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Cutting Edge Woodcraft, The Food Store BCE business plan winners

Cutting Edge Woodcraft, The Food Store BCE business plan winners

Five businesses are winners in this year’s Bluffton Center for Entrepreneur’s Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition.

Awards were presented March 21 in BCE open house in the Bluffton town hall. This is the 9th annual competition, according to Brendon Matthews, BCE board president.

Emerging business division winners

First place - Cutting Edge Woodcraft, Bluffton, owned by Nicholas Recker and Luke Keuneke, $4,000

Second place – Art Me!, Ottawa, owned by Kirstene Adkins, $1,000

Third place – SturdyBed LLC, Lima, owned by Barry McCullough, $500

BCE announces 2017 business plan winners March 21 - free dessert part of the party

BCE announces 2017 business plan winners March 21 - free dessert part of the party

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs will  hold an awards night for its 2017 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition and will offer free dessert, thanks for local entrepreneurial caterers.

The family-friendly free event is from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 21, in the third floor of the Bluffton town hall, 154 N. Main St.

During the evening BCE will announce the winners of this year’s business plan competition. It has two divisions: Emerging Area Businesses, and Established Bluffton Businesses.

What would you do with an extra $1,000 (or $4,000)?

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs asks local business owners this attention-grabber: “What would you do with an extra $1,000?”

One business in the 45817 zip code area will win $1,000 to be used to improve its business or to assist in adding a new product, thanks to BCE’s Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition.

The competition has two divisions:
• Small Business Improvement Division (for an established business located in the 45817 zip code area). The first place winner receives $1,000. Second place winner receives $500 in gift-in-kind support.

Last year’s winner was The Dough Hook.

2017 Bluffton business competition $7,000 prizes and in-kind awards

2017 Bluffton business competition $7,000 prizes and in-kind awards

Cash and in-kind awards valued at $7,000 are prizes in Bluffton Center For Entrepreneurs’ 2017 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition.

The contest offers a Start-up Division and Emerging Business Division, accepting entries from Allen, Hancock, Putnam and Hardin counties.

The Start-up Division offers a $4,000 first place, $1,000 second place and $500 third place cash awards, in addition to several in-kind prizes.

The Small Business Improvement Division open to established businesses located the 45817 zip area. It offers a $1,000 first place cash in addition to several in-kind prizes.

Have a business problem? There could be a BCE "think tank" in your future

Have a business problem? There could be a BCE "think tank" in your future

How can Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs best serve established Bluffton businesses and start-up Bluffton businesses?

BCE posed the question to Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce members during the first chamber breakfast of the 2016-17 season on Friday morning, Sept. 9, 2016.

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The question launched small group discussions from chamber members, who offered several suggestions.

BCE holds two January workshops on "Improving Business Visibility Online"

BCE holds two January workshops on "Improving Business Visibility Online"

Paula Scott of Bluffton will offer two workshops in January titled “Improving Business Visibility Online,” hosted by Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs.

She will provide a brief overview of the workshops during Friday’s Dec. 11, chamber breakfast in the town hall.

“What happens when a visitor looks for your Bluffton business with a search engine or app?” asks Scott. “Don’t know. Or, don’t like what you find?”

Two divisions in this year's Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition; $6,500 in prizes

Two divisions in this year's Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition; $6,500 in prizes

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs will expand its 2016 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition into two divisions with six total winners, according to Brendon Matthews, BCE board president. This year’s cash and in-kind prizes total $6,500.

The contest offers a Start-up and Emerging Business Division, accepting entries from Allen, Hancock, Putnam and Hardin counties. It offers a $4,000 first place, $1,000 second place and $500 third place cash award, in addition to several in-kind prizes.

New this year is a Small Business Improvement Division. It is open to established businesses from the 45817 zip area. It offers a $1,000 first place, plus in-kind prizes.

Bluffton MBA student sought as BCE assistant director

Bluffton MBA student sought as BCE assistant director

The Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs (BCE) and Bluffton University have created the position of assistant director of BCE for a graduate assistant in the university’s Master of Business Administration program.

The person in the half-time position will work with BCE for nine months for each of two academic years while taking evening classes in Bluffton’s MBA program. The graduate assistant will receive full tuition and an annual stipend plus an adjustment for living expenses.

Beth Bish, Bluffton Pediatrics owner, wins 2015 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition

Beth Bish, owner of Bluffton Pediatrics, LLC, is the first-place winner in the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs 2015 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition, according to Brendon Matthews, BCE board president. This is the sixth year for the competition named in honor of former Bluffton entrepreneur, Ropp Triplett.

First place receives $4,000 in business-start up costs that may be spent over the next 18 months.

Alice Essinger, owner of Fresh Modern Fabric, Bluffton, is second place winner and recipient of $1,500 in business start-up costs.

BCE "think tanks" provide business owners feedback in confidential setting

BCE "think tanks" provide business owners feedback in confidential setting

How many business owners – large or small, established or start-up – might like to discuss ideas for growth in a confidential setting with their peers?

The “think tank” idea, a project of Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs, offers that option to businesses in Bluffton and surrounding communities. Earlier this week, BCE held its fifth think tank.

Todd Larson of Larson Barbecue, one of the 2014 BCE Business Plan Competition winners, took advantage of the option. The think tank, customized to each business requesting the session, provides experts from several business backgrounds to provide feedback.

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