Your annual membership fee includes:
Chapters — There are currently chapter meetings across Ontario — Ancaster, Beamsville, Brantford, Burlington, Cambridge, Chatham, Elmira, Fonthill, Guelph, Kitchener, London, Mississauga, North York, Oakville, St. Catharines; Manitoba -- Winnipeg; Alberta -- Edmonton; British Columbia --Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Langley; emerging groups in Vancouver and West Vancouver.
Monthly Breakfasts — Members form regional chapters where they meet over breakfast or lunch (ordering and paying for their own meal) to talk about personal and business concerns, and also to spend time reading through appropriate, scripture-based, leadership development materials. The CCBF has developed a five-year curriculum of materials which systematically leads participants through a wide range of business, leadership and personal issues.
Regional events — As part of our commitment to leadership development, CCBF is developing a menu of regional meetings where guest speakers are brought in to address specific topics. These will be more thematic in nature, such as financial planning or transition in business ownership.
INturn — CCBF has expanded its internship program which began with business students enrolled at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, ON and now also includes The King’s University College in Edmonton AB. In cooperation with Christian Higher Education Canada (CHEC), CCBF intends to offer internship programs across the country to many of the 33-member institutions, placing students with CCBF members in business settings, corporate offices and institutions.
CCBF also intends to work with Christian high schools to extend their co-op programs into the Christian business community.
The Mentor Network — Many long-time CCBF members have retired from their established businesses. They have among them hundreds of years of professional expertise in a wide range of areas. CCBF is tapping into that rich resource of human experience and godly wisdom in creating The Mentor Network, matching young entrepreneurs with seasoned veterans.
A Mission Trip experience — CCBF members are encouraged to take in a mission trip to some overseas location at least once in their lives. These trips include a personal spiritual development element, complete with sessions before and after the trip to help you determine how this experience impacts your personal life. CCBF provides a highly qualified leadership coach, designed to encourage personal spiritual growth and leadership development.
Promotion and Resources
Annual Printed Business Directory — All CCBF members receive a free copy of the annual Business Directory. Members are listed three ways: according to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), alphabetically by corporate name, and alphabetically by individual name. The directory provides all of the necessary contact information for the members and has proven to be an invaluable tool for members who want to connect with each other.
Online Business Directory (www.ccbf.org) — While the printed directory is updated annually, the online Business Directory is changed as soon as new businesses join the organization. The online directory only lists paid members. Those who advertise in the printed directory receive a free ad in the online directory. Business listings can be changed throughout the year without charge to reflect changes in personnel, products or services.
Help Wanted/Employment Wanted — Several CCBF members cite this free service as a huge cost-saving benefit for their organization as they look for Christian employees, managers or CEOs. This service alone recovers their cost of membership. Members are able to post Help Wanted ads on the CCBF website without charge. Members have been highly successful in finding qualified Christian employees to fill their needs. Likewise, CCBF also helps unemployed men and women by posting their availability online. While their resumes remain at the National Office, employees can inquire about the resume and they can also connect directly with the applicant. Those seeking employment do not need to be a CCBF member.
Leadership Development Resources — Every month, the National Office mails out leadership development study materials to chapter members in advance of their monthly meetings. This five year ‘curriculum’ is based on the NIV Leadership Study Bible.
NETWORKS newsletter — The executive director sends out a monthly newsletter, NETWORKS, to an e-group of members, friends and adherents, providing the latest in Federation news.