Statement of Intrinsic Purpose
My intrinsic purpose is to use my talents and skills as a CPA and business coach to help owners of for-profit companies transform their understanding of the purpose for business, become generous leaders called G Corporations, and start, lead and grow profitable companies. In that regard, I am the Managing Member of ARISE Business Solutions, co-Founder and Managing Member of Accountant Smart, and the Chief Brand Ambassador for the Generous Economy.
Statement of Purpose Beyond Profits
My motivation beyond making profits is to help leaders build socially responsible and profitable businesses and to use my influence, along with the wealth I create, to uplift the lives of women and children impacted by poverty and social injustices. I constantly strive to follow standards of generous leadership, to become a leader who is respected in the business community, to demonstrate goodness in relationships and business transactions, and to promote reforms that bring about positive change.
Impact Investment Policy
As a commitment to my intrinsic purpose and purpose beyond profit, I am committed to making a profit. I’m also committed to making impact investments in my local church, and in non-profit organizations whose mission empowers women and children to overcome economic, social, environmental and spiritual issues related to poverty and that stem from social injustices.
- I am intentional about my business uplifting life and building meaningful relationships with people and organization(s) whose mission aligns with my intrinsic purpose.
- I’m empowered to accomplish this purpose through my marriage of wills relationship with God.
- I am a spiritually inspired business leader focused on doing two things well: loving God and making money.
The process of discovering who I am, identifying my life’s purpose and learning the truth – that business is spiritual – revolutionized my life. It brought deep meaning to the work I do today. Today, I spend a significant portion of my working hours helping Christians make more, invest more and give more than they thought possible by doing two things well: loving God and making money. But how did it all start?
It started more than 25 years ago when I embarked upon my career in the areas of business planning and development, accounting, and financial management. I’ve had the privilege of working with and for entrepreneurs, small business owners, and large corporations. Before I became a business owner, I held numerous positions in the telecommunications and cable industries, including serving as division Chief Financial Officer for a Fortune 500 publicly-traded company. During my corporate career, I learned how to raise capital, cut-costs and maximize return on shareholder investments. I led initiatives to downsize or as we’d affectionately say, “right-size” organizations, to merge and acquire subsidiary businesses, and to integrate workforces.
In addition to leading ARISE, I’m the co-Founder and Managing Member of its sister-company, Accountant Smart, a public accounting firm that specializes in providing outsourced, cloud-based accounting services to small and mid-sized companies. Together, my two firms help companies grow top-line revenues while protecting bottom-line profits.
I’ve authored two books, Purpose Passion Profits and “Make Your Money Last Forever: How to Maximize Your Potential for Creating Eternal Wealth”.
In addition to running my companies, some of the things that bring me great joy are serving in the role of Treasurer of the board of directors for FareStart, a non-profit social enterprise, and serving on the advisory board for Northwest University’s School of Business and Management. #Fun. I also enjoyed having my own radio talk show, Loving God and Making Money, which aired on Salem Communications KKOL and KGNW in Seattle, and being able to work with a group of amazing women when I served as a board member and chairperson of the coaching committee for the first women’s angel investment group in the U.S., Seraph Capital Forum.
I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration-Accounting from California State University, Hayward (East Bay) and completed my audit experience to become certified as a public accountant at Price Waterhouse in San Francisco. I’m married to Terence, and we have one son, Jonathan. Terence and I reside in the Seattle area of Washington.
And lastly, but certainly not least, I’m a Jesus girl! So, how did it all start? Well, ultimately, this journey started with him.
The ARISE Business Solutions 7 Pillars of Success
We release spiritually-inspired business owners to pursue their passion to make a profit for purposes beyond profits.
Our mission is to help women and men build companies in The Generous Economy, and to develop into business leaders we call G Corporations®.
The Generous Economy
Three pillars of The Generous Economy support higher-level ideals, and unite to establish the culture of generosity in business. These pillars enhance and distinguish core values held by purpose-driven leaders from those typically found in the world of business. They are:
Our mission is two pronged: 1) to build businesses in The Generous Economy by providing business incubation programs and services designed to help purpose-driven business owners launch, lead and grow high-performance profitable companies while maintaining a balanced focus between making money and achieving higher-level objectives, and 2) to develop the business and leadership skills of business owners we call G Corporations®. G Corporations are entrepreneurs whose relationship with Jesus is their source of inspiration for building purpose-driven companies.
Terence Smith, recently retired from a 35-year career in aviation to work full time with Arise Business Solutions. During his corporate executive career with United Airlines and The Boeing Company, Terence was involved in developing and leading entrepreneurial start-ups and new business ventures for both Fortune 500 companies. Terence has supported, contributed to and been involved from inception with the vision that is now ARISE Business Solutions. Now that he has come on board full time to contribute in various areas, his main area of focus is leading the development and production of digital media in support of on-line educational and social media platforms. Terence received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Science Engineering from the University of California, Davis where he met his wife, Julaine. The Smith’s have one son, Jonathan and currently reside in Bellevue, Washington.
A seasoned marketing professional who has worked with Reebok, Starbucks, Microsoft, Fluke and several other companies, Belinda never tires of the marketing challenges each day brings. She rolls up her sleeves to drive messaging, digital communications, and project management to help bring the ARISE programs and promotions to life. She is constantly inspired by the motivation and energy that embodies the ARISE Team. Before or after hours, you’ll find her running, swimming, playing with her family, and tending to her garden and chickens.
Our Purpose Beyond Proﬁts
The leaders of ARISE Business Solutions are motivated to create wealth and use wealth to create shared value by positively impacting the lives of women and children within our sphere of influence in our local and global communities. We’re fulfilling our purpose beyond profits by:
Financially supporting non-profit charities and faith-based organizations whose mission empowers women and children to overcome economic, social, environmental and spiritual issues related to poverty and other social injustices or concerns
Being business leaders who promote reform that brings about social justice, law, and order in local, state, national, and world communities
Being business leaders who demonstrate goodness in the relationships we build and business transactions we execute
As a commitment to our purpose beyond profits, we are also committed to financially supporting non-profit organizations who are engaged in the fight against human trafficking, homelessness and hunger that impacts upon the lives of women and children. We are committed to releasing our giving energy by donating a minimum of 10% of our company’s annual gross income to non-profits whose mission aligns with this purpose, and by volunteering our time in service on non-profit boards and in other capacities.