Her mission: Teaching entrepreneurs to employ a higher power

At Kingdom Chamber of Commerce business expo in Burlco, vendors David Xi (left) and Stevie Davidson embrace after "a real intense prayer session." Kingdom's Angela Pipersburgh founded the faith-based group.
At Kingdom Chamber of Commerce business expo in Burlco, vendors David Xi (left) and Stevie Davidson embrace after "a real intense prayer session." Kingdom's Angela Pipersburgh founded the faith-based group. (TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer)
Posted: October 26, 2013

MOUNT LAUREL - Angela Pipersburgh quoted so many Bible passages that her business speech Thursday at Burlington County College seemed more like a church sermon.

That was the point. She is founder and president of the Kingdom Chamber of Commerce with four chapters in New Jersey and another in Philadelphia.

The faith-based organization was created in 2004 in Cherry Hill to connect entrepreneurs who believe their faith, and relationship with God, can influence business. Pipersburgh, a motivational speaker, addressed about 200 business owners Thursday, most from the region, with some from Washington, New York, and the Bahamas.

"When the power comes, it will produce," Pipersburgh said with great energy while on the stage at the Enterprise Center in Mount Laurel. She quoted Deuteronomy 8:18.

"Remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today."

Pipersburgh also quoted from the Book of Ruth, speaking of famine and despair, turning grief to glory. She talked about profit, and of the potential to turn a small business into one that can turn millions of dollars.

"When we are rightly aligned, suddenly territory changes," Pipersburgh said. "You connect and God aligns."

She spoke of biblical times and the current economy. She spoke of a positive relationship with God and the influence of faith. Businesses, she said, can identify a human problem that can be solved with available resources.

"The marketplace," she said, "becomes an evangelic platform."

Success also relies on giving back to the community and sharing wealth with those less fortunate, she said.

Assemblyman Angel Fuentes (D., Camden) approached Pipersburgh afterward to extend an invitation to meet with Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd. Fuentes said the mayor improved public safety and education. She wants to expand economic development, he said.

"She's determined to turn this city around," said Fuentes, born in Camden and a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School.

Pipersburgh said her success was the result of hard work, sometimes 16-hour workdays, recording her ideas and thoughts before she went to bed. As important, she said, was making time to play.

Thursday's conference also included a speed-networking session and workshops in the afternoon that included how to finance a business if turned down by a bank, tax benefits, marketing, leaving the private sector to be your own boss, and power couples who work together 24/7. She acknowledged her husband, Paul - her business partner, best friend, and father of their two children.

Bryan Cooke, owner of Mathnasium in Cherry Hill, a learning center to help those falling behind in math as well as to foster the gifted, said his business was based on his faith and Christian principles.

"I started from scratch. This is a calling for me," Cooke said. "If I focus on the children, the business grows. If I focus on the money, it does not. God provides."

Eileen Marcial, CEO of Wills & More in New Brunswick, called Pipersburgh's speech "amazing."

"I always ask God," she said, "to pattern my steps and my words."


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