News about the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurship

Incubators and social networks: Your time online

Many incubator managers are hesitant to integrate social media into their programs, fearing the effort will be nothing more than a distraction that takes time away from their core mission of assisting client companies. That fear is valid; however, social media is an increasingly important tactical component of an effective marketing plan that can supplement and enhance relationships in the business community.

Click here to read the entire article "Incubators and social networks: Your time online" from the National Business Incubator Association.

Allen County shining example of coming together to address workforce improvements and economic development

By Jeff Sprague, Allen Economic Development Group president and member of the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs board

Just last week Governor John Kasich said he wanted to take his State of the State address on the road to "make the work of government more accessible to Ohioans and shine a light on communities across Ohio making contributions to the stateís success."

BCE board sets 2013 committee assignments

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneur's board committee appointments for 2013 were released this week by Brendon Matthews, board president.

The committee list and committee assignments follow:

Report: Small businesses leading nation’s economic recovery

Office of Advocacy Issues Report on the Small Business Economy

The economic environment is turning around for America’s small businesses despite some lingering challenges from the recession that hit the nation in 2008-2009, according to a new report released today by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy, an independent office that serves as the voice for small business within the federal government.

The Small Business Economy 2012 demonstrates that small businesses have been at the core of our economy’s growth over the past few years,” said Dr. Winslow Sargeant, Chief Counsel for Advocacy.

Five ways to position your business for future funding

Daniel Kehrer, founder of, recently wrote a column on five ways to position your business for all the future funding you’ll need.

He said: "A common concern I often hear from business owners and startup entrepreneurs is where the money will come from to fund future growth. For some, that might require outside investors, which in turn can mean giving up partial ownership or control."

To read the remainder of Kehrer's column, click here.

Strategic Business Planning Workshop Jan. 29 in Findlay

Patrick Good is the featured speaker of a Strategic Business Planning Workshop from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the North Central Campus for Emerging Technologies, 1700 Fostoria Ave., Findlay.

The event is sponsored by the Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development, a division of the Findlay-Hancock County Alliance.

Free online course for growth-seeking entrepreneurs

BCE provides interested entrepreneurs with a link to a free online course for growth-seeking entrepreneurs. The course is instructed by a Darden business school professor. Click for details.

Seven ways to control the chaos in your business

2013 American Grants and Loan Catalog now available

The American Grants and Loans Catalog is now available. Our new and revised 2013 edition contains more than 2800 financial programs, subsidies, scholarships, grants and loans offered by the US federal government.

In addition you will also have access to over 2400 programs funded by private corporations and foundations. That is over 5200 programs available through various sources of financial providing organizations.


BCE board member Jeff Sprague named president of Allen Economic Development Group

Bluffton resident Jeff Sprague was named president of the Allen Economic Development Group yesterday, succeeding outgoing president Marcel Wagner, who has held the position since 1994. He is a member of the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs board.

The announcement was part of the Allen Economic Development Group five-year Leadership Transition Plan.

"As chair of the Allen Economic Development Board, I would like to thank Marcel for his years of service and appreciate his contribution to the Allen Economic Development Group," said Eric Pohjala, board chairman.


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