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BCE's business plan competition early-bird registration ends Dec. 31

Prizes of $4,000, $1,000 and $500 go to emerging business winners; $1,000 goes to established Bluffton business winner

An Dec. 31 early-bird registration deadline is closing in on persons interested in entering the 2017 Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition.

Persons who register by Dec. 31 pay only $125. After the 31st the registration fee is $150.

Cash and in-kind awards valued at $7,000 are prizes the competition

To enter, contestants must complete an entry form by Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017.

Entrepreneur's road map to success

Kathy Keller led a Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs workshop on Dec. 9 on "Entrepreneur's road map to success."

Keller will lead BCE's 2017 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition, which begins in January. Prize money from $500 to $4,000 will be awarded to winners. For more details go to

Keller, project coordinator, Small Business Development Center, Rhodes State College, Lima, instructs the classes, which cover seven two-hour sessions.

BCE asks Bluffton businesses, "What would you do with an extra $1,000?"

BCE now accepting entries in its annual business plan competition

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs asks local business owners this attention-grabber: “What would you do with an extra $1,000?”

One business in the 45817 zip code area will win $1,000 to be used to improve its business or to assist in adding a new product, thanks to BCE’s Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition.

The competition has two divisions:
• Small Business Improvement Division (for an established business located in the 45817 zip code area). The first place winner receives $1,000. Second place winner receives $500 in gift-in-kind support.

Human resources focus of BCE Friday Workshop

Top five human resource issues for small business owners were addressed in Blufton Center for Entrepreneurs November Friday Workshop on Nov. 11.

Sally Siferd, HRCI certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR), led the free workshop.

BCE Friday Workshop focus on human resources for small business

Free workshop follows chamber breakfast Nov. 11 in town hall

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs launches BCE Friday Workshops, a series of free monthly programs focusing on issues involving small businesses.

The workshops follow the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce breakfasts on the second Friday of each month in the Bluffton town hall.

This month’s workshop at 8:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 11, focuses on human resources.

The workshop title is “Top five human resource topics that could protect a small business owners’ bottom line.” Sally Siferd leads the workshop.

Paula's top 10 Facebook tips

Paula Scott of PS Web Essentials shared her top 10 Facebook tips in a Bluffton Center for Enterpreneurs workshop following Friday's chamber breakfast.

Scott is available to work one-on-one with clients in need of Facebook and other social media needs. BCE holds free workshops following each monthly chamber breakfast.

Through her company, PS Web Essentials, Scott is assists small businesses to claim online listings, improve social media, update website content.