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THE BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE RETURNS OCTOBER 17-18

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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

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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

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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

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**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.

EDCO’s April PubTalk: Is Your Brand Safe?

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BEND, Ore. (April 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, April 25, 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 Speaker

David Gooder, Global Trademark Strategy and Policy Adviser, most recently: Chief Trademark Counsel Jack Daniels Properties/Brown-Forman
Ten Things Every Business Owner Should Know: From a Global Fortune 100 Trademark Adviser

For over 20 years, David Gooder has made a name for himself as the guardian of the Jack Daniel’s brand. As Chief Trademark Counsel, he protected over 30 distilled spirit and wine brands owned by Brown-Forman, including Jack Daniels. The success rate of his philosophy has put him at the forefront of global trademark creation, acquisition, licensing and branding protection.

This global leader in intellectual property protection will discuss key points every business owner should know, how big brands think and how smaller brands can respond when faced with legal action.

Company Pitches
Amy Stahl, Founder, Metolius Tea
Based in Bend, Oregon, Metolius Tea sells organic, loose leaf tea and liquid Metolius Chai. They use high-quality, organic ingredients, support local agriculture while avoiding synthetic natural and artificial flavoring.  Their tea blends nourish the body and delight the palate.

Austin Anderson, Founder & CEO, Rupie
Rupie is a community-focused talent-job matching platform for building video games. Whether you are an individual or a full studio, Rupie will connect you to vetted talent and gigs, facilitate project negotiation and coordination, and handle all the back office legwork so you can focus on doing what you do best: creating incredible game experiences.

Company Updates
Jeff Baker, Vice President, Business Lender, Craft3
Craft3 is a regional nonprofit CDFI that makes loans to strengthen the economic, ecological and family resilience in Oregon and Washington. Since 2017, Jeff Baker has been responsible for generating and underwriting new mission-based commercial loans focused on small- and medium-sized businesses, primarily those owned by women, immigrants, veterans, and entrepreneurs of color.

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 Speaker

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

2017 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.

EDCO Announces Speakers For Thursday, March 28th PubTalk

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BEND, OR (March 7, 2019)Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) has announced the speakers for the next Central Oregon PubTalk on Thursday, March 28, 5 pm at McMenamins in Downtown Bend. 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
Brianna McDonald, President, Keiretsu Forum Northwest Region
Based in Seattle, Keiretsu Forum’s Northwest Region is an angel investment network that is part of the largest and most active global venture investor community. The Northwest Region alone has funded 500+ companies since its 2005 launch.

Brianna works closely with companies looking for angel investment and is involved in sales strategy execution, relationship management and due diligence.

She started working in the male-dominated field at age 26, not knowing she would soon run one of the most active angel groups in the world. Hear her story, what the journey to the top has been like and what’s propelled Keiretsu to be the most active venture investor community in the country.

Company Pitches
Andy Vaughn, Owner, Pure Polish Products
Bend entrepreneur and style enthusiast Andy Vaughn joined the Pure Polish Products team in 2017. He quickly fell in love with the all-natural, non-toxic shoe polish and leather care line. In summer 2018, he took the reins to bring the 24-item product line to the international level. Andy and his partner/co-owner Amanda Peart immediately had requests from top shoe and fashion stores worldwide.

Jeff Rola, President & Founder, Go Bio Community Fuels
Since 2002, Jeff Rola has found his niche in the biofuel industry. He began collecting used cooking oil to supply Oregon’s only commercial biodiesel plant, Go Bio Co. Over the past ten years, Jeff supplied produces with enough raw material to replace nearly one million gallons of petroleum diesel.

Today, Go Bio Co has made the transition to retail sales of biofuels with the launch of Go Bio Community Fuels.

Company Updates
Shannon Keith, Founder & CEO, 
Sudara
Sudara is more than just comfy clothing. With every purchase, women are empowered with the resources they need to build a brighter, safer future for themselves and their families. This certified B-Corp provides employment and skills training for women in India who are at risk of or survivors of sex trafficking.

Don’t miss a very special company update from Shannon this Thursday.

Adam Krefting, Founder and CEO, CushCore
CushCore officially launched in 2017 after winning the Bend Venture Conference Early Stage Competition in 2016. Their tire suspension system is revolutionizing the mountain biking industry. They won the 2017 VitalMTB.com Product of the Year award and their racers continue to succeed across the globe. In 2018 CushCore sales expanded dramatically by partnering with major distributors worldwide. Hear what 2019 holds for CushCore.

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 Speaker

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

2017 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.

Prineville Needs Your Vote

The Moda Assist Park Improvements program is back!  With the help of the entire Central Oregon community, Redmond won the donation last year to improve Baker Park. This year, Prineville is in the running to receive the Trailblazer’s donation, which would help fund an all-abilities playground that would be an exciting place for kids to play, learn and use their imagination.

The winning project is determined by total number of votes cast, so please take a minute to help Prineville win the generous donation.  You may vote once EACH DAY, but the contest ends March 20.

VOTE 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.

Central Oregon PubTalk Returns This Thursday

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EDCO ANNOUNCES SPEAKERS FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH PUBTALK FEATURING DUTCHIE, AXIOLOGY, MANZAMA AND AMPLION

BEND, OR (February 25, 2019)Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) has announced the speakers for the next Central Oregon PubTalk on Thursday, February 28, 5 pm at McMenamins in Downtown Bend. 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
Ross Lipson, CEO, Dutchie
Dutchie is an online ordering service that allows marijuana consumers to search dispensaries in their area, place an order and have it delivered or ready for pick up in minutes. Dutchie works with hundreds of retailers, facilitating thousands of orders to local dispensaries, and has attracted sizable investments from investors including Snoop Dogg and basketball phenom Kevin Durant.

Company Pitch
Ericka Rodriguez, Founder, Axiology
Makeup shouldn’t just be safe for the people who wear it. It should be safe for animals, the planet and the people who make it. That’s why Axiology lipsticks and crayons are made with no animal testing, no scary ingredients, no exploitation and no lies. It’s 100% evil-free makeup.

Company Updates
Peter Ozolin, CEO, Manzama
Since winning the 2010 Bend Venture Conference (BVC), Manzama has been busy. With Peter Ozolin as CEO, they have become the leading provider of current awareness and market intelligence for professional service organizations around the globe. Using their sophisticated search algorithms and cutting-edge machine learning techniques, the process of finding and sharing critical business insights are just clicks away.

Chris Capdevila, CEO, Amplion
In 2014, Amplion walked away from the BVC stage with the largest award of the year. Chris Capdevila, Amplion’s CEO, will take the PubTalk stage next week to discuss what milestones they’ve hit over the past five years as the business continues to grow in Bend. The software startup aggregates biomarker data, making it easier for life sciences companies to find the information needed to make strategic decisions.

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 Speaker

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

GET TICKETS HERE

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