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This fall's BCE business plan competition goes online

Divisions open to • students • existing businesses • new businesses

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs (BCE) is inviting participants for this fall’s Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition, according to Eric Berdin, BCE director.

Several changes are part of this year’s competition:
• Classes are online
• Three divisions are in the competition
• The competition moved from winter to fall
• Participants will present their business plans during a catered dinner in November

This trophy could be yours!

If you enter BCE's Trivia Night event

How skilled are you a trivia? Here's your chance to prove it.

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs invites businesses to enter a team in its Trivia Night.

Eric Berdin, BCE director, said, “We already have nine teams and have space for four more.”

Trivia Night is at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 1, at Southgate Lanes bowling alley. A team sponsorship is $150 for a team of six members. The event is a fundraiser for this year’s Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition taking place this fall.

How skilled are you at trivia?

Four team spots still open for BCE's Trivia Night Aug. 1

How skilled are you a trivia? Here's your chance to prove it.

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs invites businesses to enter a team in its Trivia Night.

Eric Berdin, BCE director, said, “We already have nine teams and have space for four more.”

Trivia Night is at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 1, at Southgate Lanes bowling alley. A team sponsorship is $150 for a team of six members. The event is a fundraiser for this year’s Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition taking place this fall.

Studio Silhouette owner shares her business story Thursday

Part of BCE's Talk Back series at Twisted Whisk

Rachel Davis, owner of Studio Silhouette, 103 N. Main St., Bluffton, will share her story about how she started a business in her home and eventually made the leap to a Main Street storefront.

She is this week’s featured speaker in Bluffton Center for Entrepreneur’s Talk Back series. The free session is from 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 18, at Twisted Whisk Café, Main Street.

Thursday at 6 p.m. - learn basics of starting a business

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneur's first Talk Back session

Do you have a great idea for a business venture, but aren’t certain where to begin?

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs wants to help people who have business start-up ideas to get those ideas off the ground.

To help launch those ideas and to generate interest in the 2018 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition, BCE launches a weekly “Talk Back” series.

“It’s where business owners and other professionals meet and lead question and answer sessions about starting and maintaining a small business,” said Eric Berdin, BCE director.

Kathy Keller receives 2017 Ohio SBDC award

She has led BCE's Triplett competition instruction since its inception

Kathy Keller, Director of the Lima Small Business Development Center, Rhodes State College, has received the 2017 Ohio SBDC Peer Recognition Award for Collaboration.

This statewide award recognizes innovation, advocacy, collaboration, marketing, and mentoring.

The nomination was based on her involvement with the YEA! Program and the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurship’s Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition, among numerous other smaller projects.

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