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BCE Blog: What’s up for 2020?

Only three spaces remain in Emerging Business category in business plan competition

By Paula Scott, BCE Executive Director
The BCE is looking forward to an exciting 2020. We will be awarding prizes, holding brown bag discussions, and expanding the ways we help new and improving small businesses in the four counties surrounding Bluffton.

Do you have a New Year’s resolution for your business? We’ve got your bases covered with the Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition, which begins on Wednesday, January 15. We are awarding $7500 in prizes to new businesses and improving 45817 businesses. 

Three past business plan competition winners tell their stories

BCE Blog: Advice from entrepreneurs

BCE  holds the next Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition in January-February 2020, with $7,500 in prizes to be awarded. Additional details are at the bottom of this story.

By Paula Scott, BCE Executive Director
Why enter the 2020 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition? Who better to ask than a trio of past winners? 

BCE Blog: Cookie crumbs and building permits

Next brown bag discussion Nov. 19

By Paula Scott, BCE Executive Director
The Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs (BCE) is hosting a Brown Bag Discussion series on topics of interest to small businesses.

The small group gatherings at town hall are designed to fit into busy schedules and allow for plenty of questions and answers. You’re welcome to bring your lunch or dinner, while the BCE provides dessert.

On Oct. 23, our conversation focused on commercial building permits, with Jesse Blackburn of the Village of Bluffton and Mike Rudey of Wood County Inspection fielding our questions.

BCE Thursday workshop: Working with college interns

Session includes discussion with university business studies faculty

The Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs (BCE) is holding a brown bag discussion on working with college interns.

The session will be from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, on the third floor of Bluffton town hall, 154 N. Main St..

Melissa Green and Jason Swartzlander of the Bluffton University Department of Business Studies will lead a discussion about providing internships for college students.

“Student interns can be a valuable part of your team,” said Paula Scott, Executive Director of the BCE, “and we’ll help you prepare to make the most of the opportunity.”

Join the Thursday evening Google listings session with the BCE

7 to 8 p.m. in the town hall

The Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs (BCE) is holding a brown bag discussion on why and how to use Google listings for your business. The session will be from 7-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, on the third floor of Bluffton town hall, 154 N. Main St.

"How often do you hear someone say 'I'll Google it'? If your business doesn't show up in a Google search, you're not getting to first base with that viewer," remarks Paula Scott, BCE Executive Director.

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

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