As a startup founder — or founder in the making — you have limited time. But what if you could connect with all the resources you need to start or grow your business, in one place? You can at the BendTECH’s first Startup Resource Fair, May 24th at the 1001 Tech Center.

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What is it?

This fun-filled event puts all the resources you need to start or grow a business in one location. The fair 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

For a full exhibitor list, see below.

Why do I need to go? 

You can conveniently connect with all of the best entrepreneurial resources that Central Oregon has to offer — all in one place, at one time.

What will happen at the fair? 

Basically tons of awesomeness. Each exhibitor will have a table, and attendees can walk the fair, meet and chat with each of them. In addition, the event will include:

  •  Short, informal presentations aka Free Advice from select exhibitors, offering up a quick bit of their expertise.
  • Experienced founders inside the BendTECH coworking space. Identified by “Ask a Founder” signage, attendees can glean advice from entrepreneurs who have already started their businesses.
  • An opportunity to tour the BendTECH coworking space, and check out the 1001 Tech Center, Bend’s hub of tech and startup activity.

How much does it cost? 

It’s FREE. As in zero dollars. But please thank our amazing sponsors for helping support this event so that it’s accessible to everyone. 

What if I want a beer?

Also FREE. Can you say best day ever? But there is a catch: To get a drink ticket, we need you to pre-register. You can do that here.

How do I register? 

Right here. 

Who is sponsoring this supportive, inspiring afternoon of entrepreneurship?

BendTECH organized this event, and the following organizations made the Startup Resource Fair a reality:

Event Details

WHEN: Wednesday May 24, 2017  4:00-7:00 PM

WHERE: 1001 Tech Center at 1001 Emkay Dr., Bend, OR 97702

Free advice presentations begin at 5 p.m.
Free admission
Free drink ticket w/ registration

Our Esteemed Exhibitors

  • Seven Peaks Ventures
  • Cascade Angels
  • Craft3
  • Summit Bank
  • Silicon Vally Bank
  • Economic Development of Central Oregon
  • Bend Chamber of Commerce
  • Business Oregon
  • Technology Association of Oregon
  • Small Business Development Center
  • Opportunity Knocks
  • Oregon Office of Small Business Assistance
  • Founder’s Pad
  • Karnopp Peterson
  • OSU-Cascades
  • Central Oregon STEM Hub
  • PayneWest Insurance
  • BBSI
  • StartupBend

Questions, complaints, ideas?

Contact me. I’m wearing my BendTECH board member hat for this.
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Kelly Kearsley

Kelly Kearsley, the co-founder of, is passionate about startups, entrepreneurship and Bend. In addition to writing this blog, she creates content and manages content projects for global financial companies, tech firms and startups. She began her career as a newspaper journalist and later worked as a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in, Money Magazine, CNNMoney, MSNBC and Runner's World. See her work at or

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