OUR STORY

ABOUT B2 OUTLET STORES

OUR STORY

As with many organizations with a great cause, B2 is no different. Our story begins with a reality that many struggle with every day. B2 founders/owners, Duane & Matt Smith (father/son), did not initially plan to begin this company. But, looking back now, seeing God’s leading hand throughout this journey has been humbling. 

Duane’s first wife and Matt’s mother, Karin, was diagnosed with cancer in 2009. After several unsuccessful surgeries and treatments, it became clear in the early months of 2013 that a final cure was not a part of God’s plan. Matt was then in his final semester at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida. Initially, his goal was was to remain in Florida and possibly begin a business there. Sensing however that his mom was in her final months, Matt made the choice to come home following graduation to spend time with his mother. 

Prior to this time, Matt and his good friend had been dabbling with buying and selling liquidated goods on local online auctions. Having seen success with this small pole barn business, Matt called his dad to see if he thought there may be a possibility to build this side hobby into an actual business. It was then that together Duane and Matt came up with the idea to leverage liquidated goods but with an ultimate cause in mind. As a former youth pastor, Duane presented the idea of “Bid-2-Benefit-Youth” to Matt and that summer, the concept began to take shape. 

In October, just five months after Matt returned home, God called Karin home to heaven, after a very courageous battle with this challenging illness. Shortly thereafter, Matt and Duane were able to purchase Grand Valley Online Auction in Hudsonville, MI with life insurance money, officially launching the larger vision of “Bid-2-Benefit-Youth.”

Later that next year, in 2014, the business exploded with growth as an online retail outlet division was launched. Beginning as “Benefit Twice Outlet Stores” and later becoming B2 Outlet Stores, it was this store division that provided the means for Matt and Duane to truly live into the mission and vision each day. 

Out of death and loss has sprung new life. Today, thousands of lives annually are being touched by B2 and Karin’s legacy of compassionately caring for others continue with every purchase. 

OUR MISSION

Many in our world today struggle with a sense of hopelessness.  Whether living in America or in the hill country of a developing country like Guatemala, poverty is real, claiming the lives of many children before they reach the age of 5.  A primary objective of B2 is to “restore hope” by investing in communities and providing the means for families to make their way out of hopelessness.   

In the book of Proverbs, we read that “where there is no vision, the people perish”.  Vision become a means of “restoring hope” as individuals and families are able to embrace a vision for the future.  At B2, we are seeking to “inspiring vision” both internally and externally, internally by investing the 75% of 16-25-year-old young adults who make up our work force.  Through mentoring, coaching, and providing responsibility, these young adults are becoming aware of God’s calling in their lives as they seek to work out how they are uniquely wired for leadership.   Externally, B2 inspires vision through investing in community initiatives and programs that offer opportunity, opportunity not just for a quick fix to a problem, but long-term solutions that ultimately empower change.

Many in our world today are “stuck” in circumstances often out of their control.  At the end of the day, the ultimate vision of B2 is to “empower change”.  This means that we are not about just giving hand-outs, but ultimately helping individuals and families embrace the power to change, to move beyond oppressive circumstances to a future full of hope and opportunity.   And so the goal is not to just provide a fish, but a fishing pole, along with the instructions on how to fish. 

OUR CORE VALUES

B2 Outlet Stores seeks daily to combine the unique strategies of ministry and business to create positive, transformational outcomes. Team members become family, engaging a creative and grace-filled environment that supports, encourages, and empowers each individual to embrace their full potential in Christ. Customers and organizations served become partners that help advance the mission, ultimately creating a sustainable, global impact whereby individuals and families embrace their world confidently, creatively, and with divine purpose.

HOPE IN THE MARKETPLACE

We believe that not everyone seeking hope in life will find their way into a church building. B2 provides a positive shopping environment that encourages customers through uplifting music, helpful products, and exceptional service.

TRUTH CAN BE KNOWN

We believe that truth exists, grounded in the personhood of God, and revealed in both general revelation (creation) and specific revelation (the Bible). This established framework creates the context for how B2 will function while daily seeking to carry out our mission and vision.

SERVANT LEADERSHIP

We believe our mission begins with the leaders hired to carry out these core values. All who serve in leadership roles will seek to serve sacrificially, always placing the needs of customers and Retail Associates above their own.

VALUE ADDED COMMUNITY PRESENCE

We believe in bringing value to each community served, not only offering great bargains on a variety of products, but coming alongside and giving back to various ministry and service agencies with each community.

YOUNG ADULT EMPOWERMENT

We believe in nurturing, training, and equipping the next generation for leadership. Because of this, you will see several youth and young adults being daily groomed into leadership roles.

EMPLOYEES AS FAMILY

We believe that each employee (Retail Associate) brings great value to B2 and therefore, employees are treated as family, with dignity and respect. Additionally, we seek to come alongside employees experiencing personal hardship with a high level of support, walking with them through the challenges of life.

AGILITY AND FLEXIBILITY TO PIVOT

We believe that the only constant within our type of business is change; therefore, we must be agile, ready to pivot at a moment’s notice. We encourage all leaders to approach problem-solving by considering multiple potential solutions and then selecting the best option.

FOSTERING ENTREPRENEURIAL INNOVATION

We believe in creativity and innovation, seeking to support various initiatives and efforts that demonstrate unique ways to enhance communities and grow leaders. Because of this, B2 is partnering, and will continue to partner, with a variety of efforts that foster out-of-the-box ideas.

PRAYER AS OUR MOST POWERFUL TOOL

We believe that, as a faith-based company, believing that God desires to do immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine, our greatest, most powerful tool is prayer. Because of this, we will not be driven by fear or approach hardships from a position of scarcity. Rather, all leadership personnel (as well as other Retail Associates) will be given tools to engage intentional prayer and develop their prayer life, believing that such prayer unleashes God’s power at work within us.

BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING

We believe that true, abundant living is not found in personal comfort or security, but rather in the paradox of “giving oneself away”. Therefore, B2 will constantly seek out opportunities to bless others, especially those who have experienced economic or personal hardship. Ultimately, B2 is defined by how we live into giving ourselves away.

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