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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

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’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.

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.

Manzama Leading the Way in Legal Software

Manzama Leading the Way in Legal Software

BEND, Ore. (March 5, 2019) –  Peter Ozolin, CEO of Manzama, joined Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) at the February Central Oregon PubTalk to deliver an update on the company’s recent exit. The 2010 Bend Venture Conference (BVC) winner was acquired by Diligent Corp., adding to the list of exits in the BVC portfolio. Ozolin stated that the acquisition provides a platform for Manzama to scale and grow.

Manzama’s software platform helps law firms search, classify and rank legal and industry-specific sources to make informed business decisions while supporting business development initiatives.

Read more 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.

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).

Speakers Announced for the First PubTalk of the Year

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EDCO ANNOUNCES SPEAKERS FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 24 PUBTALK
FEATURING PETER HORAN, FOOD FOR THE SOLE AND SEASON SEARCH

BEND, OR (January 16, 2019)Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) has announced the speakers for the next Central Oregon PubTalk on Thursday, January 24, 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
Peter Horan, Founder, 
Horan MediaTech Advisors

Peter C. Horan is an investor, operator and advisor with a history of building successful media, commerce and ad technology businesses. As a CEO and independent director, he has been part of nine profitable exits in the last fifteen years totaling approximately $2 billion in value and $3 billion in public market value creation. He is an active early stage investor involved with the Oregon Angel Fund, Cascade Angels and Portland Seed Fund.

Previously, he was President and COO of Answers, Corp., CEO of IAC Media and Advertising, CEO of About.com, CEO of AllBusiness.com, and more. He is currently on the board of directors of Lending Tree, Business.com, Spirited Media, Topix, AdZerk, and Outdoor Project.

His keynote ‘From Prunes to Petabytes: The Unlikely History of Silicon Valley’ will focus on how Silicon Valley transformed from an agricultural paradise to the tech capital of the world. He’ll also discuss making decisions in the absence of data, the challenge of forecasting the impact of new technologies, and more.

Company Pitches
Julie Mosier and Henry Mosier, Co-founders, Food For The Sole
Food For The Sole is a dehydrated adventure food company based out of Bend, OR that makes lightweight and great tasting dehydrated meals, prepared with the freshest ingredients to give you the best-tasting experience in the backcountry.

Tommy Chipman, CEO and Co-founder, Season Search
Season Search was born out of frustration and a minor run-in with the law. Co-founder Tommy Chipman was fishing with proper licenses, but unaware of a “special exception” hidden in pages of regulatory PDFs with big consequences.

Season Search provides a universal regulatory format for businesses to provide governmental regulatory data (currently hunting and fishing regulations) to their customers in an easy to understand. The system is provided through API’s, embed codes and widgets using scalable cloud infrastructure.

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.

EDCO’S NEXT PUBTALK SET FOR JUNE 22 AT MCMENAMINS

EDCO's Central Oregon PubTalk

FEATURING SANJAY DHOLAKIA, FORMER CMO OF MARKETO

BEND, OR (June 1, 2017)Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) just announced the speakers for the next PubTalk to be held Thursday, June 22, 5 pm at McMenamins in Downtown Bend. Tickets are on sale now and available via Eventbrite here.

EDCO’s Central Oregon PubTalk, held the fourth Thursday of the month, 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. Where Beers and Business Collide!

Keynote Speaker:
Sanjay Dholakia; Board Member, Advisor and Former CMO Marketo

Sanjay most recently served as Marketo‘s CMO for nearly five years. He led the marketing department through its worldwide expansion and IPO, helping to scale the company nearly 10-fold. He joined Marketo through the acquisition of social software company Crowd Factory, where as CEO he was responsible for the strategic direction and vision of the company. Prior to Crowd Factory, Sanjay was CMO at Lithium Technologies, where he helped triple the company’s run-rate revenue over an 18-month period.

This PubTalk will pull from Sanjay’s extensive background and focus on functional advice for marketing in the new digital age, along with strategic keys and tips to driving growth.

Company Pitches:
Mission Limelight
Talena Barker, Founder and CEO of Mission Limelight, has worked with non-profits for more than 10 years, helping them raise nearly $4 million. Mission Limelight is a comprehensive suite of services and an integrated cloud-based marketplace, enabling non-profits to increase their contributions and revenue; donor organizations to achieve greater impact; and for both to broaden their audience, enhance their effectiveness and efficiently measure results.

Voilà Coffee Company
Kent Sheridan is a relentless innovator and the Creator and Founder of Voilà, a specialty instant coffee sourced from top US coffee roasters. Kent’s views and insights into the specialty coffee market are what have helped propel the company to success. Voilà offers customizable taste preferences and is delivered monthly.

Company Update:
Craft3
Turner Waskom, Commercial Lending Team Manager, will give an update on Craft3, a nonprofit specializing in loans that strengthen the economy, families and the environment. Craft3 lends to businesses, nonprofits and individuals throughout Oregon and Washington. Since its inception in 1994, Craft3 has invested more than $433 million from their Oregon and Washington offices and were the first company to invest in the Bend Venture Conference’s inaugural 2016 Social Impact Track.

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 Presentation

Cost and Registration
$25 EDCO & OEN Members
$35 Non-Members
Cost 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.