EDCO Welcomes Scott Orman as New Sunriver/La Pine Area Director

EDCO logo, Mount Bachelor landscape

EDCO WELCOMES SCOTT ORMAN AS NEW
SUNRIVER/LA PINE AREA DIRECTOR

BEND, Ore. (August 12, 2019) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is pleased to welcome Scott Orman as the Sunriver/La Pine Area Director, effective immediately.

In this role, Scott will be responsible for supporting EDCO’s mission of creating a diversified local economy and a strong base of middle class jobs in Central Oregon, focusing those efforts in southern Deschutes County. He will help guide employers outside the region through the relocation process of moving to the area, manage and help administer incentive programs and work closely with local traded-sector companies to help them grow and expand.

Scott holds a Master’s of Science in Logistics Management from Florida Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s of Science in Education & Military Science from Northern Arizona University. As a resident of Sunriver Resort, Scott enjoys the Central Oregon lifestyle with his wife and four daughters. He is very excited about the economic trends in Sunriver and La Pine and eager to help his community grow.

“We are excited to have Scott fill this new, full-time role to help these communities capitalize on economic trends that this part of the region is realizing,” said EDCO’s CEO Roger Lee. “Our goal and that of our private and public funding partners, is to bring more jobs and diverse employment opportunities to Sunriver and La Pine residents where they live.”

Express Employment Professionals, a longstanding EDCO member, conducted the professional search for the Sunriver/La Pine Area Director position on behalf of EDCO. It was spearheaded by Managing Director Karen Turner with direct assistance by owner Connie Druliner, who is the current EDCO Board President. A hiring committee of local leaders representing different community and business perspectives reviewed and interviewed finalists and made the hiring recommendation.

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.

About Express Employment Professionals

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

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

START: Q&A with HR Any Day’s Christine Frazer

Bend, Ore. – May 29, 2019: You’ll often hear Christine Frazer, Owner/CEO of HR Any Day, say “we’ve pretty much seen it all.” Christine has been a human resources professional for the last three decades. She has been part of some of the most challenging business models you can think of, in some of the most challenging industries out there. HR Any Day was built to handle businesses of any size, at any point in their existence. If you’re a small start-up company that wants to make sure your hiring policies are on the up and up, they can help you. If you’re part of a large multi-national company and need a new handbook for all 50,000 employees, they can help you.

Hear more about Christine Frazer, HR Any Day, and the relationship with EDCO here.

EDCO: Tell us a little about your business background.

CF: I spent nearly half of my three decades as a human resources professional working for the private prison system. That means the majority of my work days were spent behind bars. At least I got to leave each day.

After over a decade of working in the prison system, I wanted a change of pace. That change took me to a five-year career as the Chief Human Resources Officer at Valley of the Sun United Way in Phoenix, Arizona. Nothing could have been more different than my previous experience working in corrections. My time working with a non-profit at United Way was the perfect way to round out my human resources resume. Now I was ready for my next big step.

EDCO: What inspired you to start this business?

CF: After surviving the heat in Phoenix, my husband and I knew a change was in our future. The phone rang, and my husband was offered a relocation to Seattle. We immediately said yes.  It didn’t take long to realize this seemingly great opportunity just wasn’t the right fit either. I was still working in Phoenix, he was working in Seattle, and the situation just wasn’t working.  Although we didn’t understand it at the time, the phone call we’d been waiting for was just about to come. My husband was offered a relocation to Bend. Although my first response was, “Where?”  when he asked me if I wanted to move to Bend, it has been the greatest decision we’ve made.

I quickly realized the small and growing community in Bend was exactly what I’d been looking for. Now I just needed to convince the community that I was what they were looking for.

I began making connections, talking to businesses, and determining whether or not my instinct about the need for a local human resources consultant was correct. Luckily, it was. That’s how HR Any Day Consulting came to be.

EDCO: Why did you choose to start your business in Central Oregon? What Makes Central Oregon business community different? How has this community helped you thrive?

CF: My business model of providing human resources support to businesses that don’t have in-house HR is a natural fit for the growing and entrepreneurial environment in Central Oregon. Companies here want to do the right thing when it comes to their employees, they often just don’t know where to go for the right resources. It’s so wonderful to be a part of helping to fill this void.

Simply said, the Central Oregon business community has embraced me.  I’ve lived many places and have never felt so much a part of the community so quickly as I have in Bend. There is a genuine willingness to help each other succeed that I’ve not seen anywhere else. Although that initially caught me off guard, having come from such a large city, it didn’t take me long to embrace the sincerity of nearly everyone I encountered.

The ability to thrive as a consultant is rarely based on the dollars you spend on advertising. It’s largely due to the relationships you build, and the referrals people are willing to share. The foundation of my business model is based on the many wonderful relationships and partnerships I’ve established in my new home.

EDCO: What projects are you currently working on?

CF: I’m so excited to share three big projects I’m getting ready to launch. In June, I will hold the first-ever, three-day intensive Human Resources Bootcamp. This is for small and growing companies who realize they don’t know what they don’t know. We cover topics from the recruitment and selection process all the way through to how to handle an exiting employee, and everything in-between.

My second upcoming big project is the release of a web-based app called HR Step 1. This app is designed for small and growing businesses who really just want everything HR at their fingertips. After going through a series of questions in the privacy of your own office or home, you’ll receive a summary of areas needing the most attention, as well as a full package of form templates you’re able to begin using immediately.

My third exciting project is my book, also titled HR Step 1. The book follows the app structure and covers all the same topics but provides real-life stories to reinforce, in very relatable ways, HR topics employers likely have, or will, face. It will be available to purchase alone or to accompany the app.

Watch for both the book and app late summer 2019.

EDCO: Your best HR quote/word of advice?

CF: My best HR quote is one I use nearly daily, “It’s good ‘til it’s not.”

EDCO: How did you hear about EDCO and why did you choose to engage with the organization?

CF: EDCO was one of the first organizations I was told to join when I came to Bend. I honestly can’t remember who told me, I just knew it was a must do on my “to do” list. I met with Heidi Hausner, Director of Membership, and immediately understood the value to me as the “new kid on the block”. Heidi helped me see how EDCO was integrated into the community, the resources available, the connections, and the networking. As a new business owner, EDCO became my one-stop-shop.

EDCO: Did EDCO help you and your business? If so, how?

EDCO, and in particular Heidi, has been incredibly helpful for my business. EDCO has helped me navigate the business landscape, provided various resources as I’ve needed for both myself and my clients and provided a wonderful networking opportunity through PubTalk.

EDCO: A final fun question – Think of a professional connection that you made with someone because of EDCO. Now tell us a fun or interesting subsequent personal outcome that came from that professional connection.

EDCO recommended the Small Business Development Center at COCC early in my business development.  I’ll always be grateful for this connection because after the first meeting I realized I had no business quitting my day job at that point. I received great guidance on steps I still needed to take that would enable me to be successful. I took their advice and kept my job for several more months while establishing myself in the community and getting all my ducks in a row. When I finally took the leap into entrepreneurship, I felt fully prepared. Okay, as prepared as anyone can be when jumping off a cliff with the cheapest parachute the sporting gear store has to offer.

I now teach at COCC and often have students going through the SBDC program in my classes.  It’s such a great full-circle situation.

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 Releases 2019 List of Largest Employers in Central Oregon

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

Bend, Ore. – May 9, 2019 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is pleased to announce the 2019 Largest Central Oregon Employers, complete with breakouts of the top employers in each Central Oregon community. This data, collected by EDCO annually for the past 20 years, is the most comprehensive major employer list in Central Oregon.

This year, the top 50 private companies collectively employ more than 22,000 Central Oregonians, or roughly 22.5% of the region’s current total employment of 99,400 as of Q1 2019. St. Charles Health System tops the list again, employing over 4,400 people region-wide.

According to Damon Runberg, Regional Economist at the Oregon Employment Department, 78% of Oregon establishments had nine or fewer employees and the average private establishment employed 11 people in 2018.

“A big ‘thank you’ to all the tri-county companies, non-profits, cities and counties that provided information for these lists,” said Roger Lee, CEO of EDCO. “While our economy is dominated by small employers, the region has, over time, also attracted and grown some significant employers.”

EDCO often fields requests about the employment base and largest private employers from both traded-sector companies (manufacturers, high technology, and some professional service companies) and non-traded sector (retail and commercial businesses, education, healthcare, hospitality, construction, etc.) looking to evaluate the region for investment and new or expanded operations. EDCO’s regional list focuses on private (for-profit and non-profit) employers, while those at the community level include both private and public employees.

“This data shows that although Central Oregon attracts many large employers, we are still a region dominated by smaller businesses,” said Elise Rossman, Director of Marketing and Communications for EDCO.

To view the lists in their entirety, click on the links below:
2019 Central Oregon Largest Employers – updated 5.21.19
**Central Oregon Largest Employers List updated as of 5.21.19 to include new data from Les Schwab’s Headquarters and Regional Operations.
2019 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Bend
2019 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Redmond
2019 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Jefferson County
2019 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Crook County
2019 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Sisters
2019 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Sunriver_La Pine

Data for the lists is self-reported and not audited, so are only to be used as an informational guideline. Some businesses chose not to participate in these lists and are therefore excluded.

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