Business & Finance

Recommendations on the Judicial Races in the August 18th Election

It is the election season, and at this time of the year, I get lots of people calling or emailing me about ‘who these judges are’ who are running for re-election or for a judicial office the first time.  Judges make it to the bench in two ways: they are appointed by a sitting Governor after being screened by a local Judicial Nominating Commission or they are elected to that position by you, the electorate.  Sitting judges must run for re-election, or retention, every six years.  The Code of Judicial Conduct precludes judges while campaigning are precluded from talking about […]

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Ginger Martin and American National Bank Strengthen Community During Pandemic

South Florida’s community banker, Ginger Martin, president of American National Bank (ANB), championed the cause of South Florida churches, nonprofits and small businesses during the mad dash to secure funding through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) beginning in April. When COVID hit and the world was shutting down, there was a lot of fear. The CARES Act originally left it unclear who qualified and how it would work. With businesses closed, church giving on the decline and nonprofits forced to cancel fundraisers, quick approval of the PPP was a lifeline for many. “Ginger and Amy Mahaney, her chief loan officer, […]

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CBMC Fosters Authentic Relationships in the Marketplace

Men are challenged in the marketplace and often struggle to find community. The Christian Business Men’s Connection (CBMC) provides that community to help men grow professionally, spiritually and personally, explained Steve Solomon, area director of South Florida CBMC. Founded in Chicago in 1930 just two years into the Great Depression, CBMC expanded to Fort Lauderdale in the 1950’s to present the Gospel and develop Christian business and professional men to carry out the Great Commission. In recent months, South Florida CBMC has expanded to include groups in 22 cities reaching from Fort Pierce to South Miami. Perhaps their most well-known […]

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When Good Leaders Lose Their Way

With a Ph. D. in Nutritional Biochemistry from Cornell University in hand, Mark Whitacre worked for Fortune 500 companies Ralston Purina and Degussa (Evonik) before he was hired at Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) at age 32 as president of the BioProducts Division. He was the youngest Divisional President in the history of the company, and in just six years their fermentation complex became one of the largest in the world. He became a Corporate Vice President of ADM and was the leading candidate to become the next company president until poor judgment and high-level corruption brought his world crashing down. […]

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The Best Time To Invest

From the day a child is born until they turn 18, there are about 940 weeks. When they’re little, the days seem long, but as they grow time seems to speed up. Our influence lessens and grows with the passing of each week. We recently did a major study with Barna on the major factors influencing the spiritual growth of a child during the formative ages of 6 to 12 years old. We found that where a child and family spend their time plays a major role in determining the child’s future. “The key is in not spending time, but […]

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Inaugural Christian Business Conference & Expo To Combine World-Class Training with Powerful Expo

Don’t Miss South Florida’s 1st Ever Christian Business Conference & Expo on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm, at Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale, combining world-class business training with a powerful business expo. The Christian Business Conference & Expo is a unique opportunity for Christians in south Florida to come together for a powerful event that combines world-class business training & networking with a powerful business expo. What if you could meet with some of the most successful Christian business people in the world and ask them to share their secrets of success with you and a […]

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Discover Meaning, Purpose and Mission In Work

Barna Group recently released a study called “Christians at Work” that explores how Christians experience their work in relation to their understanding of the mission of God. What it revealed was that the majority of Christians cannot connect their everyday work to God’s work. Barna characterizes them as “compartmentalizers.” They think that what the pastor does and what happens on Sunday morning is important to God, and what happens Monday-Saturday is a means to an end. As a result, worship is something you do on Sunday and work is something you do on Monday. So…what’s the big deal? If we […]

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Can I legally make my business a Christian Workplace?

Many of my clients have inquired whether they, as Christian businessmen, can declare their business to be “Christian” without risking a charge of religious discrimination. The answer depends in large measure on what they mean by the term “Christian workplace.” If the intention is to only hire persons of the Christian faith then in most cases the employer would be violating the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which not only forbids such discrimination but also requires employers to accommodate the religious views and practices of employees unless such accommodation would create an undue hardship. Churches are excluded from the religious discrimination […]

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World-Class Developer Champions the Cause of Homeless Veterans and Families

Building on the legacy of Ireland’s Inn, Andy Mitchell, CEO of The Fairwinds Group and President of Operation Lift Hope, has erected the $650 million luxurious Auberge Beach Residences and Spa in Fort Lauderdale while on a mission to end homelessness for veterans and families. With a seemingly endless supply of energy and a deep, guiding faith, Mitchell has become a strong community advocate, urging business leaders to join forces with government officials and service providers to solve the housing crisis. Formerly a divisional president and CEO for Masco, one of largest home furnishing companies in the U.S. with over […]

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When Can You Use a Section 529 Plan?

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management explains the uses of and limits to this popular education savings tool.   Millions of Americans use 529 plans to sock away money for their kids’ and grandkids’ education. They are popular, in part, because of the tax benefits they can provide: withdrawals, including any earnings, are federal, and possibly state, income tax free when they are used for qualified education expenses. Previously only applicable to college-related expenses, effective January 1, 2018, 529 plan holders can also use up to $10,000 per calendar year per beneficiary to help pay for tuition at an elementary or secondary […]

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