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2019 BVC Semi-Finalists for Early Stage

EDCO ANNOUNCES THE BVC EARLY STAGE SEMI-FINALISTS Ten companies to present at the largest PubTalk of the year September 26th; Competing for a $3,000 cash award and a spot on BVC Stage BEND, Ore. – September 17, 2019 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) announced the 10 semi-finalist companies advancing in the Early Stage […]

2019 BVC Semi-Finalists for Growth Stage and Impact

EDCO ANNOUNCES THE SEMI-FINALISTS IN THE GROWTH STAGE AND IMPACT CATEGORIES; ONE STEP CLOSER TO PRESENTING AT THE 2019 BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE BEND, OR – September 12, 2019 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) announced the Semi-Finalists advancing in the Growth Stage and Impact Categories for the 16th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) on Thursday, October 17 – Friday, […]

Start: LeadMethod Immersed in Bend

August 20, 2019 – In 2013 LeadMethod Founder & CEO Justin Johnson moved from Seattle to Bend. Unsure how to immerse himself in the business community, he reached out to EDCO for resources that allowed him to connect with many local leaders, influencers and mentors. One local resource he connected with was the Bend Venture […]

Amplion Secured Series A Funding

Amplion, the Bend-based biomarker intelligence company secured their Series A funding from Greycroft with participation from existing investors Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund and Imagen Capital Partners. They will use those funds to expand its sales and marketing efforts as well as accelerate product development. Amplion participated in the 2014 Bend Venture Conference […]

Grow: Laird Superfood Expands in Sisters

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August 13, 2019 – In November 2015 Laird Superfood started its operations with just three employees in Sisters, Oregon. Their flagship product, Laird Superfood creamer was making waves across the natural products market thanks in part to the company’s namesake and co-founder, Laird Hamilton. The company creates clean, all-natural superfood products that are sustainably grown and […]

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

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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 […]

Move: Aquaglide Bounces Over to Bend

August 8, 2019 – Last year Aquaglide, one of the world’s premier inflatable water sport product companies, was in the process of being acquired by outdoor industry powerhouse Kent Watersports through Connelly Skis, one of Kent’s iconic brands. EDCO worked with Aquaglide providing location options, cost comparisons and more, to show Kent Watersports the many […]

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, […]

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 […]

EDCO’S PUBTALK RETURNS THURSDAY, JUNE 27TH

People laughing at McMenamins, PubTalk logo, EDCO logo

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 […]