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BLUFFTON — Rebekah Gambrell’s idea of a woman-owned aviation maintenance business is the winner of Bluffton Center for Entrepreneur’s Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition.

Gambrel, of Bluffton, has a background in avionics. She will receive $5,000 towards business start-up costs and a one-year BCE client program membership. She intends to launch Gildeslope Aviation, which will service the northwest Ohio avionics market, BCE Director Denise Durenberger said.

John Hawkins, owner of PCDR Coatings, Findlay, won second place. He receives $1,000 prize money towards start-up costs and a one-year BCE client program membership. Hawkins intends to provide cleaning and powder-coating application services to metal parts and assemblies of local manufacturing companies.

Jane Raines and Kathleen Virden, Lima, owners of Delicate Sweet Treats, a home-based bakery, won third place. They will receive a one-year BCE client program membership. The mother-daughter business will offer cakes, cookies, candies and gift options to birthday parties, weddings, baby showers, bridal showers and work events.

Competitors in the competition participated in eight workshops led by Kathy Keller, director, Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Lima. Bluffton University, DTR Industries, Mustard Seed Cafe, Reichenbach and Steiner CPA’s and WLIO TV, Lima, are major sponsors of the competition. Additional support for the competition is provided by Allen Economic Development Group, Bluffton Icon, Citizens National Bank, First National Bank, Samuel W. Diller and Mitchell Kingsley, attorneys at law, and Sielschott, Walsh, Keifer and Regula CPA’s.

The Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs is housed on the campus of Bluffton University and is a collaborative effort with the local business community, the Village of Bluffton and the university.

Chief Craft Beer Fest to benefit American Red Cross

LIMA — Chief Supermarket is having its first ever Craft Beer Fest Friday with proceeds from the event to benefit the American Red Cross.

The fest is from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Chief Supermarket, 890 S. Cable Road. Tickets may be purchased at any Chief location; they are $20 per person or $35 per couple and include the opportunity to taste up to 10 samples of craft beer. Festival-goers will have a choice of more than 20 varieties of beer.

“We felt this would be a great opportunity for people to come together for a great cause and try some really good beer,” said Chris Pauff, store director for the Chief Cable Road store. “Beer as an industry has decreased, but craft beer has grown, and Chief offers an excellent variety of beer. Many cities are now having craft beer events, and I thought Lima should have one of its own.”

Chief will also be grilling Chief Smokehouse St. Louis-style ribs and Chief Smokehouse stadium brats at the event for purchase. The fest will feature live music by Kevin Ashba.

The American Red Cross relies on partnerships with local businesses like Chief to help raise funds for the organization.

“Every day the Red Cross responds to people in need, whether it be victims of a house fire in our county, or tornado victims in other states,” said David Collins, executive director of the Allen County Chapter of the American Red Cross. “We rely on the generosity of individual donors and partnerships with community businesses like Chief to help those in need. We are grateful for their willingness to host this event to benefit the Red Cross in Allen County and the surrounding area.”

Supervisor leadership workshop set

LIMA — Husky Lima Refinery and the West Central Ohio Manufacturing Consortium will host a special supervisor leadership program in July, covering conflict resolution.

This is an extension of the 2012-13 series held last September to May. Dates for the programs will be either July 18 or July 25, 8 am to 12 noon, at Rhodes State College. The workshop will be conducted by Michael Borden.

The cost is $120 for non-WCOMC members, and there are discounts for members, multiple registrants and early birds, two weeks before a workshop date. To register or get more information, call 419-995-8406. Pre-registration required and seating is limited. Early registration is encouraged.

The program will examine issue of conflict and confrontation, making distinctions between necessary conflict and disruptive conflict, consider the predictable conflict cycle and look at alternatives to conflict management.

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