Entrepreneurs: Opportunity Knocks Launches Online Directory of Biz Resources

If I had a quarter for every time someone said, “We need a directory of all the business resources in town,” then I could definitely buy you a few beers. Fortunately Opportunity Knocks has now officially launched this very thing. The new Business Resources of Central Oregon is an online directory of everything entrepreneurs need to start, grow and support their business.

From the news release:

The BRCO directory outlines the breadth and depth of Central Oregon’s entrepreneurial ecosystem along with contact information. The number of resources available provides Central Oregon’s regional business community with one of the most – if not the most – extensive ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest.

The site — BizresourceCO.org — offers visitors a comprehensive listing of resources available in the following categories:

It is Time to Improve Your Pitch? Check Out This Upcoming Workshop

If you’re planning on pitching your startup to investors, then this post is for you. Pam Stevenson, a pitch coach and startup strategist whose advised more than 200 companies, is hosting a pitch workshop on Monday, April 17th.

The workshop aims to prepare entrepreneurs for pitching to Cascade Angels, Seven Peaks Ventures, Bend Venture Conference, Pub Talk or other angel or venture capital funds or conferences. Pam is a long-time BVC coach — and not necessarily related, but still very interesting, also helped design shoes for Michael Johnson’s Olympic races when she worked for Nike.

As part of the workshop, you’ll learn:

  • The SMART Framework-assess and optimize your underlying business opportunity.
  • The Anatomy of an Angel- know your audience.
  • The Power Pitch Canvas- the key elements of a winning investor pitch.
  • How to add Wow! Factor to any presentation.
  • The Fundability Formula for an investor-ready entrepreneur

Pam also says that the workshop will include hands-on exercises and real-life pitches. The workshop costs $100 and only has room for 12 entrepreneurs. So sign up soon.

Locals Compass Celebrates Launch w/ Bend Party, Discount Codes for Itineraries

Founder Zilaida Salgueiro first publicly pitched her startup idea, an online marketplace for personalized travel itineraries, at the unConference last October. That event was at The Capitol in downtown Bend, and Zilaida was back at the same place last night, hosting a launch party for her company, Locals Compass. What can we say? She moves fast.

The party was a great celebration of bringing an idea to life, and Zilaida took the chance to thank many people, note the joy of launching and take a quick pause before the work ahead.

If you’ve ever had the experience of asking locals for recommendations for restaurants, outings and more while you’re traveling, then you’ll get Locals Compass. The startup aims to tap into the knowledge of locals, who will offer personalized itineraries that meet travelers needs. You can read profiles of locals and their interests, and then request a one or multi-day itinerary based on your preferences and their insider tips. Locals Compass is already offering the service for people traveling to Bend. If you have guests headed this way or want to try it out, enter the discount code LAUNCH and you’ll receive 50% off.

Upcoming Tech Talk Features Bend City Manager Eric King

As a former newspaper reporter, I’m a total geek for local government. As it turns out, the actions of your city and county and parks department often have a much larger impact on your daily life than say, what’s happening in Washington, D.C. And next week, you can geek out on local government too, as part of the upcoming TAO Tech Talk featuring Eric King, Bend’s city manager.

Eric will offer his insights into city government, transportation and even taxes. The talk is interactive, and a great chance to ask questions, voice concerns and generally learn more about how our fair city functions. His discussion will highlight:

  • Governance
  • City Services
  • Council Goals
  • Finances

Be sure to register in advance. Your admission fee includes a Thump drink ticket (beer, wine, coffee, whatever) and of course, a chance to say hi to all your tech friends.

E::SPACE and COCC Offering Intro to Linux Course, Starts Next Week

As part of their ongoing tech training partnership, E::SPACE Labs and COCC are offering a Linux course that begins April 6.

According to E::SPACE, the course will help you get more from technology “and remove the mystery of the operating system that powers everything from Internet services to Android devices to Raspberry Pi.”

This comprehensive class includes how to install programs, networking, scripting and lots more. Experience the freedom user-friendly Linux provides with instruction from an expert in Linux embedded systems. Learn how you can develop an embedded Linux device and get familiar with Linux behind-the-scenes. A combination of classroom and hands-on experience will give you an understanding of the functions, advantages and uses of the Linux Terminal, as well as the Graphical User Interface.

Hey Mt Bikers! BVC Winner CushCore to Demo Its Inner Tire Suspension System Saturday at Maston

The team at CushCore certainly caught a lot of people’s attention with their startup pitch last fall for an innovative inner-tire suspension system for mountain bikes. The perks: Better traction, improved stability and ultimately fewer flats. It was an easy sell to a town that spends a lot of time on singletrack trails.

The company won the Bend Venture Conference $15,000 BendBroadband Business Early Stage Cash Prize last October and officially launched their product last month. Even more exciting: You can try out CushCore’s patent-pending inner-tire system this Saturday. Head to the Maston Trailhead — details below — and they’ll have wheels fitted with the system that you can put on your bike. Then just, you know, ride like a bat out of hell. See what happens.

EDCO PubTalk Features Tom Gonser, Founder of DocuSign and Partner w/ Seven Peaks

This month’s EDCO PubTalk, scheduled for Thursday evening, should be a good one. The keynote speaker is Tom Gonser, the founder of Seattle-based DocuSign, and new partner with Seven Peaks Ventures. He will be interviewed by his Seven Peaks colleague Corey Schmid. Gonser knows a thing or two about growing startups; he helmed DocuSign through its explosive growth and raised hundreds of millions in funding for the industry-leading electronic signature tech company.

The evening will also include pitches and updates from:

The Water Kefir People
Jacinda Swan, CEO and Co-Founder of The Water Kefir People, has been brewing and fermenting Water Kefir in Hawaii since 2015. She and her partner created a handcrafted dairy-free probiotic beverage line. Recently relocated from the Hawaiian island of Kauai, Swan is excited about the business climate and potential to expand the business in Bend.

Cairn Co-Founders on the Secret to Their Successful Partnership #julieselfie

Julie Harrelson, CEO of the Harrelson Group, Fund Manager of Cascade Angels, loves 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

Cairn believes that being outside replenishes the soul. The company was founded with the goal of creating meaningful ways for people to feel connected with the outdoors in their everyday lives. Their monthly subscription box service introduces people to innovative new products and gear that inspires them to get outdoors and try new things, go new places, and share the experience with others.

In the fall of 2014, Cairn was a member of the first class of Bend Outdoor Worx, an accelerator for Central Oregon outdoor-product companies. At the start of 2015, the company, founded by Rob Little and Jared Peterson, had two employees and approximately 500 subscribers. Today Cairn has 14 employees, ships products to over 15,000 subscribers each month, and sources products from over 100 companies. Cairn, based in Bend, was chosen among all development stage companies in Oregon as the winner of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network Entrepreneurship Award in 2015.