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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.

2015 BCE Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition offers $6,000 in start-up cash prizes

2015 BCE Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition offers $6,000 in start-up cash prizes

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs today (Oct. 10) announced prize money and seminar dates its 2015 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition.

SEVERAL ATTACHMENTS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS STORY PROVIDE COMPLETE DETAILS ON ENTERING THE COMPETITION.

First place prize is $4,000 in business start-up costs. Second place is $1,500 in start-up. Third place is $500 in start-up costs.

This is BCE’s sixth business plan competition and it recognizes the late Ropp Triplett, long-time Bluffton industrial leader and entrepreneur.

BCE launches 2015 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition at October chamber breakfast

WATCH FOR APPLICATION DETAILS FOR 2015 COMPETITION COMING SOON!

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs will sponsor the Friday, Oct. 10, Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast program.

The free chamber breakfast is at 7 a.m. with the chamber meeting from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the third floor of the Bluffton town hall.

The program serves as the launch of BCE’s fifth annual Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition. It also will provide chamber members with a progress report of BCE activities over the past year.

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.

Entrepreneur with plans to open a tailoring shop wins BCE business plan competition

Entrepreneur with plans to open a tailoring shop wins BCE business plan competition

Three entrepreneurs with ideas ranging from owning a tailoring shop, offering life coaching and operating a mobile barbecue business are winners in the 2014 Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition.

Bluffton resident Rachel Davis, owner of Studio Silhouette, providing tailoring services, is the first-place winner. She will receive $5,000 in business start-up support.

Kathy Burrus, rural Columbus Grove, owner of Green Hope Coaching, offering life coaching, is the second-place winner. She will receive $1,000 in business start-up support.

Small Business Administration offers free small business seminars

Small Business Administration offers free small business seminars

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The U.S. Small Business Administration and its partners are hosting a series of free small business seminars designed for minority and women business owners.

This initiative is a broad effort to strengthen and expand business ownership among these two groups. The Small Business Development Series will help small and minority businesses to access resources that can help them grow and enhance their entrepreneurial skills.

Eleven area businesses and organizations sponsor BCE's business plan competition

Eleven area businesses and organizations sponsor BCE's business plan competition

Eleven area businesses and organizations are sponsors of the 2014 Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs Ropp Triplett Business Plan competition, according to Brendon Matthews, BCE board president. Sponsors contributions total over $6,000.

Major sponsors are:
• Reichenbach and Steiner CPAs
• Bluffton University
• Allen Economic Development Group.

Other sponsors are:
• Mustard Seed Café 
• Citizens National Bank 
• First National Bank 
• Sielschott, Walsh, Kiefer and Regula, CPAs 
• Edward Jones 
• Superior Energy Solutions 
• Bluffton Icon
• Samuel Diller Co., LPA.

Business Plan Competition information night Jan. 29 - still time to enter

Business Plan Competition information night Jan. 29 - still time to enter

There’s still time to enter the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs 2014 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition.

Due to weather delays, BCE has moved the first competition meeting from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29, in the third floor of the Bluffton town hall (elevator accessible).

Kathy Keller of the Small Business Administration, Rhodes State College, Lima, will led the session.

Jan. 29 is a learning session with no cost involved and no obligation to continue in the competition. It will provide information about the competition and will cover the subject “Launch your business right!”

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