2020 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition Registration
A program of the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs, Bluffton, Ohio
The application follows this summary and information about divisions, submission and fees, requirements, and schedule.
Develop a business plan to establish or improve your business. Present your plan to BCE judges for feedback and a chance to win up to $3,000 in business expense reimbursement.
Learn how during seven classroom sessions--January 15-February 26--with Kathy Keller, CBA, Director of Ohio Small Business Development Center at Rhodes State College. The completed plan is suitable for presentation to lenders and will improve the viability of your business.
Rehearsal and presentation to judges will give you feedback from experienced business leaders. Prizes will be awarded according to scores issued by the judges.
1) EMERGING BUSINESSES
- Three prizes will be awarded as reimbursement for business expenses: $3,000 first place, $2,000 second place, and $1,000 third place.
- To participate, your business must be less than 2 years old OR generate under $20,000 in annual revenues and be located in Allen, Hancock, Hardin, or Putnam counties in Ohio.
2) IMPROVING 45817 SMALL BUSINESSES
- Two prizes will be awarded as reimbursement for business expenses: $1,000 first place, $500 second place.
- To participate, your business must have fewer than 50 employees and be located in the 45817 zip code.
APPLICATION DEADLINES & FEES
$125 early bird price before January 1, 2020.
$175 when registering January 1-15.
Three $75 scholarships are available for participants ages 18- 21.
Application and payment can also be made electronically or by mail.
Call (567) 525-6667 or email
to request a hard copy application.
1) Enrollment in business plan development course. Attendance is recommended but not required.
2) Submission of completed business plan (as outlined by the course materials) on or before March 16, 2020.
3) Presentation of business plan by appointment on March 18-19, 2020.
A minimum of 5 emerging businesses and 3 improving businesses must be enrolled for the classes and competition to be held. A maximum of 12 emerging and 12 improving businesses may be enrolled.
The program includes seven 2-hour classroom sessions, 6-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday evenings from January 15 to February 26 at Bluffton University.
Business plan classes are taught by Kathy Keller, CBA, Director of Ohio Small Business Development Center at Rhodes State College. Attendance is recommended but not required. Online access to video recordings of sessions will be available for a limited time.
January 15 - Launch Your Business Right (FREE session and registration deadline)
January 22 - So You Want to be an Entrepreneur
January 29 - Planning to Start a Business
February 5 - Developing Your Business Idea
February 12 - Testing Your Business Idea and Getting it to Market
February 19 - Accounting for Your Business
February 26 - Financing Your Business
REHEARSALS & FINAL PRESENTATION
Rehearsals and presentations will take place by appointment on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, 6-9 p.m.
March 11 and 12 - Presentation rehearsals
March 16 - Deadline for submission of completed hard copy business plans
March 18 and 19 - Presentation to judges
Awards will be announced and participants can showcase their businesses at a free, public event on a Thursday evening.
March 26 - Awards and Entrepreneur Expo, 7-9 p.m., Bluffton Town Hall
For more information, contact Paula Scott at (567) 525-6667 or email
Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs - BlufftonEntrepreneurs.com
Please provide the following information to enter the competition.
Last Name, First Name (Maximum 2 representatives)
Is your business registered with the State of Ohio?
Business Mailing and Street Addresses
Emerging businesses, please respond to items 1 and 2
1) My emerging business:
Began operations after January 15, 2018
Earns under $20,000 in annual revenues
Neither of the above (Your business does not qualify for this category).
2) My emerging business is located in:
Located in Putnam County
Is NOT located in one of the above Ohio counties. (Your business does not qualify for this category)
Improving 45817 businesses please complete items 3 and 4
3) How big is your improving 45817 business?
Fewer than 50 employees.
More than 50 employees. (Your business does not qualify to enter this category.)
4) Confirm the location of your improving business.
Located in the 45817 zip code
NOT located in the 45817 zip code. (Your business does not qualify to enter this category).
Young Entrepreneur Scholarships
Three $75 Scholarships are available for contestants born between January 1, 1999 and January 1, 2002.
If you are between 18 and 21 years of age, please list your birthdate.
ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS
All applicants, please provide the following information to provide background for the program's organizers and instructor.
5) Describe your overall business concept.
Maximum 10 lines
6) Give a brief analysis of the industry or business category.
Maximum 10 lines
7) Describe the features of the product or service provided by your business.
Maximum 10 lines
8) What is the competitive advantage of your business?
Maximum 10 lines
Payment can be made online or by check.
To pay online, an Eventbrite invitation will be issued after this application is submitted. The fee for this third-party service is 2% + .79 and does not benefit the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs. Fees are not refundable.
Please indicate your preference:
Pay by check payable to the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs, PO Box 2, Bluffton, OH 45817.
Pay online via Eventbrite (Paypal or credit card).
Submission of this application indicates that you will participate in a public classroom setting. Information discussed in class and provided above should not be considered confidential. Please initial to show your agreement.
Thank you for entering the 2020 Ropp Triplett Business Plan competition. Please enter your name to show that this submission is complete, then press SUBMIT.
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