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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

Attend a Free Resource Training in Columbus, Cinncinnati, Dayton or Mansfield

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!”

$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.

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