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Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs

Free BCE Dropbox workshop Friday morning

Brandon Rhodes, Dropbox engineer, leads workshop

Do you use Dropbox to store documents, images and other files crucial to your business?

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs will hold a free workshop on Dropbox at 8:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 10, following the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast. The workshop is in the third floor of the Bluffton town hall, 154 N. Main St.

Bluffton resident Brandon Rhodes, engineer at Dropbox, the industry-leading file collaboration service, will lead the workshop.

BCE workshop focus on marketing tips for small business

Julie Stratton, Black Lab, leads the session

Julie Stratton of The Black Lab, 121 N. Main St., will present a free marketing  workshop following Friday's chamber breakfast in the town hall.

In the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs-sponsored workshop Stratton will present five key things that will help keep your business current with trends and keep your brand fresh to your customers.

She will provide practical tips on marketing, events, timing and managing fear and risk.

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BCE's business plan competition early-bird registration ends Dec. 31

Prizes of $4,000, $1,000 and $500 go to emerging business winners; $1,000 goes to established Bluffton business winner

An Dec. 31 early-bird registration deadline is closing in on persons interested in entering the 2017 Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition.

Persons who register by Dec. 31 pay only $125. After the 31st the registration fee is $150.

Cash and in-kind awards valued at $7,000 are prizes the competition

To enter, contestants must complete an entry form by Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017.

Entrepreneur's road map to success

Kathy Keller led a Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs workshop on Dec. 9 on "Entrepreneur's road map to success."

Keller will lead BCE's 2017 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition, which begins in January. Prize money from $500 to $4,000 will be awarded to winners. For more details go to www.blufftonentrepreneurs.com


BCE asks Bluffton businesses, "What would you do with an extra $1,000?"

BCE now accepting entries in its annual business plan competition

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs asks local business owners this attention-grabber: “What would you do with an extra $1,000?”

One business in the 45817 zip code area will win $1,000 to be used to improve its business or to assist in adding a new product, thanks to BCE’s Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition.

The competition has two divisions:
• Small Business Improvement Division (for an established business located in the 45817 zip code area). The first place winner receives $1,000. Second place winner receives $500 in gift-in-kind support.

Human resources focus of BCE Friday Workshop

Top five human resource issues for small business owners were addressed in Blufton Center for Entrepreneurs November Friday Workshop on Nov. 11.

Sally Siferd, HRCI certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR), led the free workshop.

BCE Friday Workshop focus on human resources for small business

Free workshop follows chamber breakfast Nov. 11 in town hall

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs launches BCE Friday Workshops, a series of free monthly programs focusing on issues involving small businesses.

The workshops follow the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce breakfasts on the second Friday of each month in the Bluffton town hall.

This month’s workshop at 8:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 11, focuses on human resources.

The workshop title is “Top five human resource topics that could protect a small business owners’ bottom line.” Sally Siferd leads the workshop.

Paula's top 10 Facebook tips

Paula Scott of PS Web Essentials shared her top 10 Facebook tips in a Bluffton Center for Enterpreneurs workshop following Friday's chamber breakfast.

Scott is available to work one-on-one with clients in need of Facebook and other social media needs. BCE holds free workshops following each monthly chamber breakfast.

BCE 2017 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition offers $7,000 in cash prizes

Two division: Start Up and Emerging Division; and Small Business Improvement Division

Cash and in-kind awards valued at $7,000 are prizes in Bluffton Center For Entrepreneurs’ 2017 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition, announced this week by BCE.

The contest's Start-up Division offers a $4,000 first place, $1,000 second place and $500 third place cash awards, in addition to several in-kind prizes. It is open to contestants from Allen, Hancock, Putnam and Hardin counties.

Free Facebook workshop followed chamber breakfast Oct. 14

Paula Scott leads Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs workshop

Bluffton Center for  Entrepreneurs will provide a free Facebook workshop following the Friday, Oct. 14, Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast.

Paula Scott will provide workshop participants with some new tips and information on using Facebook to benefit your business. The workshop follows the chamber breakfast at 8:45 a.m. and is free and open to the public.