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.

New Internships Available for Sisters Students

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

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

Read more about Youth CareerConnect in Sisters here.

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

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.

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).

Sisters-Based Guitar Company Finds Growth Internationally

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

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

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

Read more about their success here.

About Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO)
EDCO is a non-profit corporation supported by private and public members and stakeholders, whose mission is to create middle-class jobs in Central Oregon by: recruiting new employers to move to the region; helping entrepreneurs start new, scalable businesses; and working with businesses already located here to grow their operations. For more information, visit www.edcoinfo.com.

Cv International Receives $14 Million NATO Contract

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

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

Central Oregon is Hiring!

Central Oregon is Hiring!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO)
EDCO is a non-profit corporation supported by private and public members and stakeholders, whose mission is to create middle-class jobs in Central Oregon by: recruiting new employers to move to the region; helping entrepreneurs start new, scalable businesses; and working with businesses that are already here to grow their operations. For more information, visit www.edcoinfo.com.

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

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

Region-wide Video: Central Oregon is Hiring

Tech Recruit Video: Reboot in Bend

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

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

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

 

EDCO Annual Luncheon Set for February 14

EDCO’S ANNUAL LUNCHEON SET FOR FEBRUARY 14TH
FEATURING FUTURIST & INVENTOR PABLOS HOLMAN

BEND, OR (January 29, 2019)Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) will host their Annual Luncheon on Thursday, February 14, 2019, from 11:00 – 1:30 pm at The Riverhouse on the Deschutes. Tickets and tables seating ten are available via Eventbrite here.

EDCO’s Annual Luncheon is a tradition providing the Central Oregon business community an opportunity to hear nationally recognized business leaders discuss current and future economic trends and business best practices.

Keynote Speaker
Pablos Holman
Hacker, Inventor, Entrepreneur, Futurist

Pablos Holman implements science fiction. His vast experience gives him a unique view into breaking and building new technologies.

Pablos consults worldwide on invention and design projects that assimilate new technologies – making wild ideas a bit more practical and vice versa. He helped create the world’s smallest PC, 3D printers at Makerbot, spaceships with Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, artificial intelligence agent systems, and the Hackerbot, a Wi-Fi seeking robot.

With over 20 million viewers on his TED Talk channel, Pablos is a highly desired keynote speaker. Recently, he has spoken at Stanford, the United Nations, the World Economic Forum at Davos, the Microsoft CEO Summit – invited by Bill Gates, the CIA, Google Zeitgeist, The Milken Global Conference, and many of the world’s top tech companies and conferences.

Cost and Registration
$78 EDCO Members
$92 Non-Members
Become an EDCO Member here.

Tables and tickets can be purchased online here. Table sponsors receive ten luncheon tickets recognition prior to and during the event.

#iheartEDCO #edcoinfo

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.

We’re #1 – Three Years in a Row

Bend-Redmond MSA #1 Ariel photo of snow-covered Bend

The Bend-Redmond MSA has topped the Milken Institute’s Annual Best Small Cities list for the third year in a row!

“Bend-Redmond, OR, sees its third consecutive year ranking No. 1 on the BPC Small Cities index. All of the variables in the Bend-Redmond rank in the Top 20, securing its No. 1 rank this year. The metro’s five-year job and wage growth both rank first and one-year wage growth ranks second, which continues to show the region’s ability to increase high-value employment. Five-year high-tech GDP growth climbed 118 places from last year’s ranking, showing the recent dramatic growth of the high-tech sector. The job, wage, and high-tech GDP five-year growth values are 19.9 percent, 25.2 percent, and 18.0 percent, respectively. Economic growth is also exemplified by a $5.2 million expansion to meet demand at the regional Redmond airport, one of the few options to get people from outside the region to Bend-Redmond.”

For more information on the Milken Institute, Bend-Redmond’s ranking and the methodology behind the numbers, visit their website.