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$6,000 in prize money in the 2014 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition

$6,000 in prize money in the 2014 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs has announced prize money and seminar dates its 2014 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition.

First place prize is $5,000 in business start-up costs and a one-year BCE client program membership. Second place is $1,000 in start-up costs and a one-year BCE client program membership. Third place is a one-year BCE client program membership.

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

Lots of interesting items in BCE's Nov. 9 silent auction; tickets still available

Lots of interesting items in BCE's Nov. 9 silent auction; tickets still available

If you ever wanted to ride in an open-air 1930s-era Stearman biplane, Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs (BCE) offers you that opportunity. The ride, provided by Jeff Koehler, is among 25 unusual silent auction items up for grabs at BCE’s “Come Fly with the BCE” fundraiser.

The fundraiser is from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Bluffton Airport, 1080 Navajo Dr., Bluffton. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets are available at First National Bank (Bluffton office), Citizens National Bank (Bluffton office), from BCE board members and the BCE office, Bluffton University.

What's your "Big Idea" business concept? Enter it and you may win a prize

What's your "Big Idea" business concept? Enter it and you may win a prize

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs (BCE) is accepting entries for its “Big Idea” business concept contest. The contest is open to residents in Allen, Hancock, Putnam and Hardin counties.

Click here for an entry form and copy of contest rules.

The contest offers cash prizes for the best new business concepts submitted, according to Denise Durenberger, BCE executive director and assistant professor of business at Bluffton University.

BCE says "Come fly with the BCE!" on Nov. 9 - annual fundraiser

BCE says "Come fly with the BCE!" on Nov. 9 - annual fundraiser

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs (BCE) invites the public to attend its annual fall fundraiser “Come Fly With Us,” at 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Bluffton Airport, according to Brendon Matthews, BCE board president.

The event offers an opportunity for BCE clients to showcase their services. One of those clients, Glideslope Aviation, LLC, owned by Rebekah Gambrell of Bluffton, is housed at the airport. Gambrell was BCE’s 2013 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition winner.

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs board reorganizes for 2013-14

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs board reorganizes for 2013-14

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs recently held its 2013 reorganization meeting and elected officers for 2013-14.

Board officers elected are Brendon Matthews, president; Dick McGarrity, vice president; Ryan Lowry, secretary and Dave Steiner, treasurer.

Board members whose terms were renewed are Laura Voth, Dick McGarrity, Dave Steiner and George Lehman.

Two new board members joined the board. They are Katie Keifer and Dennis Gallant.

Other board members are Mitch Kingsley, Steve Ritter, Hans Houshower, Jeff Sprague and Cameron Warner.

Free Introduction to Entrepreneurship seminar offered in September

Start your business right.

Rhodes State College, Lima, will offer a free introductory seminar titled Introduction to Entrepreneurship from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19. 

Kathy Keller, director of Small Business Development Center, will lead the seminar. She instructed Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition workshops, held earlier this year.

An attachment to this story shares more information about the seminar. 

Lack of wings doesn't stop BCE Business Plan Competition winner from launching avionic business

Lack of wings doesn't stop BCE Business Plan Competition winner from launching avionic business

Rebekah Gambrell’s grandfather, Harley Steiner, gave Rebekah her first airplane ride when she was in grade school. The ride departed from and landed at the Bluffton Airport.

That ride helped Gambrell, 37, of Bluffton become interested in aviation. When she was in ninth grade she took a trip to Spain and she was hooked.

“I got into aviation because I wanted to fly, not because of electronics,” she said. But the electronics aspect of flying took over and today Gambrell intends to launch Glideslope Aviation, LLC. It will be housed at the Bluffton Flying Service, where she took her first-ever airplane ride.

WLIO TV features Small House Bluffton

WLIO TV, Lima, created this feature on Small House Bluffton, on July 28, 2013.

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They say in the real estate business what counts is location, location location.

Sam Shriver has more on an effort in Bluffton to cut back on energy usage by building close to the assets of the community.

This home, being built on north Lawn Ave. in Bluffton is close to just about everything in the community.

That closeness, means people could walk to the grocery, post office, even school, and that means not using energy to drive there.

Off the charts: LEED puts high value on Bluffton

By Andy Chappell-Dick

Note: The author of this article was one of the 2012 BCE business plan competition winnners.

Bluffton is a great place to live, and I have proof.  According to the criteria of one national industry group, the US Green Building Council (USGBC), this community far exceeds the level required to achieve “exemplary” status.

Small Business Administration offers free seminars

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.

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