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Keys To Starting A Small Business

By: Steve Cesari

Are you an entrepreneur? I have started more than 15 companies and found that it takes more than a good idea and some talent to launch a successful business venture. Yet failure is not inevitable. Here are five principles that will help you greatly increase your odds of succeeding.

If you do not believe in what you are doing, no one else will. A passionate person with limited ability will outperform a passive person with more ability. When I started Trillium Health products in 1989, I have no doubt that passion helped us generate $75 million in revenue in just two years and led to my nomination by Inc. magazine as Entrepreneur of the Year. Before committing to any business startup, ask, “What makes me come alive?”


One of the main principles that separate the small-business successes from the failures is planning. Think of your business as a journey and the business plan as a road
map. Failing to plan is the reason 75 percent of businesses fail in their first five years. Helpful resources include Business Plan Pro software, and for help with a business plan, contact Master Plans (masterplans.com).


Leadership expert John Maxwell says, “People trace the successes and failures in their lives to their most significant relationships.” Look for someone who is already successful doing what you want to do or who has the same values you have and schedule time with him. Use the time to gather information. Someone at the U.S. Small Business Administration (sba.gov), will usually meet with you at no charge. The local Chamber of Commerce is another great place for help.


No matter how much ability you have, there is no success without perseverance. Being successful in business requires discipline, hard work and preparation. One of the
most important predictors of success is whether or not you have the “staying power.” Before you open your business, ask yourself whether you have the perseverance to finish the race.


Seek God’s guidance in all you do. Ask Him for wisdom, and the right people and
resources. Start by asking Him if your business opportunity is the right one for you. Talk to God as if He is your business partner, before, during and after you start your business. I talk to God constantly, seeking His wisdom when I don’t know what to do. NM

Steve Cesari is president of Vital Visions Inc. and a nationally acclaimed entrepreneur, mentor and speaker. Visit him at 1percentclub.com.

This article “Keys to Starting a Small Business” written by Steve Cesari is excerpted from New Man Magazine a Nov/Dec 2007 edition.

This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes, “Eat the meat, throw away the bones.”

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The Utterly Unique Person

The Utterly Unique Person

He was born in poverty, was reared in obscurity, and lived in simplicity. He had no wealth or influence, and no college education. Yet the profoundest wisdom of men has never equaled His. “Never man spake like this man.”

He never wrote a book, yet the largest library could not hold the books that have been written about Him. He never wrote a song, yet He has furnished the theme of more songs than all others combined. He never founded a college, yet all the schools together cannot boast of as many students as He has.

He never marshaled an army, drafted a soldier, or fired a gun. Yet no leader ever had more volunteers, who under His orders made rebels stack arms or surrender without a shot being fired.

He lives on although all other great men have come and gone. Herod could not kill Him, Satan could not seduce Him, death could not destroy Him, the grave could not hold Him.

He laid aside His purple robe for a peasant’s gown. He was rich, yet for our sakes He became poor. As to how poor? Ask Mary. Ask the wise men. He slept in another’s manger, cruised the lake in another’s boat, rode on a borrowed beast, was buried in another’s tomb.

He conquered death, rose the third day as He said He would, ascended into heaven and will one day return with power and great glory.

He will judge the world in righteousness. Every knee shall bow to Him and every tongue shall confess Him as Lord – His friends gladly, but His enemies seeking for a place to hide from His face.

He came from the bosom of the Father to the bosom of a woman. He put on humanity that we might put on divinity. He became the Son of Man that we might become sons of God.

Thus we celebrate Christmas as the birthday of this utterly unique person. But these facts are of no value to you unless you acknowledge your sin and your need for such a Savior. Only by believing in Him will you become a unique person: a child of God!

Computers for Christ – Chicago

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