Easter Courage
Apr 19 2017

Easter Courage

Courage is a limited commodity. Limited in the sense that one doesn’t see it in wide use. 

As others have said, courage is not the absence of fear but rather action in the face of fear.

Have you ever considered where courage comes from? 

Read More By Bill Woolsey, Executive Director, FiveTwo Network in Christian Entrepreneurs
'No More Fear' Week
Apr 11 2017

'No More Fear' Week

…and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. – Hebrews 2:15

Happy Holy Week.

Holy Week is the annual week when Christians remember Jesus’ walk from the Upper Room, through the Garden of Gethsemane, to the mount of Golgotha and, then, from the Tomb to a dusty road and a locked room.  

It is a walk from Passover to Crucifixion to Resurrection. A meal. A funeral. A party. From life to death to life again.

Behind it all? God’s desire to free us from death and the slavery it brings.  

Read More By Bill Woolsey, Executive Director, FiveTwo Network in Christian Entrepreneurs
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
Creating Small, Impactful Groups for Your Community
Feb 22 2017

Creating Small, Impactful Groups for Your Community

It happened week 4 of our small group meeting together at a next door pancake house. Near the close of our meeting we asked our waitress, who had been serving us the past few weeks, if there was anything we could pray about for her. It was a simple question, but it made an impact.

She first stepped back, cast a surprised look, and then quickly replied, “Yes. I have a couple things you can pray about.” Later she enthusiastically asked if she could share a third request. Of course we said, “Yes!” After the first exchange she left our table with a tear in her eye. She also expressed, “You’ve made my day!”

I’ll never forget the look on our faces. We were all somewhat stunned at our waitress’ response. We then talked about how amazing it would be if we could have more groups from our church meeting in restaurants/public spaces throughout our community, building relationships with guests/patrons/staff, all-the-while sharing the love of Jesus.

Read More By Craig Mattes, FiveTwo Network Catalyst Coordinator in Community Development
Keep the Faith...In Your Business
Feb 16 2017

Keep the Faith...In Your Business

So when you unlock the door to your restaurant tomorrow or lead your video staff meeting next week, how will your Christian faith influence your leadership and ultimately your business?  As an entrepreneur – church-based, non-profit or for-profit – how do you allow your faith to impact your company without overwhelming your company and potentially alienating your employees and customers?

In our gray world, whether or not a business is Christian becomes more and more complicated depending on the latest Christian soapbox.  Can a business that sells pants made from cotton treated with pesticides and farmed by individuals living below the Western poverty line be Christian?  Is a business that sells Christian books and music and every cross-oriented kitsch known to man, at a ridiculous mark-up, really Christian?  Can a Christian own a bullet-making company and if so, does that make the company Christian or not?

Read More By Bill Woolsey, Executive Director, FiveTwo Network in Entrepreneurial Leadership