. By implementing these principles we are able to securely set a winning multi-generational legacy which is sustainable long after we are dead and gone from this Earth. OurThe Firstborn Son logo dependents are then able to eliminate destructive familial occurrences such as divorce, child abuse, domestic abuse, infidelity, alcoholism, self-centeredness, and many more.

Since studies show employees leave corporations more for personal reasons than for any other (financial, promotions, etc.), companies greatly impact turnover and other negative trends by investing in the personal lives of their employees. Companies will also realize increase revenue generation by improving the personal lives of their staff. A stable home life most frequently generates a long serving and productive employee rather than the contrary.”

What is the one scripture (or two) that you draw strength from?

“We seek greatly to serve and restore our fellow man, even in the midst of doubt and failure, much like Jesus Christ restores Peter after the resurrection. As such, the scripture which most empowers us and also reminds us to introspectively look at ourselves is John 21:15-17, The Love Motivation.”

Share the best advice you can share with an entrepreneur?

“Your greatest investment and ultimate road to success (professional, financial, spiritual) rest in the heart and souls of your people (employees or clients). Invest authentically!”

Have an interesting tidbit about your business or yourself that you would like to add?

“My life has been an amazing journey of a pretty healthy familial upbringing, lost it all to a tragic and treacherous African civil war, and received the mandate in my teenage years to restore the family to prominence. All of this has become the motivation for my current book, ‘The Firstborn Son: a Curse, a Gift, or a Calling.’”

Ezechiel “Zeke” Bambolo Jr., a resident of Seattle, Wash., is founder of The Firstborn Son Inc.. He is also a public speaker and author. Visit the his website, at www.firstbornson.com. Want to have your business featured on our Pew Business spotlight? Send us an email expressing interest to pewnews@aol.com.