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EVENT: Small business loans discussion

May 23, 2019


Brendon Matthews will lead a brown bag discussion on specialized loans for new and small businesses.

A senior lender at First National Bank of Pandora, Matthews will provide information on loans, including two state programs: the Collateral Enhancement Program and the Capital Access Program.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to or through the Facebook event. Brown Bag Discussions are hosted by the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs, a non-profit business incubator.

EVENT: Trivia Night at Southgate Lanes supports BCE

August 1, 2018

Team trivia competition and wine tasting packed Southgate Lanes, 9700 N Dixie Hwy, with teams ready to support the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs.


Over 80 participants attended the event coordinated by BCE executive director Eric Berdin and executive assistant Nicole McConnahea. Wine tasting was coordinated by Jonah Agner. Trivia master and emcee was Derek Dukes of Southgate Lanes.

First place honors were awarded to Faith Investment Services, 101 N Main St, Suite B. Congratulations!


EVENT: Kathy Keller opens Talk BACK series

January 25, 2018

Kathy Keller, SBDC Project Coordinator at Rhodes State College and BCE Business Plan Competition instructor, opens the Talk BACK discussion series for entrepreneurs. The sessions take place at the Twisted Whisk Cafe, 101 S Main St, Bluffton, Ohio.

The 7-8 p.m. event provides information for individuals considering or in the process of creating their own business. The series is free and open to the public.

NEWS: Talk BACK series features local entrepreneur experiences

January 2018



Do you have a great idea for a business venture, but aren’t certain where to begin?

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs wants to help people who have business start-up ideas to get those ideas off the ground.

To help launch those ideas and to generate interest in the Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition, BCE is launching  a weekly “Talk Back” series.

“It’s where business owners and other professionals meet and lead question and answer sessions about starting and maintaining a small business,” said Eric Berdin, BCE director.

Talk Backs include six weekly sessions, each on Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. at Twisted Whisk café, 103 N. Main St.

Berdin says, “Think of the series as mini-speaker discussions on business start-ups. It’s a place where you can ask questions from local entrepreneurs who have asked many of the same questions you are asking.”

He added that the sessions are designed to answer any questions people have about starting and maintaining a small business. Talk BACK means “Talk - Business Advancing Community Knowledge.”

Speakers with accompanying dates follow:
• Jan. 11 – Kathy Keller, regional director, Small Business Development Center
• Jan. 18 – Rachel Davis, past business plan winner, owner of Studio Silhouette
• Jan. 25 – Jonah Agner and Nancy Corle, past business plan winner, The Food Store
• Feb. 1 – Brendon Matthews, executive vice president, First National Bank
• Feb. 8 – Dick McGarrity, entrepreneur who started The Mustard Seed Café
• Feb. 15 – David Steiner and Mitch Kingsley, CPA and attorney

Each session is free and open to the public. Coffee will be served. For more information on the series and the 2018 BCE business plan competition contact BCE.

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