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Google Listings brown bag discussion on July 18

Google Listings brown bag discussion on July 18

Learn why and how to claim (or create) a free Google listing for your business.

Paula Scott and Nicole McConnahea will show you the FREE features and benefits of Google listings. Where will people first see your business? On Google!

Join us on the 3rd floor of town hall--154 N. Main St.--in the big meeting room. Bring a brown bag dinner, if you wish. We'll supply dessert!

Please RSVP by July 16 via Facebook or at blufftonce@gmail.com.

This will be a casual discussion. Bring your questions!

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A BCE Reunion: Celebrating more than 10 years of business incubation

A BCE Reunion: Celebrating more than 10 years of business incubation

Help us celebrate more than 10 years of business incubation and share your ideas for the next 10 years!

Have you been a participant in BCE programs? We are reconnecting with clients, donors, and participants in our Business Plan and Big Idea competitions.

 

7-9 p.m., Thursday, June 20

The Mason Jar at Bluffton Golf Club

8575 N Dixie Hwy, Bluffton

RSVP & UPDATE contact information at blufftonce@gmail.com or (567) 525-6667.

McConnahea profiled in Bluffton Icon

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

Please include in your application:

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.

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