Keuneke, Recker Earn Award and Experience When Urged to “Carve Up a Business Plan”

by Paula McKibben   Cutting Edge WoodKRaft won the Emerging Business Division of the Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition, sponsored by the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs (BCE), after weeks of preparatory classes.
   Luke Keuneke and Nick Recker entered the competition at the urging of Fred Steiner. According to Keuneke, “We wanted to get a better business plan.” He noted that when the plan is on paper, they could always refer back to it.

Burkholder Nominates Bluffton Schools for Fund Provided by Monsanto Program

   Bluffton Exempted Village Schools was recently the recipient of a $2,500 donation through the America’s Farmer’s Grow Communities Monsanto Fund.  Chad Burkholder was the farmer that nominated Bluffton Schools to enter this contest. According to Bluffton Schools Superintendent Greg Denecker, these funds will be utilized to purchase books for students in the elementary that revolve around agriculture.
   “We thank Chad Burkholder for nominating our school district and look forward to seeing our elementary students reading about farming and the many other areas related to agriculture,” Denecker said. 

Habitat for Humanity ReStore Offers Free Local Pick-Up Service

by Benji Bergstrand   As the weather turns warmer, people’s thoughts turn to spring cleaning, and spring cleaning often involves a bit of re-organizing and purging of items that are still useful but no longer wanted or needed. The problem then becomes what to do with these items, especially when they are too large or bulky to transport yourself.
   Thankfully the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Lima offers a free pick-up service that serves the local area, and it benefits a lot more than just a Bluffton homeowner looking to free up a little garage space.
   ReStore manager, Jim Lewis, calls it the “triple win.”

Local Resident Presented Professional Engineer License at Statehouse Ceremony

   Thomas Lynn Downey, P.E., was presented with his Professional Engineering License at a Statehouse ceremony hosted by the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers & Surveyors and the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE). 
   Downey, a graduate of Bluffton High School and a current resident of Bluffton, Ohio, earned both his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering technology and his master of science in engineering from the University of Toledo.  Today, he is employed as an engineer at Hawthorn Seving, Inc.

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