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BCE workshops focus on "Improving Business Visibility Online"

Paula Scott of Bluffton will offer two workshops in January titled “Improving Business Visibility Online,” hosted by Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs.

She will provide a brief overview of the workshops during Friday’s Dec. 11, chamber breakfast in the town hall.

“What happens when a visitor looks for your Bluffton business with a search engine or app?” asks Scott. “Don’t know. Or, don’t like what you find?”

BCE's Friday open house will share information on assisting start-up and existing Bluffton businesses

Could your start-up business use $500, $1,000 or $4,000 cash to assist in your business launch?

Could your currently-operating Bluffton business use $1,000 or several “in-kind” services to improve your already existing business?

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs wants to help start-ups and existing businesses. Business owners an the public are invited to an open house from 1 to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4, in BCE’s new location at 110 S. Main St., Bluffton.

The offices are in the Citizens National Bank building and have an entrance directly to Main Street.

BCE open house Friday in new office located in Citizens National Bank

Three 2015 BCE business plan
competition winners will display
their products and services.

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs will hold an open house from 1 to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4, in its new offices at 110 S. Main St., Bluffton. The new office is located in the Citizens National Bank building and has its own entrance to Main Street. A ribbon cutting is planned at 2 p.m.

“The open house enables entrepreneurs in our service area to learn more about the benefits that BCE offers,” said Brendon Matthews, BCE board president.

$8,500 cash and in-kind prizes offered to winners in 2016 BCE business plan competition

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs will expand its 2016 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition into two divisions with six total winners, according to Brendon Matthews, BCE board president.

This year’s cash and in-kind prizes total $8,500.

The contest offers a Start-up and Emerging Business Division, accepting entries from Allen, Hancock, Putnam and Hardin counties. It offers a $2,000 first place, $1,000 second place and $500 third place cash award, in addition to several in-kind prizes.

Bluffton MBA student sought as BCE assistant director

The Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs (BCE) and Bluffton University have created the position of assistant director of BCE for a graduate assistant in the university’s Master of Business Administration program.

The person in the half-time position will work with BCE for nine months for each of two academic years while taking evening classes in Bluffton’s MBA program. The graduate assistant will receive full tuition and an annual stipend plus an adjustment for living expenses.

BCE competition offers early-bird entry incentive

Persons entering the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs 2015 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition can save money by registering for the competition before Dec. 31.

Persons will save $25 on their entry fee if they pay by Dec. 31. In January the entry fee is $150.

This is BCE’s sixth business plan competition and it recognizes the late Ropp Triplett, long-time Bluffton industrial leader and entrepreneur. Three cash prizes will be awarded:

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