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Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs

BCE invites businesses to join

New membership program connecting its network of entrepreneurs and supporters

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs presented its 2019-2020 annual report at an online member meeting of the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 13.

Members of the board of directors reviewed how the 501(c)(3) nonprofit has most recently served the four counties surrounding Bluffton.

During this period, the business incubator provided 10 small group events and conducted the Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition, which awarded $6,000 in business expense reimbursement.

BCE annual meeting Friday morning

You can watch on Zoom

On Nov.13 the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs board will hold an annual meeting in conjunction with the November Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce member meeting.

The 7:30-8:30 a.m. online meeting will provide an update on services provided and new opportunities being developed by the BCE for the entrepreneurs of Allen, Hancock, Hardin, and Putnam counties.

Nov. 5 entrepreneurs event: Your first employee

BCE talks with Tracey Simons of Reichenbach 7 Steiner CPAs on Zoom

The Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs (BCE) is now serving startups and emerging businesses with online events, making it easier for entrepreneurs throughout Allen, Hancock, Hardin and Putnam counties to access programming.

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.