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Christian Care Ministry/Medi-Share Launches Project K.E.E.P. Keeping Elected Officials Encouraged Through Prayer

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Christian Care Ministry/ Medi-Share, the nation’s most trusted name in health care sharing, launched a new prayer initiative for elected officials and their legislative staff. Christian Care Ministry is following its Biblical call to pray and encouraging members to join Project K.E.E.P. It is our privilege to pray for and encourage those who have chosen to serve at the various levels of government. Each day our Medi-Share members and employees are praying for specific elected officials by name.  

This effort was launched in conjunction with our remembrance of the 20th Anniversary of 9/11. This month’s highlighted elected officials are all active or former members of the military serving at the federal level.  

“We are excited to reach out personally to the elected officials and let them know that our members across the country are praying for them and their staff,” said Evelio Silvera, VP of Communications & Government. “It is our heart that they will be encouraged and will know we are thankful for their willingness to serve and will be guided by the very Word and heart of God.” 

National and local decision-makers have a tough job of fighting for the rights of others each day. Christian Care Ministry’s vision is focused on “Transforming society through the Biblical model of sharing.” Praying for those in office is just one way that we can continue to share words of encouragement that will lead to a positive impact in our communities and lighten the burden of our leaders.  

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About Christian Care Ministry/ Medi-Share: Christian Care Ministry (CCM), a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, based in Melbourne, FL, operates the Medi-Share program,  a Christian health care sharing program that provides an affordable alternative to health insurance for faith-based consumers. Founded in 1993, Medi-Share currently serves more than 380,000 members across America.

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The National Black Business Pitch Competition Winners Announced

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  • First Place Winner, who received $10,000, was Courtney Newell, Crowned Marketing &       Communications.
  • Second Place Winner, who received $5,000, was Sherrill Mosee, MinkeeBlue.
  • Third Place Winner, who received $2,500, was Emily Edwards, Emily Foods, LLC.

The National Black Business Pitch (NBBP) was a virtual pitch competition designed to connect Black-owned businesses to corporations looking to expand and diversify their supply chain with new products and services. The National Black Business Pitch (NBBP) Competition looked to do more than supplying a seat at the table for black business owners, the long-term goal is to open doors and build relationships that can lead to long-term and sustainable contracts for those companies that participated. Learn more at https://nationalblackbusinesspitch.com/.

This annual event will be back in 2022, so keep checking the website for updates. You could be the next Black Business owner to win! If you are a Black-owned, founded, or controlled business throughout the United States, this is the event of a lifetime! Interested companies will complete an application, supply a copy of their capability statement and a three-minute video about their company. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges from the corporate supplier diversity community who will select thirty businesses to advance to the final competition and the opportunity to win cash prizes of up to $10,000. The final competition will consist of a 2-day live virtual event, where the business owner will Pitch their business to multiply corporations from across the United States. Most importantly, there is no cost to take part.

If your corporation desires to do business with Black-owned, founded, or controlled businesses throughout the United States, you too want to get in on the action. Become a sponsor today and join forces with other corporations like Honda, AT&T, SRP, Delta, IBM, Plenary Group, The Walt Disney Company, California Water Association, and support the NBBP. You can also check out the replay of the Facebook Live Awards Ceremony on the WBEC-West Facebook page.

If you would like more information on the National Black Business Pitch Competition (NBBP) or WBEC-West, you can email [email protected].

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Kevin Knebl, CMEC International Speaker, Author, Trainer and Executive Coach for Financial Professionals, Interviewed on Influential Entrepreneurs Podcast

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Kevin Knebl, CMEC International Speaker, Author, Trainer, and Executive Coach, discusses how he educates organizations and their salespeople about the current state of Social Media for Sales from a non-technical perspective.

Listen to the interview here:

 https://businessinnovatorsradio.com/interview-with-kevin-knebl-international-speaker-author-trainer-and-executive-coach-for-financial-professionals/

He talks about how social software aligns with their sales and business strategies, so they understand the relevance of Social Media in sales from a lead generation, brand management, visibility, client acquisition referral creation, strategic alliance, and revenue growth perspective.  

Knebl said, “Abundance isn’t about getting – it’s the natural result of giving.”

Brian A.- CEO, Notionovus says, “Kevin is a great example of getting out of life what you put in. He’s a vibrant speaker and a social media guru extraordinaire. He brings a tremendous energy to his speaking engagements as well as his coaching services. I consider him one of my “rare finds” in that he is a combination of someone who is trustworthy, competent, informative, and great fun to be around.”

 

About Kevin Knebl
Kevin’s clients include individuals and small, medium, and Fortune 500 companies. He’s an in-demand, leading authority on Social Selling, Relationship Marketing, LinkedIn, and Twitter with a healthy dose of Inspiration, Transformational Insight, and Humor blended in for conferences, conventions, company trainings, and many other events. 

Kevin is the co-author of “The Social Media Sales Revolution: The New Rules for Finding Customers, Building Relationships, and Closing More Sales Through Online Networking” (McGraw-Hill). Kevin is also a contributing author of “Learn Marketing with Social Media in Seven Days” (Wiley). Kevin’s background includes being the top salesperson for four different companies in four different industries, including being the top salesperson in the world for an international consulting company with over 300 salespeople in 15 countries. He has trained hundreds of organizations and tens of thousands of professionals on the most profitable uses of LinkedIn, Social Selling, and Relationship Marketing since 2004.

Kevin also has the most individually hand-written client Recommendations (1960+) on his LinkedIn profile among over 760,000,000 LinkedIn users worldwide. And he’s a hippie in a suit with a face for radio.

Learn More: http://www.kevinknebl.com
Listen to the interview on the Business Innovators Radio Network 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Local Colorado Hero for Developmentally Disabled Young Men Experiences Two Personal Hurricanes and Could Use Help 

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Recently, life has dealt a local hero incredible blow – Donna Emilien experienced two hurricanes in one day – losing her son and seeing her family home, devastated by Hurricane Ida flooding. 

A pillar in the community – since 1996, Donna Emilien has worked with young men with developmental disabilities, raising 46 foster kids providing a home environment for over 32 years. Since 2014, she’s been “mom” to 9 young men in the adult system with various behavioral challenges and disabilities through the group home she runs in Colorado. 

On the day hurricane Ida came through, one of those young men, her foster son Javon 25, passed away unexpectedly from several blood clots in his lungs and legs. Friends and family have been working hard to rally the community to help plan and pay for memorial services for Javon.  

“Javon was a little jokester. He was fun-loving, loved to dance. He considered himself a break dancer and beatbox dancer. He was gentle and patient with my mother-in-law, nd he was prayerful. If someone had an ailment or was down or felt downtrodden, he was the first to give a prayer and say a prayer over them.” 

The same weekend Javon passed away; her mother-in-law (who lives in Louisiana) suffered major water damage to her family home from Hurricane Ida flooding. Donna’s mother-in-law suffers from early onset dementia and Alzheimer’s.  Despite her own very full plate, Emilien rushed to Louisiana and brought her mother-in-law back to her home in Colorado for now. 

Emilien explained, “She doesn’t have insurance. There is about $25,000, $30,000 in water damage to her house. We’re going to, of course, see what FEMA will help with. She lives on a fixed income. She’s retired, her husband passed away, so she doesn’t have his retirement anymore. She wants to be in her home, but it was unsafe.” 

Donna’ s 89-year-old mother-n-law’s home is riddled with snakes and rats, garbage, flooded carpets, mildew. Donna had to go and get her mother-in-law, flying from Denver to Alabama, renting a car and driving over.  Authorities are telling evacuees that there are no shelters, no electricity, very limited resources for food, gasoline, supplies and absolutely no medical services. 

Simultaneously Emilien has been working caring for her mother-in-law and had to navigate home repairs, she also has had to deal with her own loss of income, unable to take in another placement in her son’s old room as the family reels from grief and work to plan and prepare a funeral. Her family lives in the home as well as the young men she cares for and now adding her mother-in-law to the house means her current household spans 4-months to 79 years old and everyone is dealing with the loss of Javon, he passed away in the home. 

Despite her own recent personal hurricanes, Emilien is still full of hope and concern for her family and the future. She shared why she has been tirelessly driven to help others, “I had a son that had developmental challenges and learned a lot of tricks of the trade raising him. When I started working in residential settings, I applied some of those same aspects to treatment and behavior modification and was extremely successful.” She added, “I tell my boys—This is your home, regardless of whether you stay here for a one month or 10 years you can always come back here and see the family. We are here for you. I felt like I could fill a void that was missing in a lot of these young men’s lives.”  

Her home is called, Beit Shalom, which means, “House of Peace” very fitting.  

The help Donna and her family could use: 

  • Provide a proper funeral for Javon
  • Get grief counseling for her household
  • Maintain her home and business for the next few months through her losses
  • Receive support and helphermother-in-law get her house repaired 

 

A GoFundMe account for donations to support Donna Emilien can be found at: www.//bit.ly/donnagofundme

 

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