Category Archives: Start-Ups

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 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
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

Cascade Angels seek applicants for investment

Entrepreneurs, startups and small business people across Oregon: Bend-based angel fund Cascade Angels is now seeking applications from launch-stage companies for investment. The application is available on gust.com, and the deadline to apply is Feb. 17. Applicants must be in the launch stage of business (i.e. have a product and revenue) and must be based… Continue Reading

DrinkTanks taking beer world by storm

Less than three years after its founding, DrinkTanks is revolutionizing the way beer lovers consume their favorite beverage. Flustered by flat beer, DrinkTanks owner and founder Nicholas Hill and his late father, Dr. Tim Hill, committed to solving one of life’s most maddening problems. And they nailed it. DrinkTanks’ first product, a 64-ounce double-wall vacuum insulated stainless steel growler,… Continue Reading

DrinkTanks taking beer world by storm

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

Want more revenue, profits, and freedom? Start with a year end assessment

What entrepreneur doesn’t want more of everything in the upcoming year? Regardless of the kind of year your business experienced, the end of the year signals an opportunity to reboot. It’s the time to clear the cache, fix the problems, and plan for smart business growth in the year ahead. Regardless of industry, size, or… Continue Reading

Want more revenue, profits, and freedom? Start with a year end assessment

Two guys, an idea and lots of sandpaper

When SnoPlanks founders James Nicol and Ryan Holmes won the BendBroadband Early Stage Award at the 2015 Bend Venture Conference, they were handed one of those comically huge checks for $15,000. A month later, Nicol is talking about the experience in SnoPlanks’ sanding room, which is bigger than that big check — though not by much.… Continue Reading

Two guys, an idea and lots of sandpaper