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Brown Bag discussion tackles small business loans

Brown Bag discussion tackles small business loans

At noon on May 23, Brendon Matthews will lead a brown bag discussion on specialized loans for new and small businesses.

A senior lender at First National Bank of Pandora, Matthews will provide information on loans, including two state programs: the Collateral Enhancement Program and the Capital Access Program.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to blufftonce@gmail.com or through the Facebook event. Brown Bag Discussions are hosted by the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs, a non-profit business incubator.

Paula Scott named as executive director of The BCE

Paula Scott named as executive director of The BCE

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs president Dick McGarrity introduced a new executive director, Paula Scott, at the April 12 Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting.

The new half-time appointment will be coordinated with Scott’s other half-time job as CEO of the local chamber of commerce. In fact, Scott simply flipped over her badge to show that one side says BCE and the other says Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce. Scott previously served as communications director for the business incubator and has operated her own digital marketing business.

2015 BPC winner will grow her practice at new location

2015 BPC winner will grow her practice at new location

Beth Bish, the certified nurse practitioner who won the 2015 Ropp Triplett Busines Plan Competition, announced that Bluffton Pediatrics will move from rented office space to their own building at 122 N. Jackson St. in spring 2019.

The pediatric primary care practice is curretly averaging seven to 10 new patients a week and has interacted with all of the eight children’s hospitals in Ohio. Bish's patients come from 14 Ohio counties, with most living in Allen, Hardin, Hancock, Putnam and Wood counties.

2018 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition

Applications for the 2018 Ropp Triplett Business Plan competition are now available!

Application Submission Guidelines

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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?”

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