Bigger Than Business
Growing a $600 Start-up into a Multi-Billion-Dollar Company and Then Giving It Away to Fulfill His Life’s Purpose (with David Green)
Mar 17, 2020 · 41 min
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David Green had only three goals in life – to build a happy marriage, to raise healthy, well-balanced children who served God, and to succeed in business. With a $600 loan and the untiring support of his wife Barbara, they began a small arts and crafts business about the size of a ‘lobby’ that not only became a giant in the industry, it became one of the largest ‘business as ministry’ examples in the world. Hear David speak about how their family decided together to give away the company, what makes a great leader, and how there are some places in business you just “can’t get there with a calculator.”

David Green was born into a family of preachers and feels his true success came when he realized that God purposed him to be a merchant. David lives in Oklahoma City with his wife Barbara. Together, they started Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., which has become the largest retail arts and crafts store in the world. They have three children and 17 grandchildren.

Bigger Than Business is the show where you’ll discover real-world stories of business owners living their purpose. You’ll encounter men and women all over the world who draw strength from understanding why they do what they do and how they remain true to that purpose through the ups and downs every business owner will face.


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