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Approaches to Business as Mission Funding

Excerpt from the recently published BAM Global Think Tank report on Business as Mission Funding. The word ‘funding’ refers to the spectrum of financial resources required for a business venture through the normal life-cycle phases of every business: start-up, growth, maturity, and decline. It includes a range of monetary sources, each with attributes unique to each […]

How to Prepare for Investors

What would you say were the most important things to prepare or think about as I approach a BAM investor? What are some typical pitfalls or mistakes I could avoid? Funding for your new business is obviously crucial – no cash, no business. So let’s think about this from an investor’s perspective. What is it that interests him or […]

Ask a BAM Mentor: Financing a BAM Company

Twice a month, our panel of mentors answer your practical business questions. Send us your questions! Dear BAM Mentor, What would you say were the most important things to prepare or think about as I approach a BAM investor? What are some typical pitfalls or mistakes I could avoid? ~ Getting Prepared Dear Getting Prepared, Funding for your new business is […]

Lessons from the Edge: Dealing with Bribery in China

Insights from a BAM Practitioner Dwight Nordstrom is a veteran of doing business in Asia for almost 30 years. He is on a continuing journey of learning how to deal with bribery and corruption as he leads Pacific Resources International, to expand manufacturing operations in China. Don’t make blanket statements about bribery and corruption.  This […]

Ask a BAM Mentor: Dealing with Corruption

Twice a month, our panel of mentors answer your practical business questions. Send us your questions! Dear BAM Mentor, My customs broker tells me I have to give a gift to the customs officials to get our materials out of customs. He said it’s standard, no big deal. I asked the pastor at our local church […]

Business as Mission: Where social impact and profit, and much more, converge

Post first published on the IBEC Ventures Blog, reposted with kind permission. Some people find it confusing to read about socially conscious business, social entrepreneurship or values-driven business. Isn’t business just business – driven by profit margins acceptable to shareholders? What’s all this talk of values, social impact and community development? For the past decade […]

Business as Mission: The Global Movement Today

Mats Tunehag has been speaking, writing and convening on business as mission for nearly 20 years. When he visited The BAM Review office recently, we asked him a few questions about the business as mission movement. Mats, what have you seen changing in business as mission in the last 15-20 years? We are seeing a reawakening […]

Lessons from the Edge: Inspired by Quality Coffee

Insights from a BAM Practitioner ‘Ben’ has spent a decade and more of his life in the specialty coffee industry. He has an unwavering passion for quality in coffee that has grown into a pursuit of quality in all aspects of his life – in business, in mission, and in relationships. The quality of relationships in the […]

Questions for Business Building

What are the most important questions to ask myself when evaluating a business opportunity? When I first heard this question my reflex response from 30 years experience of running a business was… When will I get my investment back, what is the percentage return on investment and what is the risk?! My more considered response is to […]