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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!

BCE Blog: Awarding Prizes, Pop-up Shops, and our “Done” list

By Paula Scott, BCE Executive Director

March 26 Business Plan Competition Awards & Expo
Our 2020 business plan classes ran during a snow (and melt) packed seven-weeks! Thank you to all of our contestants and instructors who braved the roads to attend. For those who didn’t, we provided video backups of each session.

Our photo was taken by Nicole McConnahea on the last evening of our classes at Bluffton University. It sure was pretty!

E-payments topic of BCE brown bag discussion Thursday

The Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs (BCE) is holding a Brown Bag Discussion on taking and making electronic payments.

Join a casual conversation with Lauren Beasley and Seth Combs of Citizens National Bank at noon on Thursday, Feb. 27, on the third floor of Bluffton town hall, 154 N. Main St.

"Consumers expect the convenience of multiple payment options," saidBCE Executive Director Paula Scott.

BCE Blog: Are you a planner?

By Paula Scott, BCE Executive Director

The latest BCE events have me asking myself, “am I a planner?” Both the Business Plan Competition and the latest Brown Bag Discussion on succession planning, make me realize that looking ahead comes easy at some phases in life and harder at others.

Succession Planning
When I talked to folks about the succession planning event, many said that they “should” attend. In retrospect, I imagine it feels--perhaps unconsciously--disloyal to consider that discussion. Kind of like going to see a divorce lawyer when you’re happily married!