38: Building a Business as a Married Team w/ LaShonda Delivuk

EP. 38Today’s guest is LaShonda Delivuk of Life Focus Pictures.
“Life Focus Pictures specializes in television commercials, educational DVDs (in both English & Spanish), and web videos for YouTube & website homepages.
From the very beginning, the mission of Life Focus was to provide its clients with exceptional customer service while producing video content with a high-end cinematic aesthetic.  Our goal is to bring national-quality material to businesses both small and large.  In 2013, Life Focus Pictures received a nomination for the 2013 Emerging Small Business Award through the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce as well as a nomination for a Small Business Award through the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.  Since 2011, LFP has served over 70 businesses nationwide producing video content for all needs ranging from broadcast commercials to vision videos for non-profits.
Life Focus Pictures strives to not only produce quality work but have a positive impact on the community in which they live. They are active members of the Lynchburg Morning Rotary Club & the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce (CHAT Team & Minority/Women Owned Task Force). They volunteer their time helping non-profits and also speak to young entrepreneurs, middle & high school students.”

Biblical Entrepreneurship

“When the ground soaks up the falling rain and bears a good crop for the farmer, it has God’s blessing. But if a field bears thorns and thistles, it is useless. The farmer will soon condemn that field and burn it.” ~ Hebrews 6:7-8

Key Takeaways

  • It’s a great ideas to have a Financial Adviser when first starting off.
  • When you are forced to make something work, you tend to become more creative.
  • Don’t make assumptions about your community. Get to know your community and how it works. 
  • Make sure that you are constantly giving back to your community; thanking them for supporting you.
  • Sometimes we have a scarcity mindset instead of an abundance mindset.
  • Different is scary, but different can be a good thing.
  • Never get too attached to your own ideas.
  • John 15:5

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Don’t make assumptions about your community. Get to know your community and how it works. “]
  • [Tweet “When you are forced to make something work, you tend to become more creative.”]
  • [Tweet “Make sure that you are constantly giving back to your community; thanking them for supporting you.”]
  • [Tweet “Sometimes we have a scarcity mindset instead of an abundance mindset.”]
  • [Tweet “Different is scary, but different can be a good thing.”]
  • [Tweet “Never get too attached to your own ideas.”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR38

The Faith in the Workplace Struggle…

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Photo Credit – Mays Business School


Have you ever struggled with how to live out your Christian faith in the workplace as a business owner?
You want to make a positive difference for the Kingdom of God. You desire to share the wonderful good news of the freedom that Jesus has brought to your life, but how do you do that in an effective way.
In today’s world it seems like there is more and more opposition to living our faith openly in the workplace.  And yet… we know that Jesus did most of his miracles and ministry outside of the temple.
Jesus said that we are the light of the world. He also said that a city on a hill cannot be hidden. So how are we to be that light in the marketplace, in our daily lives, out jobs,our work,  our businesses, or as entrepreneurs. How do we become that light everywhere we go?
We have a choice.  We can keep quiet and hold the wonderful good news of Jesus in, letting the people around us continue to suffer in darkness or we can find a way to communicate clearly and effectively.
[Tweet “we strive to speak in a way that is heard, received, and understood. “]
Now I am not talking about “preaching at” people.  Effective communication is defined by what the listener hears, not what we say.  Therefore, we strive to speak in a way that is heard, received, and understood.
This struggle is not unique to us.  The Apostle Paul spoke about it in 2 Corinthians 4.  He said, “we have this treasure (The good news of Jesus) in jars of Clay to show that this all surpassing power is from God and not from us.”
Sometimes I think we forget this. We think that to show God’s glory, we have to be all cleaned up, pretty, look nice and always have it together. But Paul says were jars of clay.  Clay jars are lowly vessels and the glory comes from God.
[Tweet “Be that earthen vessel so that God’s glory can be revealed”]
So this is my challenge to you today… if you want to shine the light of Jesus everywhere you go, then be real.  Be that earthen vessel so that God’s glory can be revealed.
Otherwise, it’s our own glory that were showing. When we are humble, real, authentic earthen vessels, then people are drawn to us and the power and the light of Jesus can be fulfilled in our lives.
In the same way that we couldn’t pay the price for our sins, we can’t clean up our act and show His glory. We have to throw ourselves at the mercy of the cross and allow Jesus’ power and glory to shine through us.


This above all:
To thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.

 – Hamlet, Shakespeare


People are crying out for authenticity and it’s time that we gave it to them.  Have a great week.  Let the light of God’s glory shine though you. Make the difficult choice to be real and authentic with someone today.  It is ok to not be perfect.

  • Brian

[Tweet “It is ok to not be perfect. “]

37: Town Hall – 4 Easy, Low Cost Ways to Start a Business

EP.37Biblical Entrepreneurship

 “As workers who tend a fig tree are allowed to eat the fruit, so workers who protect their employer’s interests will be rewarded.” ~ Proverbs 27:18 

Key Takeaways

Why everyone should have a part-time business?
Small Businesses make a massive impact on the community around us.
Trend toward freelancers / independent contractors is increasing.
If you see your employer as someone who exists to serve you, you will see your value to your employer decline. Employers allow to pay for results, not time.
“The number of contingent employees will increase worldwide or independent contraactors in the US alone contingent workers will exceed 40% of the work force by 2020…traditional full time, full benefit jobs will be harder to find… small businesses will develop their own collaborative network of contingent workers, minimizing fixed labor costs and expanding the available talent pool…Self employment, personal and micro business numbers will increase as a result of this…government will misclassify workers creating a major issue for companies of all sizes and work classification and work style will emerge as a target of intense political debate.”

Skills you will need:

  1. Understand how to manage your finances and your resources.
  2. How to take care of clients.
  3. How to find new business.
  4. How to manage your own time, energy, and yourself.

4 Easy Ways to Start a Part-Time Business

  1. Freelance service work
  2. Teach a class (Online or Offline)
  3. Join a Direct Sales Organization
  4. Make Handcrafted Items

Starting a business does not have to be a massive undertaking when you start out.

“Working for one company and expecting that that is going to be your total career is putting all your eggs in one basket.”

Take the plunge. Start something today, even if it’s small.

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “If you see your employer as someone who exists to serve you, you will see your value to your employer decline.”]
  • [Tweet “Starting a business does not have to be a massive undertaking when you start out.”]
  • [Tweet “Take the plunge. Start something today, even if it’s small.”]
  • [Tweet “”Working for one company and expecting that that is going to be your total career is putting all your eggs in one basket.””]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR37

36: Employing the Unemployable w/ John Rush

EP. 36Today’s Guest is John Rush, CEO of Cleanturn.
John is a social entrepreneur with a distinct focus on leveraging business as means for creating training and employment opportunities for individuals with significant obstacles to employment, including prior incarceration.
After serving as a Sergeant in the US Marine Corps, John focused his career on empowering those impacted by poverty and incarceration. John served as Managing Director of nationally recognized Cleanslate and President of 180 Properties in Chicago. In 2011, John partnered with several socially conscious investors to launch CleanTurn, a social enterprise that has leveraged its business to provide nearly 300 training and employment opportunities for men and women returning from incarceration in its first three years. CleanTurn was awarded the 2012 Honda Empowerment Award by the Columbus Urban League and has been recognized by Mayor Coleman’s Restoration Academy in Columbus Ohio as the first private company partner for hiring Restoration Academy participants. John has been awarded Columbus’ BusinessFirst’s Forty Under 40 Award highlighting his work as a social entrepreneur in Central Ohio.
John is married with eight children and currently resides on the southwest side of Columbus.”

Key Takeaway’s

  • You have to be smart and work hard, but you also have to enjoy the risk.
  • Make it more about the challenge and the opportunity, not about whether it’s going to work or not.
  • Managing your family and your business requires a lot of discipline and time management.
  • “The political and economic are always at the service of the social.”

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Make it more about the challenge and the opportunity, not about whether it’s going to work or not. @john_c_rush”]
  • [Tweet “You have to be smart and work hard, but you also have to enjoy the risk. @john_c_rush”]
  • [Tweet “”The political and economic are always at the service of the social.” @john_c_rush”]

 Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR35

35: Saving Children Through Social Entrepreneurship w/ Sam Caster & Jon Copper

EP. 35Today’s guest is Sam Caster of EM Squared and Jon Copper of Nutrition on Mission.

Sam Caster

“In 1998, founders Sam and Linda Caster donated to an orphanage organization based in Romania. When the directors of that organization thanked the Casters for their contribution, they expressed their growing concerns for the children in their care. Malnutrition was taking its ruthless toll on their lives. In desperation, the directors said, “If you know anyone that can help us with this problem, please let us know.” With the world’s most advanced nutritional and wellness technology at their fingertips, Sam and Linda donated a one year supply of nutrient support. One year later, the directors came back wanting more and out of the direct need, MannaRelief was born. A little over a decade later with thousands of people around the world joining together, we’re addressing the problem of malnutrition for children everywhere.”

Jon Copper

“I am a Social Entrepreneur. I started Nutrition On Mission with the intent of creating a sustainable business model to nourish children with malnutrition, as well as create micro-enterprise opportunities in those same communities we nourish children.”

 Biblical Entrepreneurship

“Upright citizens are good for a city and make it prosper, but the talk of the wicked tears it apart.”  ~ Proverbs 11:11

Key Takeaways

  • If you offer your customers something of value they will be more receptive to your services.
  • You have to be competitive in the marketplace. Especially if you are a non-profit.
  • “Concern with building platforms that enable more people of every age to think and behave like change makers, to help them work together powerfully in teams of teams to facilitate rapid circulation and sharing solutions on a global scale.”

  • Utilize the technology around you.
  • Would you rather invest your life to make a difference?

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “You have to be competitive in the marketplace. @JonCopper @TheSamCaster”]
  • [Tweet “If you offer your customers something of value they will be more receptive to your services. @JonCopper @TheSamCaster”]
  • [Tweet “Utilize the technology around you. @JonCopper @TheSamCaster”]
  • [Tweet “Would you rather invest your life to make a difference? @JonCopper @TheSamCaster”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR35
 

34: Town Hall – Finding Great Team Members

EP. 34We’re gonna talk about finding good help and some strategies you can use to inspire your great help to greatness.
Managing and finding employees is at the heart of loving well. It is not impossible to find good employees.
If it’s impossible than how come other businesses do it? How do they grow? It’s not about the employees its not yourself. It’s about you and who you will you become.
Will you be the kind of leader others will want to work for?
If you don’t lead them well they will not perform well. 
Leadership is influence nothing less. You can’t empower somebody, people empower themselves. Create an environment for them to empower themselves. You need to look for people who have that drive and motivation.

5 Strategies You Can Use to Build Your Team:

  1. Clearly define the position and what you need.
  2. Utilize your network to source your potential team members.
  3. Always be open to hiring quality people when they come along.
  4. Clearly write out the advantages of working for your company.
  5. Grow yourself as a leader. People follow leaders that are ahead of them.

It IS possible to find great team members.

You either have to modify your dreams or increase your skills.

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Grow yourself as a leader. People follow leaders that are ahead of them.”]
  • [Tweet “Always be open to hiring quality people when they come along.”]
  • [Tweet “If you don’t lead them well they will not perform well.”]
  • [Tweet “It is not impossible to find good employees.”]
  • [Tweet “You can’t empower somebody, people empower themselves.”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR34

33: Turning a Life of Adventure into a Business w/ Rye Taylor

EP. 33Today’s Guest is Rye Taylor of the Take Action radio network, Podcast Essentials, and Daring and Rye.

Biblical Entrpreneurship

If anyone claims, “I am living in the light,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is still living in darkness. ~ 1 John 2:9

Key Takeaways

  • “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.”

  • Life is an adventure worth living.
  • A life of distinction is always different. 
  • Business doesn’t have to be boring or separate from family.
  • It is possible to turn your dream into an income.
  • Pod-casting is a major influence in marketing.

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “”The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.””]
  • [Tweet “A life of distinction is always different. @ryetaylor”]
  • [Tweet “Business doesn’t have to be boring or separate from family. @ryetaylor”]
  • [Tweet “Life is an adventure worth living. @ryetaylor”]
  • [Tweet “It is possible to turn your dream into an income.”]
  • [Tweet “Pod-casting is a major influence in marketing. @ryetaylor”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR33

32: Building a Business as a Teenager w/ Emily Wills

EP. 32Today’s Guest is Emily Wills of Empire Designs.

Biblical Entrepreneurship

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.” ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19

Key Takeaways

  • Anyone can find a way to make a great business. Young or old.
  • Finding time to hang out with your friends is important. It’s good to have that fellowship.
  • If you have a dream, just go chase it. Go after that dream and take that leap of faith.
  • “But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.'” ~ Isaiah 43:1

  • Keep going even if you have a setback.
  • Keep working hard through all of your challenges. You will eventually have a breakthrough.

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Anyone can find a way to make a great business. Young or old.”]
  • [Tweet “Finding time to hang out with your friends is important. It’s good to have that fellowship.”]
  • [Tweet “Go after that dream and take that leap of faith.”]
  • [Tweet “Keep going even if you have a setback.”]
  • [Tweet “Keep working hard through all of your challenges. You will eventually have a breakthrough.”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR32

31: Town Hall – 4 Strategies for Entrepreneurs to Improve their Health

EP. 31In this Friday’s Town Hall Show, Victoria and I talk about the importance of our physical health in building our businesses and fulfilling the call of God on our life.

Biblical Entrepreneurship

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.”  ~ Philippians 1: 21-24

 Key Takeaways

 Why improve your health?
 “You can’t accomplish great things if your body can’t handle the strain”  Kary Oberbrunner
 A study by economists in Finland studying 5000 identical twins found that those that exercised regularly earned 14-17% more than their more sedentary counterparts.  They found that those that exercised were more persistant in the face of challenges.
“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.”
– Tony Robbins
“Exercising is like funding your 401K, shorting the contribution only shorts yourself.”
– Michael Hyatt

4 Strategies for Entrepreneurs to Improve Their Health

  1. Capitalize on their competitive nature
  2. Have a plan
  3. Build a team
  4. Get a coach
So this is our plan…
Our competitive nature is fueled by entering a race.  We are going to be entering the Spartan Race here locally at Wintergreen
Our plan is to kick off our training with the Advocare 24 Day Challenge. This is a plan that includes, exercise, nutrition supplementation and healthy eating.
We are putting together a group of people to do this together.  If you would like to join us either locally or virtually you can message us through the form below.  We will kick things off with a grocery shopping trip.
Our coaches are Jeff and Christina Mininger who have been helping others through this journey for 6 years.

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “”Exercising is like funding your 401K, shorting the contribution only shorts yourself.” – Michael Hyatt”]
  • [Tweet “”You can’t accomplish great things if your body can’t handle the strain” Kary Oberbrunner”]
  • [Tweet “Our competitive nature is fueled by entering a race. “]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR31
To find our more about our 24 Day Challenge Group fill out the form below.

Why Easter is Essential to my Business…

EasterI love this time of year!  As I sit outside this afternoon and enjoy the first warm breezes of spring, I contemplate this upcoming Easter weekend.  It is a busy few days for us.  Our church is hosting an Easter Dinner Theater to share the life changing good news about Jesus with our community.  We have been involved in different ways through the years.
In years past, Victoria directed the production and I was support for the demanding schedule that she had to run.  This year is different… the girls are older and they are serving as backstage crew and wait staff, I am on the prayer team and
Victoria is holding down the fort at home.
Therefore, I have a little more time to reflect on Easter and the significance of what we are celebrating, than I have had in the past.  I am in a season of growing in my understanding of how my work fits into God’s plan to bring salvation to the world.
Easter is the time where we celebrate the fact that Jesus died to pay the price for our sin, which we could not pay, and open the door for us to be restored to right relationship with God.  It is the opportunity of freedom to those who have been in bondage to the destructive nature of sin in their lives.  It is the path to restoration of relationships, healing of disease, and peace for our souls.  And ultimately Jesus extends to us the free gift of salvation from the eternal consequences of our sin.
 

It is out of this perspective that I share my list of “Why Easter is essential to my business” (And my life)…

  • Jesus broke the power of sin over my life, which includes the curse of sin that makes work a burdensome toil.  Therefore, I am free to pursue work that is enjoyable, meaningful, provides for my needs and makes a positive impact on the world around me.
  • If I can trust Jesus with the salvation of my soul, then I can also trust Him with my life.  Therefore, I don’t have to be beaten down and burdened by the struggles of life and the challenges of business.  He is there to help me and He is working things out to my benefit.
  • Life has greater meaning and purpose than just being successful or making money.  Jesus sacrifice and resurrection was pivotal moment in God’s plan to bring salvation to the world.  Today, my life, and my work, is part of that plan.  There is no differentiation between the secular and the sacred.  My business is a part of God’s greater purposes and plans.
  • Sin is destructive.  The patterns of sin will ultimately destroy the success of my business.  Through Jesus I have freedom to live a different way.  This allows me to truly love and care for those I do business with.  This care builds value over time rather than sacrificing long term value for short term gain.

[Tweet “In Jesus there is freedom for your Life and Business!”]
I want you to know, that if you feel like you are stuck or in bondage in any area of your life, including your business, there is freedom in Jesus Christ.  He holds the power to help you break free and live the abundant life that you were created for.  All you have to do is surrender yourself to Him and allow Him to guide your steps.
May this Easter signal a time of new life for you and your business!

  • Brian