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Business articles are drawn from selected business seminar presentations and best articles by others that align with our business values. Titles include general business subjects like entrepreneurship, business leadership and management, and specific areas of business practice such as accounting and employee management, etc. Individual articles are only available online.

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Business Articles

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Subject: Biblical Principles of Business and Work

Merle Burkholder

How did we as Anabaptist people go from being persecuted refugees, and pilgrims and strangers on the earth, to being in the top 10% of the world’s most wealthy people? What does God, our Heavenly...

Subject: Business Leadership

Merle Burkholder

Are being good at business and being good at ethics mutually exclusive? We want our ethics to be part of our business values and practice.

Bill Mullet

Too often organizations are over-managed and under-led. What characteristics do effective leaders possess? All leaders should work to develop the characteristics that make them more effective.

John Stahl-Wert

Leaders are exposed to levels of hostile scrutiny and attack that most people know little or nothing about.

Subject: Business Startup and Planning

Wade Myers

An entrepreneur should consider carefully the many factors that will impact his business when choosing the best form of business ownership or structure.

Wade Myers

Most men in our generation leave their children pretty much on their own to make their way in the world.

Wade Myers

If you are among those who are striving to create a culture of entrepreneurship for your family, consider carefully how you shape that culture in order to nurture and encourage entrepreneurial...

Merle Herr

God needs somebody with enough internal motivation to get up at dawn, spend time in prayer, unlock the plant, work all day in production, lock up the plant, eat supper, and then go to a school...

Wade Myers

The best idea to pursue is to take a problem you know exists, experienced by a large customer set you know how to reach, solved in a way you know how to solve, delivered by means you know how to...

Wade Myers

By using a methodical process of starting a business—and with God’s guidance—you will hopefully develop a high-quality business idea that can be pursued with confidence and enthusiasm.

Wade Myers

Launch the best opportunity you’ve developed (from all of the ideas you’ve generated and evaluated) in the fastest, least-cost, and most creative manner possible.

Wade Myers

It is now time to decide the method of launch, which includes starting up from scratch, buying into a franchise, or buying a business, which may not be as far out of reach as some assume.

Wade Myers

There is hope for the less-capitalized entrepreneur: there are countless businesses that can be started with very little money. But there is a catch.

Wade Myers

Young aspiring entrepreneurs should prepare themselves by creating their own roadmap to equip themselves for entrepreneurship.

Wade Myers

In addition to wealth generation and Kingdom impact, a family business can also reform the family economy and relationships.

Wayne Wengerd

Getting ready to start a business? Not quite there yet, but preparing? Want to? Wonder if business ownership is for you? Does small business fit your Anabaptist lifestyle?

Wayne Wengerd

Our foundation of entrepreneurship will be made of three core business elements: business leadership, market need, and business planning.

Wade Myers

As men family leaders, we are constantly concerned about our ability to provide adequately.

Wade Myers

Many of us work at and grow companies that function under less-than-ideal conditions. What is the ideal company?

Wade Myers

Life as an entrepreneur is a wild ride, full of ups and downs, hills and valleys, and rife with the opportunity to be sanctified by God as he uses our business challenges to sharpen us, increase...

Elam Esh

We resist change—sometimes even when we can see imminent danger—because finding a new approach or a new method is too much work, too hard on our pride, or too risky.

Ray Randolph

Chopping out a new road isn’t glamorous or romantic.

Wade Myers

To everything there is a season, and business is no different. Business owners and managers must learn about those various seasons and the need for diligent preparation.

Wade Myers

What determines the success of a business venture? Wade Myers suggests the following formula: Entrepreneur + Business Model + Resources + God’s Providence = Success.

Wade Myers

Not sure what you want to do with your future? Wade Myers provides practical guidance for young men who want to learn how to become entrepreneurs.

Subject: Finance, Accounting, and Taxes

Donald Sauder

Business taxation is complex, and many business owners choose to rely on tax professionals to prepare and file their business tax returns.

Galen Martin

Audits are unpredictable. You don’t know if or when they are going to hit you. Some audits are by random selection, and you just happen to be the unlucky one.

Jacob M. Dietz

Farmers are not exempt from Christ’s command to render unto Caesar the taxes owed him. Farmers have their own unique set of rules and advantages in the federal tax code. Jacob Dietz looks briefly...

Nevin Beiler

Have you ever looked at your business’s financial statements and wondered if there is something you are missing as you scan the numbers?

Donald Sauder

Financial statements provide insight and financial data from which informed decisions, crucial to profitable financial activity, can be made by management. A thorough understanding of the balance...

Donald Sauder

Financial statements provide insight and financial data from which informed decisions, crucial to profitable financial activity, can be made by management. A thorough understanding of the balance...

Nevin Beiler

What does it take to qualify for a loan?

Donald Sauder

Ethics includes characteristics like empathy, understanding, consideration for others, and most importantly, complete integrity and moral values.

Larry Troyer

The balance sheet is an indicator of the long-term cumulative health of your business. It is also the best starting point for reviewing financial statements.

Larry Troyer

The purpose of a cash flow statement is to show changes over a period of time, including how paying bills, buying inventory, and other things changes your assets and liabilities and impacts your...

Larry Troyer

The income statement is a diagnosis of the current or short-term health of the business. Although the income statement is limited to a specific period of time, it offers many useful insights about...

Subject: Employee Management and Relations

Steve Jones

Employees are a critical part of your business’s foundation. Investing in building strong employee relationships will yield returns for years to come.

Steve Jones

You need engaged and happy employees if your business is going to be truly successful. Employees are a critical part of your business’s foundation.

Steve Jones

Teamwork is a method of operation in which a group of individuals submit their opinions and interests to the unity and efficiency of the group.

Sam Yoder

Whether it is direct, indirect, or non-monetary, fair compensation and benefits are a key attraction that will keep your employees with your company for a long time.

Sam Yoder

What keeps people motivated to continue coming to work for you? Fair compensation and benefits are a key attraction that will keep your employees with your company for a long time.

Sam Yoder

The effects of our investment in employees go far beyond our businesses.

Kelly LeCouvie

“I just want my kids to be happy and to get along.” Parents try to make sure their children are happy and get along in the family business, only to discover that the second generation is unhappy...

Dale Martin

Fully engaged employees look forward to the day and love their job. They come to work with a positive feeling. They enter a friendly and supportive workplace.

Bernard Kliska

The complexities inherent to family businesses can lead either to creative energy and generations of profitability, or into a maelstrom of troubles and premature dissolution. Family businesses...

Steve Jones

Training a new employee is an expensive and time-consuming process.

Stephen McClure

Compensation of family employees may create problems for family members in the business as well as those who are not. The journey of successful family business management and governance eventually...

Steve Jones

A daily dose of preventive medicine can go a long way towards avoiding frequent employee conflicts.

Wade Myers

To hire more strategically, site down and pla the key positions, list responsibilities for each, develop ideal profiles, create a proper compensation plan, and prioritize each position.

Steve Jones

Telling and showing is not enough to prepare employees to master new skills. Training Within Industry is a sure and dependable way that works every time if it is simply applied. 

Tony Hollinger

Most conversation comes easily and spontaneously, but when we need to address a sensitive issue, conversation can be very difficult.

Wade Myers

When you hire employees, you are subject to numerous labor laws and fair hiring practices. You also open the door to federal regulators into your business.

Doug Ramer

Employees are not machines with nuts and bolts holding them together. Working with your people will be much more enjoyable if you learn to love them.

Dale Martin

Do you appreciate and value the people who come to work for you every day? How do you demonstrate that you appreciate and value that resource?

Merle Herr

When you meet your partner, your employee, or your fellow worker on the other side, what story will you hear about how you changed their life?

Dr. John Stahl-Wert

We know that a fully-engaged workforce is the differentiator for organizational performance.

Wade Myers

How do you know when to let an employee go? You should let an employee go if they lack either skill or will, and you are way past due on letting them go if they lack both.

Subject: Business Governance and Transitions

David Bohlander

A family business is not only a financial asset, but it is a collection of values, reputation and memories.

David Bohlander

Transitioning a business within a family from one generation to another has its own challenges. But what about transitioning a business through sale to a third party?

Subject: Business Operations

Elam Esh

Innovation is continuously seeking a better way to reach the goal.  It means willingness to change, willingness to think differently, openness to do things differently, and getting out of our...

Subject: Sales and Marketing

Rodney Martin

Selling is not a set of manipulation techniques for personal gain; it is a servant mindset you carry throughout the entire process.

Dean Martin

Everyone knows the classic American poem about a girl and her lamb, "Mary Had a Little Lamb." What can explain this poem's longevity and effectiveness?

Caleb Crider

Good copywriting is more than stringing words together into sentences and paragraphs. We use words to describe, inform, and educate customers, and ultimately to persuade them to make a purchase. ...

Roy Herr

A customer’s attitude about your business will directly influence how much he is willing to pay you—and whether he will even pay you at all. You can influence how your customers feel by giving...

Roy Herr

You know what a thriving business looks like on the outside. You even know how it looks on the inside. However, every successful business owner needs to learn the basics of marketing.

Rodney Martin

An effective salesperson is one of the key forces behind every successful business. Before a purchase is completed, your customers will speak to an employee—a salesperson.

Roy Herr

Sometimes marketing materials just are not up to the job. They have not been equipped to successfully accomplish the mission we have sent them on.

Paul Landis

For many of us, the title "salesman" conjures up an image of someone who is smooth-talking, calculating, and deceitful.

Roy Herr

Did you know that most of your competitors will not take the time to thoroughly plan their marketing for the next year? Strong businesses don’t happen by accident; they happen by planning.

Atlee Raber

You cannot create customer service by opening up floor space and installing a desk with an employee behind it. Customer service is an attitude within the company, and it speaks for itself.

Roy Herr

There is no clear-cut answer to the question of how much to budget for marketing. Business owners must make marketing budget decisions in connection with the overall business plan.

Roy Herr

Do you know if your advertising dollars are paying off? Or like John Wanamaker said, do you know that half of your advertising dollars are wasted, but you don't know which half?

Roy Herr

Marketing channels are a key component in business, especially when several local businesses are competing for the same market.

Roy Herr

Getting an effective marketing program rolling can be bumpy, but Roy Herr demonstrates a well-rounded approach. When all three parts of the marketing wheel—branding, lead generation, and lead...

Roy Herr

Market research is the process of collecting and analyzing information that will help you make better marketing decisions.

Howard Horst

Marketing today is more complicated than simply putting out a sign and displaying fruit or vegetables on a table at the end of the lane or at a farmers’ market. As Christians, we find ourselves in...

Atlee Raber

Producing a good product is only part of the task of starting a business. No matter what field you are in, marketing the product is one of the major components to a successful business.

Leon Wengerd

Our people have always been innovators: improving their tools, their techniques, and their situations.

Roy Herr

We have a strong tendency to believe that the product is worth the same amount as the published price. Price is the single largest indicator of value.

Roy Herr

Caring for your customers and letting them know that you appreciate their business is simply good manners.

Roy Herr

Combining a strong unique selling proposition (USP) with a definition of your ideal customer brings a laser-sharp focus to your business and marketing efforts.

Atlee Raber

Your marketing people should have an organized, functional toolbox from which they can pull the appropriate tools they need to get the message to the marketplace.

Roy Herr

God gave Adam and Eve the special charge of dressing and keeping the garden. Our gardens today are the businesses God has entrusted to us to dress and keep.

Roy Herr

Clear messaging is the very heart and soul of effective marketing.

Roy Herr

A unique selling proposition (USP) is a feature, quality, or service you provide that is different from what your competitors offer.

Roy Herr

What is the key to engaging customers in a way that causes them to open their wallets to you instead of to your competitors? Customers are drawn toward businesses that emanate compassion and...

Subject: Other

John Stahl-Wert

Being a leader who is trustworthy, a leader who does what he or she says, has a measurable value for the company’s bottom line. If you choose to become the kind of leader who Tells The Truth, then...

Bernard Kliska

Sometimes the same strengths that help build a thriving family business can also become its weakness. One of the best ways to make certain that a family’s strengths do not become the business’...

James Landis

“Know well the condition of your flocks, and pay attention to your herds," says Proverbs 27:23.

Bud Handwerk

All business owners face challenges, particularly the small business owner, who is of necessity more self-reliant, with fewer safety nets, and less support than might be present in a larger...

Warren Bennis, Daniel Goleman, Patricia Ward Biederman

Claiming to be transparent is not the same as actually being transparent.

Geryll Zehr

When Jacob Nisley started JN Pallet, located in Conneautville, Pennsylvania, in 1985, he did so with the purpose of growing a family business that would provide not just a means of livelihood but...

Crown Financial Ministries

Few scriptural principles are clearer than that of keeping our vows—literally keeping our word both to God and to others.

Richard Shank

Why does the gross profit percentage shown on my business Profit and Loss report change from year to year, if the profit markup I use remains constant?

Geryll Zehr

Building and maintaining a business driven by positive Anabaptist values is impossible without some support from like-minded men—men who have similar values and are on a similar path.

Richard Shank

Whether you plan for the next generation to take over when you retire, or you expect to sell your business to an outside person, Richard Shank recommends teaching someone who can successfully...

David Bohlander

Focusing so exclusively on the goal of profit is a terrible mistake that many businessmen are regularly making. Attention must be given to risks as well as rewards—and with just as much diligence...