A Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center client has won the Tiger Tank competition in Bluffton. Angie Brown of Fort Wayne has won a $40,000 prize package that includes one year of rent-free space and other incentives for her business to operate in a space near the Wells County Public Library in Bluffton. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Friday at Brown’s new boutique, "RE:."
It will offer repurposed home-furnishing items, retro snacks, treats and beverages. Brown says the name RE: is a “shortened version” of the words repurpose, redesign, refurbish and restyle.
“RE: will be your destination for one-of-a-kind vintage refurbished furniture, home goods, and accessories. We take old, tired, often discarded items and transform them into new, unique, one-of-a-kind items,” Brown said.
She says the store also plans to host art classes, family movie nights and “kaRE:oke” nights.
The Tiger Tank competition, which was named after the TV show “Shark Tank”, is a joint enterprise between the Wells County Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development and the downtown revitalization group Bluffton NOW!
Candidates developed a business plan with three years of financial projections and presented their plans to a panel of Tiger Tank judges.
“I am honored to have been chosen as the winning Tiger Tank business. Thank you to all the sponsors and businesses giving of their time, advice and services,” Brown said.