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5 Early Stage Finalists Announced

5 Early Stage Finalists Announced

Congratulations to the five Early Stage Finalists. The winners will present at the 14th annual bend venture conference on October 19th and 20th.

The Econonmic Development for Central Oregon announced the five finalists on Septermeber 29th during the Bend Venture Pub Talk.

The Early Stage Competition features Central Oregon companies that have nearly proof-of-concept ideas that seek funding. The winner of the competition will receive a $17,500 cash prize from BendBroadband Business.

The Finalists for the Early Stage award are:

  1. Wildish – Outdoorsy gear for outdoorsy people.
  2. Voilà – Deliver specialty instant coffee from top coffee roasters in US.
  3. Mission Limelight – Empower commercial enterprises and non-profits in marketing, social impact, and fundraising.
  4. Tribe Pilot – An outdoor adventure social tool.
  5. BladeRunner Energy – A micro-hydro technology that uses biomimicry to harness renewable energy from the from water flow.

Get your tickets to the 14th Annual Bend Venture Conference. They’re on sale now and are available here.

 

How to move your team toward action

How to move your team toward action

Robert Ian, a motivational speaker for Fortune 500 executives, often shows a slide of two frogs sitting on a log. Both, he explains, express the intention to jump into the pool of water surrounding the log. When Ian asks how many frogs would likely jump into the pond, audiences usually respond “two”. Then Ian reminds… Continue Reading

A case study in determination: Robert Jordan

A case study in determination: Robert Jordan

Robert Jordan might well have written the message on the cutesy sign posted at one of my favorite restaurants: “The only thing more overrated than natural childbirth is the joy of opening your own business.” Indeed, birthing Idle Free Solutions nearly cost Jordan his sanity, his financial security and even his marriage. However, Jordan was… Continue Reading

Refer a business, earn some $$

Refer a business, earn some $$

We want your help to reel in more businesses like you! Fishing puns aside, as a business owner, it’s important to find ways to save money every way you can. Often you have to make a sacrifice in return for cost savings. That’s why it’s so wonderful when a business referral program comes along. With… Continue Reading

Top five podcasts for entrepreneurs

Top five podcasts for entrepreneurs

Podcasts are a fantastic way to turn a painstaking commute into morning coffee time with an expert. Or, if you don’t feel like reading before bed, you can simply relax and let the information flow. Either way, podcast listening is perfect for busy people who still want to keep learning. If you own or work… Continue Reading

Too many divergent viewpoints? Create a company avatar

Too many divergent viewpoints? Create a company avatar

It’s a common enough scenario: my company was asked to roll out a new banking product, the brainstorm of the large bank’s CEO who desired to better serve a minority client base (the hearing impaired). He said he understood that the roll-out would place far-reaching demands on staff for new support services and delivery systems,… Continue Reading

Three ways to get past feeling like an imposter

Three ways to get past feeling like an imposter

“I have written eleven books, but each time I think, ‘Uh oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody, and they’re going to find me out.’” – Maya Angelou Literary figures, actors, and business professionals have all provided anecdotes about suffering from “imposter syndrome” — a concept describing high-achieving individuals who… Continue Reading

The Value of Consulting a Trusted Advisor in Making Telecom Decisions

The Value of Consulting a Trusted Advisor in Making Telecom Decisions

Why are we profiling a business in Tennessee? Because this business recently installed TDS managedIP Hosted, the VoIP system that BendBroadband now offers its customers in Bend, Redmond, and Sisters. See what the phone, chat, video, and smartphone app combination did for this Bend-like community’s Chamber of Commerce. Communication technologies have changed dramatically in recent… Continue Reading