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April 27, 2017

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Their craft is wood - the cutting edge

Luke Keuneke and Nick Recker win BCE business plan competition

Earlier this spring, Luke Keuneke and Nick Recker of Cutting Edge WoodKRaft, won the $4,000 first place cash prize in the 2017 Bluffton Center for Entrepreneur’s Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition.

Two words describe their business: Custom woodworking.

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BCE Friday workshop focus on business branding

Workshop offers practical tips for develoing your brand

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs offers a free workshop on branding, at 8:30 a.m., Friday, April 14, in the Bluffton town hall.

The workshop follows the April Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast.

Marathana Prothro, Bluffton University assistant professor of communication, leads the workshop.

About branding, she says:
Branding can seem like a daunting task for small-businesses and entrepreneurs who know something needs to be done.

But what? When? How? Do you have to have a huge budget to make it happen?

Cutting Edge Woodcraft, The Food Store BCE business plan winners

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs has awarded over $60,000 in prize money since inception

Five businesses are winners in this year’s Bluffton Center for Entrepreneur’s Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition.

Awards were presented March 21 in BCE open house in the Bluffton town hall. This is the 9th annual competition, according to Brendon Matthews, BCE board president.

Emerging business division winners

First place - Cutting Edge Woodcraft, Bluffton, owned by Nicholas Recker and Luke Keuneke, $4,000

Second place – Art Me!, Ottawa, owned by Kirstene Adkins, $1,000

Island Princess at BCE dessert night on Tuesday

The Island Princess will be in Bluffton on Tuesday.

One of the family-friendly events at Tuesday's Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs awards night program is a visit from the Island Princess. Families with children are invited to come and take photos with the princess.

She will be in the Bluffton Town Hall, 154 N. Main St., from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The event is BCE's awards night of its Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition.

BCE announces business plan competition winners Tuesday evening

Public invited to view constant displays and sample desserts from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs will award cash prizes and gifts-in-kind valued at $7,000 to winners of its Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition. The awards night, open to the public, is from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 21, in the third floor of the Bluffton town hall. Winners will be announced at 7 p.m.

BCE calls this year's event Bluffton Oscars and Dessert Wars.

Free community dessert night Tuesday, March 21, town hall

Mark your calendar and pass it on

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs invites the community to meet this year’s Ropp Triplett Business Competition contestants and have some free dessert, thanks for local caterers.

The family-friendly event is from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 21, in the third floor of the Bluffton town hall, 154 N. Main St.

During the evening BCE will announce the winners of this year’s business plan competition. It has two divisions: Emerging Area Businesses, and Established Bluffton Businesses.

BCE invites community to awards night program - free desserts available

Tuesday, March 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the town hall

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs invites the community to meet this year’s Ropp Triplett Business Competition contestants and have some free dessert, thanks for local caterers.

The family-friendly event is from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 21, in the third floor of the Bluffton town hall, 154 N. Main St.

During the evening BCE will announce the winners of this year’s business plan competition. It has two divisions: Emerging Area Businesses, and Established Bluffton Businesses.

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.

Chamber breakfast

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.

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