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EDCO Announces the BVC 2021 Growth Stage Finalists

EDCO ANNOUNCES THE GROWTH STAGE FINALISTS PRESENTING AT THE BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE OCTOBER 21-22, 2021

BEND, OR – October 7, 2021 Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) announces the Growth Stage finalists presenting at the 18th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) taking place Thursday, October 21 – Friday, October 22, 2021.

The Bend Venture Conference, the largest Angel conference in the West, is an annual celebration of entrepreneurship, bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders, both virtually and in-person in Bend, Oregon.

Companies in the Growth Stage have previously won investments ranging from $100,000 to $2,500,000. The below companies join the finalists previously announced in the Impact and Early Stage categories.

In alphabetical order, the five Growth Stage finalists are:

  1. DeepSurface (Portland, OR) – A risk-based predictive vulnerability management platform that contextualizes vulnerabilities within a business’s digital infrastructure.
  2. Lora DiCarlo (Bend, OR) – Sex tech products using advanced technology to mimic human touch and movements.
  3. Portl – (Eugene, OR) An innovative tech platform dedicated to empowering creators with equitable tools for monetizing content and building community.
  4. PupPod – (Hood River, OR) – A multispecies gaming platform that provides dogs with software-driven, positive reinforcement games and humans with a powerful tool to be great pet parents.
  5. The Run Experience (Bend, OR) – A daily fitness app with daily audio runs and training programs designed to build a healthy running habit.

Ticket Sales
Tickets to the 18th Annual Bend Venture Conference are on sale now and are available here.

About Bend Venture Conference (BVC)
Now in its 18th year, BVC, hosted by EDCO, is one of the largest angel conferences in the country. Over the past five years, more than $10 million has been invested in 40 companies as a result of the conference. This year’s conference will take place October 21-22, 2021, gathering entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders. bendvc.com

About Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO)
EDCO is a non-profit corporation supported by private and public members and stakeholders, whose mission is to create middle-class jobs in Central Oregon by recruiting new employers to move to the region; helping entrepreneurs start new, scalable businesses; and working with businesses that are already here to grow their operations. edcoinfo.com

EDCO Announces the 2021 BVC Impact Competition Finalists

EDCO ANNOUNCES THE IMPACT COMPETITON FINALISTS PRESENTING AT THE BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE OCTOBER 21-22, 2021

BEND, OR – September 29, 2021 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) announces the finalists presenting in the Impact Competition during the 18th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) on Thursday, October 21 – Friday, October 22, 2021.

Hosted by EDCO, this year’s BVC will once again feature three competition categories: Growth Stage, Impact and Early Stage, bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders, both virtually and in-person in Bend, Oregon.

Winners in the Impact Competition could walk away with $100,000 or more. The below four companies join the Early Stage finalists announced last week. The finalists in the Growth Stage competition will be announced next week.

In alphabetical order, the four Impact Competition finalists are:

  1. LeapFrog Design (Bend, OR) – Designs, develops, and commercializes cost-effective, superior performance, residential, rainwater, greywater, and wastewater recycling systems for homebuilders and building owners.
  2. Skip Technology (Portland, OR) – Developing and manufacturing a novel flow, low-cost battery for use in utility scale energy storage, focusing on solar, wind and waves production facilities.
  3. TENZR Health (Vancouver, BC) – Intelligent wearable sensors, gamification and healthcare expertise, providing patients with motivation, guidance and certainty in their recovery.
  4. UV Health Group (Hillsboro, OR) – Designs and produces the SafeAirUV System to eliminate 99.99% of airborne viruses, like COVID-19, from indoor rooms, while people are in the room.

Ticket Sales
Tickets to the 18th Annual Bend Venture Conference are on sale now and are available here.

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About Bend Venture Conference (BVC)
Now in its 18th year, BVC, hosted by EDCO, is one of the largest angel conferences in the country. Over the past five years, more than $10 million has been invested in 40 companies as a result of the conference. This year’s conference will take place October 21-22, 2021, gathering entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders. bendvc.com

About Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO)
EDCO is a non-profit corporation supported by private and public members and stakeholders, whose mission is to create middle-class jobs in Central Oregon by recruiting new employers to move to the region; helping entrepreneurs start new, scalable businesses; and working with businesses that are already here to grow their operations. edcoinfo.com

2021 BVC Company Applications Now Open

BVC 2020 Winners

THE BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE RETURNS OCTOBER 21-22, 2021
COMPANY APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW THRU AUGUST 13TH

BEND, OR (July 8, 2021) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) will again host the annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) on Thursday, October 21 – Friday, October 22, 2021, in downtown Bend and virtually online. Ticketing, speaker announcements and event details for the 18th Annual Bend Venture Conference will be announced in the coming months.

Over the past five years, investments, awards and prizes surpassing $10 million were awarded to 40 companies as a result of the conference. BVC is a yearly celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation, connecting investors, companies and business leaders.

APPLY

This year’s conference will feature three competition categories: Growth Stage, Impact and Early Stage. The application period is open now through Friday, August 13th and companies across the United States are invited to apply.

  • Growth Stage Competition: This category is open to companies that have a proven concept, have generated initial revenues and are prepared to scale quickly with investment. To apply, click here.
  • Impact Competition: This category is open to for-profit companies, whose business models are integrated with a mission to have a significant and measurable social or environmental impact. Applicants should be aiming to generate long-term enterprise value and attractive returns on capital. To apply, click here.
  • Early Stage Competition: This category is open to companies that have a great idea and are close to “proof of concept.” They are pre-revenue (or very early-revenue) and are in the process of testing their product in the market. To apply, click here.

Growth Stage Competition finalists could collect an investment of $250,000 or more. Companies in the Impact Competition have historically competed for investments ranging from $50,000-$100,000. Companies in the Early Stage competition could receive and investment of $25,000 or more. This year’s  BVC will feature impressive speakers from across the country representing angel investors, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.

About Bend Venture Conference (BVC)

Now in its 18th year, BVC, hosted by EDCO, is one of the largest angel conferences in the country. Over the past five years, more than $10 million has been invested in 40 companies as a result of the conference. This year’s conference will take place on October 21-22, 2021, gathering entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders. bendvc.com

About Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO)

EDCO is a non-profit corporation supported by private and public members and stakeholders, whose mission is to create middle-class jobs in Central Oregon by recruiting new employers to move to the region; helping entrepreneurs start new, scalable businesses; and working with businesses that are already here to grow their operations. edcoinfo.com

EDCO’S ANNUAL LUNCHEON RESCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, JULY 15TH FEATURING INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR & ECONOMIST TIM HARFORD

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EDCO’S ANNUAL LUNCHEON RESCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, JULY 15TH  FEATURING INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR & ECONOMIST TIM HARFORD

BEND, OR (June 3, 2021) – Originally scheduled for May 6th, Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) has rescheduled its Annual Luncheon for Thursday, July 15th, 2021, from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm, both in-person and virtually. All previously purchased tickets will be honored for the newly scheduled date.

The EDCO Annual Luncheon will take place at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes. New this year is the opportunity to attend the event virtually. Whether joining in-person or virtually, networking and lunch will be provided. In-person attendees will also receive one of the keynote speaker’s books. In-person tickets and tables are available and on sale here. Virtual tickets and tables can be purchased here.

Additionally, for each ticket sold EDCO will donate a student ticket to the virtual program.

EDCO’s Annual Luncheon is a tradition providing the Central Oregon business community an opportunity to hear nationally (and now internationally) recognized leaders discussing topics important to the business community. With the challenges and changes surrounding the past twelve months, this year’s keynote will focus on how disorder can transform our lives for the better.

Tim Harford

 

Keynote Speaker

Tim Harford

International Bestseller, BBC Radio Host, Economist, TED Speaker

When Things Get Messy

The Productive Reactions to Destruction

Tim Harford has been described as ‘perhaps the best popular economics writer in the world’. He is a behavioral economist, BBC radio and TV presenter, and award-winning Financial Times columnist. Sometimes called ‘Britain’s Malcolm Gladwell’, Tim offers a distinctive blend of storytelling, humor and intelligence.

He has written nine books, including The Undercover Economist, which has sold nearly 2 million copies in over 30 languages. His BBC Radio 4 series, More or Less, offers a genial smackdown of dubious statistics, while his BBC World Service radio series Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy was a critical success and iTunes topper. Tim’s most recent book, The Data Detective, was released this past February and his writings have won several prestigious awards, including the Bastiat Prize for economic journalism (2006 and 2016), Science and Data Commentator of the Year (2018) and more.

Tim is the only journalist to be an honorary fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, has given numerous invited lectures (including at Google) and three TED talks, which have alone been viewed nearly 10 million times.

“He’s a genius at telling stories that illuminate our world.” – Malcolm Gladwell

In-Person Tickets and Registration (book and lunch included):
$79 EDCO Members
$94 Non-Members

Tickets and tables can be purchased here.
(In-person table sponsors receive six luncheon tickets plus recognition prior to and during the event.)

Virtual Tickets and Registration (dining certificate and networking included):
$39 EDCO Members
$54 Non-Members

Tickets and tables can be purchased here.
(Virtual table sponsors receive ten luncheon tickets plus recognition prior to and during the event.)

Become an EDCO Member here.

About Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO)

Now in its 40th year of operations in Central Oregon, Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is a non-profit corporation supported by private and public members and stakeholders, whose mission is to create middle-class jobs in Central Oregon by: recruiting new employers to move to the region; helping entrepreneurs start new, scalable businesses; and working with businesses that are already here to grow their operations. For more information, visit www.edcoinfo.com

April 2021 PubTalk: Kara Buckley and the World of Sports

PubTalk Keynote speaker

April 2021 PubTalk Keynote Speaker: Kara Buckley

United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee | Oregon Sports Angels

Sports at the Intersection of Impact and Innovation

Relive the keynote speech from the April 2021 Central Oregon PubTalk, as Kara Buckley talks about the intersection of impact and innovation in the world of sports. Including her involvement with the US Olympic & Paralympic Committee and Oregon Sports Angles.

Check out the full event to hear pitches and updates from local companies and start-ups. Click here to see pitching company Zipcan, company updates from Bend Soap Company and Riff, and of course our keynote Kara Buckley.

About Kara

Throughout Kara’s career, she has worked across the highest levels of sports. Including the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, FIFA World Cup, League of Legends, Special Olympics, and UEFA Champions League.

With LA28 (the home of the 2028 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games) and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Team, she built and launched the first-of-it’s-kind Athlete Marketing Platform. While working at Visa, she pioneered Visa’s Rio 2016 “Acceptance” campaign by supporting ten athletes competing on the Refugee Olympic Team.

PubTalk Company lineup 

PubTalk keynote and pitching company

Pitching Company: Zipcan

CEO Fritz Brumder | CPO Spenser Lea

Realize the full power of video collaboration for your brand beyond hosting meetings. Zipcan provides the ability to add video chat capabilities to your website or application in just a few seconds. Just embed a code snippet and unlock a 2-way video experience within your platform. With Zipcan you can create new products, engage customers and connect your community.

PubTalk keynote and update company Riff

Company Update: Riff

CEO Paul Evers

Riff is a purpose-driven coffee company on a mission to explore and celebrate 100% of the coffee plant’s agricultural value. They are passionate about building a purpose-led company that creates widely desired, good for you and good for the planet beverages. The brand launched their first line of ready-to-drink cold-brewed coffees in 2018 and quickly garnered many awards and accolades.

PubTalk keynote and update companyBend Soap Company

Company Update: Bend Soap Company

Founder & Owner Dwight Johnson

Created 10 years ago out of Dwight and Marilee Johnson’s mission to find safe, natural, and nourishing products to help soothe their son’s eczema, Bend Soap Company is a family-run company dedicated to creating toxin-free goat milk soap. Today, their all-natural skincare products have helped thousands of families enjoy healthy skin with nourishing and wholesome ingredients at an affordable price

About PubTalk

EDCO’s Central Oregon PubTalk, held the fourth Thursday of the month, is a happy hour aimed at bringing together different facets of the business community in one place to network, share ideas, and further local businesses.

March 2021 PubTalk: Randy Adams and Failure

PubTalk Keynote speaker

March 2021 PubTalk Keynote Speaker: Randy Adams

 Managing Partner, C-Level Solutions | Strategic Advisor

Three Failures of a Serial Entrepreneur

Experience the March 2021 Central Oregon PubTalk keynote speech given by, Randy Adams. Randy dives into his own experiences as a serial entrepreneur and the three failures to avoid.

Check out the full event to hear pitches and updates from local companies and start-ups. Click here to see pitching company Boundless, an update from Josie’s Best Gluten Free Mixes, and of course our keynote Randy Adams.

March PubTalk Keynote Randy Adams

About Randy

Randy Adams has a vast background of knowledge, having been a serial entrepreneur for over 35 years. He’s founded nine venture-backed technology companies including autonomous vehicle insurance, digital avatars, software-publishing, IT, e-commerce, and two celebrity-based digital media companies (ever heard of Will Ferrell or Marlon Wayans?). He’s published more than 30 consumer software applications that have collectively sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. Raised more than $100M in venture capital. Had five successful start-up exits return more than $1B to investors…and the list goes on.

He is credited with raising the initial funds for Yahoo, creating the first desktop publishing app for the PC, managing the team that created PDF and Acrobat, and creating the first e-commerce site on the web. Currently, he runs C-Level Solutions, providing consulting services for early-stage companies.

PubTalk Company lineup 

PubTalk Pitching Company Boundless

Pitching Company: Boundless

Co-Founder Ian Gregg

Flying on commercial airlines can be inefficient, unpredictable and exhausting. Boundless was created to raise your transportation expectations by defining a new category of travel: personal aviation. They aim to make your final travel destination more accessible for both pilots and passengers. Think of it as a charter solution for the environmentally and cost-conscious individual. Boundless is empowering people to move seamlessly between home, work and play with an elevated mobility solution.

PubTalk Company Update Josie's Best

Company Update: Josie’s Best Gluten Free Mixes

Founder & CEO Josie Johnson

Some of Founder & CEO Josie Johnson’s main passions are cooking and baking. But when allergies led her to go gluten-free, Josie’s Best was born. Josie’s Best produces gluten-free and allergen-free baking mixes from Sisters, Oregon. Recently, they were featured on Good Morning America, further spreading the word of their delicious mixes.

About PubTalk

EDCO’s Central Oregon PubTalk, held the fourth Thursday of the month, is a happy hour aimed at bringing together different facets of the business community in one place to network, share ideas, and further local businesses.

February 2021 PubTalk: Evan Witte and Remote Locations

February 2021 PubTalk Keynote Speaker: Evan Witte

Founder & Managing Director | Battery Ventures

Why the Next Generation of Startups Are Remote

Relive the February 2021 Central Oregon PubTalk keynote speech given by Evan Witte. Evan gives his insight into why more remote places like Central Oregon are no longer seen as a second-tier location.

Check out the full event to hear pitches and updates from local companies and start-ups. Click here to see pitching companies Rising Wild and TriAgenics, as well as our keynote Evan Witte.

About Evan

Battery Ventures is a 37-year-old firm with a global presence, having navigated through multiple business cycles while continuing to thrive. Evan joined Battery Ventures in 2020, working to build the firm’s business-development practice through which Battery works closely with developers, technologists and product-management executives across cloud-native and innovative Fortune 500 corporations. Previously, he worked as a business development manager at Intel and has also co-founded two companies: Cursive Labs, a San Diego tech incubator, and Spoutable, an online advertising company.

PubTalk Company lineup 

PubTalk Pitching Company Rising Wild

Pitching Company: Rising Wild

Founder & Managing Director Brooke Jackson

Rising Wild is ushering in a new era of adventure and fitness for kids and families by gamifying fitness to encourage healthy habits. Their mission is to get kids outside and moving by combining a mobile app with a monthly subscription box. Their adventure and fitness programs include virtual events and challenges with outdoor-themed Rising Wild heroes – Dawn, Sage, Sunshine, and Grit – who share stories that inspire adventure, sport, play, and the outdoors.

TriAgenics PubTalk Pitching company

Company Update: TriAgenics

 President & CEO Leigh Colby

Dr. Colby has founded and guided multiple successful entities over the course of his career. TriAgenics is his fifth startup with the other four still operating today. TriAgenics has developed a one-minute dental procedure that prevents wisdom teeth from ever forming, eliminating the most common surgery amongst young adults between the ages of 15 and 25. This technology will allow for general and pediatric dentists to safely and effectively deliver improved lifelong outcomes with none of the typical complications seen from the conventional extraction used today

About PubTalk

EDCO’s Central Oregon PubTalk, held the fourth Thursday of the month, is a happy hour aimed at bringing together different facets of the business community in one place to network, share ideas, and further local businesses.

January 2021 PubTalk: Andrew McCormick and the IPO Wave

PubTalk Keynote speaker

January 2021 PubTalk Keynote Speaker: Andrew McCormick

Andrew McCormick | General Counsel & Secretary | Laird Superfood

Catching the IPO Wave from Sisters, Oregon

Experience Andrew McCormick’s keynote speech at the January 2021 Central Oregon PubTalk. Andrew McCormick discusses and gives his insight into the biggest IPO to hit Central Oregon in years.

Check out other segments of the event to hear pitches and updates from local companies and start-ups. Our YouTube channel includes the January 2021 PubTalk pitching companies, Astromotive and Velmacchi.

Febuary 2021 PubTalk Keynote Andrew McCormick

About Andrew and Laid Superfood

Earlier this year, Sisters-based Laird Superfood launched a successful Initial Public Offering (IPO), raising over $58 million. Why did this company choose to launch their global products from a small town in Oregon? Why did they decide to go public? Tune in as we hear from Andrew McCormick and the story of how this startup has grown into one of the biggest companies in Central Oregon. Caprielle Lewis, EDCO’s Sisters Area Director will moderate the discussion.

PubTalk Company lineup 

January 2021 PubTalk Pitching Company Velomacchi

Pitching Company: Velomacchi

Founder Kevin Murray

Velomacchi is an adventure travel apparel company that builds premium quality gear for mobile professionals. Each piece is carefully considered and tested for high speed travel. Never ones to follow the status quo, they continually seek out the best craftsmen and the best materials from the best factories around the world, creating a product that drives the category forward.

2021 January PubTalk Pitching Company Astromotive

Pitching Company: Astromotive

Founder Lawrence Sheets

Some of Founder & CEO Josie Johnson’s main passions are cooking and baking. But when allergies led her to go gluten-free, Josie’s Best was born. Josie’s Best produces gluten-free and allergen-free baking mixes from Sisters, Oregon. Recently, they were featured on Good Morning America, further spreading the word of their delicious mixes.

About PubTalk

EDCO’s Central Oregon PubTalk, held the fourth Thursday of the month, is a happy hour aimed at bringing together different facets of the business community in one place to network, share ideas, and further local businesses.

Keep the Holidays Local

Keep the Holidays Local

This holiday season, Central Oregon companies need your support. And there’s no shortage of what is made right here in our own back yard! That perfect gift you’ve been searching for may just be listed below. Happy holidays from EDCO!

For more gifting ideas, make sure to check out Bend Marketplace and this last-minute gift guide from Visit Bend.

Sweet Gifts

Red Plate Foods

Bend, Oregon

Red Plate Foods makes delicious baked goods that are vegan and free of the top 8 food allergens (gluten/wheat, dairy, peanut, tree nut, soy, egg, fish, and shellfish) in a dedicated facility located in Bend.

For a tasty, guilt-free gift, click here!

November 2020 PubTalk Pitching Company Holm Made Toffee

Holm Made Toffee

Bend, Oregon

Founded in Glide, Oregon in 2007, Holm Made Toffee crafts their candy in traditional handmade batches, utilizing Oregon-grown hazelnuts and ingredients sourced from the Pacific Northwest in every batch.

Make this delicious handmade toffee a gift by clicking here!

Sweet Oasis Chocolate

Redmond, Oregon

Sweet Oasis specializes in handcrafted gourmet popcorn, fudge, jelly bites, chocolates, caramels, ice cream, gummiez, lotions, oils, and even massage creams. They are a great source for gift opportunities!

Click here to find a sweet gift!

November 2020 PubTalk Pitching Company Seahorse Chocolate

Seahorse Chocolate

Bend, Oregon

Seahorse believes the yummiest chocolate is a direct result of people who care deeply about the work they do everyday. They find chocolate by seeking partners who focus on transparency and quality in their work, offering direct-trade certified, single-origin cocoa that reflects the craft of the farmers and producers.

Get your Seahorse Chocolate fix here!

Gather Nuts

Bend, Oregon

Gather Nuts is an artisanal whole foods snack company founded in Bend by a nutritionist and plant-based food aficionado. They’re passionate about foods that nurture while doing the least amount of harm to the planet and animals – core values that drive their work.

Click here to snag these slow-roasted tasty snacks.

The Chocolate Company

Redmond, Oregon

The Chocolate Company offers handmade fine chocolates, candies, fresh caramel apples, dipped fruit, dipped cookies, and snacks. All of which will satisfy any sweet tooth!

Click here to explore the long list of delicious goodies offered by The Chocolate Company!

Sisters Olive and Nut Co.

Sisters, Oregon

Sisters Olive and Nut Co. treats every customer as though they were family, offering the very best and most unique products out there. And if that isn’t enough, they offer free samples every day!

To explore Sisters Olive products, click here!

Be-Bop Biscotti

Redmond, Oregon

Be-Bop offers hand decorated gourmet biscottis, that will undoubtedly improve any cup of coffee. These delicious treats are made right here in Central Oregon!

Click here to fill that biscotti sweet tooth!

Justy’s Jelly

Redmond, Oregon

It is not just jelly, it is Justy’s Jelly. Offering many different jelly flavors, including pepper, fruit, and artisan, Justy’s is all handmade locally. Think this jelly sounds like a great gift? So do we!

Click here to explore their different offerings!

Picky Bars

Bend, Oregon

Picky Bars believes that real food is the best fuel. Picky Bars will power you through any workout, long day or race you face.

Click here to make this power fuel a great healthy gift!

Pili Hunters

Bend, Oregon

Pili Hunters offers the world’s healthiest nuts. All-natural, high fat, low carb, vegan, and 100% sustainable, Pili Hunters is sharing this healthy snack with the world.

Click here to learn more about this healthy snack!

Josie’s Best

Sisters, Oregon

Josie’s Best Gluten Free Mixes creates magical breakfast moments for people who once thought they had to give up on Sunday waffles. Plus they are offering the perfect holiday gift box!

Click here to explore their offerings!

Laird Superfood

Sisters, Oregon

Laird Superfood manufactures all-natural superfood products including creamers, coffees, hydration options, and much more!

Check out their products here!

Stavoren Trading Co.

Bend, Oregon

Stavoren is a family business that imports and sells Madagascar, Tahitian, and Mexican vanilla beans. They are committed to bringing you the best products and customer service possible!

Click here to explore this amazing vanilla!

Bend Sauce

Bend, Oregon

Bend Sauce is a chipotle hot sauce company based right here in Bend. They use only natural ingredients and the result is a chipotle sauce that makes any dish better!

Click here to make this tasty sauce a great gift.

Outdoor and Apparel Gifts

Puffin

Bend, Oregon

Puffin Coolers launched with a single product, a bottle cooler that emulates a mummy-style sleeping bag. The inspiration for this product was simply the realization that Bend is a town known mostly for 2 things: beer and the outdoors.

Make a Puffin Cooler the perfect gift by clicking here!

Sullivan Glove Company

Bend, Oregon

Sullivan Glove is one of the last U.S. glove makers, holding true to their original commitment of enduring craftsmanship. They source American Grade A hides in deer, elk, buffalo, goat, sheep, pig, and cow, and cut leather using decades-old, form-fitting patterns. Every pair is hand-sewn in Bend.

Think these handcrafted gloves would make a great gift? Click here.

BlackStrap

Bend, Oregon

BlackStrap strives to set the standard in new innovative clothing and gear…getting you action-ready for any sports lifestyle! And make sure to check out their new line of face masks.

Click here to make this gear a great gift.

Cairn

Bend, Oregon

Cairn is your guide to finding new and unique outdoor products. The best part? It all comes in a subscription box! Cairn will help you get outside and replenish your soul.

Click here to check out their offerings.

Buckstop Truckware

Prineville Oregon

Buckstop Truckware designs, engineers, and manufactures heavy-duty bumpers for trucks, vans, and SUVs right here in Central Oregon.

Click here to shop these professional-grade accessories (either for yourself or someone else).

Radian Weapons

Redmond, Oregon

Radian designs and manufactures innovative, professional-grade weapons and components that are both dependable and reliable.

Click here to explore their products.

DrinkTanks

Bend, Oregon

DrinkTanks has been revolutionizing the growler industry through quality and innovation, manufacturing premium stainless steel, double-wall, vacuum-insulated growlers, cups and other accessories.

Make this an awesome gift by clicking here.

SnoPlanks

Bend, Oregon

Snoplanks are powder oriented snow sliding vehicles, that are surfing inspired both in shape and construction. Each one is made from multiple layers of hardwood and fiberglass, making for the perfect snow-loving gift!

Click here to explore their products!

Pierce Footwear

Bend, Oregon

Pierce Footwear empowers health and wellness with adaptive performance footwear. They are redefining footwear with their SpeedLatch shoes, great for people with disabilities, back problems, and arthritis.

Check out their footwear by clicking here!

Hydro Flask

Bend, Oregon

A quintessential Central Oregon product, Hydro Flask makes double-wall vacuum insulated stainless steel water bottles, tumblers, mugs and more. Their lineup has expanded to include food containers, lunch boxes and hydration packs.

Click here to find a great gift from HydroFlask!

Sudara

Bend, Oregon

Sudara is an apparel brand empowering women in India to live in freedom from human trafficking. Every Sudara product is inspired by the beautiful colors and textures from the local culture and is crafted by women in their community.

Shop their great products here!

Bronwen Jewelry

Bend, Oregon

Bronwen offers delicate and durable jewelry designed for active and traveling women. They are made by hand right here in Bend Oregon!

Make this jewelry a great gift by clicking here!

HYDAWAY

Bend, Oregon

Meet HYDAWAY. The collapsible, ultra-stashable, planet-friendly, go-anywhere way to stay hydrated.

Click here to explore their bottles!

Gifts for Home

DayDreamHQ

Sisters, Oregon

DaydreamHQ is a unique design and build studio creating beautiful, retro wood art that will warm any home or yard. And make sure to check out their wooden Christmas cards and ornament sets.

Check out DayDreamHQ’s amazing products here.

Hardenbrook Hardwoods

Redmond, Oregon

A beautifully crafted custom cutting board is bound to make a lasting impression. Hardenbrook Hardwoods creates beautiful countertops, tables and other custom items, all of which have the potential to be a great gift.

Explore these beautiful products here.

TERRA FRMA

Bend, Oregon

TERRA FRMA is a local company making sure you, your family, your home, and neighborhood are prepared, evacuated, and able to recover from a natural disaster.

Click here to prepare yourself and your loved ones!

Preston Thompson Guitars

Sisters, Oregon

Preston Thompson Guitars builds world-class guitars that are suitable for any fingerstyle or flat-picking in any genre!

Click here to make one of these beautiful guitars a music lover’s perfect gift.

Broken Top Candle Co.

Bend, Oregon

Broken Top Candle Co. is taking beauty and wellness to the next level. They provide quality products that will not break the bank. Their product line includes candles, linen sprays, soaps, and perfumes.

Make this a great gift by clicking here!

Wingo

Bend, Oregon

Wingo designs cases to protect your devices. Their cases make holding and using your devices easier, more comfortable, and less painful.

Click here to check out their products.

Health and Beauty Gifts

Oregon’s Wild Harvest

Redmond, Oregon

Oregon’s Wild Harvest is dedicated to wellness, farming and science. This family-owned company grows, formulates and produces plant medicine for the whole family right here in Central Oregon!

Check out their products by clicking here.

Coffee & Salt

Bend, Oregon

Coffee & Salt creates unique blends of scrubs and coffee to uplift your mood and soothe your skin. Enhance any bathing experience with these locally sourced sustainable blends.

Explore these beneficial natural scrubs here.

SmartyPits

Bend, Oregon

SmartyPits offers aluminum free, paraben free, phthalate free, and propylene glycol free deodorant. On top of this they donate 30 cents from every large stick to breast cancer research and free deodorant to oncology centers, survivor events and non-profit groups!

Click here to check out their amazing products!

Metabolic Maintenance

Sisters, Oregon

Metabolic Maintenance, a family owned company for over 35 years, produces high quality, practitioner recommended nutritional supplements. All manufacturing takes place right here in Sisters. All products are free from common allergens such as dairy, egg, and gluten and do not contain added excipients, binders, fillers, or preservatives.

Click here to give the gift of health this season from Metabolic Maintenance.

Bend Soap

Bend, Oregon

Bend Soap offers pure, nourishing soap, that will enhance your skincare routine and keep your skin happy. Bend Soap cleanses exfoliates, and moisturizes from head to toe.

Click here to make this natural soap a great gift!

Zealios Skin Care

Bend, Oregon

Zealios products provide athletes peace of mind with any training day, race, or workout. Their products are designed and tested by the worlds top athletes, and will give anyone the confidence they need while focusing on performance.

Click here to explore their products!

Axiology

Bend, Oregon

Axiology offers vegan, planet-friendly lipstick, full of nourishing ingredients such as kokum butter and coconut oil which gives the lipstick their silky, buttery texture.

Click here to make these lipsticks a great gift!

Lora DiCarlo

Bend, Oregon

Lora DiCarlo is a women’s health company focused on helping you get started on your journey toward empowerment.

Click here to view their products!

Food and Beverage Gifts

Oregon Spirit Distillers

Bend, Oregon

Award winning, world class whiskey can be found at Oregon Spirit Distillers as well as other spirits if you are not a whiskey person. They also offer hand sanitizer!

Click here to make these spirits a great gift!

Boneyard Beer

Bend, Oregon

Boneyard was started with one goal. Make great beer. But they offer more than just that. Great food, swag, and other drinks are also offered at Boneyard!

Click here to explore their products!

Maragas Winery

Culver, Oregon

This local winery is in Culver Oregon just north of Redmond. Maragas offers many different types of wine and will absolutely have the perfect bottle for you. They also deliver to the area!

Click here to shop their winery!

Three Creeks Brewing

Bend, Oregon

Three Creeks is a local brewery in Sisters Oregon. Using only the finest ingredients to brew their beers, malts from around the world, Oregon famed hops, and crystal-clear water from our own Cascade Mountains.

Explore their beers and great food here!

Riff Cold Brewed

Redmond/Bend

Riff makes delicious products from only the best ingredients. Riff uses high-quality coffee and coffee fruit from around the world, they are environmentally sustainable and are a member of 1% for the Planet. Check out their awesome products here!

Or click here for their to-go options!

Silver Moon Brewing

Bend, Oregon

Local brewery Silver Moon, is offering a Thanksgiving kit! As well as curbside pick up of both beer and food! They also have a great assortment of Silver Moon swag available.

Click here to check it out!

Faith Hope and Charity Winery

Terrebonne, Oregon

Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards is a local winery with beautiful mountain views. They have a three-level wine club and are now offering curbside pick up and deliveries of their wide variety of wine and food.

Click here to see what they offer!

Sisters Coffee

Sisters, Oregon

Sisters Coffee is a local micro-roaster and coffee house, that creates an authentic coffee experience. This coffee experience is now also offered through subscriptions and would make an amazing gift!

Click here to browse their amazing coffee!

Humm Kombucha

Bend, Oregon

Local kombucha company Humm offers many different delicious flavors, including their very own zero sugar, low-calorie option!

Click here to check out their products!

Gompers Distillery

Redmond, Oregon

Gompers Distillery uses hand-picked Oregon juniper berries, regionally sourced golden pear and hand-picked lavender in their gin. Their spirits are great anyway you wish to enjoy them.

Click here to take a look at their spirits!

Metolius Artisan Tea

Bend, Oregon

Metolius crafts an amazing tea experience. Their tea is ethically sourced, organic, and uses many locally grown herbs.

Click here to get some of this extraordinary tea!

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Initiative Brewing

Redmond, Oregon

Initiative Brewing offers a fun atmosphere and a wide variety of tasty beers, drinks, and food. All their ingredients are fresh and locally sourced!

Click here to check out their beers and food!

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Spider City Brewing

Bend, Oregon

Spider City Brewing is dedicated to bringing people together with their good, clean beer. Offering a variety of different beers for every kind of beer lover!

Explore their beers here!

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Wild Ride Brewing

Redmond, Oregon

Wild Ride Brewing offers a wide variety of beer, a fun atmosphere, and some great swag to sport all year long. This makes it a must-stop while in downtown Redmond.

Check out their offerings here

Pet Gifts

Majesty’s Animal Nutrition

Redmond, Oregon

Majesty’s makes all-natural easy to feed supplemental wafers and treats for dogs and horses. They are focused on keeping your best friend healthy and happy!

Give your furry friend the healthy gift they deserve by clicking here.

Pawket Treats

Bend, Oregon

Pawket Treats is helping you say goodbye to crumb filled pockets! These rolled treats will be your furry friend’s new go-to and won’t leave a mess behind.

Click here to shop for these treats!

Ruffwear

Ruffwear

Bend, Oregon

Ruffwear builds dog gear to enhance your outdoor adventures. Their products which include, water/windproof jackets, insulated coats and fleece winter sweaters, are all trail tested and help you keep your best friend with you on all your adventures.

Click here to check out their products!

Spindrift Dog Gear

Bend, Oregon

Spindrift builds gear that helps make the most of adventures without getting in your way. Offering high quality, long-lasting gear such as leashes, collars, harnesses, and running gear!

Click here to check out their gear!

November 2020 PubTalk: Todd Laurence on Sales and Marketing

PubTalk Keynote speaker

November 2020 PubTalk Keynote Speaker: Todd Laurence

Todd Laurence | Managing Director | Thimble Peak Advisors

What Every Founder Needs to Know About Sales and Marketing

At the November 2020 Central Oregon PubTalk, we heard from Todd Laurence as he discussed what every founder needs to know about selling and marketing.

Check out the full event to hear pitches and updates from local companies and start-ups. Click here to see pitching companies Seahorse Chocolate and Holm Made Toffee, an update from fsboHandshake, and our keynote Todd Laurence.

November 2020 PubTalk Keynote Todd

About Todd

With sales being the key to any successful company, this discussion will apply to companies of any size. Todd is a sales leader in the technology industry, delivering workshops at various venture accelerators and colleges, including Princeton University. He’s sold complex enterprise solutions and built sales teams globally for two decades with expertise spanning a plethora of industries from open source software, large scale analytics, robotics and AI, supply chain/manufacturing, and even food/ag tech.

PubTalk Company lineup 

November 2020 PubTalk Pitching Company Seahorse Chocolate

Pitching Company: Seahorse Chocolate

Owner Amanda Gartrell

Seahorse is a single-origin chocolate studio in Bend. They believe the yummiest chocolate is a direct result of people who care deeply about the work they do everyday. They find chocolate by seeking partners who focus on transparency and quality in their work, offering direct-trade certified, single-origin cocoa that reflects the craft of the farmers and producers. Once you try their chocolate, you’ll understand!

November 2020 PubTalk Pitching Company Holm Made Toffee

Pitching Company: Holm Made Toffee

Chief Toffee Officer & Co-Owner Randi Holm

Founded in Glide, Oregon in 2007, Holm Made Toffee is a family-owned artisan confectioner now headquartered in Bend. Holm Made Toffee crafts their candy in traditional handmade batches, utilizing Oregon-grown hazelnuts and ingredients sourced from the Pacific Northwest in every batch.

November 2020 PubTalk Company Update fsboHandshake

Company Update: fsboHandshake

Co-Founder Stephanie Hix

fsboHandshake allows home sellers and buyers to transact real estate online directly, without the need for commissioned real estate agents. fsboHandshake provides the platform, tools and guidance to complete real estate transactions with confidence all the way from offer to closing, for a flat fee. Hear what they’ve been up to since their first PubTalk appearance in 2019.

About PubTalk

EDCO’s Central Oregon PubTalk, held the fourth Thursday of the month, is a happy hour aimed at bringing together different facets of the business community in one place to network, share ideas, and further local businesses.