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NAEIR redistributes corporations’ unsold products to nonprofits

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By Gary C. Smith
Special to Inside The Pew

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.

Davis: Is it really a blessing?

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Ahmad Davis

By Ahmad Davis
Special to Inside the Pew

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.

Red Letter Paper Company helps customers ‘send a little faith’

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Stephanie Hinderer

By Stephanie Hinderer
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SANTA FE, N.M. – What is the name of your business? What type ofStephanie Hinderer business is it?

“My business is called Red Letter Paper Company (aka RLPCo) and I make Christian cards with a modern edge. I settled on the name because Jesus’ words in the Bible are printed in red ink, and these cards are my way of sharing Him.”

Why did you create your business?

“My husband and I struggled every year to find Christmas cards that reflected both our faith and our minimalist and modern visual tastes. If we couldn’t find what we were looking for, surely other people were having the same problem. As a designer, I knew it was a problem I could solve. I wanted to make Christian greeting cards that appeal to a younger generation and that are a bit more subtle so that anyone can send a little faith without being overbearing.”

What is the one scripture (or two) that you draw strength from?RLPCo2-small

“The verse I base my business on is 1 Corinthians 10:31: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” As someone who was never very comfortable with sharing the gospel verbally, the cards and the business are my way of using the gifts He’s given me to share Him with others. This verse for me means that whatever I do, even making cards, I can do it for Him. I’ve also adopted Isaiah 6:8 as a verse for my business: “Here am I. Send me.” Perfect for cards, right? J”

Share the best advice you can share with an entrepreneur?

“I’m sure there are some entrepreneurs who believe in themselves and their business 150 percent from the get-go. I’m not one of them. I’m a quiet introvert who has at times struggled with confidence. Wondered if I’d be better off not putting Bible verses on my cards. Felt like I’d never be one of the big dogs. These are the entrepreneurs I’d like to speak to. The wonderful business strategist I’m working with pointed out this verse to me: “And there we saw the giants and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.” (Numbers 13:33) If you see yourself as small, the world sees you as small. Make yourself an expert in your business, be confident, see yourself as a giant, be a giant.”

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

“If you look closely, you can see flashes of my life in my cards. Each of them is personal to me. My popular {not sent from my iPhone} cards prove I’m a techie. The Twitter Christmas cards and Facebook birthday card show you I’m an avid social networker. The “You’re sweet” card features a glass of sweet tea — yep, I’m an original southerner. Many of my cards reflect my friends and their lives as well. I don’t actually drink coffee, but I can appreciate that love has caffeine. I believe that while the Bible is hundreds of years old, it can still be applied to today’s life and times, and I embrace the challenge of finding a corresponding Bible verse for each of my unique cards.”

For more information, visit www.redletterpaperco.com. Want to have your business featured on our bi-monthly Pew Business Spotlight? Send us a email expressing interest to pewnews@aol.com.