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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.


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.

Bluffton Chamber-Center for Entreprenuers Offers Centerpoint Stewardship small business workshop

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The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce and Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs present a free business workshop, open to the public, at 8:45 a.m., Friday, June 14, in the third floor of the Bluffton town hall.

Bob Ostrander, Certified Financial Planner, CEO and founder of Centerpoint Stewardship, Columbus, is the workshop speaker. He presents workshops across the U.S. on a variety of subjects of interest to business owners.

Winners announced on Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition

Bluffton resident Rebekah Gambrell’s idea of a woman-owned aviation maintenance business is the winner of Bluffton Center for Entrepreneur’s Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition, according to Denise Durenberger, BCE director.

Gambrel, who has a background in avionics, will receive $5,000 towards business start-up costs and a one-year BCE client program membership. She intends to launch Gildeslope Aviation, which will service the northwest Ohio avionics market.

Big Idea Contest winners announced; still time to enter Triplett Business Plan Competition

“The Hot Seat,” “Nike Cleanse,” and “Delicate and Sweet Bakery,” are the three winners of the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneur’s Big Idea Contest, according to Denise Durenberger, BCE director and assistant professor of business at Bluffton University.

The winners represent entries in the Bluffton University Division of the contest.


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