A Simple Secret to Showing Respect
Aug 23 2017

A Simple Secret to Showing Respect

Continuing with the theme of Respect for All, and as things continue to shift in this world, we wanted to repost a blog that is even more important today than it was in 2014.  

Respect..it's powerful. 

Respect is a word we throw around pretty loosely. Reality is it is one of the most powerful values a Christian entrepreneur can possess because it speaks to the heart of a person. Frankly, it flows from your heart to his. You can’t fake respect. At its core it demands consistency and authenticity.

You can talk about being respectful all you want, but you can’t lip synch or karaoke it. BS detectors sniff out fake respect from a mile away.  One of FiveTwo Network's core values is: Respect for All.

Read More By Bill Woolsey, Executive Director, FiveTwo Network in Entrepreneurial Leadership, Startups
Five People You Need to Enlist
Aug 9 2017

Five People You Need to Enlist

“First of all,” he said, “if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view–until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” –Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird

You’re going to need people to pull this off.

The Christian entrepreneur who takes Harper Lee’s words to heart lives to minister another day. He gains new people to the cause because he truly cares for them, regardless of their background, which allows them to discover camaraderie. Plus, by learning to understand the people they serve, the Christian entrepreneur gains knowledge and wisdom.

Read More By Bill Woolsey, Executive Director, FiveTwo Network in Entrepreneurial Leadership, Startups
Jul 19 2017

New Thinking. New Ideas.

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New ideas require new thinking. Thinking that moves you from your office to the street. Thinking that gets your out of the boat to do the water-walking exercise with Jesus. Thinking that stays true to your values and mission but results in, well, new results. 

Read More By Bill Woolsey, Executive Director, FiveTwo Network in Startups
Leading From Below
Jul 13 2017

Leading From Below

If you are a leader, you want to lead. You have ideas of how your ministry, your congregation, or your organization should be led and would love to see those things happen.

Even if you are not the guy in charge. That’s what makes you a leader.

You are passionate about the place you work, the calling you have, and you want to move the vision forward. But what do you do when you aren’t the lead guy? How do you influence your organization when you aren’t the person in charge?

Because we can’t all be on the top of the org chart.

Read More By RJ Grunewald, Associate Pastor, Faith Lutheran Church, Troy, MI in Entrepreneurial Leadership, Startups
How (and Why) to Use Facebook Live for Your Startup
Jun 28 2017

How (and Why) to Use Facebook Live for Your Startup

Facebook Live has become a startup's dream.  It allows you to interact with your core audience in real-time.  It helps you build brand awareness and loyalty.  Sounds great, right?  But how do you use it?  Watch this short tutorial and learn how (and why) you should be using Facebook Live for your startup.

Read More By Amanda Herr, Marketing & Communications Director, FiveTwo Network in Startups
The Critical Step of Partnering with Your Community
Jun 15 2017

The Critical Step of Partnering with Your Community

When we teach the Business Model Canvas process in our incubator, we stress how the “Partners” box is one of the three most important boxes.  Why? Because we believe in the power of team, because we believe your cause ought to be bigger than just you, and because your Kingdom impact is multiplied when you partner with others outside of your organization.

Read More By Bill Woolsey, Executive Director, FiveTwo Network in Community Development, Entrepreneurial Leadership, Startups
Embracing the Cross In the Midst of a Failure
Mar 28 2017

Embracing the Cross In the Midst of a Failure

When a Christian entrepreneur wades through the pains of failure, they are led to a deeper understanding of the cross. When everything falls apart, the Chrisitan entrepreneur clings to the only thing they’ve got left, the person and work of Jesus. In the moments where you are brought to your knees in the face of your own failure, the cross stops being just something you read about and becomes a part of your redemption story.

Read More By Bill Woolsey, Executive Director, FiveTwo Network in Startups, Christian Entrepreneurs
Bookkeeping in a Non-Profit Setting
Mar 27 2017

Bookkeeping in a Non-Profit Setting

When we think of Christian entrepreneurs going forth and achieving great things for God's Kingdom, bookkeeping is probably not the first thing that comes to mind.  However, it doesn't take long for a leader to discover how important it is to have reliable, accurate financial information to be a good steward of what God has provided. 

Read More By Mifflin Dove, Jr., Dove Bookkeeping, LLC in Entrepreneurial Leadership, Startups
To Register Your Trademark or Not to Register Your Trademark, That is the Question!
Mar 23 2017

To Register Your Trademark or Not to Register Your Trademark, That is the Question!

I spoke to an intellectual property lawyer this morning who offered to answer my gigantic amount of questions.  Her name is Kristen and she is in Michigan. If you are looking for someone who is knowledgeable and trustworthy, she is your lawyer.  Send me a note and I’ll send you her information.

I had many questions, however, my first was regarding trademarks.  So confusing!  Do I trademark our logos?  Do I not trademark our logos? (A registered trademark gives it the little R in the circle by the name and registers with the government). 

Here is what Kristen told me.

Read More By Amanda Herr, Marketing & Communications Director, FiveTwo Network in Startups
Where FiveTwo Network's Going in 2017
Mar 16 2017

Where FiveTwo Network's Going in 2017

2017 Vision

A vision is a destination.  It answers the “Where?” question, painting a picture of where you see the journey taking you.  The clarity should be compelling enough that someone is able to see where your organization is going and decide to hop on the plane with you.

Thus our FiveTwo Network’s 2017 Vision.  As we seek to equip men and women Christian entrepreneurs who launch a variety of start-ups, here are this year’s stops along the journey.  Each of these stops will impact every element of FiveTwo, from our Digital presence to our annual O2 Conference to our monthly Local gatherings to our 2-year StartNew incubator.

We hope you will join us on the journey!

Read More By Bill Woolsey, Executive Director, FiveTwo Network in Startups, Christian Entrepreneurs
3 Steps to Make Jesus Go Viral
Mar 8 2017

3 Steps to Make Jesus Go Viral

What makes a video go viral? In a TED Talk from a few years ago, Kevin Allocca from YouTube argues that there are three key factors: Tastemakers, communities of participation and unexpectedness. With this roadmap...how can we make Jesus go viral?

Read More By Bill Woolsey, Executive Director, FiveTwo Network in Startups, Christian Entrepreneurs
What Would You Start if You Had No Fear?
Mar 2 2017

What Would You Start if You Had No Fear?

The phone call caught me somewhat by surprise.  Her assessment was one of the strongest we had seen in our profile.  Her concept was cause-driven and a sure-fire hit.  And she was an expert in her field, having worked with abused children as a police officer.

But her confidence in her abilities, coupled with her fear for what would happen if she failed, led her to tell me, “I can’t do this.  It’s not going to work.”

Thankfully we talked her off the ledge, and she and her team are nearing launch of a house for runaway girls on the eastside of Detroit.

Read More By Bill Woolsey, Executive Director, FiveTwo Network in Entrepreneurial Leadership, Startups, Christian Entrepreneurs
Let's Get Social (Media)!  Using Social Media to Reach Your Audience
Feb 8 2017

Let's Get Social (Media)! Using Social Media to Reach Your Audience

Social media presents an amazing opportunity to create strong, lasting relationships with an audience that is interested in what you have to offer.  There is no other medium that allows for the insights and two-way conversation that social does.  So, you love it all the time, right?  Not so fast.

When social media is used the correct way it becomes your best tool in the marketing toolbox to get your information to the right audience.  When done incorrectly, it can do the exact opposite.  With the click of a button your audience can tell all of their friends and family if they love you…or if they don’t.  The power lies with them.  So, since you can’t ignore social media, how do you successfully navigate social media?

Read More By Amanda Herr, Marketing & Communications Director, FiveTwo Network in Startups, Christian Entrepreneurs