Selling Cars | Serving the Community

via Bill Peel
December 30th, 2012

Don Flow, owner and CEO of Flow Automotive, believes that Christian business leaders have a unique opportunity to shape communities and influence culture. Flow has not only built a hugely successful enterprise, he has also constructed a thoughtful model for Christian business leaders that includes a commitment to human flourishing in the communities where they do business.

Flow operates 31 franchises and employs nearly 900 in North Carolina and Virginia. Three principles are deeply woven into the fabric of their organization:

  1. A covenant with our customers to be a place that keeps its promises and is worthy of their trust.
  2. A community of people who work together towards a common vision.
  3. A commitment to work towards the common good of every city where we do business.

Each of these principles has strong biblical support, but the third is noteworthy. It is not just about corporate social responsibility. It is a deeply held commitment to biblical faithfulness, and one of the ways Flow measures success.

Our goal at Flow Companies is to be a creator of societal value by contributing to the common good of our communities. We want our presence to make a positive difference in our communities. Not just by the distinctive products and services we provide but because of the way we engage in the community and invest in its future. We want to be known as a company that is committed to the well being of our communities. We want to be the kind of company that if we did not exist, a community would want us to exist because the contribution that we have made to the common good.

We think about our communities as cultural banks where the social, intellectual, esthetic, political, and economic capital from the past has been deposited, to be drawn down to meet the present needs. When organizations make withdrawal from that capital without replenishing it, they are diminishing the ability of the community to flourish in the future. Read the whole statement here.

Proverbs tells us,

When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices ...
By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted (Proverbs 11:10-11)

That reality is true for Winston-Salem, North Carolina and every community where Flow operates.

How is your business contributing to human flourishing? Does the city rejoice over the presence of your business?

Learn more about Don Flow and Flow Automotive:

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