Ribbon Cutting – Niese Tire and Service Center

Welcome Niese Tire and Service Center

The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce is happy to officially welcome Niese Tire & Service Center to Bluffton.  A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Friday, March 8th at their new Bluffton service center, located at 319 N. Main St., Bluffton, OH 45817.

Niese Tire & Service Center, owned by Kyle Niese, is a full comprehensive automotive service destination that extends beyond tires, offering a full spectrum of vehicle solutions. We are thrilled to welcome Niese Tire & Service Center to our Bluffton community.

2024-03-18T17:38:32-04:00March 15, 2024|

Introducing the Local Voices (Bluffton) Podcast

Introducing the Local Voices (Bluffton) Podcast: A Celebration of Community and Entrepreneurship

We’re pleased to announce the launch of the Local Voices Bluffton podcast, a platform dedicated to showcasing the vibrant tapestry of our beloved town. Co-hosted by Sam Sprunger of Lounge Media Group and Jim Enneking, the Executive Director of the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs, this podcast aims to become a valuable resource for Bluffton, Ohio, and its surrounding areas.

What is Local Voices Bluffton?

Local Voices Bluffton is more than just a podcast—it’s a celebration of success stories, strategies, local insights, and entrepreneurial endeavors thriving in and around Bluffton. Our goal is to highlight the achievements of local businesses, share compelling narratives, and shed light on the essential work of the Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs.

Our Purpose and Goals

The purpose of Local Voices Bluffton is to discuss Bluffton, its people, businesses, success stories, and the crucial initiatives led by the Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs. We aim to provide valuable insights and foster connections within our community.

One of the distinguishing features of our podcast is its inclusivity. Participation is not limited to chamber members; we welcome […]

2024-03-18T17:37:06-04:00March 13, 2024|

BCE Small Business Information Series

Unleash Your Entrepreneurial Spirit: BCE Hosts Small Business Information Series and Business Plan Competition

Introduction: The entrepreneurial journey is a thrilling ride filled with challenges, triumphs, and the satisfaction of bringing innovative ideas to life. For aspiring entrepreneurs, those with businesses less than three years old, or anyone who want to learn more about operating business, the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs (BCE) has exciting opportunities in store. The Small Business Information Series and the Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition are back, promising a transformative experience for participants.

Small Business Information Series Overview: Commencing on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, and concluding on April 16, 2024, the Small Business Information Series is a golden opportunity for individuals eager to delve into the world of entrepreneurship. The series, hosted locally on the third floor of the Bluffton Town Hall and simultaneously broadcast live from the Borra Center at Rhodes State College, is designed to accommodate diverse schedules. For those unable to attend in person, online remote class options are available, ensuring accessibility for all.

Series Outline:

  1. Week 1: So You Want to be an Entrepreneur
    • An exploration of the entrepreneurial mindset and the essential qualities needed to embark on this exciting journey.
  2. Week […]
2024-03-14T16:15:44-04:00January 23, 2024|

Introducing the Bluffton Community Calendar

Bluffton Community Calendar Launches in February 2024

The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce is elated to introduce a groundbreaking enhancement designed to keep our community informed, engaged, and seamlessly connected. Allow us to present the Village of Bluffton Community Calendar—your ultimate destination for consolidating all local events, activities, and gatherings into one centralized, accessible platform!

The Need for a Unified Calendar

As our village continues to flourish, so does the number of dynamic organizations, clubs, schools, and community groups serving our community. While each entity diligently plans and hosts its events, workshops, and activities, there’s been a growing need for a unified platform where residents can effortlessly discover and engage with these events.

Powering Connections with Yodel Community Connections

Recognizing this need, we’re happy to announce that the Bluffton Community Calendar harnesses the robust capabilities of the Yodel Community Connections engine. This state-of-the-art engine specializes in aggregating calendars from various organizations, ensuring that our community members have a comprehensive view of all local happenings in one place.

Key Features of the Community Calendar

  1. Comprehensive Listings: From charity fundraisers and school events to club meetings and village-wide celebrations, find them all on one community calendar.
  2. Search and Filter Options: Locate events based on date range, organization, or […]
2024-01-19T09:52:52-05:00January 19, 2024|

Chocolate Walk 2024!

Hello, chocolate lovers and community enthusiasts! We’re thrilled to announce one of the sweetest events of the year: the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce Chocolate Walk 2024. Get ready to indulge your taste buds and explore our beautiful town like never before!

Save the Date!

Date: February 8th
Time: Noon till 7:00 PM
Location: Throughout the charming streets of Bluffton

A Chocolate Lover’s Dream Come True

Imagine a delightful afternoon or evening stroll through the heart of our community.  With each step you take, you’ll have the opportunity to visit various local businesses, each offering a unique chocolate treat to tantalize your taste buds. Whether it is a chocolate candy, a decadent cookie, or a mouthwatering brownie, there’s something for everyone!

Ticket Information

Tickets: $10.00 each
Limit: Only 200 tickets will be sold.

Tickets will be available for purchase soon. Watch Facebook, local news outlets, and our website for further information.  Given the limited availability, we recommend securing your spot early to avoid missing out on this delectable experience.

Support Local Businesses

The Chocolate Walk isn’t just about indulging in delicious treats—it’s also a fantastic opportunity to support our local businesses. As you stroll from one destination to the next, you’ll have the chance to discover hidden gems, meet passionate entrepreneurs, and […]

2023-12-29T10:52:52-05:00December 29, 2023|

Ribbon Cutting at 1861 Wine Lounge

One of Bluffton, OH’s most anticipated additions, the 1861 Wine Lounge, is open! On Saturday, August 19, at 11:00 AM a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to officially welcome a new business to our community.

Nestled in the heart of downtown Bluffton, the 1861 Wine Lounge is set to captivate patrons with an impressive selection of wines, select bourbons featuring Horse Soldier Bourbon, and an assortment of domestic and craft beers. The ambiance of the lounge is designed to offer a serene and inviting escape, embodying the true essence of a lounge experience.

The founders, Mike Burris and Mary Burris, extend a warm welcome to all to join us for this long-awaited event. As avid supporters of Bluffton’s downtown, they envisioned the 1861 Wine Lounge as more than just an establishment: it’s a testament to the town’s character.

As an embodiment of their commitment to community enrichment, the 1861 Wine Lounge features a unique element known as the “Giving Wall.” This wall stands as a symbol of unity, enabling patrons to contribute to local charitable initiatives. Each donation visibly demonstrates the power of collective goodwill.

2023-12-29T16:23:58-05:00September 11, 2023|

Ribbon Cutting at Jacomet’s Martial Arts

A ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held at Jacomet’s Martial Arts Dojo, 121 S. Main Street (lower level) on July 28, 2023.

The business, which is owned by Tony Jacomet, runs its core program, Gen Yuan Kempo, September through May with multiple classes that group students by age and skill level–from ages as young as 5 through adults.

There is also an age 7-adult family/group evening class, offering busy families an alternative time slot, and an opportunity for parents to train alongside their children.

This year the program is expanding to offer teen/adult classes in Tai Chi, Jiu Jitsu and Yoga.

Classes offer detailed instruction with an emphasis on safe training and learning practical skills.

We are thrilled to have Jacomet’s Martial Arts in our community.  Their dedication to helping both kids and adults experience the martial arts fits well with our mission of supporting local businesses and promoting a healthy lifestyle in our community.

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2023-09-11T12:22:28-04:00August 9, 2023|
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