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EDCO’s Traveling to Outdoor Retailer This July

EDCO’S HEADING TO OUTDOOR RETAILER THIS JULY

SHOWCASING LOCAL COMPANIES SITTING AT THE INTERSECTION OF
OUTDOOR + NATURAL PRODUCTS

BEND, OR (July 19, 2018) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is heading to Outdoor Retailer next week with the Oregon Outdoor Alliance and a slew of Central Oregon outdoor companies. Outdoor Retailer is North America’s largest outdoor industry trade show and one of the biggest events in the outdoor industry each year.

During the week, EDCO will highlight local companies that sit at the intersection of Outdoor + Natural consumer products, culminating at adVenturesAcademy’s Entrepreneur + Investor [Tent]Pitch + Demo Day on Tuesday, July 24.

Central Oregon’s Mike Wallenfels (Hydro Flask, Oregon Outdoor Alliance) will speak during adVentureAcademy’s entrepreneurial event, along with many other well-known names across both outdoor and natural product industries.

Another Central Oregonian, Jesse Thomas, CEO and Co-Founder of Picky Bars, will be representing his company and products during the [Tent]Pitch portion of the event.

Here are the Central Oregon companies attending Outdoor Retailer next week:

Hydro Flask
Metolius
Ruffwear
Brownwen Jewelry
Laird Superfood
TSI Manufacturing (Mazama)
Tentsile
Oregon Outdoor Alliance
Edelrid
Picky Bars
The Gear Fix
Cairn

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adVenturesAcademy Entrepreneur + Investor [Tent] Pitch + Demo Day
July 24, 2018
4:00pm – 6:30pm
The Commons on Champa
1245 Champa Street, Denver, CO 80204
Tickets are $25 and available here.


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.

BVC Returns October 18-19, 2018

BVC Outside Tower Theatre

THE BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE RETURNS OCTOBER 18-19, 2018
CONFERENCE TICKETS ON SALE NOW
COMPANY APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW THRU AUGUST 8TH

BEND, OR (July 11, 2017) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) will again host the annual two-day Bend Venture Conference (BVC), now in its 15th year, on Thursday, October 18 – Friday, October 19, 2018, at the iconic Tower Theatre in downtown Bend.

Tickets to the 15th Annual BVC are on sale now and are available here.

This year’s conference will once again feature three competition categories: Growth Stage, Early Stage, and Impact. The application period is open now through August 8th 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: Now in its third year, 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.

“The Bend Venture Conference has become a staple in the Pacific Northwest’s entrepreneurial community. What started as a one-day conference 15 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 2018 BVC, LLC said, “It’s great to see so much progress over the years. We’ve gone from attracting stronger applicants, to writing bigger checks, to delivering significant returns for our private investors. This is exactly how venture capital is supposed to work.”

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 $20,000 into the winning company. Growth Stage Competition finalists could collect an investment of $250,000 or more. The 2018 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 15th year, BVC, hosted by EDCO, is one of the largest angel conferences in the country. Over the past four years, more than $7.8 million has been invested in 34 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 18-19, 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.

2008 BVC Winner Jama Software Receives $200 Million in Additional Funding

2008 BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE WINNER JAMA SOFTWARE RECEIVES $200 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL FUNDING

To Date, One of the Biggest Investment Rounds for a Portland Company
2008 BVC, LLC Accepts Offer to Exit

BEND, Ore. – June 28, 2018 – On Tuesday, 2008 Bend Venture Conference (BVC) winner Jama Software announced a $200 million growth equity investment, the largest venture financing deal in the Pacific Northwest over the past five years. With this new funding, the BVC 2008 Investor, LLC voted to accept an offer to exit their investment.

In 2008, the BVC, LLC awarded an investment of $110,000 to Jama Software as the winner of the conference. As one of the first investors in the company, this win was instrumental in creating investor confidence that allowed the company to raise a $1 million Series A round led by the Oregon Angel Fund (now Oregon Venture Fund).

“The 2008 Fund had an opportunity in 2015 to exit their Jama investment with a very attractive multiple,” noted Bruce Juhola, the BVC 2008 Investor, LLC’s Managing Member from 2007-2010. “As a Fund, we decided to pass on that offer, but this time the group voted to accept an even more attractive exit.”

Exact details of the deal remain private.

This marks the second exit for a Bend Venture Fund, the previous being Elemental Software from the 2007 BVC, LLC portfolio. Elemental was acquired by Amazon Web Services in 2015.

James “Gator” Hudson, an investor in the 2008 BVC, LLC noted: “To have a Portland company connect with the Bend entrepreneurial community and ultimately win the 2008 Bend Venture Conference foreshadowed what this event has become. Our local Bend Angels are very pleased with the outcome.”

About Bend Venture Conference (BVC)
Now in its 15th year, BVC, hosted by EDCO, is one of the largest angel conferences in the country. Over the past four years, more than $7.8 million has been invested in 34 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 18-19, 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.

SnoTemp Cold Storage to Open Refrigerated Warehouse in Redmond

SnoTemp Cold Storage

SnoTemp Cold Storage to Open Refrigerated Warehouse in Redmond

Slated to open early 2019, the 40,000 sq. ft. warehouse will serve Central Oregon’s growing food and beverage industry

Redmond, Ore. – SnoTemp Cold Storage recently announced plans to build a 40,000 sq. ft. temperature controlled warehouse in Redmond, Ore, making this SnoTemp’s third Oregon location. The facility will be located at 790 NE Kingwood Ave. with construction slated to start this summer and an opening date projected for early 2019.

SnoTemp currently operates two facilities along the I-5 corridor in Eugene and Albany and provides critical infrastructure for the Willamette Valley food and beverage manufacturing sector.

“This new location has the potential to significantly decrease supply chain costs for our Central Oregon based customers, providing the cold chain infrastructure they need to continue their growth,” stated SnoTemp’s CEO Jason Lafferty. “We can help these businesses scale. Whether they need one pallet or one thousand pallets stored, we can help.”

The Central Oregon region is home to more than 100 food and beverage manufacturers, many of whom are currently served by SnoTemp’s Eugene location. The Redmond location will offer frozen (-5F), cooler (34F), and dry storage, be OLCC licensed and will be a USDA certified organic warehouse.

SnoTemp provides temperature controlled warehousing services including order fulfillment for finished goods, packaging and raw materials storage with supply chain integration and coordination for dozens of distributors and big-box retailers. Technological solutions include real-time access to online inventory, EDI integration, RF scanning, and integration with customer business intelligence platforms.

“We are excited that SnoTemp has selected Redmond to develop a sizable cold storage facility to serve the growing food and beverage production industry here in Central Oregon,” noted Redmond Economic Development, Inc.’s Senior Director, Jon Stark. “Their decades of experience serving the Willamette Valley and beyond give us great confidence in their ability to deliver this needed logistical resource.”

About SnoTemp Cold Storage
SnoTemp is a third generation, family owned and operated cold storage warehousing company headquartered in Eugene, Oregon. Established in 1957, SnoTemp offers 725,000 sq. ft. of temperature controlled storage between -20 F to +70 F. The company is a critical link between local food manufacturers and consumers. SnoTemp is centrally located along the I-5 corridor with locations in Eugene and Albany, Oregon. Learn more at www.SnoTemp.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.

Speakers for the May 2018 Central Oregon PubTalk Announced

EDCO's Central Oregon PubTalk

EDCO ANNOUNCES SPEAKERS FOR THURSDAY, MAY 24 PUBTALK FEATURING RIFF COLD BREWED CO-FOUNDER PAUL EVERS, RUFFWEAR FOUNDER PATRICK KRUSE, AND MORE

BEND, OR (May 16, 2018)Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) has announced the speakers for the next PubTalk on Thursday, May 24, 5 pm at McMenamins in Downtown Bend. Tickets are on sale now and available via Eventbrite here.

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

Keynote Speaker
Paul Evers
, Co-Founder, Crux Fermentation Project, Co-Founder & CEO, Riff Cold Brewed
A celebrated veteran in brand strategy, design, and advertising Paul led the teams behind the creative development of craft beverage brands such as Humm Kombucha, 21st Amendment, Deschutes Brewery, Odell Brewing, and Crux Fermentation Project—which he co-founded and served as President and CMO. In 2017, Paul co-founded Riff Cold Brewed Coffee along with veterans from Stumptown and LinkedIn. Paul is also a long-time active community member, having played a significant role in launching both the Bend Volunteer Corps and TEDxBend.

Company Pitches
Nicole Galchutt and Melia Foster, Founders, 
Meli Wraps
In 2015 while on a trip to Australia, Nicole and Melia stumbled across a simple, reusable beeswax food wrap covering a bowl of fruit and instantly knew this product was something that needed to be brought to the U.S. After experimenting with waxing fabrics and prototypes, they founded Meli Wraps. Today, they stand proudly with their exclusive food covering made from organic paint oils, local beeswax, and beautiful organic cotton to entice consumers to try this plastic alternative.  Their ultimate goal is to eliminate the need for single-use plastics and give back to nature.

Seven Peaks School’s Shark Tank Winners: Abbey Shea, Clara Martin, Kimberly Lovejoy – The Safe Case
Last week, Seven Peaks Middle School students had the opportunity to present creations and solutions to peers and parents during the school’s own version of Shark Tank. The winner, The Safe Case, will move on to PubTalk to pitch their device and software solution to the problem of improperly administering drugs to help with the opioid crisis and other uses.

Company Update
Patrick Kruse, Founder and Owner, 
Ruffwear
Growing up in California, Patrick’s learn-by-doing style emerged at an early age. As a kid he constructed packs for his dog out of army surplus gas mask bags, using them on backpack trips. Patrick’s interest in kayaking led him to start Salamander Paddle Gear, acquainting him with numerous technical fabrics. With this knowledge, Patrick developed The Quencher™, the original collapsible food and water bowl for dogs. Today, Patrick is a key part of the Ruffwear Product Development team. He spends his free time enjoying the Central Oregon lifestyle with his dogs, Mavis and Chief.

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
$25 EDCO & OEN Members
$35 Non-Members
Become an EDCO Member here.
Admission includes appetizers and a free beverage (choice of beer, wine, or soda).

Title Sponsors

2017 PubTalk 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 April PubTalk Speakers Announced

2018 PubTalk Speakers Announced

EDCO ANNOUNCES SPEAKERS FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 26 PUBTALK FEATURING
KATE DELHAGEN, RED DUCK FOODS, HYPERDRIVE & KIDRUNNER

BEND, OR (April 10, 2018)Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) has announced the speakers for the next PubTalk on Thursday, April 26, 5 pm at McMenamins in Downtown Bend. Tickets are on sale now and available via Eventbrite here.

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

Keynote Speaker
Kate Delhagen, Founding Partner, 
Oregon Sports Angels
Kate Delhagen moved to Oregon in 1999 to help launch Lucy Activewear. She draws inspiration daily from Oregon’s state motto, “She Flies With Her Own Wings.” Recently, Delhagen founded a new Oregon-based angel investor group, Oregon Sports Angels, comprised of sports & outdoor industry veterans, accomplished entrepreneurs, and investors. She’s worked for Nike, Rodale Press, Forrester Research, Lucy, and Starwave, and is an active investor and advisor to several Oregon startups. She’s an avid runner, former pro triathlete, and lapsed basketballer.

Company Pitches
Karen Bonner, Co-Founder and CFO, 
Red Duck Foods
Red Duck Foods is a premier sauce company with offices in Bend and Portland, founded by three grad students who believed regular condiments didn’t cut the mustard. Red Duck’s product line brings an artisan approach to whole, honest ingredients while offering a unique, unexpected twist on familiar flavors. As one of only 252 certified B Corp food companies worldwide, Red Duck is a mission-based business with a commitment to sustainability and transparency. The company’s 11 organic sauces and condiments are currently available in 2,500 locations in 48 states and 4 countries.

Jason Wiener, Founder and Chief Awesome Officer, Hyperdrive
Hyperdrive makes people better drivers via a connected car “game” by improving fuel economy and decreasing drive time. In its current form, Hyperdrive is a website, a mobile app, and an OBD II adapter that connects to any vehicle built after 1996. On first use, the app can improve a drivers fuel economy between 10 to 20%.

Company Update
William Warne, Founder and Partner, 
KidRunner
KidRunner is the world’s only hands/arms free, high performance, multi-terrain kid jogger so parents can keep running the way they’ve always loved to run. In 2017, their product launch sold out. They are following that success by adding partners that will enable KidRunner to scale and grow faster. Their 2018 release is selling fast and will be delivered to a growing team of new customers by the end of May.

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
$25 EDCO & OEN Members
$35 Non-Members
Become an EDCO Member here.
Admission includes appetizers and a free beverage (choice of beer, wine, or soda).

Title Sponsors

 

March 2018 PubTalk Speakers Announced

2018 PubTalk Speakers Announced

EDCO ANNOUNCES SPEAKERS FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 22 PUBTALK FEATURING
KEYNOTE MAGGIE HUBBELL, LIFEEXEC, & SEAT DREAMZZZ

BEND, OR (March 7, 2018)Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) has announced the speakers for the next PubTalk on Thursday, March 22, 5 pm at McMenamins in Downtown Bend. Tickets are on sale now and available via Eventbrite here.

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

Keynote Speaker
Maggie Hubbell, VP of Operations,
Customer.io; former CEO, Agency Revolution
With over 15 years of executive leadership experience in software startups and entrepreneurial companies, Maggie will take the stage to talk about how just last year she led SaaS company Agency Revolution and a staff of 30 through a successful strategic acquisition. A process she compared to “getting a college degree in 60 days.”

Maggie is currently VP of Operations at Customer.io, a Portland-based behavioral messaging platform used for automating personalized customer communications with clients like Trello, The Knot, and Codecadamy.

This keynote will focus on the roller coaster of leading a company through an acquisition, the adaptation needed to close a deal, and the ability to embrace the challenges and breakthroughs that inevitably come along the way.

Company Pitches
Ken York, Founder and President,
LifeExec
LifeExec is a life management platform dedicated to ensuring communication between you and your loved ones in any situation. LifeExec securely stores important information and can build private plans that are ready to deploy during significant events like an accident, a death, travel, or having a baby.

Will Harlan, Founder and CEO, SeatDreamzzz
SeatDreamzzz was first conceived after many long and restless flights from San Francisco to London. Realizing the need for a sleep mask that blocked out light and also helped promote a position for deep sleep while in transit, SeatDreamzzz was born.

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 Presentation

Cost and Registration
$25 EDCO & OEN Members
$35 Non-Members
Become an EDCO Member here.
Admission includes appetizers and a free beverage (choice of beer, wine, or soda).

Title Sponsors

2018 PubTalk Title Sponsors

 

Facebook Data Centers Contribute Nearly $6 Billion in GDP

Economic Development Facebook Prineville Data Center

Study Finds Domestic Facebook Data Centers Have Contributed Nearly $6 Billion in GDP, Support Thousands of Jobs, and Spur Growth of Clean and Renewable Energy

–  Prineville Data Center has seen an investment of more than $1 billion and has more than
200 full-time workers –

Prineville, Ore. – March 1, 2018 – A new study, conducted by RTI International and released today, found that Facebook’s four operational domestic data centers—located in Prineville, Oregon; Fort Worth, Texas; Altoona, Iowa; and Forest City, N.C.—have contributed $5.8 billion in GDP to the U.S. economy since 2010.

The study, entitled “The Impact of Facebook’s U.S. Data Center Fleet,” also found that the data centers benefit local communities by driving investment in renewable energy and providing impactful grants that support local schools and nonprofits.

From 2010 to 2016, these four data centers spent approximately $4.2 billion, with the largest contributions going to the construction, wholesale trade and real estate sectors. The study also found that, due to Facebook’s commitment to hiring and sourcing materials locally, for every data center job, there are five jobs supported elsewhere in the economy. Additionally, for every $1 million in Facebook’s operations spending, there are 13 jobs supported in the economy.

In Prineville, Facebook has already made a capital investment of over $1 billion in the campus. In December 2017, the company announced construction of two new buildings for an additional investment of hundreds of millions of dollars. This translates into keeping construction crews busy for another four years, plus additional full-time jobs as the data centers come online.

As of September 2017, Facebook’s data center operations in Prineville employed more than 200 people working full time, with approximately 75 percent of these workers living in Prineville/Crook County.

“Facebook’s economic impact in Prineville has been tremendous. The community, led by the city and county, recognized the strategic need to diversify its rural economy via the data center industry,” said Roger Lee, CEO of Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO). “When Facebook broke ground in 2010, unemployment in Crook County was at 17 percent—the highest in the state. Today, it sits at 6.5 percent and continues to edge lower. Facebook and Prineville have found fantastic partners in each other.”

In addition to the data centers’ economic impact, the report also addresses Facebook’s impact around energy conservation and renewable energy. Facebook data centers are among the most advanced energy- and water-efficient facilities in the world, utilizing 38 percent less electricity and 50 percent less water than an average data center.

This commitment has resulted in not only a significant reduction in CO2 emissions and the use of grid-generated electricity and water, but it also has spurred others to invest in renewable-energy resources in the states hosting the data centers. To date, Facebook has brought more than 500 MW of new wind and solar energy to the grid, with more coming online this year.

Facebook’s Prineville Data Center campus was its first wholly owned real estate, and its energy- and water-efficient design provided the template for the company’s subsequent data centers.   It also led Facebook to create the Open Compute Project and to open-source its designs for other companies to use.

Community impact is also detailed in the report and reflects Facebook’s commitment to playing a positive role in the places where it operates. Since 2011, Facebook has awarded more than 290 grants supporting projects that put the power of technology to use for community benefit, help improve education at all levels and encourage the community to participate in local activities.

In Prineville, Facebook has donated almost $1,470,000 to qualified nonprofits and Crook County schools through community action grants and local donations, including the support of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education.  Almost 25 percent of the grants have gone to Crook County elementary, middle and high schools, for a total $345,000.

Earlier this month, the data center announced the newest Facebook Prineville Local Community Action Grants, giving $204,870 to 20 outstanding Crook County nonprofits and schools supporting short-term, high-impact projects that address critical community needs. The grants included $45,000 to Central Oregon Trail Alliance (COTA) to help fund the construction and upgrading of Prineville’s Lower 66 trail system, creating an easy three-mile trail accessible to strollers, walkers, cyclists and others; $23,000 to the Crook County High School Computer Science/Technology Department for a experiential learning project around disassembling old computers and replacing the outdated components with modern hardware; and $19,900 to Humane Society of the Ochocos to fund design plans for a more modern and efficient facility.

“Crook County High School has received a number of community grants from the Facebook Prineville Data Center over the last six years, enabling many enriching and engaging learning experiences for the students of Crook County High School,” said Michelle Jonas, Principal, Crook County High School.  “We are proud to partner with Facebook to improve the lives of our students, and are very grateful for their support.”

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.

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The Local’s Story: Laird Superfood

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The Local’s Story: Laird Superfood

Did you miss our Annual Luncheon back in February? We highlighted three local companies who are helping bring jobs to Central Oregon.

Catch a glimpse at how these two Central Oregonian’s lives became much easier after securing careers at the newly headquartered Laird Superfood facility in Sisters.


Thank you to our video partners for making this series possible:

February PubTalk Speakers Announced

2018 PubTalk Speakers Announced

EDCO ANNOUNCES SPEAKERS FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22 PUBTALK FEATURING
ALL-STAR PANEL DISCUSSING: WHERE DOES SaaS MARKETING END AND SALES BEGIN?

BEND, OR (February 13, 2018)Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) has announced the speakers for the next PubTalk, focusing on the tech industry, marketing, and the question Where Does SaaS Marketing End and Sales Begin? PubTalk will take place on Thursday, February 22, 5 pm at McMenamins in Downtown Bend. Tickets are on sale now and available via Eventbrite here.

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

Keynote Panel
Chris Bright, VP of Marketing and Co-Founder, 
Zapproved LLC
Chris has dedicated his career to working with emerging growth companies and high-tech startups for more than 25 years. He has been with Zapproved since it’s founding in 2008 and has helped build it into a leader in the legal software market with more than 300 corporate customers, including some of the most recognized brands in the world. Prior to Zapproved, he managed worldwide corporate communications for Pixelworks, a publicly traded semiconductor company, where he was also on the team that prepared their IPO in May 2000.

Larry Grella, VP Sales Amplion
Larry is a serial business builder addicted to growing tech startups. He has a passion for building corporate culture and values that map to processes and desired strategic results. He has over two decades experience running Sales, CS and Marketing divisions with the battle scars and gray hair to prove it. Larry’s held executive positions and helped transform multiple companies, including Epic, RichRelevance, Conversant, Bazaarvoice, and more.

Robert Pease, Partner at 44North Ventures, Fund Manager for Cascade Angels Fund, Panel Moderator
A startup veteran, Robert has held a variety of executive, product, and marketing roles across six venture-backed software startups. Previously he was Vice President of Marketing for Seattle-based CRM software company Gist (acquired by BlackBerry) & CEO of marketing automation software company LoopFuse, where he led the turnaround and sale of the company to Salesfusion. Over the last three years, he has consulted with over 20 companies helping design and scale their customer acquisition efforts through his work with Seattle’s sales and marketing consultancy Heinz Marketing.

Company Pitches
Curt Naumann, CEO, OLITUS
OLITUS’ product innovations deliver solutions that enrich lives through better health and safety, plus they’re just plain fun. iiShakers, their flagship product, are salt and pepper shakers with a patented, smart illumination technology that provide automated, on-demand spotlights that supplement a restaurant customers’ available light for reading the menu, the check, and easily seeing the amount of salt and pepper being dispensed and where it is landing.

Andrew Smith, Founder, Azevtec
Azevtec, Inc. is a next generation trucking services and technology company that designs and operates autonomous electric vehicle systems. Azevtec’s mission is to accelerate the global adoption of zero-emission supply chains and demonstrate the responsible phase-in of autonomous truck technology.

Company Update
Rita Hansen, CEO, Onboard Dynamics
Onboard Dynamics seeks to lower fuel costs and carbon emissions by removing infrastructure barriers to driving natural gas-powered vehicles. Their affordable, portable, and scalable refueling solution can tap into the existing low-pressure natural gas grid or capture and recover natural gas from renewable sources.

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 Presentation

Cost and Registration
$25 EDCO & OEN Members
$35 Non-Members
Become an EDCO Member here.
Admission includes appetizers and a free beverage (choice of beer, wine, or soda).