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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!

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.