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Kathy Keller receives 2017 Ohio SBDC award

She has led BCE's Triplett competition instruction since its inception

Kathy Keller, Director of the Lima Small Business Development Center, Rhodes State College, has received the 2017 Ohio SBDC Peer Recognition Award for Collaboration.

This statewide award recognizes innovation, advocacy, collaboration, marketing, and mentoring.

The nomination was based on her involvement with the YEA! Program and the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurship’s Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition, among numerous other smaller projects.

Do you have a great idea for a business venture, but aren't certain where to begin?

BCE launches Talk Back sessions in January

Do you have a great idea for a business venture, but aren’t certain where to begin?

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs wants to help people who have business start-up ideas to get those ideas off the ground.

To help launch those ideas and to generate interest in the 2018 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition, BCE launches a weekly “Talk Back” series.

“It’s where business owners and other professionals meet and lead question and answer sessions about starting and maintaining a small business,” said Eric Berdin, BCE director.

Eric Berdin joins Bluffton Center for Entrepreneur as its new director

Dawn Stechschulte is BCE's new graduate assistant

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs (BCE), soon to celebrate its 10th year, has two new associates and a new address.

Brendon Matthews, BCE board president, announced this week that Eric Berdin of Bluffton has assumed duties as BCE director, replacing Fred Steiner, who retired.

Dawn Stechschulte of Bluffton is BCE’s new graduate assistant, replacing Aphaphanh Nussbaum, who completed her two years in that role, graduating last spring with an MBA from Bluffton. Stechschulte will be with BCE for two years as she also works on an MBA.

Their craft is wood - the cutting edge

Luke Keuneke and Nick Recker win BCE business plan competition

Earlier this spring, Luke Keuneke and Nick Recker of Cutting Edge WoodKRaft, won the $4,000 first place cash prize in the 2017 Bluffton Center for Entrepreneur’s Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition.

Two words describe their business: Custom woodworking.


BCE Friday workshop focus on business branding

Workshop offers practical tips for develoing your brand

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs offers a free workshop on branding, at 8:30 a.m., Friday, April 14, in the Bluffton town hall.

The workshop follows the April Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast.

Marathana Prothro, Bluffton University assistant professor of communication, leads the workshop.

About branding, she says:
Branding can seem like a daunting task for small-businesses and entrepreneurs who know something needs to be done.

But what? When? How? Do you have to have a huge budget to make it happen?

Cutting Edge Woodcraft, The Food Store BCE business plan winners

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs has awarded over $60,000 in prize money since inception

Five businesses are winners in this year’s Bluffton Center for Entrepreneur’s Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition.

Awards were presented March 21 in BCE open house in the Bluffton town hall. This is the 9th annual competition, according to Brendon Matthews, BCE board president.

Emerging business division winners

First place - Cutting Edge Woodcraft, Bluffton, owned by Nicholas Recker and Luke Keuneke, $4,000

Second place – Art Me!, Ottawa, owned by Kirstene Adkins, $1,000