Welcome to Acanthus
We’re a group of Christian men who want to pour wisdom into a younger generation of business owners.
What We Do
The Acanthus group is a small group of dedicated independent Christian men with decades of diverse business knowledge and experience. We’re committed to assisting small companies or organizations address tactical and strategic business issues.
Our mission is to help small companies by providing free Biblical and business wisdom. Our members come from different industries and experiences, both large and small. Some of us are retired and others are still working, but we are all committed to helping you if we have the experience and skills necessary.
Our Core Values
We are personally committed to regularly reading and studying God’s Word. The Bible is true and God is the source of wisdom. Our advice and counsel will not conflict with the Word of God.
We will cover our activities in prayer and pray for our clients.
We will be diligent, hard-working, and intentional in serving our clients.
We will treat each other and our clients with dignity and respect.
We will be honest, trustworthy, and authentic; we will not divulge confidential client information, and we will NOT have casual conversations with others about our clients.
We will serve our clients and each other with humility in our quest to give back and make a difference.
The Acanthus Group was formed in August 2019 after Steve Berkey had a strong feeling he wanted to begin a ministry to help people in a very hands-on way. After returning from a vacation where he’d spent a lot of time thinking, meditating and praying about it, he started talking to his friends. One suggested a group form to help small businesses deal with problems, challenges, business planning, decision-making, etc. This seemed like the perfect fit and on April 15 eight men met in Chuck Brock’s Studio to begin the process that has led to the forming of The Acanthus Group.
Meet the Team
Over 35 years of progressive analytical and international (Japan, Great Britain, Mexico and Sweden) management experience in manufacturing, accounting, finance and purchasing. Industry experience includes utilities, aircraft maintenance, automotive and vinyl window manufacturing and outsource accounting services.
Began actuarial career with Lincoln National Life Insurance Company, becoming a senior executive in the Employee Benefits Division. Became President and minority owner of Chematics Inc., manufacturing medical diagnostic products. Founded Extra Mile Enterprises to sell promotional products over the Internet.
A life-long entrepreneur with successful experience in Creative Business Development, Internet Business, Content Publishing, Video Production, Business Start-ups, Market Driven Product Development, Wholesale and Retail Sales, Teaching, Training, Education, Collaborative Business Development, Social Media and Revenue Producing Website Development.
Over 45 years experience in the consumer packaged goods industry. Experience in Sales, Marketing, Distribution, Operations, Consumer-Direct, Customer Service, Market Expansion, Product & Customer Development, Sales Management, General Management, Merchandising, Local, Regional and National Account Management.
There’s no charge for our services.
No hidden fees.
Why? We want to give back to our local business community.
Would you like to work with us?
If you're interested in our services, the first step is to fill out an application. We'll review it and determine if we'd be a good fit for your situation.