Friends in Action International

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Contact Name: Paul Brosey, Owner

Business Name: Friends In Action International

Business Address: PO Box 323 Elizabethtown PA 17022

Websitehttp://www.fiaintl.org

Business Phone: 717-546-0208

Business Description:
We are a faith based mission committed to getting the Gospel to the least reached people groups in the hardest places on earth.  We utilize our talents and abilities to exercise our ‘blue collar’ bent in assisting other agencies who focus on church planting, evangelism and discipleship.  We build airstrips; dig water wells; build missionary housing, clinics and training centers; and we build roads in difficult regions to create better access.  We are presently working for approval for a 16 mile, gravity fed water system to bring clean water to 30 villages, several clinics and schools in the island nation of Vanuatu.  We proclaim Christ when we can but our emphasis to  show our love for Christ and the unreached through construction.  We utilize many volunteers and are always looking to expand our base of volunteers willing to assist us in our mission focus.  We are also looking for men and women who are sensing God’s call to being involved in missions using their skills and abilities.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
I learned to use my hands while working my way through Bible College and then capitalized on theses skills during my married life.  I used my Bible training as a lay leader in the Church and my learned skills to show and teach biblical principles to those I worked with and for.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was ten, was baptized in a farm pond and sought to grow in my spiritual journey by taking notes on Sunday mornings from the Pastor’s sermons, reading my Bible, listening to Christian radio and eventually, attending Bible College in Philadelphia, now known as Cairn University.  I am now involved in my church as an Elder with an oversight of training other Elders and encouraging our Senior Pastor and the Pastor of Outreach.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
When I was 64 I stepped away from the business world and committed the next 10 – 15 years having a direct impact on the Great Commission through using the skill-sets that I learned.  I am with Friends in Action, International as a Teams Coordinator and Leadership Development.  I have led work teams to Nicaragua, and Vanuatu.  I have been to Moldova teaching College students principles of Church leadership.  I have encouraged missionaries in South Africa with a team from our church; visited our daughter and family in the jungles of Brazil and Peru and have recruited others to join in this unique opportunity to use our ‘blue collar’ skills on the front lines of missions.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
Friends in Action, International gives me the unique opportunity to use my spiritual giftedness and my learned skills in the construction industry.  This blend brings great fulfillment of physically building  for the Church and also directly building the spiritual aspect of the Church universal.  I get to teach building skills and spiritual principles into the live of volunteers and national believers and unbelievers.  How much better can it get!!!

Keller Williams Pinnacle Group

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Contact Name: Donna Blankenship, Realtor

Business Name: Keller Williams Pinnacle Group

Business Address: 4680 Parkway Drive, Suite 100 Mason, Ohio 45040

Websitehttps://dblankenship.kw.com/

Business Phone: 513 – 544 – 1170

Business Description:
Real Estate agents at Keller Williams strive to deliver strong communication, experience, expertise, broad marketing, referrals for you, and most of all, satisfaction to every client we serve.

Choose an Agent who will be with you from contract to closing, always in communication, and ALWAYS ON YOUR SIDE !

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
I have always felt that the only way to find true purpose in life is through service to others.
Having faced housing difficulties in my past while working to become  independent of disability benefits,  I recognized the compassion and expertise needed. Through my love of people and helping them, I found myself in Real Estate, exercising empathy and compassion as God plants it in our hearts.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
Raised by a loving Christian mother, our home was built around the love of Christ and family. Struggling with divorce, severe rheumatoid arthritis, disability benefits, and losing my home, I turned back once again to see the grace and mercy of my great big God who came and held my hand with love and patience. A mustard seed was planted in my heart, and soon flourished into the faith I stand on today.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
I pray over every transaction, allowing God to take the lead and use me to bless others through Real Estate.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
Within my community and church, evangelizing, tithing, and donating as much as possible, I am active in my local Lions Club chapter, participating in outreach programs with community events and creating/assisting Meal trains, housing, clothing, and many more goods/services to those in need.

Bayer Pest Control

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Contact Name: Logan Bayer, Owner

Business Name: Bayer Pest Control

Business Address: 301 W 1st St. Dayton, Ohio 45402

Websitehttp://www.bayerpestcontrol.com

Business Phone: 937-410-4787

Business Description:
Bayer Pest Control provides pest control  to residential, industrial, and commercial customers. We offer a variety of services to meet your pest control needs; including, but not limited to, bed bugs, general pests, wildlife and rodents. We strive to manage our business with integrity and provide excellent service for our customers. Call us today for a free quote!

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
We became aware of the need for quality bed bug heat treatments in the Dayton area and our business has grown from there.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
I grew up in a Christian home and made the decision to follow the Lord as a teenager after attending a church youth retreat.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
We want to be good stewards of the business God has given us and shine His light to everyone we interact with.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.” -Colossians 3:23

FAST AND NEAT SERVICES LLC

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Contact Name: Fred and Netta Martin, Owner

Business Name: FAST AND NEAT SERVICES LLC

Business Address: PO Box 24536, Huber Heights, Ohio 45424

Website: http://Fastandneat.services@gmail.com

Business Phone: 937 750 8642

Business Description:
Fred and Netta Martin uniquely decided to bring a new fresh cleaning business/ideal to life, and started by naming it Fast and Neat Services LLC, representing the first letters of their names, and adding services that we can stand by.   They launched their business from the ground up, focusing on Residential, Commercial, Small Business, and Storefront Post Construction Clean up Industries.  Their business focuses on their clients’ needs, so with every walkthrough, they promise you a great experience, budget-friendly prices, and top-of-the- line cleaning products that are safe for the environment, their clients, and the fur babies, if any.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
We combined our family early in our relationship… Fred and I knew our careers and retirement days were fastly approaching us, and making business moves for our future seemed perfect.  We pondered over being business owners and entrepreneurs for a year, and I then finally took the ultimate leap of faith and left my 14-year career in Law Enforcement, and scaled myself down to a 9-5 schedule to put a master plan together to grow our cleaning business.  The main reason we decided to open a cleaning business was because we both had been in the industry, and we both love to be in a clean and healthy space/environment ourselves, and wanted to help others to keep their space clean and healthy as well. Lastly, there were not a lot of small black owned cleaning businesses in our area that handled Move in/Move out, one time clean and reoccurring cleaning, like ours.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
Netta:  I was led to Christ by truth, training, and teaching from the churches I attended as a little girl. That led into my adulthood and transformed me into the woman that I am today. I was led to believe a long time ago that if someone asks about my hope and faith as a believer, that I should always be ready to explain it. (1Pet 3:15). I first came to believe that I was a sinner, so I started reading the book of Romans. I knew I had sinned and fallen short (Romans 3:23), but God demonstrated His own love for me while I yet sinned, I had to believe Christ died for me (Rom 5:8). I knew God Loved Me no matter what.
 Fred’s journey to Christ was different than mine… he knew for his children that he needed to set an example of a God-fearing man, and he knew “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” Rom 6:23. Fred knew his salvation was a gift from God – it wasn’t anything he could earn, and he knew he had to work hard to keep it. Fred knew he wanted to show God he appreciated the gift, through Love, Service, and sharing his faith with others.


How does your faith impact the way you do business?
We believe that the Holy Spirit works within… we came together by Faith, and are led by Faith.  It was our faith together that moved Netta to decide to walk away from a 14-year career in Law Enforcement for several reasons, but most importantly, it hindered me from church and time with the Lord (and with my understanding of God and the Holy Bible). As I grew into the word of God, mountains were easily moved and God was ever so present in my home, in our lives, and in our business decisions.  Our business was founded on faith and faith alone. We never thought entrepreneurship was arising.  Just as Netta studied the word of God, she also studied the ins and outs of our business. We are making sure we grow our business from the ground up, with all the above inspiration and purpose God is granting us.  Just like the purpose God put us here on earth, we are putting into our business, starting with an advertisement here in a Christian-based publication. Thank You Markina McNight (NSM)  for leading us to the Christian Blue Pages, and thank you, Brian Hegyi from Christian Blue as well

Please share a story where you saw God move in your business or impact a customer.

We asked God to live in our hearts early on in our marriage, so we knew our business had to have a foundation as such. We knew the moment that once we launched our business on social media that we were going to need the Holy Spirit to watch over us and watch over our business as it grows. We launched in January 2020, just as the Covid-19 became a world pandemic.  It was a frightening time to start a business, and watch it grow.  I remember going into my prayer room (bathroom) and talking to God for 30 minutes, crying at a business that had not failed. I went to bed with another prayer on my heart. I asked God to show us what needs to be done, because one week went past, then the next week went past, and not one phone call, not one interest in social media.  A few nights later we decided to go ahead and get the business its own phone number (937-750-8642).  I took the number 8642 and said these letters stand for (TMGC) – Trust Me God Coming!  So Wednesday came, and I had a ministry lead meeting at the church. Our pastor said there will be noticeable changes within the church, starting with the cleaning of the church, and he said we will be looking for another company to come to clean our church. I sat there incredibly quiet, and never uttered that we just launched our cleaning business called Fast and Neat Services LLC, and that we could do it. I got home, told Fred, and he said “wWhat do we need to do?” I said, “Let us pray on it”, which was my way of saying “I do not know.” I then had a dream come to me saying, “Reach out to the Elder of the church and tell him”, so I called and set up a walk through. Two months went past and the pandemic was in full swing, when we finally got a call from the church, “Can your company do a deep clean of the church?” “YES!”, I said.  We took on the task, and then bid for the contract, and got it. A few days later, I prayed and said, “God, what now?” So, we posted again on social media, and this time our post was liked and shared, and people/businesses were being tagged, asking for our number.  Now I believe it was God who interceded, just as I began to have thoughts of giving up on the business and go back to policing. The very next day, we got a phone call from a salon, set up our walk through, and this time, we corrected the mistakes we made from the first walkthrough, and got the job! I then went into my prayer room (bathroom) and said, “Lord, I don’t want to go back to Law Enforcement… I love the freedom that I have. Please direct me differently, not only with the business, but with another source of income. I then walked in this law firm, and came out hired, knowing nothing but God!
Moving forward into the business, we got a call and set up a walkthrough for a business that was worth $1.5 million.  This business wanted to cut corners on the cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing of the location. Now because I strongly felt about the old saying “cleanliness is next to godliness”, we could not see our business cutting corners and not cleaning a high profile business as such. So, we learned several valuable lessons that sustain us to this day in our business. We will only grow and hire people that have a passion for life and work.

Cable Bros Outdoor Services

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Contact Name: Jeremy Cable, Owner

Business Name: Cable Bros Outdoor Services

Business Address: 8408 Little Richmond Rd, Trotwood, OH 45426

Website: http://www.cablebroscapes.com

Business Phone: 937-825-8626

Business Description:
We are a Christian family-owned and operated landscape and lawn care business serving our local area with high quality landscape and lawn care with a defining purpose of bringing trust and positive change to our clients, their properties, and into our industry.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
As young boys growing up on the farm, we brothers always loved getting to mow the lawn….so combine the love of mowing, with our parents encouraging me, Jeremy, in 2012 to purchase a small lawn care company from a good friend (I think they knew I needed the challenge), and you end up with a couple young teenagers starting a small lawn mowing and landscape company. Fast forward to now, and we have learned a lot, some by trial and error, and we’ve learned how much we enjoy the creativity in landscape design and install, as well as the technical details of irrigation, drainage, and other services we offer. We’re still learning!

How did you come to faith in Christ?
As a young boy growing up in a Christian home with godly parents, I knew about God and knew I wanted to follow Christ, but I struggled with the internal question of “how will I know God is calling me?” Obviously, if you’re asking yourself that question, you’re feeling convicted already, and I was deep into the lonely world of sin and self-focus by then. God opened my eyes during a message one Sunday morning, with the thought of “I know my sin, and I know what I need, so what am I waiting for?” I chose that day to become a follower of Christ and to be baptized. I was baptized the next weekend, and it has been a journey of growth, learning, challenges, and great blessing from there…..

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
It effects almost everything, from how we treat our clients, to how we work together as a team.
We believe in treating everyone as we would like to be treated, we believe in second chances, we believe in teamwork, and we believe in going the second mile. Filter everything through those things, and the example of our King Jesus, and our business should be a shadow of Christ in the world, even though we are still learning, and have much to learn.
Our core values as a company are; Care, Respect, Fun, Integrity, Hard Work, and Trust.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
I strongly stand behind ministries such as The Morning Center, pregnancy crisis centers, that are championing the cause of life, and the fading art of family. We brothers come from a family of 11 children, and wouldn’t change that for a second. I believe that the innocent should be protected, and that we as humans in the 21st century have largely lost connection with the reality of life, heritage, and meaningful relationships. You cannot have a strong moral fabric without a Creator and purpose behind that moral fabric.

God can bring amazing life and joy, even from tragedy, and as the church we should be championing that.

Allstate – The Browning Agency

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Contact Name: Joyce Browning Walton, Owner

Business Name: Allstate – The Browning Agency

Business Address: 7123 Montgomery Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45236

Website: http://allstate.com/joycebrowningwalton

Business Phone: 513 – 370-3765

Business Description:
Allstate is a full service insurance company that offers Homeowners, Auto, Life, and Commercial Insurance.  We find insurance solutions for every situation.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
When I was younger, I had an auto accident and I was terrified.  I didn’t know how insurance worked and I was afraid that I was not going to be able to get my car repaired.  The only thing I knew was that I was on my parent’s policy and my dad was not going to be happy if he had to pay for the damages or buy me another car.   Our Allstate agent lived across the street from us and he handled everything.  That  same day I got a rental car and the repairs were made to my car within a week. 
I knew then and there,  that I wanted to be able to help people by helping them understand how insurance works.

I’ve been in the insurance industry for over 20 years and I am always inspired when I can show people the benefits of having the right insurance coverages.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
I’ve always been a believer, but I haven’t always been 100%.  As I have matured in age, I’ve also matured in my faith and dedication to Christ.  Through the years I have come to have a personal relationship with God that means everything to me.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
I treat people the way I would want to be treated.  My faith compels me to try to do the right thing for everyone, no matter what.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
Education, education, education.  Last year for my church I held a health, wellness and financial fair for the community.  I brought in all types of professionals from the respective fields.  I truly believe that knowledge is power!  My motto has always been “when you know better, you do better.” Ecclesiastes 7:12 tells us “For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.”

Before Covid 19, I was gearing up to give insurance seminars, that’s something that I hope to start again this year.

I AM Coffee

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Contact Name: Carolyn and Ron Spears, Owners

Business Name: I AM Coffee

Business Address: 4728 Vine St Cincinnati,  Ohio  45217

Facebook Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/WeAreIAMCoffee

Business Phone: 5134294975

Business Description:
We are a Christian owned coffee shop located in the heart of a little community called Saint Bernard, about 6 miles from downtown Cincinnati. We offer coffee, and espresso based drinks along with a variety of other pre packaged drinks. We also offer pastries, bagels, and breakfast sandwiches for the morning, and sandwiches and soup on Tuesdays and Thursdays from September through April. We provide indoor outdoor seating, along with a cozy and relaxing environment for you to sit, read, and enjoy community, or even study. We make sure every customer is treated like family, and enjoy getting to know our regular customers. We welcome everyone, from kids to the elderly, and even our four-legged friends as well. We make sure to sugar up the kids, give dog treats, then send you on your way!

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
I (Carolyn) actually helped out here before when it was an existing coffee shop under a different name and ownership. The previous owners were having some health issues, and the shop was going to close. We felt it was a very important part of this community, and hated to see it close up. So along with another couple, we purchased it, renamed it, and rebranded. We’ve been going strong since April of 2018.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
For me (Carolyn), I was 12 years old when I accepted Christ at my home church in our youth department. I had been raised in this church since I was 9 months old. I also attended a private Christian school for 6 years, so I was aware of who our Lord and savior was and still is.
Ron was 15 years old and gave his heart to Christ at a revival we were having at our church. We actually met at church in the youth department, and were friends. We grew up and then went our separate ways for 15 years until we were given the chance to come back together, then marry.  We have been married for 17 years now, with a blended family.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
We feel that being here in the community, we are a safe haven for people; plus, it gives us the opportunity for outreach throughout the community. I had already been heavily involved with community service within our school district, church, and my honor society.  We have found a purpose within this community, and hope we at least can help others. We feel the need here with the children of the schools, and do not like to see them go hungry or go without

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
We support several different aspects of the community, from the food pantry at local churches, to all the schools around us. We help collect food, coats and winter apparel, and school supplies, as well as items for our senior citizens. We do not like to see people go without, and know how lucky we are to be given this opportunity. We only hope we can grow even more.

Wind Bender Mechanical Services, LLC

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Contact Name: Candy & Robert McBride, Owners

Business Name: Wind Bender Mechanical Services, LLC

Business Address: 784 SR 72 S Jamestown, OH 45335

Website: http://www.windbender.info

Business Phone: 937-675-2982

Business Description:
Wind Bender Mechanical provides heating, cooling and plumbing services, including repairs and installation. Our business is primarily residential, and is a small, family-run business…myself and my husband.   We are certified to service and install Geothermal heat pump systems, zone systems and tankless water heaters, as well as air quality products and water treatment products and services.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
My husband Robert had to switch trades and picked this one closest to the line of work he was previously doing. I had a background in business management and insurance. Together, we combined our skills and used every penny we had – as well as cashing out our retirement – to start our business in July of 2005.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
As a child at age 10, I first gave my life to Christ thru direct influence of my mother and extended family.  Of course, as I grew older, there where seasons when I was estranged from the Lord . 

The season I am in now as a mother and a grandmother I think is my favorite.  I am able to pray for and with our children and grandchildren, to let them know they are not alone and who to turn to, our Lord and Savior.  I know if it wasn’t for the prayers of my mother and my grandmother, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Most recently, my daughter-in-law shared a moment with me, a picture of my grandson praying in preschool for my dog who was getting ready to have surgery. What a blessing it is to see your grandchildren pray.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
Our business shows me how we can bring the kingdom to others in more ways than I ever imagined.  We honor God by tithing our labor as well as our resources to help those in need of heating, cooling and plumbing as the Lord directs us. This is our second year of being able to give a furnace away free to a person or family in need.

Our business has also gave us an opportunity to model Christ and our humanness to our employees who we care for as part of our family.  God has used us, as well as our employees, to facilitate trust, compassion and encouragement to each other and to our customers.

My favorite moments of connecting people to Jesus is when I get a random phone call either from a current customer or a potential one where the conversation becomes intimate. The person who calls is looking for Jesus, for his touch, his comfort, his words, and I get to be the vessel in which the Lord has used to offer testimony and encouragement to those in need.  This is when I feel the impact our business truly makes in others lives others.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
Women’s ministry and helping those who are less fortunate has always been my heart’s most desire.  I grew up very poor, stood in food lines with my mother, at the Salvation Army for Christmas gifts, and felt the fear of not knowing how we where going to make it.  I have had people who I have had an opportunity to bless ask “How can I repay you?”  I say, “Pay it forward.”

I always wanted a big family…lots of sisters… and I think this is why I love being involved in Women’s ministry. Being able to help and empower other women strengthens and blesses me.   You may never know the impact you make on another person’s life until you either witness it or they come and tell you.  These are the sweetest moments that remind me to push on in my own spiritual journey.  To form and to have intimate relationships with other women, my sisters in Christ, keeps me grounded.

Amerihealth Chiropractic and Wellness

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Contact Name: Dr. John Moore, Owner

Business Name: Amerihealth Chiropractic and Wellness

Business Address: 8570 Cotter Street

Website: http://www.dr4health.com

Business Phone: 6147813139

Business Description:

Here at AmeriHealth Chiropractic & Wellness, we are proud to help our patients live better, pain-free lives.We truly believe that no one deserves to live in pain, even as they age. We will do everything we can to ensure that our patients are comfortable. We are proud to help people heal after an accident or injury and diminish any unwanted discomfort.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
My mom was a nurse and my step dad was a doctor. He had suffered low back pain for years and had 2 back surgeries
I watched him suffer from the pain.  I did not know how much back pain someone could suffer

My personal story is as follows…I had jumped on a roof at 13 years old, and broke my back in 2 places. At 17, I was competing in surfing in California and suffered tremendous back pain. I found a grocery store receipt, and on the back was a coupon for a Free exam and xrays at a Chiropractic office. I went, and let me tell you it felt so good and changed my life.

I later became a massage therapist and then decided to become a chiropractor. I love being a chiropractor and working with my hands to help people feel better, move better and live better lives with chiropractic and living a healthy lifestyle.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
When I met my wife and became a chiropractor, I thought I should check out Christianity. I went to a Promise Keepers Event in Oakland, California, and Billy Graham gave an altar call for anyone who wanted to receive Christ, that they could do that now. I walked forward in faith and gave my life to Christ.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
It is everything to me. I feel that it is the way we do our business…. by Christian values.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
I attend Adventure Church in Lewis Center, Ohio. Its a non-denominational church.

Ladd & Carter Tax Service

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Contact Name: Bruce Carter, Owner

Business Name: Ladd & Carter Tax Service

Business Address: 1226 Linden Ave Dayton, OH  45410

Website: http://laddcarter.com

Business Phone: (937) 258-1040

Business Description:

Ladd & Carter Tax Service provides year-round affordable full service Tax Preparation for individuals & businesses (preparing Federal, State, and City Tax returns), plus bookkeeping for small businesses.  They are a 3 time Best of Dayton award winner, and Better Business Bureau member.They make tax season simple – call for a consultation.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
My Father-in-law had a prior business which I became involved in.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
August 1964 in a Youth Revival at Northridge Baptist Church

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
We want people to see Jesus working in us.  As we meet with people we remind ourselves of how Jesus would like for us to treat individuals.  We strive to be a light in the Dayton area as we show God’s love and acceptance.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (MATTHEW 5:16)

Cold Stone Creamery

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Contact Name: Brett and Holly Neely, Owners

Business Name: Cold Stone Creamery

Business Address: 6815 Miller Lane Dayton, OH 45414

Website: http://coldstonecreamery.com

Business Phone: 937-264-9758

Business Description:
Our Cold Stone Creamery offers the finest and freshest ice cream, cakes, smoothies and shakes, using only the highest quality ingredients.  Our signature process is preparing your custom ice cream creation on a frozen granite stone.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
We were looking to invest in a small business and had the opportunity to buy into the Cold Stone franchise.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
We both grew up in Christian homes and had parents that taught us about Jesus.  We both made decisions as teenagers to give our lives to Christ.  That has made all the difference.  We have made our faith an important part of our own family and have instilled those Christian values in each of our children.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
It affects everything we do,  because Jesus is the center of our lives.  It affects how we deal with customers, train our employees, and how we interact with our community.  Our faith is a part of every decision we make.   It is our hope that people leave our store feeling that something is different about our business.  The difference is Jesus.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
We love and value all the young people that work for us.  God has given us the opportunity over the years to work with many teenagers and young adults from all walks of life.  It is rewarding to teach young people how to work hard and influence their lives in a positive way.  Our employees are the best part about our business.

The Career Strategist

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Contact Name: Diane Wingerter, Speaker. Author. Strategist

Company Name: The Career Strategist™

Phone Number: 614.390.4227

Website: TheCareerStrategist.net

Address: 396 Oxford Oak Drive, Blacklick, Ohio, 43004

Business Description: Diane Wingerter offers those in Career Transition the strategies and tactics to guide them to a Career and to a Company which they LOVE!  Process spans the entire journey–including how to prepare, select, plan, execute, follow-through & analyze. Together with clients, she creates a plan by design, not by default. This allows her clients to embrace a process infused with prayer and to take control and realize that their future lies in their own hands!  

How did you get started in this line of work? In the Corporate setting, Diane served in roles such as Vice President of Human Resources and personally hired over 1,900 individuals along life’s highway.  As Diane combines her hiring perspective–along with her strong sales and marketing experience–she also infuses prayer, scripture and God’s assistance throughout the journey.  Diane’s ‘success-cocktail’ is designed to conquer and expedite the Career-Journey. Thus, her clients transform from “Hunting2Hired” and when that occurs, they give the Glory to God!

How did you come to faith in Christ?  I ‘grew-up’ in the Church environment since elementary school and it has always been a  part of my life. At the age of 6, I was on a live Christian TV Show, which aired on Sundays.  I served in the Youth Ministry and in the Children’s Ministry for a total of six years. Along life’s highway, I was traveling and working in multiple states and became seriously ill.  At that time, I felt the presence of God & Jesus in my recovery and healing and truly know that God was with me.  He will help you, if you ask, through prayer.  So, I live my life as a ‘Prayer Warrior’ with daily Prayer and with Gratitude, always at the forefront of my mind.   

How does your faith impact the way you do business? Simple, I base my business decisions on biblical principles and do so, with confidence in my decisions.   

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?  Healing is near and dear to me, because of my own experience and that of others who I have prayed for and have received healing. About 3 years ago, I put together a healing prayer guide ‘Healing On The Horizon’ which I send to individuals who are in need of prayer support and guidance.  

Please share a story where you saw God move in your business or impact a customer. God gave me the idea to add Faith to my book.  In 2019, when I originally came up with the title and idea to write Hunting2Hired, the elements of scripture and prayer were not in the concept.  In February of 2020, God said to add Faith into the Book, and I said, yes Sir!  So, when I began to write it during late March of 2020…..I moved forward, full-steam ahead and finished the initial manuscript 5-weeks later! 

Why do you advertise with Christian Blue Network? Three reasons, I want to support a Christian-Based Publication, I want to be ‘associated’ with like-minded Businesses and Business Owners, and I feel the ‘audience’ will appreciate the fact that Faith is infused into my Book–as well as–throughout my one-on-one Consulting.

Faith Built LLC

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Contact Name: Robert Rubio, Owner

Business Name: Faith Built LLC

Business Address: 820 Highridge Ave

Website: https://Faithbuiltllc.com

Business Phone: 19372607340

Business Description:
At Faith Built, our name says it all. We are a company built on faith. We know that every gift and blessing comes from the Lord. We take those gifts and talents he has given us and use them to be a blessing to others. Our ultimate goal is to be a blessing to everyone involved. We strive to one day fully fund mission trips and outreaches. We provide a large variety of services from small remodeling to new construction. Blessing people in Dayton and surrounding areas with over 20 years experience.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
My passion for designing , building, and helping people.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
I had many trials and tribulations that left me completely broken and in need of a Savior.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
My faith holds me accountable to try my very best and to what is right in all situations.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
To use my gifts and talents for the Lord.

Practical Ideas on How to Shine the Light of Christ at Work

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If you are looking for practical ways to shine the light of Christ through your business (and personal) life, I offer these suggestions below – through prayer, what you share, how you care, and what you “wear”. Choose which ideas work best work given your situation, then trust God these actions will bear fruit.

Prayer – 1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Be joyful always, pray continually…”

  1. Pray for your clients, vendors, and staff
  2. Plan a weekly staff prayer time and/or devotional
  3. Open and close every meeting in prayer
  4. When a need arises, pray for someone right then, instead of saying “I’ll pray for you”
  5. Offer a prayer for your meal at restaurants; ask your server ahead of time if they have a prayer request you can
    include.
  6. Pray on the full armor of God at the start of your day
  7. Pray Psalm 5:3 – then wait expectantly

Share

  1. Tell your faith story regularly – with believers first – until you are comfortable telling it to others.
  2. If you love someone, tell them, and tell them that God loves them, too.
  3. Share your organization’s core (faith) principles and stories of God’s amazing grace in your company on a “Who
    We Are” section of your company website (see https://www.trustbluereview.com/about-us as an example)
  4. Blog stories of faith – see https://www.trustbluereview.com/category/christian-business-spotlights/
  5. Add a Faith section in your company e-newsletter
  6. Populate social media with Biblical encouragements, mixed in quotes from inspirational leaders. Like our
    Christian Blue Network Facebook page and share our distinctively Christian content on your FB page.
  7. Take advantage of holidays like Easter (including Lent), Mother’s and Father’s Days, Memorial Day,
    Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas to share the Good News on social media.
  8. Send birthday cards to clients that include a scriptural encouragement.
  9. Company Christmas parties – take time to share the birth of Christ story, or go caroling (see
    www.GoCaroling.com). Simply wish people “Merry Christmas”. God’s word never returns void.

Care (Demonstrate the love of Christ)

  1. Promote Christian causes in your organization’s print or e-newsletter
  2. Tell people “God bless you today” verbally, on voicemail, etc.
  3. Collaborate with ministries, other organizations, or individuals on faith-based community initiatives.
  4. Apply the Matthew 18 principle if have an issue with a brother or sister in the Lord, or anyone.
  5. Grow in understanding of faith/work/life balance – check out resources found at www.atworkonpurpose.org.

Wear (Indirect Witnessing Opportunities)

  1. “DO wear your faith on your sleeve” — view advertising as an opportunity to reach clients AND witness – include
    Christian symbols, scriptural references in print advertising, web, mobile, and broadcast advertising.
  2. Add a Faith statement or symbol on your business card, brochure (print and digital).
  3. Play Christian music in the background of your waiting room/lobby/office
  4. Place a Bible and other Christian material in your waiting room/lobby/office
  5. Offer Christian giveaway items at your trade show booth
  6. Wear Christian attire at events.
  7. As long as it is in good taste, put a Christian bumper sticker on your car (i.e. www.Upward.org)
  8. Advertise on (and play) Christian radio – many “flipping through dial” come to Christ through radio ministry.
  9. If you haven’t already, advertise in the Christian Blue Network (we’ll help shine your light and tell your story).

If you practice other ways to bring the Good News into your work world, I’d love to hear from you! connect@trustbluereview.com

Kidd & Urling LLC

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Contact Name: Thomas Kidd, Owner

Business Name: Kidd & Urling LLC

Business Address: 8913 Cincinnati-Dayton Road West Chester, OH 45069

Website: http://www.kiddurlinglaw.com

Business Phone: 513-733-3080

Business Description:
Kidd & Urling is dedicated to helping people pursue justice in the face of great challenges, whether these challenges come from large insurance companies, town hall, or abusive governmental officials. Today the firm is increasingly able to help those who find themselves in need of all different types of legal services.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
I became aware of the importance of the law when following politics as a youth.  I saw the devastation of abortion, and knew that one reason abortion was legal was that Christians had abandoned the legal profession.  I knew that  shouldn’t be the case and that Christians, like myself, needed to return to this arena.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
I became a Christian due to being faithfully raised in a Christian home where I was spared hypocrisy and saw the truth of a life faithfully lived.  This led me to not only have an intellectual acceptance of the Gospel, but a desire to fully, if imperfectly, live for Christ the King.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
My heroes of the faith are great men like Chuck Colson, Francis Schaeffer, Abraham Kuyper.  Men like these taught me that being a Christian affects all of life, including my life as an attorney.  Therefore, I strive to be an attorney who knows the law well; who cares for every client;  who takes on difficult, but just, matters;  and who does so as a man demonstrating Christian integrity.  To summarize, it is my hope that my faith impacts my work in the same manner that Paul wrote to the Colossians, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. “

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF)  has been advocating for religious liberty, the sanctity of human life, freedom of speech, and marriage and family for over 25 years.  I have been able to volunteer with ADF several times over the course of my career to defend Christians who have suffered for their Christian convictions and actions.  In the coming years, it is all the more important that groups like ADF receive support from the Christian community.

STAR 93.3

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Contact Name: Jeff Evans, Director of Programming 

Business Name: STAR 93.3

Business Address: 6275 Collegevue PL. Cincinnati, OH. 45224

Website: https://star933.com/

Business Phone: 513-542-9259

Business Description:
STAR 93.3 plays Contemporary Christian music for the Tri-State. Our mission is to “encourage listeners into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.”

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
I’ve been in radio since I was 15.  I was in mainstream radio in my home state of Texas for 25 years before moving into Christian radio. Originally I got into radio to be a “radio star!” However, I soon realized the power of radio and it’s ability to move people. I saw the power of a community coming together to help organizations like Children’s Miracle Network and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  I found that the days I was helping raise funds for those amazing organizations were the most rewarding days I had in radio.

I felt God calling me to use my love for radio and the skills He has given me to serve Him. I began looking for jobs in Christian radio and somehow, through a crazy chain of events, ended up at STAR 93.3 in Cincinnati. There is no doubt that God orchestrated our move to the Tri-State. I love being able to encourage people every day though the programming on STAR 93.3!

How did you come to faith in Christ?
I always believed in God, but I didn’t realize I could have a personal relationship with Him until my early 20’s. My wife helped lead me to Christ.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
Each person who works at STAR 93.3 has a strong faith. You have to have that in order to help point people to Christ. We are far from perfect, but are passionate about being here to encourage people 24/7. We look to God to lead us in everything we do as a ministry. We’ve been on the air in Cincinnati since 1961. We couldn’t have survived without letting God direct us.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
We work closely with City Gospel Mission in Cincinnati. Each year, the Thursday before Thanksgiving, we have a one-day fundraiser for them on STAR 93.3.  They do amazing work in providing food, clothing, and shelter to the homeless while pointing people to Christ. The fundraiser is one of my favorite days of the year. I love seeing the community come together to support this ministry…especially at a time of the year that we are focused on giving thanks for our blessings.

Trust Plumbing & Home Services, LLC

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Contact Name: Troy Ketchen, Owner

Business Name: Trust Plumbing & Home Services, LLC

Business Address: 533 Flanders Ave. Brookville, OH 45309

Website: http://www.trustplumbingandhomeservices.com

Business Phone: 937-329-6534

Business Description:
Trust Plumbing and Home Services is a residential and commercial service plumbing company. With 20 years experience and a master license, we are able to provide solutions to most any plumbing issue and ensure that the job is completed properly and to code. Our services include the repair and installation of water lines, drain lines, gas lines, backflows, water heaters (tank and tankless), toilets, faucets, sump pumps, storage tanks, well pumps, water softeners, boilers, bathroom remodels and much more. We also offer drain and main sewer line cleaning and camera inspections. We are located in Brookville and serve all of the Dayton and surrounding areas and we are available for after hours and weekend emergency services.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
For as long as I can remember, I always knew that I wanted to be a business owner. I fell into the plumbing world as a young man, not knowing that it would turn into a career where my dreams would come to fruition. I am good with my hands and I love to problem solve, so plumbing  has ended up being the perfect fit for me as I am always being challenged with a new problem to solve. I am a people person- so I really enjoy helping and getting to know my customers.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
I attended a public school system through the early elementary years. Some friends of mine attended Dayton Christian and I remember begging my parents to send me there because of some bad experiences I was having.  I started attending Dayton Christian in 5th grade and that’s where the Holy Spirit began working on me. I was saved in 6th grade. I am so thankful for the teachers that poured their lives into their students. It was the Christ-centered influences at that lead me to faith in Jesus.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Glorifying and honoring Him in all that I do is what He asks of me. I pray that I am humbly serving Him in all things, including turning wrenches.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
My wife and I work with the youth at church. I enjoy being with students and  I have a special place in my heart for wanting to lead them.

Fix-it Frank LLC

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Contact Name: Frank McAvinchey, Owner

Business Name: Fix-it Frank LLC

Business Address: 485 East Sharon Road, Glendale, Ohio 45246

Website: http://www.fixitfrankcincy.com

Business Phone: 513-382-6895

Business Description:
We are a family business dedicated to bringing excellent handyman, remodeling, and residential/commercial repair services to the Cincinnati area.  We handle anything from fixing windows, to completely gutting and remodeling houses, restaurants, etc. 

Some of our recent projects have been:  creating and installing window/patio door grids in a condo in Montgomery; repairing, upgrading, remodeling a 100 year-old house in Bond Hill, which has recently sold for a hefty profit; remodeling a 1959 ranch home in Blue Ash, which sold for a hefty sum; remodeling a home in Fairfield twp for a customer; gutting and remodeling a flooded basement in Fairfield twp; replacing drywall, finishing, priming and painting walls in a flood-damaged basement in Glendale; replacing a sump pump and adding in a water-powered backup, removing cabinets, installing backsplash and a rangehood in a kitchen in Monroe; installing a backsplash in a condo in Montgomery; installing flooring in a basement in Fairfield.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
Having owned a lawn care company, my clients were continually asking me to fix this, install that, beyond just lawn care.  After awhile, it became apparent that there was much more opportunity in the handyman business than lawn care.  For quite some time we juggled both, but at some point it made more sense to jettison the lawn care and go full-time into Fix-it Frank.  About three years ago we dove in, starting Fix-it Frank LLC.  We’ve not looked back.  It’s been great!

How did you come to faith in Christ?
In 1980, upon graduating from high school in Michigan, I found myself yearning for a real relationship with the Creator of the universe.  After some serious soul searching, I made a commitment to Christ in early 1981.  A little later in the year, I joined a missionary organization based in Oregon, moved there and spent 5 years as a missionary, and a migrant worker.  That migrant worker status opened up many opportunities to share the gospel with our southern neighbors, who were “visiting” our country. 

In 1986, the organization I was part of relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio, and that’s how I ended up here.  On the verge of returning to Michigan, I met Sharon, and fell in love.  33 years, and 4 kids, later, I’m still here, plugged in to Vineyard Church Northwest in Colerain, Ohio.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
I try to give my customers the best, friendliest, godliest service possible.  Is it always perfect?  Certainly not.  But, we strive to do our best, as unto the Lord.  We make every effort to treat our customers, and coworkers, the way we would want to be treated.  There’s always room for improvement, of course.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
I’m a worshiper, as well as a Spanish-speaker, so my interests and heart are focused on those two topics.  I’ve been fortunate to have been the leader of a house church, worship leader for a Hispanic congregation, part of CHOP in Fairfield, and part of a worship team at VCNW.

Marketing Strength Metrics Assessment – A simple marketing tool to highlight gaps in your plan

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By Dimalanta Design Group

To say that everything feels a little uncertain right now with the current pandemic would be an understatement. Many business owners are on high alert. Now is the time to assess your marketing strengths and weaknesses to reassess strategies on how to best reach your target audience.

When we first start with a new client, we always start at the beginning by learning where there are gaps in their marketing plan. We use a simple marketing assessment tool called Marketing Strength Metrics that covers 5 areas of marketing that will help you determine very quickly where the biggest gaps are in your marketing.

5 areas of marketing to assess:

1. Branding

Taking a hard look at all areas of your brand from the logo to the messaging is a great place to start when assessing your marketing. Getting feedback from your target audience could also be a great way to determine how people view your brand image and if that matches the messaging.

2. Culture

Oftentimes we forget that company culture ties directly to marketing. If there are a lot of internal disagreements and disunity regarding the direction, vision, or mission, this will severely affect marketing. When all employees and departments in an organization are aligned with the company’s culture, the marketing plan is on the right path to being successful.

3. MarCom

MarCom is short for Marketing Communications, which is everything from design collateral, advertisements, PR strategy, social media, e-newsletters, or any promotional material. Knowing what makes your organization unique needs to match your brand strategy through MarCom.

4. Sales

Over and over again, we see that sales and marketing seem to clash and are typically not on the same page. Sales and marketing strategies should complement and support each other. Staying targeted together by moving in the same direction makes a marketing strategy much more successful.

5. Customer Service

Having exceptional customer service should be a key factor in your marketing strategy. Good customer service means over-delivering, responding timely, and being transparent if there are issues with products. Treat your customers as an individual by building trust and a relationship so they don’t feel like just a number.

Take the test.
Answer the following and rate your organization on a scale of 0–10 with 10 being the best:

  • How confident are you in your organization’s brand? 
  • Is your organization’s culture aligned with your brand?
  • Does your MarCom match your brand strategies?
  • How are your sales? Do your sales activities coordinate with your marketing strategies?
  • How well do you deliver on customer service?

So, how did you score in these 5 areas? Hopefully, this will give you some insight into where the gaps are in your marketing strategies. Not sure where to start? Contact us at info@dimalantadesigngroup.com to get a free one-hour consultation from marketing expert, Ernie Dimalanta.

Get real-life examples by watch the Marketing Strength Metrics webinar at https://bit.ly/2WO63Mv

D&L Termite & Pest Control Inc.

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Contact Name: Thaddaeus G. Laywell Sr., Owner

Business Name: D&L Termite & Pest Control Inc.

Business Address: 1223 Lagonda Avenue
Springfield, Ohio 45503

Website: http://www.dlpest.com

Business Phone: 937-322-2500

Business Description:
General pest & termite control on residential, commercial & industrial  properties.
General insects-spiders, roaches, fleas, slab ants, etc.  About 40 different creeping crawling insects.
We also treat for bed bugs, and all types of bees, wasps, hornets, etc.
Termite & other wood destroying insects.
We offer Wood destroying insect reports for property transfer-VA, FHA, & conventional.
We no longer offer animal trapping or removal.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
My father started business in 1975,  With six brothers, there was not enough work for all of us so at 19 I went to work in the lawn care field for about 12 years. In 2000, I noticed the company was not doing well for many reasons. At that time only my brother Calvin was working for our dad. I asked my brother, if dad would sell the company to us, would he be alright with me coming back & running company. Our journey started April 1st 2000. We are now in our 21st year owning company together and working side by side. I give our Lord Jesus Christ all the credit for working this out for us. Our father was hard to work for and really didn’t think he would sell company to us, but timing was right-in God’s time.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
My mother is a true saint of God, she always tried to make us go to church when i was young, but during my teenage years I didn’t want anything to do with God. At age 30, after thinking I had the world where I wanted it-it all came crashing down-my marriage failed, lost my new home, car, etc. I left with what I could in the back of my 68 chevy truck after 9 years of marriage. My sons were 9 & 6 at the time. My mind was not good then and God started dealing with my soul & I got saved on July 6, 1998. I was still going thru my divorce at that time but God still helped me quit smoking on July 17, 1998, wasn’t long after that I knew I found something in Christ I never wanted to give up & to this day, I praise him for my salvation. Two years later, I was in business for myself, got custody of my two boys, I know I could not have done this on my own. Had to wait on the Lord for 12 years, but he gave me a wife of 9 years now-so blessed.

How does your faith in Jesus impact the way you do business?
Just as the bible says-do unto others as you would have them do unto you. That is our motto. We let our faith speak for itself-trying to treat others as Christ would.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
I am currently on the board at my church, I believe our youth are the future of the church and world so I would say my cause is to help in the youth ministry where I can. I organize a car show yearly with our proceeds going to help youth go to church camp, etc. I don’t see myself as a minister or teacher but willing to go where God leads me.