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BCE Zoom discussion on small business websites Thursday

Featuring Dave Treat of Thinking Small LLC

"Websites are an important asset for new businesses, but deciding how to get started can be tricky," says Paula Scott, Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs director.

BCE will host a Zoom event talking about how to approach websites with Dave Treat of Thinking Small LLC, a Lima-based web design business in a 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15.

To receive the link, RSVP to blufftonce@gmail.com or via BCE's Facebook event. Please log in 10 minutes in advance.

Make it your business

BCE live stream discussion on July 30

Three local businesses will join the BCE for a live stream discussion, "Make It Your Business: Setting Up a Side Hustle." The live stream is set for Thursday, July 30, according to Paula Scott of Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs.

The event is co-hosted by the Bluffton Public Library as part of its summer reading program. To register, email psc@blufftonpubliclibrary.org.

BCE's June 11 Brown Bag features Marlena Ballinger

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs (BCE) new online coffee hours and brown bag events mean you can join us from anywhere and can catch up with reruns if you missed out, according to Paula Scott, BCE director.

The next "brown bag" event is Turning Views into Clicks (phone calls, orders, appointments...)

At 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, BCE will be joined by Marlena Ballinger of the Dough Hook Meat Market to talk about the importance of digital content, including calls-to-action, menus, and newsletters.

BCE virtual coffee hour at noon Tuesday

Join a conversation with Paula Scott and Fred Steiner

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs (BCE) invites Icon viewers to join in a virtual coffee hour as Paula Scott talks with Fred Steiner of the Bluffton Icon and Ada Icon at noon on Tuesday, June 2.

"We'll be discussing what's new with local businesses," said Scott, BCE director. "And, we have lots to talk about."

The conversation will also touch on some new features on the Icons and some behind the scenes look at how the Icon handles local news coverage during the business shutdown.

BCE blog: Zooming along in April and May 2020

Teleconferencing, brown bags and more coming

Watch the video below -
The BCE had a busy April despite being at home! We wrapped up a BIG competition and began adapting our programming using teleconferencing.

Our blog is featured on the Bluffton Icon and this month we’re giving you a new option - a video or vlog version.

$6,000 in prizes awarded
Join us in congratulating finalists and prize recipients in the 2020 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition. You can watch our awards via the BCE website or Facebook.: Awards video recording. Access Password: 3b?oN8A!

BCE Blog: Learning new tricks

Stick with authoritative sources and be skeptical about offers and suggestions that aren’t backed up by references.

By Paula Scott, BCE Executive Director
Wow, what a difference a month makes. Much of what the BCE had planned for March went by the wayside. With non-essential business being conducted from home, we’re all learning to adjust.

I’ll be leading my first Zoom video meeting this week and have taken to paying with my smart phone when I can. This old girl is learning new tricks!