June 2014

Todd Larson turned his passion for barbecuing into a full-time business

Todd Larson turned his passion for barbecuing into a full-time business

This is the third of a three-part series on winners of the 2014 Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition. Todd Larson is the third place winner. For more information about the annual competition contact:blufftonce@gmail.com.

You don’t have to ask Todd Larson to tell you about his passion for barbecuing.

He’ll volunteer it.

For example: He has a signature barbecue rub that he spent three to four months developing before he decided it was the “right flavor.” Then, just for fun, as he puts it, he started experimenting with a barbecue sauce.

Kathy Burrus: "Green Hope Coaching exists to influence people to intentionally design hope”

Kathy Burrus: "Green Hope Coaching exists to influence people to intentionally design hope”

This is the second of a three-part series on winners of the 2014 Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition. Kathy Burrus is the second place winner. She receives $1,000 in business start up costs from BCE. For more information about the annual competition contact: blufftonce@gmail.com.

Kathy Burrus of rural Pandora is a professional life and relationship coach.

She didn’t plan her career that way, when she grew up in the Texas Panhandle. Instead, she attended college with aspirations of directing choirs.

Meet the first place winner in the 2014 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition

Meet the first place winner in the 2014 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition

Rachel Davis didn’t attend prom this spring. But she knows a lot about this year’s dress and tuxedo styles.

Prior to area high school proms taking place she completed extensive alterations to a dozen prom dresses. One dress was four sizes too large; another was one size too small. 

Graduating from Bluffton University in 2005 with an early childhood major, she and her husband, Nathan, were married in 2003. Both are Pandora-Gilboa High School grads.

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