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The Local’s Story: InvestiPro

Composite Approach

The Local’s Story: InvestiPro

The third video in our Local’s Story series highlights a company that won big at the 2017 Bend Venture Conference.

Follow the story of InvestiPro‘s founder, Dana Barbato, as she goes from a Human Resources professional in the restoration sector to running her own company. Her cloud-based platform guides HR professionals through workplace investigations in a compliant and consistent manner.

See just how Dana started InvestiPro and how it’s creating jobs in Central Oregon.

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EDCO Releases Largest Employers List for Central Oregon

New Team Member

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

BEND, Ore. – May 7, 2018 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is pleased to announce the 2018 Largest Central Oregon Employers, complete with breakouts of the top employers in each Central Oregon community. This data, collected by EDCO annually for nearly 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 21,000 Central Oregonians, or roughly 19% of the region’s current total employment of 111,427. St. Charles Health System tops the list again, employing over 4,100 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.

“It is a significant undertaking to gather this data, however, we believe it is useful information from which trends can be seen on an employer-by-employer level, as well as shifts in the overall economy,” said Elise Rossman, Director of Marketing and Communications for EDCO.

To download the lists in their entirety, click the links below:
Central Oregon Largest Private Employers
Bend Largest Employers
Redmond Largest Employers
Jefferson County Largest Employers
Crook County Largest Employers
Sisters Largest Employers
La Pine/Sunriver Largest Employers

Data for the lists is self-reported and not audited, and is 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.

The Local’s Story: Composite Approach

Composite Approach

The Local’s Story: Composite Approach

The second video in our Local’s Story series is here!

Redmond’s Composite Approach takes interns into the fold with help from Youth Career Connect‘s Central Oregon Internship Program. OSU-Cascades student Sam Stout expects to continue on his career path with the company while continuing with his engineering degree.

For more information on local internship opportunities, visit Youth Career Connect‘s website.

 

 

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We’re Hiring – Business and Event Development Intern

We're Hiring Prineville Economic Development Directo

We’re Hiring – Business and Event Development Intern

–Position has been filled–

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 Civil War Rally & Auction 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 2018

 


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.

On-The-Job Training Comes to Redmond

Youth Career Connect Student At Work

Economic Development for Central Oregon, working with YouthCareer Connect, is placing students in meaningful internships in Redmond. Below is a recent article from the Redmond Spokesman on our newly appointed Internship Coordinator, Larry Holeman.

Reprinted with permission from the Redmond Spokesman:

Sam Stout, a junior energy systems engineering student at Oregon State University-Cascades, didn’t have to go far to find on-the-job training.

He is working as an intern at Composite Approach, a company that designs and builds composite aircraft, vehicles and other items near Redmond Municipal Airport. He said the company gives him unique experience that he might not otherwise get.

“Everybody is pretty easy to get along with,” Stout said. “They have a nice family dynamic that a lot of other businesses don’t often have.”

The pairing of Stout and Composite Approach is one of three put together so far by Larry Holeman, Redmond Internship Coordinator for Economic Development Central Oregon. His job is part of Youth CareerConnect, a partnership between Central Oregon businesses, schools, governments and nonprofits.

The program, which is designed to improve job opportunities for students, while providing skilled workers, started in Redmond for the 2017-18 school year. Holeman works with Redmond and Ridgeview high schools, Redmond Proficiency Academy, Central Oregon Community College and OSU-Cascades in placing students in area businesses.

“They get involved in the next generation of workers,” Holeman said. “It’s forming a better and tighter community. I see it already.”

The internship program is expected to continue growing in 2018, Holeman said.

“We’ve got a lot of companies that want to wait until the start of the year,” he said.

Sam Meier, vice president of operations for Composite Approach, wanted to take part in the internship program both to invest in the community and to get young people interested in composites.

“Teaching kids how to think is more important to us than actually learning about composites,” Meier said. “Understanding the ‘why’ is more important than the ‘how to.’ ”

Stout and other students got emails letting them know about interest from companies like Composite Approach. He was excited to learn about the company.

“I looked them up and saw all the cool stuff they were working on,” Stout said.

Stout has been working on a program for a computer numerical control router that Composite Approach’s 30 employees haven’t had time to do. That frees up time for the other employees to work on other tasks.

Such experience is hard to get in school, Stout said.

“They don’t teach you any of that stuff, even as an engineer,” he said. “Unless you’ve gone to school to be a CNC technician, you don’t really learn that stuff. They don’t teach work culture at school. They don’t teach you a lot of things that are really valuable in the workplace.”

Composite Approach is flexible with Stout’s schedule, which Holeman said is common in the internship program. Students can work after school a few days a week during the school year and spend more time on the job during breaks.

Ridgeview sophomore Skyler Black, 16, was picking up some extra hours over the recent winter break at Risse Racing, not far from Composite Approach. He was helping remove oil from used bicycle shocks that the company rebuilds.

“We’re just getting him up to speed on different things,” owner Kevin Risse said of Black, who started about a month ago. “It helps to have another person who can get training. I don’t think they have a bicycle shock suspension program anywhere. It’s a little specialized.”

Like all companies, Risse Racing keeps students away from heavy machinery they are not trained for, leaving those tasks to its six employees.

Black is interested in working on bicycles for a living, so the experience he gets is important, he said.

“My dad’s the one who got me interested in being a bike mechanic,” he said. “The school got me into the program, and I’ve been working here ever since.”

Students also earn school credits from the program. “Basically, you can work, you’re getting paid and you’re getting school credit,” Holeman said.

Youth CareerConnect has similar internship programs with directors in Bend and Madras. The program has a goal of having 160 interns in the region within a year.

The positions are filling up. Holeman said he has interviews this week for four internship positions and is working to fill 18 more.

Risse advises companies to give Holeman a call.

“It’s a tight labor market, you can get someone you can teach good skills,” he said. “Everybody’s getting older, so we’ve got to get some fresh blood.”

— Reporter: 541-548-2186,
gfolsom@redmondspokesman.com

Third Annual Civil War Rally and Auction Returns November 9th

EDCO AND BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS TEAM UP FOR THIRD ANNUAL
CIVIL WAR RALLY & AUCTION NOVEMBER 9TH AT THE RIVERHOUSE
TO BENEFIT ECONOMIC PROSPERITY IN CENTRAL OREGON

Early Bird Tickets Available Now Thru Oct. 1

BEND, OR (September 14, 2017) – Just two weeks before the Ducks and Beavers face off in Eugene, Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) and Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend (BGCB) will team up again to host the Third Annual Civil War Rally & Auction at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes. On Thursday, November 9, 2017, from 5-9 pm, the rally will bring business leaders, parents, community members, and alumni together in friendly rivalry to support BGCB’s youth development programs as well as Central Oregon’s long-term economic health and prosperity.

Early bird tickets and tables are on sale now at a discounted price until October 1, 2017. After October 1, prices will rise to their normal rate, so don’t miss this opportunity! Civil War Rally is a night of fun, friendly rivalry and free child care, sure to bring together even the staunchest of opponents.

“This event, now in its third year, has been a wonderful addition to the community by bringing together EDCO and Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend, raising $186,000 last year for economic prosperity in our region,” said Roger Lee, CEO of EDCO. “This year’s event is sure to continue to raise the bar for a great cause.”

The partnership is a natural one for these two like-minded organizations. Both non-profits believe that successful economic development begins with healthy families and kids. Together, they form a strong partnership that fulfills the promise of a thriving community. Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend’s youth development programs ensure that the economic opportunities EDCO creates today will be met by the emerging workforce of tomorrow.

“We are excited to be entering into our 3rd year with the Civil War Rally,” said Amanda Gow, Executive Director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend. “This event is critical to the success of Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend and helps keep our programs thriving. Without our local supporters we wouldn’t be able to offer our services and support to the families and young people who need us. We are thrilled to be partnering with EDCO and look forward to seeing everyone on November 9th!”

The Civil War Rally isn’t your ordinary auction. The Riverhouse on the Deschutes will be transformed into a stadium, complete with the energy and excitement of the Civil War football game. Event highlights include:

  • More than 150 silent and live auction items
  • Gourmet tailgating menu and beverages
  • Kid’s Rally, including free entertainment and on-site childcare
  • On field announcers featuring Lonnie & Meg from 1077 The Beat and Shanan Kelly of the Night Light Show
  • Mobile bidding, allowing attendees to track bids and set max bids from their mobile devices, will be available prior to the big night
  • Referee auctioneer

The Civil War Rally & Auction will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2017, from 5-9 pm at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes in Bend. For more information, visit www.civilwarrally.com. To purchase tickets, click here.

About the Partnership
Successful economic development creates a strong base of middle-class jobs and a diverse, stable economy. It also begins with healthy families and kids who have the support they need to secure careers and pursue their education. Together, Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend (BGCB) form a natural partnership that fulfills this promise of a thriving community.

The BGCB provides parents with quality, affordable youth development programs after school and all summer long so they can go to work confident their kids are in a safe positive and caring environment where they can learn and grow. Boys & Girls Clubs’ academic success and career readiness programs are preparing the next generation for higher education as well as the nation’s workforce. It is a long-term investment and one that ensures the economic opportunities EDCO creates today will be met by the emerging workforce of tomorrow.

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend (BGCB) seeks to enable and inspire all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. At their two locations, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend offers youth ages 5-18 life-changing programs, focusing on Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles and Character & Citizenship. For more information, visit www.bgcbend.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.

For Press Inquiries:
Elise Rossman
Director of Marketing and Communications, EDCO
541.388.3236 x6
elise@edcoinfo.com

Shawn Manon
Marketing & Stewardship Director, Boys & Girls Club of Bend
541.617.2877 x5
smanon@bgcbend.org

Laird Superfood To Open New Facility in Sisters

Laird Superfood New Sisters Facility
Paul Hodge, Co-Owner of Laird Superfood, accepting a forgivable loan check with (L-R) Sisters City Council President Nancy Connolly, EDCO Sisters Director Caprielle Lewis, and Sisters City Councilor Andrea Blum (photo by Nicole Abbenhuis)

 

SISTERS, OR (June 27, 2017) – Earlier this month, Paul Hodge, Co-Owner of Laird Superfood, accepted a forgivable loan check from the City of Sisters to help build a new production facility in town. Working with the City of Sisters, EDCO’s Caprielle Lewis helped Laird Superfood secure the forgivable loan, which was essential in locating the company in Sisters.

“Caprielle Lewis at EDCO was instrumental in keeping our business in Sisters,” noted Hodge. “Capi did this by finding and connecting us with key employees, finding available land to build our new facility, helping us secure a forgivable loan with the city to fund expansion, and lead us through tax incentives, among many other things.”

Hodge continued, “EDCO went above and beyond the call of duty in support of our business, which was the determining factor in building our business in Central Oregon.”

With groundbreaking slated for later this summer, Laird Superfood is expecting to produce their nutrient-dense superfoods in the new facility by the end of 2017.

Laird Superfood currently has 15 employees including the recent addition of four new key hires: Chief Marketing Officer, Customer Service Manager, FDA Quality Control and Compliance Manager, and Purchasing Manager, two of which were direct referrals from Lewis who helped bridge the employer/employee gap. A full workforce of approximately 45 employees is expected by next summer.

Laird Superfood was founded by serial entrepreneur Paul Hodge and Laird Hamilton, the world-renowned big-wave surfer. The company creates clean, nutrient-dense products free of preservatives and chemicals, which currently includes coffee, coffee creamer, and other performance/superfood supplements.

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.

Bend Tops Outside Magazine’s 25 Best Towns of 2017

Outside Magazine Best Town 2017

What locals have already known is now confirmed by one of the largest magazines in the U.S. Outside Magazine featured Bend on the cover of their July Issue revealing The 25 Best Towns of 2017, their biggest best-towns list ever.

Outside Magazine put together a special advisory council to nominate places across the country “that are great for kids, have drool-worthy food and drink scenes, are welcoming to people of any background, and have all the bike lanes and singletrack you could possibly want.”

From Mt. Bachelor’s winter expansion to Smith Rock’s world-class climbing and the region’s miles upon miles of single-track, it’s a no-brainer to see why Bend is home to nearly 80 outdoor-related companies, both established and start-ups.

Bend couple and founder of Picky Bars, Lauren Fleshman and Jesse Thomas are featured on the cover.

Here are the official stats:

Bend, Oregon: Best Multi-Sport Town

  • Population: 90,000
  • Median home value: $271,000
  • Median household income: $53,000
  • Council says: “There are a ton of great craft breweries. It’s one of the country’s better scenes.” —Ron Jeffries

For the entire article, and to hear what other great things Outside Magazine has to say about Bend, click here.

EDCO HIRES RYAN CULP AS SUNRIVER/LA PINE AREA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

New Team Member

EDCO HIRES RYAN CULP AS SUNRIVER/LA PINE AREA
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

BEND, OR (June 19, 2017) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is pleased to welcome the addition of Ryan Culp as Sunriver/La Pine Area Economic Development Director.

In this role, Ryan is responsible for executing the plans and programs of business retention, expansion, and recruitment within the La Pine and Sunriver communities and assisting in the creation and retention of traded-sector employment in South Deschutes County. Additionally, Ryan will work with area leaders to assist in projects, initiatives and activities that directly or indirectly make the community an easy, cost effective and friendly place to do business.

Ryan hails from Mississippi, where he most recently worked as a Senior Project Manager for the Mississippi Development Authority, the economic equivalent of Business Oregon. In 2016 alone, he helped recruit nearly 1,000 jobs and $220 million in private investment to Mississippi, while guiding businesses ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies on site selection, project financing, and workforce development.

“It’s not often we are able to hire team members with applied economic development experience,” noted Roger Lee, CEO of EDCO. “Ryan comes to us with invaluable recruitment knowledge and a track record of bringing together all the necessary elements of complex business development projects that will help him to make a difference in La Pine and Sunriver.”

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Mississippi State University. An avid climber and outdoorsman, he and his wife recently relocated from Mississippi to Central Oregon. While initially attracted to the region’s natural beauty, his excitement about the economic potential of southern Deschutes County motivated their move to the Pacific Northwest.

“We’re fortunate to be able to recruit talent from across the country. This wouldn’t have been possible without the help from Karen Turner and the thorough staff at Express Employment Professionals, who continue to set the bar high in finding incredible talent,” said Chief Operations Officer, Erin Chaiet.

About 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.

About Express Employment Professionals
Express Employment Professionals is an international franchise organization that is locally owned and operated by Connie Druliner. Express Employment Professionals has been providing Recruiting and Human Resource solutions to the Central Oregon community for over 30 years. Learn more at www.expresspros.com/bendor.

CASCADE ANGELS FUND INVITES EARLY STAGE COMPANIES TO APPLY FOR FUNDING

Third Application Period Open June 1-15, 2017 via Gust.com


BEND, Ore. – June 1, 2017 –
Entrepreneurs seeking investment capital have an opportunity to present their early stage businesses for growth to Cascade Angels. Cascade Angels Fund 2017, LLC (“Cascade Angels Fund 2017” or the “Fund”) has opened up its third application period, which runs from June 1-15, 2017. Entrepreneurs interested in applying can do so via Gust.com.

The Fund anticipates investing in 4-7 companies in 2017. Typical investments are made in early stage, Oregon-based companies from any industry. Investments are anticipated to range from $100,000 to $250,000.

Cascade Angels Fund is now in its fourth year. The Fund’s mission is to create regional opportunities for investors and businesses to drive economic growth and fuel prosperity. The Fund is managed by Julie Harrelson, an entrepreneur, investor and leader in Oregon’s startup community. She was recently named “Woman of the Year” by the Bend Chamber.

“We’ve had two application periods so far and are in the process of reviewing the deals in front of us. We welcome any company to check out our application process on Gust and apply for funding if they meet the criteria,” said Julie Harrelson, CEO of Harrelson Group Inc., Fund Manager for Cascade Angels. “Our focus continues to be on generating returns for investors, while also positively impacting job creation and economic development in our region.”

Cascade Angels Fund is sponsored by Jones & Roth, Karnopp Petersen LLP, US Bank, and Harrelson Group. 

*Membership in the Cascade Angels Fund 2017 is by referral and invitation only. Angel and venture investments involve a high degree of risk. Participation in the Cascade Angels Fund 2017 is limited to “accredited investors,” as defined by the general rules and regulations of the Securities Act of 1933 of the Securities and Exchange Commission AND to investors who have such knowledge and experience in financial and business matters that they are capable of evaluating the merits and risks of prospective investments.

 

This release is not an offer to sell or solicit investment in the Cascade Angels Fund 2017, its portfolio companies, or applying companies. The Cascade Angels Fund 2017 does not operate as a broker-dealer or investment adviser and is not registered as such with any federal or state securities regulator.

About Cascade Angels Fund

Founded in 2013, Cascade Angels is a professionally managed, investor driven venture fund that creates opportunities for investors and businesses with connections to Central Oregon to drive economic growth and fuel prosperity. The Fund’s investors include prominent business leaders, exited entrepreneurs and institutional investors who are committed to contributing to a sustainable economy and building Oregon’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Since 2014, Cascade Angels Fund has invested nearly $2M in 13 early stage companies that cumulatively employ over 100 people. For more information, visit www.CascadeAngels.com, Gust.com or www.twitter.com/CascadeAngels.  

 

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