Category Archives: Community

Tenth Month Campaign Celebrates Innovation

Tenth Month Campaign Celebrates Innovation

To the creative, the innovative and the daring, October is your month in Bend. The BendFilm Festival, Swivel Digital Marketing Conference, Bend Venture Conference, Bend Design and Venture Out Festival all take place next month, enhancing Bend’s reputation as a place for big and outside-the-box ideas. BendFilm kicks off the “celebration of ideas and innovation,” as Visit Bend has… Continue Reading

Five BVC Early Stage finalists selected

Five Central Oregon startups are one step closer to earning $15,000 from BendBroadband Business. CushCore, Fire Funder, Free Rain Designs, Hytchr and InvestiPro will advance to the finals of the Bend Venture Conference’s Early Stage competition on Oct. 14 after surviving Thursday’s semifinal round at Bend’s McMenamins Old St. Francis School. Touted by EDCO Executive Director Roger… Continue Reading

Five BVC Early Stage finalists selected

Semifinalists announced for BVC Early Stage competition

A handful of Central Oregon startup companies are one step closer to earning $15,000 from BendBroadband Business. The Bend Venture Conference announced Monday its 10 semifinalists for this year’s Early Stage competition. On Sept. 22, the field will narrow to five at EDCO‘s PubTalk. Those five finalists – chosen by an audience vote during the PubTalk – will then present… Continue Reading

Semifinalists announced for BVC Early Stage competition
Bend’s love/hate relationship with tourism

Bend’s love/hate relationship with tourism

Photos courtesy of Pete Alport, Visit Bend Damon Runberg has heard the complaints about tourists in Bend, especially this summer. Strain on the city’s parks and roads, longer drive times around time and restaurants and watering holes jammed pack were just a few of the concerns Runberg, a regional economist with the state, listed Thursday during the City… Continue Reading

Bend Venture Conference applications nearly double

More startups than ever are looking to be part of the 2016 Bend Venture Conference. Now in its 13th year, the Bend Venture Conference received application material from 91 companies for its two-day angel investment event on Oct. 13 and 14. That’s up from 55 applicants a year ago. Companies submitted entries into one of three competition… Continue Reading

Bend Venture Conference applications nearly double

The Businesswomen of Muse

The Businesswomen of Muse

Here’s our first report from the 2016 Muse women’s conference, held last weekend in Bend. You can read a second one here. The fourth annual Muse women’s conference wrapped up yesterday in Bend after three days of interactive salons, stirring onstage interviews, and captivating presenters, many of which revolved around entrepreneurs and business leaders. We… Continue Reading

AdFed of Central Oregon suspends operations

AdFed of Central Oregon suspends operations

The board of directors of the Advertising Federation of Central Oregon has decided to suspend the organization’s operations after 27 years. AdFed Central Oregon was formed in 1989 by local advertising professionals for the purpose of showcasing the best creative ad work produced in the region. The group established an annual creative competition called the… Continue Reading

Cairn now shipping internationally

Cairn now shipping internationally

Gear junkies across the world are falling in love with Cairn. The Bend-based company delivers more than 10,000 packages a month – boxes filled with samples of new outdoor gear – to all 50 states and nine different countries. “We’re a monthly subscription service for people who enjoy the outdoors,” Cairn’s owner and founder Rob Little says. “Customers don’t… Continue Reading