Member Spotlights

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Company Spotlight: Rosell Wealth Management

Each month, Central Oregon PubTalk brings together entrepreneurs, business leaders and community members to network and celebrate the local startup community. Last month, Rosell Wealth Management joined Velox Systems, BBK Law, and Providence Health Plan as Title Sponsors of the program. EDCO sat down with David Rosell, President of Rosell Wealth Management to learn more […]

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Finding the Right Formula for Growth at Personalized Nutrients

EDCO’s Annual Luncheon, featuring CEO and Chief Economist Brian Beaulieu of ITR Economics™, included a panel of local employers talking about their strategies to acquire and retain employees in Central Oregon. One of those employers is the growing nutraceuticals company Personalized Nutrients, based in Sisters, Oregon. EDCO sat down with General Manager Sam Meier to […]

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Brian’s Cabinets

Established in 1977, Brian’s Cabinets is Central Oregon’s largest custom cabinet manufacturer.  Since purchasing the business in 2003, Todd Hakala and his team of professional designers, engineers, craftsmen, and installers have built a reputation for exceptional service and quality. A resident of Bend since childhood, Hakala has navigated through tremendous economic shifts over the past […]

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Announcing the Growth & Impact Semifinalists

Announcing the BVC Growth Stage & Impact Track Semifinalist Companies

Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is excited to announce the semifinalist companies advancing in the Growth Stage and Impact Track competitions for the 20th annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) on Thursday, October 19 – Friday, October 20, 2023.  The ten semifinalists in the Early Stage competition category were announced last week. Each year, new […]

The 2022 Audience Favorite, TapeDeck, at the Central Oregon PubTalk being presented $3000, courtesy of Washington Trust Bank

Announcing the Early Stage Bend Venture Conference Semifinalists Presenting at Central Oregon PubTalk

BEND, Ore. – September 11, 2023 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) announced the 10 semifinalist companies advancing in the Early Stage competition for the 20th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC), which will take place at the Tower Theatre in Bend on Thursday, October 19 – Friday, October 20, 2023.  In the next round […]

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The Bend Venture Conference Returns October 19-20 for its 20th Anniversary

Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) will again host the annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) on Thursday, October 19 – Friday, October 20, 2023, at the iconic Tower Theatre in downtown Bend. Tickets to the 20th Annual BVC are available through Each fall hundreds of entrepreneurs and investors from around the country descend on […]

Community Updates

Scenic Areas, Wealth and Industrial Structure

Recently EDCO had the privilege to work with Josh Lehner, Economist at the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis. He reached out to several Central Oregon organizations to share some research he’d done regarding service jobs in scenic areas compared to industry diversity (known as “industrial structure”). Josh’s research compared wealth job employment figures – those […]

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Message from the CEO: July 2023

Many of EDCO’s strategic priorities focus on supporting a business-friendly environment across Central Oregon and the State. The organization champions efforts to expand available land, infrastructure and resources; regularly engaging traded-sector employers to lend their voices when opportunities exist to share their insights. For example, due in large part to engagement from the business community, […]

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Message from the CEO: March 2023

The 82nd Oregon Legislative Assembly convened​ for the 2023 Session on Tuesday, January 17th, and over the next few months, hundreds of bills will be considered. EDCO is hard at work ensuring state and local leaders understand all the direct, indirect, intended, and unintended consequences of their decision-making. EDCO is focused on providing information and education […]