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December 17, 2017

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Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs

Eric Berdin joins Bluffton Center for Entrepreneur as its new director

Dawn Stechschulte is BCE's new graduate assistant

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs (BCE), soon to celebrate its 10th year, has two new associates and a new address.

Brendon Matthews, BCE board president, announced this week that Eric Berdin of Bluffton has assumed duties as BCE director, replacing Fred Steiner, who retired.

Dawn Stechschulte of Bluffton is BCE’s new graduate assistant, replacing Aphaphanh Nussbaum, who completed her two years in that role, graduating last spring with an MBA from Bluffton. Stechschulte will be with BCE for two years as she also works on an MBA.

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.


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.