Category Archives: Events

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

Ruffwear returns to its roots at Outdoor Retailers show

Ruffwear returns to its roots at Outdoor Retailers show

SALT LAKE CITY – The Outdoor Retailers show will always have a special place in the hearts of Ruffwear employees. “This is where Ruffwear was born,” said Greg Freyberg, Ruffwear’s brand manager, Thursday during the first day of the 2016 Outdoor Retailers show in Salt Lake’s Salt Palace Convention Center. Ruffwear, one of several BendBroadband Business customers… Continue Reading

Small business counseling in Bend

The downtown Bend branch of the Deschutes Public Library is hosting four free one-on-one small business counseling sessions this month. Starting tomorrow, counselors from the Central Oregon chapter of SCORE, a nationwide nonprofit devoted to helping small businesses, will be available to chat with between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday in January. That’s Jan.… Continue Reading

Getting to Know the BVC Early Stage Finalists

Getting to Know the BVC Early Stage Finalists

Last week, EDCO announced the 10 finalists vying for the $15,000 BendBroadband Early Stage Award. Each of these companies is getting ready to deliver a fast, three-minute pitch at the September 24th PubTalk, when five will be chosen to present at The Tower Theatre on October 16th. We asked the finalists how they would spend… Continue Reading

Michael Canic to speak at COCC leadership event

[Update, 9/21] We have some winners! Congratulations to Laura Grey De Block, Sarah Napier Jewett, Jill Hoelting and Joseph Tokish. [Original post, 9/15] World-renowned speaker and strategy/execution consultant Michael Canic will present “Managing to Win! Do You Have the Right Focus, the Right People and the Right Environment?” as part of Central Oregon Community College’s fall leadership… Continue Reading

Catching up with KidRunner

Numbers tend to grab headlines at the Bend Venture Conference. In 2014, the Northwest’s largest angel conference attracted more than 400 attendees, 50 prominent investors and 65 companies. Over $1 million was invested at BVC, including $250,000 for Amplion Research and $100,000 for for Poachedjobs. The numbers grab headlines, of course, because they’re impressive. But… Continue Reading

Our answer to South by Southwest

Our answer to South by Southwest

Has anyone not heard of South by Southwest (SXSW) Conferences and Festivals? Every year in mid-March, there’s a lot of hype in Texas, as Austin comes to life with the unique convergence of original music, independent film and emerging technologies. Their mantra: to foster creative and professional growth alike. Looking at what’s in store for… Continue Reading