Month: February 2017

Friday Morning Muse: Come Meet 4 Social Entrepreneurs From Bend Who Are Changing the World!

If you have some time Friday morning, then head to the Muse Salon Series at the Liberty Theater downtown for what promises to be an engaging 90 minutes of conversation with four inspiring entrepreneurs, whose businesses make a distinct social impact.

The first panel discussion features Shannon Keith, CEO of Sudara; Sarah Pool, former CEO of Pacific Superfood Snacks and current CEO of Besso; Amy Doherty, founder of Think Tanky; and Ericka Rodriguez, founder of Axiology.

I’m really looking forward to moderating the discussion, which will focus on how these women have integrated their desire to have a social or environmental impact with the founding of their company. For example:

  • Rodriguez, with Bend-based Axiology, has created beautiful cosmetics from ingredients that are vegan and cruelty free.
  • Doherty draws on her experience working with nonprofits to help for-profit businesses find ways to deepen their own social impact.
  • Pool’s latest venture, Besso, partners with breweries across the globe to up-cycle spent barley grain into plant-based superfood smoothies.
  • Keith, with Sudara, offers living wage jobs and resources to women in India who have escaped sex slavery.

We’ll discuss the experience of these entrepreneurs as well as how more of us can integrate our own values and causes more closely with our work, even if we don’t plan on starting a company or changing careers.

Miss These Jobs and You’ll Be SAD! Cairn, Manzama, GL Solutions, G5 and More Hiring …

Remember that one time that you heard about a job opening–only to discover the company had already filled it? There have been some great postings in the last two weeks that you would certainly be sad not to know about. Soooooo sad.

Don’t let this be you, all sad, not knowing about these jobs 

So let’s save the job FOMO for another day, and tackle these openings. Here’s what’s happening:

Hip, Luxury Lipstick That’s Also Vegan? Yep, Meet Axiology 

As a long-time vegan, Ericka Rodriguez wasn’t pleased with her makeup options, especially when it came to lipstick. “There was no brand out there that represented what I wanted,” she says. “Nothing that was vegan was also hip or luxe and every time I put on a vegan, organic lipstick I didn’t get the result I wanted.”

Ericka began making her own lipstick in 2012, researching how to make lip balm and then adding color. “It became an obsession pretty quickly,” she says. “I was working at a juice bar in New York City and making lipstick before work and after work.”

She landed on a winning formula—and ultimately launched Axiology, a luxury vegan, organic lipstick company based here in Bend. The growing brand is now found in 90 boutiques, including Free People shops, around the country.

3 Tips for Aspiring Entrepreneurs from OSU Cascades Biz Instructor Kim Vierra #julieselfie

Julie Harrelson, CEO of the Harrelson Group, Fund Manager of Cascade Angels, has a beloved penchant for taking selfies with entrepreneurs, investors and people of Oregon who support building a strong Oregon through entrepreneurialism. This blog continues a series of selfies + blogs about the amazing people she’s met in the last couple of years. #julieselfie

Kim Vierra is a world traveler, entrepreneur, instructor at OSU Cascades and a kind and engaged community member. I had the chance to visit Kim and her class in Tykeson Hall. The class had small teams of students, all engaged in creating a company. Having a four-year university in Central Oregon is a great thing and Kim has done a great job encouraging connection between the business community and OSU Cascades.

Is Public Speaking at the Tower Theater in Your Future? There’s a Class For That!

There’s a lot of reasons that Bend business and startup types might find themselves speaking at the town’s iconic Tower Theater, say pitching at the Venture Out conference, being part of the Bend Venture Conference or telling your story at Ignite Bend.

Now you can really prepare via a public speaking course that uses the Tower Theater stage. The course is offered by Diane Allen, a Bend public speaking coach who has previously worked with main stage speakers for TEDxBend and the BVC. She is also the former concertmaster of the Central Oregon Symphony.

She says:

This course was a request by people who felt that if they could get some stage time at the Tower, that they could be free to speak anytime, anywhere, no matter how high the pressure. I really wanted to honor their request because when you can ROCK in front of an audience, it opens up enormous doors of opportunity.

Have an Event? Want to Go Awesome Startup and Biz Events? Check Out Our Events Page

If you’re looking for something to do — or wanting to get some eyeballs on your upcoming event — then head over to the StartupBend Events page. This calendar is currently filled with events as well as courses that interest entrepreneurs, product people, tech types and more.

Much like our jobs board (For some reason I envision Melissa McCarthy yelling out JOOOOOOBS BOOOOAAARD), it’s free to post on our events board. So by all means, post away events that are of interest to the startup community here in Bend. Simply click the ‘post event’ button at the top of the page.

Lastly, here are some upcoming events that might pique your curiosity:

Feb. 22: The Tech Talent Development Summit

Tech People: Learn How to Improve Your Soft Skills at the Tech Talent Development Summit

You know what’s nice? Not having to leave town for great, informative, industry-related events. And it seems like there’s more of them here everyday. One of the most recent postings to the StartupBend events calendar — a Tech Talent Development Summit — is something that every local tech professional should check out.

Scheduled for Feb. 22, this summit is focused on helping tech employees develop their soft skills, which are just as crucial as your technical skills and frankly, can often mean the difference between getting hired or promoted — or not.

From the event information:

While your technical skills may get your foot in the door, long-term your soft skills help you stay relevant and create opportunities for advancement. Developing those soft skills begins with an awareness and understanding of who you are as an employee—what you already offer, how you’d like to grow and how you’re connected to your work. With that understanding, you can better develop and apply essential networking and communication skills that are authentic to you and most impactful to your professional growth and success.

G5 Hosts Young Professionals Networking Event on Wednesday

G5 is hosting a Young Professionals Network event this Wednesday, Feb. 8. It’s a great chance to meet other professionals working in town, plus you can learn more about G5 from the company’s Chief Technology Officer Chris Eckert. There’s also beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages.

More info from our events page:

G5 is the leading digital marketing provider in the real estate sector delivering higher marketing ROI. This mission has led to a business built on making customers happy with an average 98% customer retention rate, 240 employees, and five consecutive years on Deloitte’s list of North America’s fastest growing technology companies. G5 was also named to OUTSIDE’s “Best Places to Work” 2016 edition, for the third consecutive year and also awarded the Bend Chamber’s SAGE Business Award “Healthy Workplace of the Year” in 2016. Additionally, G5 has been recognized as one of Oregon’s best 100 Companies to work for, ranked on the Inc. 500 list, and one of the top 10 healthiest employers of Oregon.