The Covenant of God

This week I’ve seen two rainbows.  I love to think that God is giving me reminders of His covenant with us.  I looked it up to make sure I got this right, but here’s what Genesis says:

 12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

Isn’t that fun that God keeps reminding us that He thinks about us?  This morning we are going to hold the second Entrepreneur Bootcamp and  many of the people that have moved to Redding are going to be a part of this fire and passion to help people find jobs by helping to create new businesses.  If anyone was watching the news last night, you’ll all agree this is a very important topic right now.  We’ve even been given a few prophecies about the coming of new innovations, creativity and wisdom that is about to come.  Very exciting, what is God about to do in this city?

We are excited to be here for such a time as this.

I’ve been reading about Ezra again, and how he was so consumed by sorrow upon hearing of his fellow people’s sins of marrying foreign women.  Today it sounds so strange, but bottom line was that it was a command of God not to marry foreign women because they would bring their false gods and idols and cause the people to sin and that’s exactly what happened.  I don’t know if everyone was just looking the other way, became desensitized, or there were no leaders around to just say, “Hey! knock it off!”  Actually I think it was the leaders that “led” the way down that path.

But Ezra wept and prayed and wouldn’t eat all day, he was so grieved.  The people around him began to grieve as well and they began confessing what they had done without anyone prompting them to.  They all wanted to get clean right away and did whatever Ezra said and within days had made many of the changes he told them to.

So, does that mean it’s possible for one man to change a nation?  Hmmm, something to think about.  What if God so touched our hearts that when we saw sin we were so grieved that we wept bitterly and prayed and fasted and it changed the people around us without us even saying anything?  I know I definitely want to keep my heart from becoming calloused.  I pray that I will be sensitive to the things of God.  That when I see compromise in the marketplace I won’t look the other way.  That I won’t be ok with anything that grieves God.

God’s telling me He remembers me by showing me rainbows, I want to let him know back, I care about You God.

Hope you have an amazing week and spot lots of rainbows and think about God and His covenant.






Entrepreneur Bootcamp Fall 2011: A Recap

Wow what a great couple of days!  For those of you who didn’t attend our latest Entrepreneur Bootcamp here in Redding we wanted to give you an update on how it went and share some photos from the event.

Day 1:

Heard from Mike about taking risks and what are the true characteristics of an entrepreneur.  We got some great participant feedback and a lot of the answers were surprising, some said a true entrepreneur never gives up.  But some said a savvy entrepreneur knows when to give up.  Great advice!

We had Joe Wong, a local franchisee with about 40 restaurants in the Shasta area come and share his story about how he got started and his philosophy on business.  Here are a few tweets from Silas Lyons, the editor at the Record Searchlight about what he took away from Joe’s talk.


We also heard from John Dues on the importance of organizing for financial success.  Watched a great video from Baruch College on their guide to financial statements, a great Finance 101 for any business owner.  We heard from Coleen McHugh of NorCal Pacific Insurance who gave us a great overview of the types of insurance business owners need to be thinking about and we heard from Dennis Wade on how to bootstrap your business, valuation, financing and how to reach out to investors.  We also heard from representatives from the SMART center and the SBA on government resources for small business.

Day 2:

Day 2 was intense!   A lot of information to digest and some great speakers and then time for homework.  Here are some of the highlights of day 2.

First we heard from Mike Hickerson about going to market, wow.  This was incredibly valuable for those of us that are getting ready to launch.  Next we heard from Jenny Rae LeRoux about her story as an entrepreneur and how she went from an 11 year old selling soda on the golf course to becoming a high powered business consultant.  We also heard from Todd Cassleberry about taking what he learned at the last bootcamp in April to open his business Wow Wow Waffle.

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Then the fun started….well the fun for me…(this is Amber, Mike and Robbie’s daughter, by the way) I gave a talk with Bryant Jaquez on social media and SEO and why it is important to your business.  We heard a lot of varying opinions from people who didn’t see the ROI based on the time it takes to use social media.  And we also heard from a few converts on why they use it and how it has helped their business.

After the break we listened to Zach Perkins talk about his Melon Meter app and his experience launching his product after the first bootcamp he attended.  Then it was time for Rick Sbrocca to talk on setting the culture for your business.  He challenged the bootcamp attendees by asking, how will you implement a culture that drives business?

And finally we heard from Dan Morrow about the culture of innovation.  Since Dan has a lot of patents under his belt, he talked a lot about protecting your ideas and inventions.

I think most of the bootcampers were very excited to have made it this far in the bootcamp, overwhelmed… maybe, but definitely ready to get working on their business plans.  The homework….work on their pitch!

Day 3:

Our Top Gun winnerToday is judgement day…today we pitch to the group.  This morning bootcampers were asked to describe their business in 140 characters…a business tweet if you will.  The purpose of this is to get business owners to be able to quickly and easily describe what their company does when they meet investors etc.

After that it was time to work on pitching!  Everyone broke up into groups of 4-5 people with an instructor or 2 and pitched their company to the group.  They got feedback from everyone and were able to practice in front of a friendly audience.  From the groups that pitched 3 companies were selected to give their pitch to the entire group to compete for the TOP GUN award.  We had a tie between and they both had excellent pitches.

We really enjoyed meeting everyone over the 3 days of bootcamp and made some great new friends.  Thank you to all our instructors, you have changed the lives of people in this group.  We are so blessed to have you be part of raising up entrepreneurs in Redding!  To see the rest of our photos from bootcamp please go to our Facebook albums!