VIDEO: The Dough Hook on food business marketing

On June 11, Marlena Ballinger of The Dough Hook Meat Market lead a Zoom discussion on marketing. ​Menus, online ordering, and email newsletters were among the topics discussed.

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VIDEO: Little Monkey Kitchen on pop-up shops 

On June 4, Courtney Mumaugh of Little Monkey Kitchen led a Zoom discussion on pop-up shops. The home-based allergy-friendly bakery uses pop-up shops to distribute baked goods to customers in several locations.

Pop-up shops give businesses a temporary brick and mortar location within existing businesses or otherwise empty retail space.

Mumaugh discussed the promotion and scheduling of pop-up shops, developing a relationship with the landlord, and set-up and teardown.

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VIDEO: Fred Steiner/Bluffton Icon on the state of Bluffton business

On June 2, Fred Steiner, publisher of the online news source, lead a Zoom discussion on the state of Bluffton businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

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NEWS: Hometown Stations Interview with Greenhorn's Jonah Agner

April 24, 2020 

Excerpt: 'A business competition in Bluffton has one man walking out as a winner with a $3,000 prize to go toward his restaurant. 

The Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs works year-round to help business owners excel in their business. but once a year, they hold a competition that awards all of their contestants with a full business plan and a couple lucky winners take home cash.'


NEWS: Lima News report on Business Plan Competition

April 24, 2020 

Excerpt: 'The owners of Greenhorn Restaurant in Bluffton were awarded $3,000 in business plan reimbursement funds Wednesday evening after being named the first-place finisher in the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs’ 2020 Ropp Triplett Business Plan competition.

Bob Bell and Jonah Agner are the co-owners of the Bluffton business that opened its doors briefly before the COVID-19 pandemic forced it and other restaurants to shutter in keeping with stay-at-home orders by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.


The business plan authored by Bell and Agner was recognized at the annual BCE awards ceremony — held this year by video conferencing — as the best of nine contestants in this year’s program. Bell said writing the business plan “was a challenge, but it was a great experience.” '


NEWS: 2020 Business Plan Competition Winners Announced

APRIL 23, 2020

The Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs has announced the winners in the 2020 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition. Our winners are listed here and a video of the awards presentation is below. The contestants are emerging businesses from the 4-county area surrounding Bluffton.


"The business plan competition is a big undertaking in any circumstances. In this competition, our finalists were faced with completing their plans and presentations under the rapidly changing and challenging pandemic conditions that unfolded in March. All of our technical skills were boosted in the process," notes Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs executive director Paula Scott.


"Our volunteer judges showed great dedication as they reviewed written plans and presentations for nine finalists. This was an exceptionally large class and required providing scores and feedback on ten elements in the presentations."


"It was real pleasure to join together for a video presentation with all of our finalists, as well as our sponsors, instructor Kathy Keller, and members of the BCE board and staff. Our congratulations and thanks go to all who were involved in this program."



Bob Bell and Jonah Agner, Greenhorn restaurant (Bluffton)

(567) 226-4568



Cortney Mumaugh, Little Monkey Kitchen allergy friendly home bakery (Ft. Jennings)

(419) 581-9006



Neli Metzger, Touch of Europe bakery (Lima)

(408) 306-2572

EVENTS: BCE Coffee Hours and Brown Bag Discussions Go Online

April 8, 2020

Virtual Coffee Hours and Brown Bag Discussions are here! Join Paula Scott via Zoom at noon on Tuesdays and 6 p.m. on Thursdays for casual conversations over coffee. Please RSVP at least one hour ahead. 

For more information, call Paula Scott at (567) 525-6667 or email

EVENT: Making & Receiving E-payments, A Brown Bag Discussion


Lauren Beasley and Seth Combs of Citizens National Bank will lead the discussion on e-payments. Learn how to make life easier for your customers and for yourself!

Join us at noon on the 3rd floor of Bluffton Town Hall. RSVP to or (567) 525-6667 so that we can plan seats and dessert! Bring your lunch or just bring yourself!

Have questions or want to RSVP? Call Paula Scott at (567) 525-6667 or email

EVENT: Succession Planning, A Brown Bag Discussion


Tim Sielschott, financial planner and BCE board member representing First National Bank, and Bob Sielschott from Sielschott, Walsh, Kiefer, Regula & Sherer, CPAs, will lead the discussion on preparing for a big transition, whether it's selling your business to start a new one, preparing for a traditional retirement, or considering a purchase offer!

Have questions or want to RSVP? Call Paula Scott at (567) 525-6667 or email

NEWS: Blog on the Bluffton Icon

What's new with the BCE? Readers of the Bluffton Icon  will get the scoop via our blog.

The January installment is "What's Up for 2020?BCE executive director Paula Scott updates readers on the BCE calendar and preparations for the 2020 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition.

EVENTS: Coffee Hours at the Twisted Whisk Cafe

Except for dates when they have unavoidable scheduling conflicts, Paula Scott and Nicole McConnahea of the BCE will be holding coffee hours at the Twisted Whisk Cafe.

TUESDAYS noon- 1:00 p.m.

THURSDAYS 6-7:00 p.m.

Stop by for a chat or to ask a quick question. Watch Facebook or call (567) 525-6667 to check our schedule.

NEWS 2020


Bluffton Center
for Entrepreneurs

P.O. Box 2

Bluffton, OH 45817

(567) 525-6667

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