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START: Q&A with HR Any Day’s Christine Frazer

Bend, Ore. – May 29, 2019: You’ll often hear Christine Frazer, Owner/CEO of HR Any Day, say “we’ve pretty much seen it all.” Christine has been a human resources professional for the last three decades. She has been part of some of the most challenging business models you can think of, in some of the most challenging industries out there. HR Any Day was built to handle businesses of any size, at any point in their existence. If you’re a small start-up company that wants to make sure your hiring policies are on the up and up, they can help you. If you’re part of a large multi-national company and need a new handbook for all 50,000 employees, they can help you.

Hear more about Christine Frazer, HR Any Day, and the relationship with EDCO here.

EDCO: Tell us a little about your business background.

CF: I spent nearly half of my three decades as a human resources professional working for the private prison system. That means the majority of my work days were spent behind bars. At least I got to leave each day.

After over a decade of working in the prison system, I wanted a change of pace. That change took me to a five-year career as the Chief Human Resources Officer at Valley of the Sun United Way in Phoenix, Arizona. Nothing could have been more different than my previous experience working in corrections. My time working with a non-profit at United Way was the perfect way to round out my human resources resume. Now I was ready for my next big step.

EDCO: What inspired you to start this business?

CF: After surviving the heat in Phoenix, my husband and I knew a change was in our future. The phone rang, and my husband was offered a relocation to Seattle. We immediately said yes.  It didn’t take long to realize this seemingly great opportunity just wasn’t the right fit either. I was still working in Phoenix, he was working in Seattle, and the situation just wasn’t working.  Although we didn’t understand it at the time, the phone call we’d been waiting for was just about to come. My husband was offered a relocation to Bend. Although my first response was, “Where?”  when he asked me if I wanted to move to Bend, it has been the greatest decision we’ve made.

I quickly realized the small and growing community in Bend was exactly what I’d been looking for. Now I just needed to convince the community that I was what they were looking for.

I began making connections, talking to businesses, and determining whether or not my instinct about the need for a local human resources consultant was correct. Luckily, it was. That’s how HR Any Day Consulting came to be.

EDCO: Why did you choose to start your business in Central Oregon? What Makes Central Oregon business community different? How has this community helped you thrive?

CF: My business model of providing human resources support to businesses that don’t have in-house HR is a natural fit for the growing and entrepreneurial environment in Central Oregon. Companies here want to do the right thing when it comes to their employees, they often just don’t know where to go for the right resources. It’s so wonderful to be a part of helping to fill this void.

Simply said, the Central Oregon business community has embraced me.  I’ve lived many places and have never felt so much a part of the community so quickly as I have in Bend. There is a genuine willingness to help each other succeed that I’ve not seen anywhere else. Although that initially caught me off guard, having come from such a large city, it didn’t take me long to embrace the sincerity of nearly everyone I encountered.

The ability to thrive as a consultant is rarely based on the dollars you spend on advertising. It’s largely due to the relationships you build, and the referrals people are willing to share. The foundation of my business model is based on the many wonderful relationships and partnerships I’ve established in my new home.

EDCO: What projects are you currently working on?

CF: I’m so excited to share three big projects I’m getting ready to launch. In June, I will hold the first-ever, three-day intensive Human Resources Bootcamp. This is for small and growing companies who realize they don’t know what they don’t know. We cover topics from the recruitment and selection process all the way through to how to handle an exiting employee, and everything in-between.

My second upcoming big project is the release of a web-based app called HR Step 1. This app is designed for small and growing businesses who really just want everything HR at their fingertips. After going through a series of questions in the privacy of your own office or home, you’ll receive a summary of areas needing the most attention, as well as a full package of form templates you’re able to begin using immediately.

My third exciting project is my book, also titled HR Step 1. The book follows the app structure and covers all the same topics but provides real-life stories to reinforce, in very relatable ways, HR topics employers likely have, or will, face. It will be available to purchase alone or to accompany the app.

Watch for both the book and app late summer 2019.

EDCO: Your best HR quote/word of advice?

CF: My best HR quote is one I use nearly daily, “It’s good ‘til it’s not.”

EDCO: How did you hear about EDCO and why did you choose to engage with the organization?

CF: EDCO was one of the first organizations I was told to join when I came to Bend. I honestly can’t remember who told me, I just knew it was a must do on my “to do” list. I met with Heidi Hausner, Director of Membership, and immediately understood the value to me as the “new kid on the block”. Heidi helped me see how EDCO was integrated into the community, the resources available, the connections, and the networking. As a new business owner, EDCO became my one-stop-shop.

EDCO: Did EDCO help you and your business? If so, how?

EDCO, and in particular Heidi, has been incredibly helpful for my business. EDCO has helped me navigate the business landscape, provided various resources as I’ve needed for both myself and my clients and provided a wonderful networking opportunity through PubTalk.

EDCO: A final fun question – Think of a professional connection that you made with someone because of EDCO. Now tell us a fun or interesting subsequent personal outcome that came from that professional connection.

EDCO recommended the Small Business Development Center at COCC early in my business development.  I’ll always be grateful for this connection because after the first meeting I realized I had no business quitting my day job at that point. I received great guidance on steps I still needed to take that would enable me to be successful. I took their advice and kept my job for several more months while establishing myself in the community and getting all my ducks in a row. When I finally took the leap into entrepreneurship, I felt fully prepared. Okay, as prepared as anyone can be when jumping off a cliff with the cheapest parachute the sporting gear store has to offer.

I now teach at COCC and often have students going through the SBDC program in my classes.  It’s such a great full-circle situation.

EDCO Releases 2019 List of Largest Employers in Central Oregon

EDCO RELEASES LARGEST EMPLOYERS LIST FOR CENTRAL OREGON
Data compiled by EDCO Shows Top Public & Private Regional Employers

Bend, Ore. – May 9, 2019 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is pleased to announce the 2019 Largest Central Oregon Employers, complete with breakouts of the top employers in each Central Oregon community. This data, collected by EDCO annually for the past 20 years, is the most comprehensive major employer list in Central Oregon.

This year, the top 50 private companies collectively employ more than 22,000 Central Oregonians, or roughly 22.5% of the region’s current total employment of 99,400 as of Q1 2019. St. Charles Health System tops the list again, employing over 4,400 people region-wide.

According to Damon Runberg, Regional Economist at the Oregon Employment Department, 78% of Oregon establishments had nine or fewer employees and the average private establishment employed 11 people in 2018.

“A big ‘thank you’ to all the tri-county companies, non-profits, cities and counties that provided information for these lists,” said Roger Lee, CEO of EDCO. “While our economy is dominated by small employers, the region has, over time, also attracted and grown some significant employers.”

EDCO often fields requests about the employment base and largest private employers from both traded-sector companies (manufacturers, high technology, and some professional service companies) and non-traded sector (retail and commercial businesses, education, healthcare, hospitality, construction, etc.) looking to evaluate the region for investment and new or expanded operations. EDCO’s regional list focuses on private (for-profit and non-profit) employers, while those at the community level include both private and public employees.

“This data shows that although Central Oregon attracts many large employers, we are still a region dominated by smaller businesses,” said Elise Rossman, Director of Marketing and Communications for EDCO.

To view the lists in their entirety, click on the links below:
2019 Central Oregon Largest Employers – updated 5.21.19
**Central Oregon Largest Employers List updated as of 5.21.19 to include new data from Les Schwab’s Headquarters and Regional Operations.
2019 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Bend
2019 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Redmond
2019 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Jefferson County
2019 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Crook County
2019 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Sisters
2019 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Sunriver_La Pine

Data for the lists is self-reported and not audited, so are only to be used as an informational guideline. Some businesses chose not to participate in these lists and are therefore excluded.

About 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.

We’re Hiring: Business and Event Development Intern

Photo of Mount Bachelor

**This position has been filled.**

We’re Hiring – Business and Event Development Intern

EDCO’s currently looking for our newest (and some say most important) team member. Are you looking for an experience that’s never dull? This position will give the right candidate one-of-a-kind, hands-on experience and exposure to Central Oregon’s broad business community.

EDCO produces monthly Central Oregon PubTalks, the Annual Bend Venture Conference, the “Made in Tours” and many other events. This position will help promote and execute some of the best-known events in Central Oregon.

Want more info on the position and how to apply? The full description can be downloaded below!

Business and Event Development Intern 2019


About Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO)
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.

REDI Annual Luncheon May 21

Redmond Annual Luncheon May 21, 2019. Crowd photo engaged with keynote.

REDI TO HOST ANNUAL LUNCHEON TUESDAY, MAY 21,
FEATURING THE BALD FUTURIST, STEVE BROWN

Redmond, Ore. (April 29, 2019)Redmond Economic Development, Inc. (REDI) is pleased to announce its upcoming luncheon focused on topics applicable to the Central Oregon business community.

This year’s event focuses on the ever-changing world of work and workforce. With technological advances such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, robotics, 5G, and augmented reality, it’s important for businesses to know how they can streamline using these tools. Keynote Speaker Steve Brown, “The Bald Futurist,” will help attendees understand both the business and societal impacts, how they will shape the future and will help develop new strategies to navigate and thrive amidst these upcoming changes.

Former Chief Evangelist and Futurist at Intel Corporation, Steve Brown is an energetic speaker, author, strategist, and advisor with over 30 years of experience in high tech. Speaking at events all over the world, Steve helps his audiences understand the impacts of new technologies and how they will shape the future five, ten and fifteen years from now.

REDI’s Senior Director, Jon Stark, will also report on key metrics that have impacted Redmond’s economic prosperity and business development initiatives.

REDI Annual Luncheon
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Eagle Crest Resort and Conference Center – Juniper Hall (click for directions)
Tickets $35 REDI & EDCO Members; $50 Non-members
Tickets available here.

REDI 2019 Luncheon Sponsor Logos: BendBroadband Business, Central Oregon Community College, First Interstate Bank
About Redmond Economic Development, Inc. (REDI)
Redmond Economic Development, Inc. (REDI), in collaboration with EDCO, is a private, non-profit corporation established in 1987 as a partnership between private business and the public sector to encourage economic development in the City of Redmond, Oregon. Its mission is to create prosperity through community and business development. REDI serves as an advocate for Redmond’s industrial companies and assists them by providing information about Redmond as an area for business, relocation or expansion. For more information, visit www.rediinfo.com.

About Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO)
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.

New Internships Available for Sisters Students

Students in Sisters now have additional opportunities for job growth thanks to the expansion of Youth CareerConnect’s internship program throughout the Sisters community. Larry Holeman, the internship coordinator for both Sisters and Redmond, works with the business community and Sisters High School to create internships that are equally valuable for both students and businesses.

As job growth continues, the demand for experienced workers is on the rise. Businesses have started to see the benefits of investing in youth in order to support the next generation of workers.

Read more about Youth CareerConnect in Sisters here.

If you are a business owner and would like to host and intern, or if you’re a student looking for an internship, , visit Youth CareerConnect’s website for more information. here.

Manzama Leading the Way in Legal Software

Manzama Leading the Way in Legal Software

BEND, Ore. (March 5, 2019) –  Peter Ozolin, CEO of Manzama, joined Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) at the February Central Oregon PubTalk to deliver an update on the company’s recent exit. The 2010 Bend Venture Conference (BVC) winner was acquired by Diligent Corp., adding to the list of exits in the BVC portfolio. Ozolin stated that the acquisition provides a platform for Manzama to scale and grow.

Manzama’s software platform helps law firms search, classify and rank legal and industry-specific sources to make informed business decisions while supporting business development initiatives.

Read more here.

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 already located here to grow their operations.

Sisters-Based Guitar Company Finds Growth Internationally

BEND, Ore. (February 22, 2019) – Sisters-based PK Thompson Guitars LLC (Preston Thompson Guitars) is well known for their ability to handcraft acoustic guitars to meet their client’s needs. With the ability to choose from 12 different high-end models that can be customized, international demand for these handmade guitars is growing.

The opportunity for the company to branch out of the U.S arose early when research showed the international market remained virtually untapped. Since the company’s founding in 2014, they have seen growth from dealers across the globe in places as far away as Japan, China, South Korea, England, Germany, Holland, and Switzerland.

When Preston Thompson first founded the company they were making 30 guitars a year. Today with their 10 employees they create more than 150 guitars annually, with a goal of increasing that to 225 a year.

Read more about their success here.

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 already located here to grow their operations. For more information, visit www.edcoinfo.com.

Cv International Receives $14 Million NATO Contract

Bend-based company Cv International (CvI) recently secured a $14 million contract with NATO to engineer, design and manufacture C-130 aircraft maintenance stands. This contract will allow CvI to increase fabrication and welding jobs at their Central Oregon manufacturing facility. The implementation of their Advanced Aircraft Maintenance Stands is now supporting Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed, Martin, and Sikorsky aircraft and is projected to meet or exceed ANSI and OSHA standards.

Read more about the new contract in Cascade Business New‘s article here.

Central Oregon is Hiring!

Central Oregon is Hiring!

Bend, Ore. (August 21, 2018) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) announced today the release of two video campaigns to help local employers attract qualified talent to Central Oregon. These videos, Central Oregon is Hiring and the tech-focused Reboot in Bend, are available to all regional employers in their recruitment efforts as they look to attract the best talent.

The goal of this effort is to encourage skilled job seekers and businesses to consider Central Oregon as more than just a great vacation destination. With a tight labor market, and many local employers hiring for multiple positions, East Cascades Works and EDCO decided to address the needs of the community in a new way.

Heather Ficht, Executive Director of East Cascades Works, noted “Central Oregon is growing and experiencing record low unemployment, creating a labor shortage. We continue to invest in cultivating local talent, but we also need to be responsive to our local business’s immediate needs. We listened to our business partners and followed their lead to create another tool to make that recruitment process a bit easier.”

This effort was truly a community-backed initiative with multiple partners. East Cascades Works, EDCO, Wahoo Films, Visit Bend, Central Oregon Visitors Association, Technology Association of Oregon, Five Talent, and the City of Bend were all direct supporters of this effort.

Kip Barrett, EDCO’s Bend Area Director, said “Beyond those who directly contributed to the effort, there were multiple behind-the-scenes partners and community members who kept moving this initiative forward. We would like to thank all of those volunteers and partners for their support.”

To use this video in your recruitment efforts, click here for simple instructions.

It truly was a community effort to create these videos. We would like to thank those who volunteered their time and resources to make this possible.

Reboot in Bend:
Ryan Comingdeer – Five Talant
Melissa Woepse – Kollective
Paul Freed – Herd Freed Hatz
Adam Krynicki – OSU-Cascades
Eric Nielsen – Moda Health

Central Oregon is Hiring:
Jasmine Barnett – Arts & Culture Alliance of Central Oregon
Wally Corwin – JELD-WEN
Damon Runberg – State of Oregon
Paul Freed – Herd Freed Hartz
David Haines – Bend Chamber of Commerce
Teri Hockett – Technology Association of Oregon

About East Cascades Works
East Cascades Works is a private non-profit organization that supports the talent needs of business, and maximizes and aligns investments in the career goals of individuals to fuel a thriving economy. For more information, visit: www.eastcascadesworks.org

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. For more information, visit www.edcoinfo.com.

Central Oregon is Hiring: How to use these videos in your recruitment efforts

Want to use our new recruitment videos in your hiring efforts? See below for simple instructions on how to share and embed these codes directly to your website.

Region-wide Video: Central Oregon is Hiring

Tech Recruit Video: Reboot in Bend

To share the videos:
Click on the share button in the top right corner of either video above for a link you can post on whatever channels you use to attract talent.

Copy this code to embed the Central Oregon is Hiring video to your website or blog:
<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/videoseries?list=PL3EPBouwNKSZly7lfdav6gZU8k3bUSjX1″ frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe>

Copy this code to embed the Reboot in Bend video to your website or blog:
<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/videoseries?list=PL3EPBouwNKSaQpS4bsioIVwej55uDnhOb” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe>