About Us


Create 300 new jobs in the next 10 years.


The mission of the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs (BCE) is to provide resources that will facilitate and nurture growth of new and developing enterprises.

These financial, intellectual, and technological resources are the result of partnerships with local educators and business leaders.

Ultimately the BCE will enhance the greater Bluffton area through job growth and by being a sponsor and promoter of innovation that will attract new entrepreneurs to the area.


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In 2005, the Village of Bluffton sponsored a Visioning Study designed to gauge why residents appreciated living in Bluffton and how they would like to see the community develop. The results of the survey were overwhelming. Survey takers loved the small town lifestyle Bluffton offered and they wanted to see the village grow.

However, there were concerns about the career opportunities for young people. Residents were also focused on Bluffton’s relative dependence on the automotive industry, since the town’s major employers included three automotive manufacturers.

Ropp Triplett, a long time Bluffton entrepreneur, and Richard McGarrity, a retired financial executive, began to generate interest in a business incubator–a network of local resources designed to encourage new entrepreneurs. Offers of support came from various members of the community and the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs was incorporated in the summer of 2007.

In the fall of 2010, the center formed a strategic partnership with Bluffton University’s Division of Business Studies. The relationship reduces the organization’s operating costs and connects its clients with university faculty and students.

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