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January 25, 2020

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Citizens National Bank sponsors ag business breakfast

Friday morning in Delphos

Dr. Joe Outlaw, professor and extension economist at Texas A&M University, is the featured speaker of a 9 a.m., Friday, Jan. 24, free seminar sponsored by Citizens National Bank and Williamson Insurance Agency. The seminar's focus is  ag businesses.

The event takes place at Delphos Eagles Aerie #471, 1600 E. 5th St., Delphos. 

A continental breakfast will be served prior to a presentation by Williamson Insurance describing an overview of annual crop insurance changes and the new farm bill.


Irwin Real Estate opens Main Street Bluffton office

Kathryn Basinger is the local realtor with the company

Irwin Real Estate has opened an office in Bluffton, according to Teresa Irwin, principal broker with the company.

Kathryn Basinger is the realtor in the Bluffton branch, located at 138 N. Main St.

She said that she can handle residential, commercial, business and land listings. Office hours are Mondays to Fridays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays by appointment. The Bluffton office phone is 419-957-2637.

Teresa Irwin established Irwin Real Estate in 2001. Today it has offices in Columbus Grove, Ottawa and now Bluffton.


Land Conservancy accepting easement applications

The West Central Ohio Land Conservancy is accepting applications for the 2020 Local Agriculture Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP) from landowners located in Allen County, according to Tyler Black of Bluffton and treasurer of the organization.

The LAEPP program allows landowners to voluntarily sell easements on their farms to the State of Ohio. 


Bluffton couple purchases Richard Boehr block

Liz and Bob Gordon-Hancock: “We want to invest and become involved in the community"

A Bluffton couple, Bob and Elizabeth Gordon-Hancock, have purchased the Richard Boehr block, which includes apartments, office and business space on the corner of Main and Vine streets. The transaction took place in mid-December.

The building's front address is 125 N. Main St. The building stretches all along the north side of Vine Street and includes the addresses of 105,107 and 111 Vine St. 

The building has three residential upstairs apartments, three office units and a front retail space, currently unoccupied, which at one time housed First National Bank of Bluffton.


Drive Time Driving Instruction relocates to North Main Street

Will hold open house and ribbon cutting on Thursday, Jan. 16.

Earlier this fall, Drive Time Driving Instruction relocated its offices from Diamond Manufacturing  to 546 N. Main St. where it will host an open house and ribbon cutting on Thursday, Jan. 16, according to Sara and Doug Kisseberth, owners.

The open house is from 3 to 5 p.m. and the ribbon cutting is at 4 p.m. The new location is in the former Habegger Garage. Most recently it served as a storage location for Tommy’s Tires.


2020 Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs opportunities

Expanding ways to serve small businesses in 4-county area

In 2020, the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs (BCE) will be awarding prizes, holding free brown bag discussions, and expanding the ways it serves small businesses in the four counties surrounding the Village of Bluffton.

The Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition, which begins on Wednesday, January 15, will award $7500 in prizes to new businesses and improving 45817 businesses. Spaces are limited and the Emerging Business division has just three seats left. 

To register or learn more about the business plan, visit BlufftonEntrepreneurs.com.