Category Archives: Small Business

BendTECH Presents: Startup Resource Fair

BendTECH Presents: Startup Resource Fair

BendTECH Coworking is hosting their first-annual Startup Resource Fair on Wednesday, May 24 at the 1001 Tech Center. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. You’re not going to want to miss it, so register online at bendtech.com/startupresourcefair. Admission is free, and attendees who register will receive a free drink ticket too! “The goal is to give… Continue Reading

Five reasons small businesses use VoIP phone systems

Five reasons small businesses use VoIP phone systems

Landlines are becoming a thing of the past as VoIP is quickly becoming the new standard of phone communication. Infonetics Research forecasted that the VoIP and unified communications market will be worth more than $88 billion by 2018 and grow more than 15 percent in the next few years? Additionally, their report states that the… Continue Reading

What’s next? CushCore talks plans following BVC win

What’s next? CushCore talks plans following BVC win

Great chat earlier this week with CushCore founders Adam Krafting and Dan Hallada. CushCore won the Bend Venture Conference’s Early Stage competition and with it, $15,000 from BendBroadband Business. The two inventors also snagged $3,000 of funding at the inaugural Venture Out Festival. Here’s the interview in full: Continue Reading

Record-breaking $3.75 million awarded at BVC

Record-breaking $3.75 million awarded at BVC

Press release from EDCO about this year’s record-setting Bend Venture Conference: OVER $3,755,000 IN FUNDING AWARDED AT THE BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE Ten Companies Across Three Competition Categories Take Home Investments and Cash Prizes Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) hosted the 13th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) to a sold-out crowd and just announced the… Continue Reading

SnoPlanks wins $100K at Venture Out Festival

SnoPlanks secured $100,000 in funding Wednesday night as the winner of the inaugural Venture Out Festival. TOUGHER, a workwear company for women, took home the Break Out Award and $10,000 in investment. And CushCore, which produces an insert for mountain bikes that works as an in-tire suspension system, won $3,000 from BendBroadband Business as the winner of a special Judge’s Award. Created… Continue Reading

SnoPlanks wins $100K at Venture Out Festival

Spontaneous swimwear company takes unConference top prize

  Wedgis, a spontaneous swimwear startup founded by Sarah Drake, won the Wild Card spot at Bend’s unConference on Wednesday. Drake, 35, moved to Bend three months ago from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to launch her business – and for the opportunity to pitch during the Bend Venture Conference week. With the Wild Card spot, Drake… Continue Reading

Watch the Venture Out Festival Online!

  Can’t make the inaugural Venture Out Festival for Central Oregon outdoor startups Wednesday night? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Go to the Bend Outdoor Worx’s page here  to live stream Bend’s only angel investment competition strictly for the outdoor industry. And stay tuned for the broadcast in its entirety. We’ve got a special surprise… Continue Reading

Live-tweeting from BVC: Jimmy Sbarra of Volcano Veggies

Back in 2014, Volcano Veggies — then a scrappy startup that used aquaponics to grow organic vegetables year-round in Bend — won the Early Stage Award at the Bend Venture Conference. This year, we’ve asked company co-founder Jimmy Sbarra to take over the BendBroadband Business Twitter account during the 2016 Early Stage Award competition on… Continue Reading