C12 Group Announces Expansion in Central Alabama

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The C12 Group, America's leading Christian CEO and business owner roundtable, is launching a new group in Central Alabama, under the leadership of full-time Area Chair Eddie Miller. The group will be based in Birmingham, AL, and will serve Christian-owned businesses with 10 or more employees, with revenues from $1M to $1B.

C12 Group Area Chair Eddie Miller is expanding the C12 Group, American's leading Christian CEO and business owner roundtable, into Birmingham, AL, beginning in September 2010.

"We are tremendously excited to bring C12 to Central Alabama," said Don Barefoot, CEO & President of The C12 Group. "I believe that there are many in the Birmingham area looking for this type of objective advisory board and executive personal development. This will effectively expand southward the strong presence we have enjoyed for years in northern Alabama and the Tennessee Valley area. Eddie Miller is a great asset to the C12 Group and to the many Birmingham area CEOs and business owners who are ready to build great companies for a greater purpose."

"I love this transition into the role of Area Chair for C12 Central Alabama," says Eddie Miller. "I feel as if my life experience is culminating into this great adventure. I look forward to serving Christian CEOs and Business Owners in the Birmingham area as we together make up a group devoted to God's ways of doing business."

At a time when so much of the news about corporate America is negative, C12 members stand out as light in the darkness. Together, they are encouraged and equipped to demonstrate integrity, excellence, character, performance and balance, in both their business and ministry efforts. They do this through a proven "iron sharpening iron" process which leverages the experience of like-minded peers, and highly effective business and ministry written materials, incorporating Biblical principles, as they make daily decisions in serving customers, stewarding resources, building up employees and dealing fairly with suppliers.

C12 is pleased to announce the inaugural C12 Group meeting in Birmingham on November 9th. This informative event will be hosted by C12 Area Chair Eddie Miller and will feature C12 Chairman & Founder Buck Jacobs.  If you are a Christian company Owner, CEO or President in the Alabama area, consider becoming a member of this exciting work aimed at transformation in the marketplace and pursuing performance God's way.

Named for the model Jesus Christ set in Scripture (purposeful interaction among a group of 12 disciples), the C12 Group provides a special 'sabbatical day' in business to enable the disciplined planning, learning and accountability that contributes to the program's intensity and proven success (see 'The C12 Difference' on http://www.C12Group.com).

Facilitated by their local C12 Area Chair, C12 Group members (generally CEOs and owners of companies ranging from $1-100 million annually) reserve one day each month to meet together in small groups across the U.S. to discuss business and ministry performance. They open with prayer, have a devotional time, then work through several pre-planned segments dealing with improving business results and ministering to those the business touches while keeping Christ and Biblical principles central in business. There is a "To-Do List" time, in which each member commits to accomplishing certain objectives prior to next month's meeting. Finally, each meeting includes an in-depth look at one of the member businesses and ends with an "Open Table time" opportunity for members to put issues on the table for consideration and input for their "Board of Advisors."

In addition, each C12 member meets monthly for a 60-90 minute one-on-one consultation with their local C12 Area Chair. These high-impact sessions are designed to help maximize the C12 experience by motivating and holding accountable Christian business leaders through focused interaction with a seasoned business leader and confidante.

C12 also offers programs for "Key Players" in these Christian-led businesses to help personnel in key leadership roles understand how to better support the company mission, while sharpening business skills and while encouraging ministry involvement.

C12 represents a vast array of businesses across America--law firms, construction companies, financial services groups, printers, technology firms, start-ups and more. Members range from family-owned small businesses to publicly-traded firms with thousands of employees. Each group is comprised of non-competing peers. C12 is not a traditional networking group, which focuses predominantly on supplying leads for other members, but rather puts business leaders through a rigorous and challenging framework that helps them work "on" their business--not just "in" it.

"There is no substitute for this kind of high-touch interaction among like-minded business peers," Barefoot said. "We focus on performance--both personally and professionally. Is this guy dropping the ball at home because he's working too hard or with the wrong priorities? We deal with that. Is this lady having trouble with planning, execution, or team alignment? We'll put it on the table. Wherever a Christian business owner is, that's where we begin, but that's not where we leave them."

Founded in 1992 by Buck Jacobs, a dedicated Christian, author and CEO, the C12 group currently serves 60+ metro markets across the U.S. and has plans to ramp up new groups in several major North American markets as it pursues its mission: To change the world by bringing forth the Kingdom of God in the marketplace through the companies and lives of those He calls to run businesses for Him. In doing so, C12 serves as a resource for education, encouragement, challenge, inspiration, and accountability. Learn more about C12 online at http://www.c12group.com.

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