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Boost your business with the Startup Resource Fair!

Ready to launch your own business?

Or take your current startup to the next level?

Don’t miss BendTECH Coworking’s inaugural Startup Resource Fair this Wednesday, May 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the 1001 Tech Center.

Admission is free and walkups are welcome, but you’ll earn a free drink ticket when you register online.


“The goal is to give anyone who has thought about starting a business –and those who have already launched one – the chance to connect with the best resources Central Oregon has to offer,” says Kelly Kearsley, a BendTECH board member.

The fair, which is co-sponsored by BendBroadband Business, features two dozen exhibitors, including:

  • Venture Capital, Angel Funds and Banks
  • Business/Founder Mentor Groups
  • Small Business Assistance Programs
  • Core Professional Services
  • Educational Organizations and Resources

Each exhibitor will have a table, and attendees can learn more about each organization, meet key people and ask questions. In addition, the event will include short, informal presentations from a few exhibitors, offering a quick bit of their expertise.

The fair will also feature experienced entrepreneurs inside the BendTECH coworking space. Identified by “Ask a Founder” signage, attendees can see the coworking space and get advice from entrepreneurs who have already started their businesses.

Free Advice Schedule

5:00 Startup Legal 101
Karnopp Peterson
5:10 Startup Financing Tips
Summit Bank
5:20 Startup Strategies for Success
Cascade Angels
5:30 Insurance Needs and Know-How
5:40 Creating Your Best Investor Pitch
Pam Stevenson
5:50 How to Hire Your First Employee
6:00 Connecting with Schools
Oregon STEM
6:10 Government R&D Funding for Small Biz
Oregon BEST
6:20 Navigating Startup Health Insurance 
Get Benefits
6:30 Avoiding Common Legal Mistakes 
Kristin Scheel Downes


The Startup Resource Fair is made possible by the 1001 Tech Space, the Bend Chamber of Commerce, Summit Bank, PayneWest Insurance, Karnopp Peterson and BendBroadband Business.


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