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GROW: Q&A with Paul Filipowicz, Owner, Poltex

BEND, Ore. – June 21st, 2016 – For Paul Filipowicz, owner of Redmond-based Poltex, it all started with glitter-glue and a sketch of the Pink Panther. When Paul’s then-girlfriend (now wife and business partner) created the Pink Panther masterpiece (pictured), he wanted to build a special display case for it. He sketched the design, bought some […]

MOVE: Q&A with Matt Gilman, Founder, Chivaz Wear

BEND, Ore. – January 1, 2016 – A quick sit down chat with Matt Gilman, founder of Chivaz (chee-vaz) Wear, led us to discover why he’s passionate about socks, why he left the rat race of Sunnyvale, CA, for the “views-n-brews” community of Redmond, OR, and why it’s better to be a goat than a sheep. […]

Q&A with Joe Barker, General Manager & Brew Master, Ochoco Brewing Company

BEND, Ore. – January 3, 2016 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) recently sat down with Ochoco Brewing Company General Manger, Joe Barker, and his partner, Uriah Dombrowski, to catch up on where the brewery has been, where it is now, and where it is going in the future. Here’s what’s hoppin’. EDCO: Tell us […]

Q&A with Mike Williamson, General Manager, Paladin Data Corporation

BEND, Ore. – September 9th, 2015 – Mike Williamson, General Manager of Paladin Data Corporation, shrugs his shoulders when asked how Paladin will celebrate 35 years of business. “We might have to find a great pizza recipe and fire up that pizza oven in the break room.” No small accomplishment, Paladin has been getting things right […]

Free Advice: 5 ways to improve your start-up pitch

Brian Vierra, EDCO’s Venture Catalyst, provides five ways to improve your business pitch. Vierra has both pitched — and sold — a business to investors. He exited a corporate training company he founded in 2007. He also happens to be on the investor committee for the Oregon Angel Fund. In that capacity, he reviews dozens of […]

Interview with McConnell Labs CEO, Jim McConnell

First, your girlfriend (now your wife) comes up with an idea for your business that ends up turning into your life’s work. Then your business grows and you become more and more successful. What’s the next step? You decide to relocate your business to the community where your in-laws have moved. After all, in a […]

Ochoco Arms – Where are they now

Ochoco Arms, 2013 Bend Venture Conference Concept Stage Winner Less than a year ago, Prineville-based Ochoco Arms won the Bend Venture Conference Concept-Stage Division, taking home the $10,000 prize presented by BendBroadband. We touched base with CEO Sam Lambert to get an update on the company and learn what has transpired in the past year. […]