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Jefferson County Offers $143,000 Incentive for Construction of Industrial Space

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Jefferson County Offers $143,000 Incentive for Construction of Industrial Space
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Madras, Ore. Jefferson County has finalized a grant program that offers a cash incentive for
the private development community to construct new industrial or light industrial space within the county’s borders. For years, all existing heavy and light industrial space has been fully occupied in Madras, Metolius, Culver, Crooked River Ranch and Warm Springs, which the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners see as a barrier for business development. This incentive would offer up to $125,000 for construction of a 60,000 square foot building available for lease. The minimum size for eligibility is 20,000 square feet, which would yield a $75,000 cash grant. Sizes in between will be prorated.

Additionally, the grant recipient may also apply for up to $18,000 in “rent gap coverage” to
defray costs if the building remains vacant after completion. This grant is designed for maximum flexibility and does not require a specific property to be identified at the time of the application.

However, those applications with land control (lease or ownership) will be scored higher. Applicants also need not have a tenant in hand to apply. The deadline for applications for this incentive is November 4th, 2019, 2:00pm.

“It is widely known that a shortage of built industrial space available for lease in a community is a barrier for both existing businesses to expand and companies outside our borders to relocate,” said Jefferson County Commissioner Kelly Simmelink. “We don’t want to lose opportunities due to a 12-18 month permitting and construction time frame,” he noted.

Commissioner Mae Huston emphasized that financial capital is also a constraint. “Many of the economic development tools to attract business to Jefferson County are geared to businesses that can be patient through a building project and have sufficient capital for ground-up development,” said Huston.

“The data tells us that most business owners would rather direct their capital and attention to the business rather than real estate,” continued Huston.

Wayne Fording, local business owner and longtime Commissioner, sees the incentive as a way for the public sector to help mitigate private sector risk of investing in new speculative space. “The grant program’s goal is to get someone to add inventory, and we believe occupancy will follow quickly,” said Fording.

This grant program may be used in conjunction with the Oregon Enterprise Zone program,
which offers 3-15 year property tax exemptions for qualifying companies on buildings, equipment and certain types of personal property. Local jurisdictions including Jefferson County, City of Madras, City of Metolius, City of Culver and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs volunteer to temporarily give up some property tax revenue via the Enterprise Zone programs in order to attract new jobs and capital investment.

The source of funding used for the industrial construction incentive program is a portion of the net proceeds of a 1980s Oregon Community Development Grant that the County used to establish a business economic development loan program. The County originally received $400,000. Today, the program has grown with principal and interest repayments to a current value over $800,000.

Grant details are available at www.jeffco.net/RFPs and the deadline for sealed
applications is November 4, 2019 at 2:00 PM.

Contact: Kelly Simmelink, County Commissioner – 503.730.6573
Jeff Rasmussen, County Administrative Officer – 541.460.0889

About Jefferson County:
Established in 1914, Jefferson County comprises the northern portion of the Central Oregon region and includes Oregon’s largest Native American reservation. It is home to some of the largest manufacturers in the region, has among the state’s most diverse population and its farms produce the majority of the annual U.S. and global carrot seed supply.

2019 BVC Early Stage Finalists Announced

ANNOUNCING THE FIVE EARLY STAGE FINALISTS TO PRESENT AT THE 16TH ANNUAL BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE OCTOBER 17-18
Finalists Chosen During Last Night’s Central Oregon PubTalk

BEND, Ore. – September 27, 2019 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) announces the Top Five Early Stage Finalists advancing to the Bend Venture Conference (BVC) on Thursday, October 17 – Friday, October 18, 2019. These companies will present on the historic Tower Theatre stage in Downtown Bend, competing for a possible investment of $25,000 from Portland Seed Fund.

The Early Stage competition received 42 company applications from six states. It includes companies that have a great idea and are close to “proof of concept.” They are pre-revenue (or very early) and are in the process of testing their product in the market. The competition will take place on the morning of Friday, October 18th.

During last night’s Central Oregon PubTalk, TerrAmor won the Audience Vote and received a $3,000 cash award, courtesy of Keiretsu Forum.

In alphabetical order, the five Early Stage finalists presenting at the Bend Venture Conference are:

  1. FleetNurse Inc. (Eugene, OR) – An app-based on-demand staffing service for healthcare facility supervisors.
  2. Lisi Global, Inc. (Richland, WA) – Environmentally safe, patented electronics technology that eradicates soil pests and pathogens.
  3. Speak Technologies (Portland, OR) – A time-saving productivity tool using AI to follow-up on meetings by automatically capturing notes, key decisions and action items.
  4. Steamchain Corp (Salem, OR) – Steamchain is a Financial Technology company that has created a platform using smart contracts, blockchain technology and proprietary processes to simplify international B2B payments.
  5. TerrAmor (Corvallis, OR) – A low-cost, easy to deploy, organic-certified solution for soft fruit growers to address the spotted wing drosophila problem.

Tickets to the 16th Annual Bend Venture Conference are on sale now and are available here.

About Bend Venture Conference (BVC)
Now in its 16th 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 38 companies as a result of the conference. This year, over 600 entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders are expected to attend the multi-day conference on October 17-18, in Bend, Oregon. 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

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2019 BVC Early Stage Semi-Finalists

EDCO ANNOUNCES THE BVC EARLY STAGE SEMI-FINALISTS
10 companies to present at the largest PubTalk of the year September 26th;
Competing for a $3,000 cash award and a spot on the BVC Stage

BEND, Ore. – September 17, 2019 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) announced the 10 semi-finalist companies advancing in the Early Stage competition for the 16th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) on Thursday, October 17 – Friday, October 18, 2019. This group of companies is one step closer to presenting on the historic Tower Theatre stage in Downtown Bend, competing for an investment of $25,000 from Portland Seed Fund.

These Early Stage semi-finalists will pitch against each other at the September 26th PubTalk with five companies advancing to the Bend Venture Conference. In addition to advancing to the BVC, an audience vote will determine one Early Stage company to receive a $3,000 cash award, courtesy of Keiretsu Forum. Tickets for PubTalk are on sale now and available here.

In alphabetical order, the 10 BVC Early Stage semi-finalists that will compete at the September 26th PubTalk are:

  1. Analog Biometric Technologies (Portland, OR) – A firearm lockbox preventing children from accessing firearms using the length of fingers to unlock.
  2. eCode.me (Bend, OR) – A product recommendation platform that recommends products based on a unique sensory profile.
  3. FleetNurse Inc. (Eugene, OR) – An app-based on-demand staffing service for healthcare facility supervisors.
  4. Honistly (Portland, OR) – Creators of financial instruments that ease anxiety through alternatives to predatory lending and the comfort of predictable expenses via warranties.
  5. Lisi Global, Inc. (Richland, WA) – Environmentally safe, patented electronics technology that eradicates soil pests and pathogens.
  6. Referit Wellness, Inc. (Bend, OR) – An app that helps doctors grow their practices by incentivizing patients to share their favorite doctors.
  7. Shift (Bend, OR) – VR enhanced online training to help educators recognize and mitigate implicit bias in the classroom.
  8. Speak Technologies (Portland, OR) – A time-saving productivity tool using AI to follow-up on meetings by automatically capturing notes, key decisions and action items.
  9. Steamchain Corp (Salem, OR) – A blockchain company using smart contracts to reduce high currency conversion costs and fluctuation risk in shipping and logistics.
  10. TerrAmor (Corvallis, OR) – A low-cost, easy to deploy, organic-certified solution for soft fruit growers to address the spotted wing drosophila problem.

 

During PubTalk, an audience vote, along with a panel of experts, will determine the five companies that advance to BVC October 17-18. With the largest crowd of the year, the action will be live-streamed throughout McMenamins. Don’t wait to secure your seats – tickets are going fast and this event will sell out.

With the largest crowd of the year, the action will be live-streamed throughout McMenamins. Don’t wait to secure your seats – tickets are going fast and this event will sell out.

PubTalk Agenda
5:00 pm to 5:45 pm Networking, drinks & appetizers
5:45 pm to 8:00 pm Early Stage Company Pitches, Audience Vote, Winner Announcements

PubTalk Cost and Registration
$27 EDCO & OEN Members (Become a member here.)
$37 Non-Members
Cost includes appetizers and a free beverage (choice of beer, wine, or soda)

Ticket Sales
Tickets to the September 26th PubTalk are on sale now and available here.
Tickets to the 16th Annual Bend Venture Conference are on sale now and are available here.

BVC Title Sponsors

PubTalk Title Sponsors

About Bend Venture Conference (BVC)
Now in its 16th 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 38 companies as a result of the conference. This year, over 600 entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders are expected to attend the multi-day conference on October 17-18, in Bend, Oregon. 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

Start: Q&A with BrainChild Technologies’ Carly Kiselycznyk, PhD

Bend, Ore. – September 9, 2019: Meet Carly Kiselycznyk, Ph.D., co-founder of BrianChild Technologies. Throughout Carly’s career, she has been focused on taking innovations from neuroscience to help improve the quality of everyday life. She’s trained as a scientist but has worked hard to gain interdisciplinary experiences in business, intellectual property, and government grants management. Before Carly’s work with BrainChild Technologies, she researched the behavioral and pharmacological interventions that influence mental health and resiliency. This academic experience led her to a career with the Department of Defense where she served as a scientific advisor for government-funded research on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Hear more about Carly Kiselycznyk, BrainChild Technologies and their relationship with EDCO:

EDCO: Tell us about your business background

CK: BrianChild Technologies was formed by academic neuroscientists who met while studying at the National Institutes of Health. We had the idea to create consumer versions of research tools used to study infants so everyday parents could track their own baby’s neurodevelopment. Our business and startup experience began when we were selected for the NeuroLaunch Startup Accelerator that focused on bringing innovations in neuroscience to the market. Since then, we have grown from academic researchers to startup founders through our experiences at NeuroLaunch, FoundersPad, and Promise Studio’s Early Futures program for innovators in early childhood. These experiences have helped us identify critical value propositions for caregivers and providers working with hearing loss in infants that will lead to new market opportunities in consumer digital health. We have since successfully gained two SBIR grants for our work from both the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

EDCO: What inspired you to start this business?

CK: BrainChild Technologies was formed when one of our co-founders was expecting her first baby. As neuroscientists, we, of course, had tons of questions about this exciting time in brain development. We knew about the tricks researchers in baby labs use to better track an infant’s cognitive and language milestones and wanted to give everyday parents the same tools. We started with a smart pacifier that recreates the High Amplitude Sucking paradigm, where researchers wire up a pacifier to measure how infants change their sucking behavior when they’re interested in images or sounds. Our goal was to provide parents a new way to have back-and-forth interaction with their infant, while also helping them recognize issues such as hearing loss so they can pursue interventions early when they are most effective.

EDCO: Why did you choose to start your business in Central Oregon? What’s different about the Central Oregon business community than other communities? How has this community helped you to thrive?

After receiving funding to work on the company full-time, I had the opportunity to move anywhere in the country to start growing our team. I was looking for a startup culture with easy access to the outdoors and had always loved the Northwest. While visiting Seattle and Portland, I decided to stop by Bend and was immediately impressed with the startup community. Just after one or two visits at local co-working spaces, I had 10-15 warm introductions to others in the community and people were happy to make time to meet during my short visit. Since moving here, everyone has been more than happy to meet for a quick chat over coffee and suggest more resources or introductions. It’s great to be in a smaller, tight-knit community where you can be sitting and having coffee with one person and the connection they’ve just mentioned happens to walk in the door a few minutes later.

EDCO: How did it feel to win the Cambia Grove Trails Competition? What do you hope to accomplish with this win?

Winning the Cambia Grove TRAILS competition was a great validation of our pivot to focus on hearing screening in infants, especially coming from judges with expertise in pediatric concerns from 3 leading children’s hospitals. The competition provides us with the opportunity to be embedded in 3 children’s hospitals for a week of shadowing providers. Being able to observe our future users and customers in their work environment is a great opportunity while conducting customer discovery. These visits will help us ensure that we not only create improved solutions for hearing loss screening but that it also fits into the workflow and day-to-day realities of our future users.

EDCO: What projects are you currently working on? 

CK: Right now, I am continuing my work on pilot testing our hearing screening platforms for infants as part of our NIH SBIR grant. I will be finishing up some of our software development and then looking for some parents and baby scientists who are interested in participating in our research studies. As part of our IRB-approved study, I am looking for families who are interested in participating in a one-hour session in their home where the infant tries out our smart pacifier while listening to different sounds.

EDCO: What is Your Best Word of Advice to the Entrepreneur Community.

CK: Learn to recognize how much you, and even the experts, still don’t know about a topic. Realizing how much of our standard way of doing things was based on our limited information at the time is a great way to start identifying areas ripe for innovation.

EDCO: How did you hear about EDCO and why did you choose to engage with the organization? Did EDCO help you and your business? If so, how?

CK: I learned about EDCO when I first passed through on a visit to Bend. They were one of the first introductions recommended to me and have been a great resource along the way. The PubTalks have been a great way to start getting to know the entrepreneurial community, and the staff at EDCO was instrumental in introducing me to multiple leaders in the health care space in Bend, both in medical device and digital health development, as well as health policy. The connections to health care leaders in the community have helped us identify new business opportunities unique to Oregon and Bend, including programs for infants from the local NICU, and new legislation for home visiting and health screening services for all parents with new infants.

THE BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE RETURNS OCTOBER 17-18

BVC Outside Tower Theatre

THE BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE RETURNS OCTOBER 17-18, 2019
CONFERENCE TICKETS ON SALE NOW
COMPANY APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW THRU AUGUST 15TH

BEND, OR (July 17, 2019) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) will again host the annual two-day Bend Venture Conference (BVC), now in its 16th year, on Thursday, October 17 – Friday, October 18, 2018, at the iconic Tower Theatre in downtown Bend.

Tickets to the 16th Annual BVC are on sale now and are available here.

This year’s conference will feature three competition categories: Growth Stage, Early Stage, and Impact. The application period is open now through Thursday, August 15th 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Last year, 600 attendees, 50 prominent investors, and over 70 companies joined us for a celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation. Investments, awards, and prizes of approximately $2.35 million were given to multiple winners at the 2018 conference.

“The Bend Venture Conference has become a staple in the Pacific Northwest’s entrepreneurial community. What started as a one-day conference 16 years ago has matured into nearly a week of diverse entrepreneurial activity in Central Oregon. We’re excited to see how BVC grows this year, launching capital into businesses locally and nationally,” said Brian Vierra, EDCO’s Venture Catalyst.

Jason Moyer, Fund Manager for the 2019 BVC, LLC said, ““BVC has come a long way. We’re now syndicating with professional funds to invest meaningful sums in many of the region’s most promising ventures. Multiple exits and up-rounds suggest that our selection process is on the right track.”

Companies in the Impact Competition historically compete for investments ranging from $50,000-$100,000. This year’s Early Stage Competition has received a commitment from Portland Seed Fund to invest at least $25,000 into the winning company. Growth Stage Competition finalists could collect an investment of $250,000 or more. The 2019 BVC will feature impressive panelists and keynote speakers from across the country representing angel investors, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs, to be announced at a later date.

About Bend Venture Conference (BVC)
Now in its 16th 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 38 companies as a result of the conference. This year, over 600 entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders are expected to attend the multi-day conference on October 17-18, in Bend, Oregon. For more information, visit www.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. For more information, visit www.edcoinfo.com.

PUBTALK HITS THE ROAD – JOIN US IN SISTERS ON THURSDAY, JULY 25TH

People laughing at McMenamins, PubTalk logo, EDCO logo

EDCO’S CENTRAL OREGON PUBTALK HITS THE ROAD
JOIN US IN SISTERS, THURSDAY, JULY 25TH


Bend, Ore. (July 15, 2019)Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO)’s Central Oregon PubTalk hits the road! Join us in Sisters at Three Creeks Production Facility to hear what’s been cooking in their entrepreneurial community. See below for the Sisters-centric lineup of companies presenting later this month at the Tasting Room @ Three Creeks Brewing Production Facility in Sisters on Thursday, July 25, at 5 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and available via Eventbrite here.

EDCO’s Central Oregon PubTalk 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.

Keynote Speaker

Samuel Pyke, Founder, Owner, Producer, Cinematographer Hill Shadow Pictures

“Every moment can be captured in the right light…”

Growing up in Sisters, Samuel Pyke was drawn to telling stories, specifically in the visual medium. He began to recognize the importance of composition and other characteristics that would draw people into his work. He’s created incredible work for companies including Realtree, Camp Chef, Smith & Wesson, Discovery Studios, and many more. He’ll discuss the expectations of his clientele, how he works to make their different visions a reality, and how he’s been able to live and thrive professionally in a smaller community.

Company Pitch

Josie Johnson, CEO & Founder, Josie’s Best Gluten Free Mixes
Josie’s Best produces gluten-free baking mixes that provide classic tastes and textures leaving people in disbelief that what they are eating is gluten-free. Their mission is to provide products that are not “good for gluten-free” but great overall products. Their lineup includes a gluten-free pancake mix, GF waffle mix, GF crepe mix, and GF all-purpose flour, providing both retail and foodservice sizes and options.

Company Updates

Dan Stewart & Christine Funk, Thompson Guitars
Noted for their power and immediate, responsive voice, Preston Thompson Guitars pay tribute to the best American made instruments from the 1930s. Master guitar luthier, the late Preston Thompson, and his small team of highly skilled craftsman produce custom acoustic guitars that have the look, playing feel and above all, the sound of the best instruments from that original Golden Era of guitar making.

Jamie Eichman, COO, Laird Superfood
Laird Superfood, Inc. creates award-winning, all-natural superfood products that are both delicious and functional. The company was co-founded in 2015 by the world’s most prolific big-wave surfer, Laird Hamilton. His passion project to perfect his personal regimen grew into a dynamic, innovative brand with a mission to bring clean, simple and thoughtfully formulated superfoods to the masses. As one of the fastest-growing companies in the natural foods space, Laird Superfood’s offerings are environmentally sustainable, responsibly tested and made with whole-food ingredients that everyone can feel good about.

Agenda
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm Networking, drinks and appetizers
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Company Presentations & Keynote

Venue
Tasting Room @ Three Creeks Production Facility
265 Barclay Drive, Sisters, OR 97759

Cost and Registration
$26 EDCO & OEN Members (Become an EDCO Member here)
$36 Non-Members

Admission includes appetizers and a free beverage (choice of beer, wine, or soda).

Title Sponsors

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.

EDCO’S PUBTALK RETURNS THURSDAY, JUNE 27TH

People laughing at McMenamins, PubTalk logo, EDCO logo

EDCO’S PUBTALK RETURNS THURSDAY, JUNE 27TH
FEATURING HYDRO FLASK, TERRA FRMA, ADVENTURE GURU

Bend, Ore. (June 11, 2019)Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) has announced the speakers for the next Central Oregon PubTalk at McMenamins in downtown Bend on Thursday, June 27, at 5 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and available via Eventbrite here.

EDCO’s Central Oregon PubTalk 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.

Keynote Speaker
Mike Wallenfels, SVP Global Sales, Helen of Troy

Think Omni-Channel: Developing Brick & Mortar Avenues in a Digitally Native World

Mike has spent much of his career in sales leadership for brands like Hydro Flask, Timbuk2 and Mountain Hardwear. He’s also advised digitally native brands (think Cotopaxi and Rumpl) in extending beyond their direct online sales worlds. After a company has mastered Kickstarter, direct online sales and Amazon, what comes next? Hear Mike’s stories of developing sales channels for leading brands and startups and why developing a brick & mortar strategy is still important in a digital world.

Company Pitches
Allison Barnard, CEO & Founder,
Terra Frma
There are reasons people don’t prepare even when they know they must. Founder Allison Barnard was in a full stop, avoiding preparing her family for a disaster. Knowing she wasn’t alone in this reaction, she set out to solve a serious problem. Allison knew the potential value of a step-by-step product that would prepare people before, guide them during and support them after any disaster without power or cell service. Terra Frma is a holistic approach to natural disaster preparedness combining expert steps with wellness-focused guidance to build physical and emotional resilience in the face of a disaster.

Shannon Enete, CEO & Founder, Adventure Guru
Adventure Guru is a video-based adventure guide aiming to change the world one adventure at a time. In order to do so, they want every type of person (size, shape, color, sexuality, ability, etc.) to represent the beauty of humanity and inspire everyone to get outside and enrich his/her life. Sometimes you need to see someone that looks like you exploring the great outdoors before you realize it’s not just for the elite athlete that we’re used to seeing on pamphlets and in magazines.

Agenda
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm Networking – Drinks and appetizers
6:00 pm to 6:45 pm Company Presentations
6:45 pm to 7:30 pm Keynote Panel Discussion

Cost and Registration
$26 EDCO & OEN Members (Become an EDCO Member here)
$36 Non-Members

Admission includes appetizers and a free beverage (choice of beer, wine, or soda).

Title Sponsors

2019 PubTalk Title Sponsors Columbia Bank, Karnopp Peterson, University of Oregon, Velox Systems

EDCO Members Connect: Novunex Provides Metabolic Maintenance with Process Automation Platform

Bend, Ore. – May 29th, 2019:  Meet Manfred Walder, VP of Operations for Novunex. Novunex is a highly configurable software as a service (SaaS) platform that manages business processes of all kinds. The pre-configured, industry proven method enables customers to get up and running within a day. Novunex provides customers startup and ongoing support including review and mapping of their current processes, alignment of the pre-configured models to the customer process and training.

Metabolic Maintenance produces pure, high quality, preservative-free products with no added excipients, fillers or binders. Based in Sisters, Oregon, their products are manufactured per the highest standards with only the most conscientious sourcing of ingredients. It is the oldest family-owned company in the nutritional supplements industry.

Metabolic Maintenance

Hear from Jeff Minke, QA/QC Manager, about Metabolic Maintenance’s experience using Novunex’s process automation platform.

EDCO: How did Novunex help you to improve efficiency and compliance? 

JM: Novunex is a very robust software, that has a great amount of flexibility which allowed us to tailor it exactly to our process requirements. Metabolic Maintenance is currently using Novunex for one of our critical quality processes with the goal of reducing labor costs and time. Since using Novunex at Metabolic Maintenance, we have seen a 50% improvement in efficiency and labor cost savings. This experience has shown us a cost-efficient way to automate which is leading us to more opportunities to gain efficiencies as a company. Metabolic Maintenance is already planning the next processes that can be automated with Novunex to drive improvements in our operations. The team at Metabolic Maintenance is highly impressed by the functionality of Novunex and how easy it is to use. Because of the flexibility offered by Novunex, Metabolic Maintenance would strongly recommend this software.

EDCO: How did EDCO help in the selection process for a process automation platform and why did you select Novunex?

JM: Metabolic Maintenance was introduced to Novunex by Jon Stark, REDI Sr. Director. Metabolic Maintenance was looking for a new innovative technology that could help improve efficiency and build upon current processes and procedures already in place. Jon directed us to Novunex and we could tell from the beginning we had made the right decision by working with Novunex.

EDCO: How has your experience been with the Novunex software?

JM: Since Novunex was a brand-new software for Metabolic Maintenance, our team needed to see it in action. After a few reference visits with existing Novunex customers in Central Oregon, the Metabolic Maintenance staff was impressed by the efficiency and capability Novunex was able to offer. After approximately three months of planning and configuring the software to our specific needs, Novunex is used now in our day-to-day operations.

Novunex

Hear how Manfred is helping businesses like Metabolic Maintenance get ready for the future by saving time and cost with process automation done right.

EDCO: Why did you move to Central Oregon?

MW: After moving from Austria to San Diego in 2001 it took me about 3 years to discover Bend. I felt immediately connected with the area and knew that this was the place I wanted to live. I was working for one of the biggest contract manufacturing companies, Flex, and I had to find a new opportunity to make a move to Bend possible. Finally, in 2006 I accepted a leadership position for developing and implementing a global quality management system for FlexMedical and was able to make my move to Bend.

I continued working for Flex, and later for Zimmer as a telecommuter, before the perfect constellation of events led me to the start of our company, which I did together with two friends and former co-workers in 2015.

EDCO: How did you hear about EDCO?

MW: Having always worked in factories and corporate environments, it was exciting but also very challenging to start my own business. I was living in Bend but I didn’t really know the support and infrastructure available for new businesses. My first PubTalk in May 2015 was a real eye-opener. Seeing and feeling the environment EDCO had created, gave me confidence that I was in the right place.

EDCO: How did EDCO help you?

MW: In the early stages of our company, we got help from EDCO’s Venture Catalyst, Brian Vierra, who connected us with a mentor and gave us the opportunity to pitch our company at a PubTalk. During EDCO events we made introductions to other business owners and operation managers from local businesses. I realized that it was difficult for EDCO Area Directors to explain what we are doing and how we help customers, therefore we scheduled some face to face meetings and customer visits to show them what we do. I believe that this educational part was important for the introduction to Metabolic Maintenance from Jon Stark, REDI Sr. Director. Jon understood what we could do and he saw the need Metabolic Maintenance had.

EDCO: How did this opportunity turn out for Novunex?

MW: We had multiple meetings with the Metabolic Maintenance team to understand their pain points and goals. After creating a broad business process automation plan, which included inspection and lab management, product and recipe management and forecasting we presented the benefits of a digital transformation to the management team. In order to better visualize how our software helps GMP facilities (FDA – Good Manufacturing Practices) to be more efficient and compliant, we organized several reference visits which were supported by Caprielle Foote-Lewis, EDCO’s Sisters Area Director. This detailed preparation work led to the first project which was kicked-off in February this year.

EDCO: Can you tell us more about the project?

MW: The best part of every new project is learning about the customer and their very specific use cases and challenges. We recommended starting with a critical but less integrated part of the business process automation plan, which in this case was the inspection and lab management solution. To keep the project efficient, we used some of our preconfigured modules to start. In weekly sprints, we added features and refined the processes and dashboards to align them with the unique requirements.

To create the perfect fit, we believe that software needs to precisely align with process requirements and support an efficient, effective and compliant execution.

We’re Hiring: Sunriver / La Pine Area Economic Development Director

EDCO logo, Mount Bachelor landscape

**This position has been filled**

Bend, Ore. (May 17, 2019) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) works to build a stronger, more stable and diversified local economy.  We are currently looking for a Sunriver/La Pine Area Economic Development Director to execute the plans and programs of business retention/expansion and recruitment for projects within the La Pine and Sunriver areas. This position will assist in creating and retaining primary employment in Southern Deschutes County. This is an excellent chance to make an impact within the Central Oregon business community.

Want more information? The job description is just a click away.

Please send all inquiries to Karen Turner at Express Employment Professionals: karen.turner@expresspros.com or call 541-389-1505 x2884.

EDCO’S Central Oregon PubTalk Returns May 23

EDCO’S PUBTALK RETURNS THURSDAY, MAY 23RD:
THE WORKFORCE IN TECH FROM START TO FINISH

Bend, Ore. (May 16, 2019)Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) has announced the speakers for the next Central Oregon PubTalk at McMenamins in downtown Bend on Thursday, May 23, at 5 pm. Tickets are on sale now and available via Eventbrite here.

EDCO’s Central Oregon PubTalk 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.

Keynote Panel: The Workforce in Tech From Start to Finish featuring
Jesse Rosenzweig, Former Co-Founder and CTO, AWS Elemental

Mike Harrington, CTO, Amplion
Moderated by: Teri Hockett, Vice President,
Technology Association of Oregon

Join our keynote panel of established tech experts as they tackle some big questions surrounding workforce development and scaling a tech company in Oregon. How do you get more women developers in the hiring pipeline? What are some strategies for managing and keeping developer talent? Do you look for remote vs. in-house workers and why? Our expert panel will discuss this and more.

Company Pitches
Jason Thomas, Owner & Founder, Pili Hunters
While kite surfing in the Philippines, Jason Thomas, outdoor endurance athlete and founder of Pili Hunters, tried the delicious pili nut for the first time. He was so blown away by the rainforest-grown pili nut’s rich, buttery flavor that he started sharing it with everyone he knew back home. Jason’s mission became apparent: introduce U.S. consumers to the nutritious, delicious and sustainable Filipino pili nut.

From selling his first batch of vegan-friendly, keto pili nuts out of the back of his pickup truck to now offering an entire pili nut product line both online and in select retailers, Jason’s spirit of adventure is front and center in everything Pili Hunters does.

Tim Hix, Founder & CEO, fsboHandshake
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 an affordable flat fee.

Agenda
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm Networking – Drinks and appetizers

6:00 pm to 6:45 pm Company Presentations
6:45 pm to 7:30 pm Keynote Panel Discussion

Cost and Registration
$26 EDCO & OEN Members (Become an EDCO Member here)

$36 Non-Members

Admission includes appetizers and a free beverage (choice of beer, wine, or soda).

Title Sponsors:
2019 PubTalk Title Sponsors Columbia Bank, Karnopp Peterson, University of Oregon, Velox Systems

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.