When I think about the formula for my successful start in entrepreneurship, it included Rodney Swope. He gave me the structure to build a plan, challenged my vision, and supported me along the way with wise counsel and strategic business insight. He moves in God’s grace and his life and career experiences have culminated to do this work. There is no better combination and no better person to partner with!
Lonnie Grayson, President/CEO
Environmental and Safety Solutions, Inc,
Guardian Staffing Solutions, LLC
We have relied on Rodney for guidance and support at least monthly since 2002. In everything from corporate plans, hiring, banking, investing, and strategy, his wisdom and service to our businesses is a priceless ingredient to our companies' success and sustainability.
Farzana Hussain, Founder
Maryam’s Charity, Inc
Rodney inspired me to launch a charity to serve the children in our community. His supportive and expert coaching helped me to develop a sound business strategy and learn the federal-state policies and procedures to get our non-profit organization launched the right way.
Eric Ruffin, Founder & General Manager
ABEL Building Systems
Rodney’s wisdom in life and economics is complimented by his heart to share, teach and learn from others. Rodney is an excellent coach and strategist. I’m a wiser more effective leader and my business has benefited greatly from Professor Rodney.
3 Ways to Do LIFE with us!
Coaching, Groups & the Academy
Truths We live By
BIB LIFE is an Educational Fellowship for People of Faith in Entrepreneurship
You will be assigned to a conclave based on schedules and a mix of business.
You will get a confirmation email and a Zoom Calendar Appointment
Do BIB LIFE
Join-up with your conclave and set expectations and mutual agreements for support and accountability.
Participate in Monthly LIFE Group with three roundtable talks
How we Equip you to Start & Grow your Business
The Current Best Approach
Lean start-up methodology has emerged as the current best approach to starting a business and has disrupted the conventional big design-business plan-get sales approach to starting businesses. The underlying philosophy focuses on envisioning a future that meets an unmet need, service to a customer, experimentation, adaptation, and passionate persistence.
Theology of Entrepreneurship
Reframed by Jesus the Entrepreneur
We are experts in entrepreneurship, economics, business development, strategic planning, and Lean business practices. Our coaches and trainers have sharpened their irons in big corporations, small and growing enterprises, and non-profits. With our decades of experience in adult education, and entrepreneurial practice we synthesize or acumen with the wisdom of the Word of God.
There’s nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 The Message
The Founder & Chief Servant
Start and Grow your Business like Jesus would!
Rodney Dale Swope is the founder and Chief Servant behind the Believers in Business LIFE Academy.
I am passionate about three things
Advancing the Kingdom of God in the Marketplace;
Equipping Believers to live the abundant life in entrepreneurship;
Promoting Biblical Justice and Inclusion in our communities.
I am the grandson of a Pastor and Entrepreneur. I grew up in a family running a church and several businesses in Gary, Indiana. I learned early how to handle money and later to rightly divide the Word of God.
I studied, business, finances, strategy, and economics in universities and worked as an economist in fortune 100 corporations and civic organizations before adventuring off to experience a series of entrepreneurial endeavors. I enjoyed some wins and had lots of learning days.
After years of running from the mantle of ministry passed on from my grandfather, I found my purpose at the intersections of faith and finances, economics and entrepreneurship, Bibles, and briefcases. After serving as an administrative pastor and advisor in two church plants I discovered my true calling as a minister in the marketplace. I now work directly for a Jewish carpenter. He sends me on assignments. Even now, I work for Him disguised and Professor of Economics and Entrepreneurial Coach and Trainer.
I believe we are all called to create, be fruitful, and productive. Moreover, Jesus is the best role model to follow. He was the first and greatest ever business start-up founder. He started an enterprise that has grown steadily for over 2000 years. When we follow his model, we too can create successful businesses that are led as he led, and afford the abundant life for the founders, their families, and communities.
Overservations, Insights, glimpses of the Out of Sight
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