Category Archives: Events

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.

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.

Event Alert! Cascade Angels Fund Manager Shares Networking Secrets

Everyone can benefit from a strong network, but very few people actually love networking. Next week, you can join Julie Harrelson, Cascade Angels fund manager, and Pam Stevenson, startup strategist and pitch coach, for an interactive workshop that will show you how to make your networking more effective and even … fun. At this workshop, you will learn:
  • The three types of connections you need to build, grow and sustain a network.
  • Julie’s best practices networking toolkit and tips for networking mastery.
  • How to make networking easy and fun.

Here are the event details…

Workshop: Networking 2.0

Date: January 25th, 4-6pm

Location: Summit Saloon, 125 NW Oregon St., Bend (No host bar)

Fee: $25 if you pre-register, $30 at the door

Register at:

A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to Awesome Bend, whose mission is to inspire and support creative ideas that make Bend a more awesome place to live, work and play.  

Be Better! Free Workshop for Improving Your Everyday Public Speaking and Presentation Skills

Here is an opportunity to get some high-level, professional coaching for free. Bend-based public speaking coach Diane Allen is hosting a workshop Friday, Nov. 11 called Connection: The Key to Influential Leadership. Allen has helped business executives, startup founders (including those who pitched at the 2014 and 2015 BVC) and more improve their public and professional speaking skills. With this event, she’s teaching people how they can use professional public speaking practices to connect with an audience in more everyday conversations, business presentations and meetings.

From the write up:

To be convincing or influential, you must have connection. Without connection, it’s difficult to create results. Not only does connection increase your effectiveness, but you’ll be more “likable” in the process. Would you like to develop your ability to connect to a variety of people in a variety of situations? Would you like to develop your influential leadership, customer retention and lead generation?

Your unConference + BVC + Venture Out Guide: A Record Setting $1.5 Million in Investments and 100 Free Cowbells

This week is chock full of startup energy and events and parties and pitches. Is it fun? Absolutely. But it’s also more. The Bend Venture Conference announced Monday that it has $1.5 million in investment and awards committed to these year’s conference, setting a record for Oregon angel conferences.

At the end these four days, several companies will have additional capital they need to help start, build and continue to grow. Investors will have put their dollars behind promising startups, supported economic development in Central Oregon and the PNW, and in the case of the new social impact track, funded companies that provide a measurable social or environmental benefit. It’s good stuff.

So here’s a quick preview of what’s coming up, where you can find the fun and what to keep an eye out for:

Startup News Roundup: Bonfire is Happening, is Hiring, SteadyBudget is Now Shape, Hydaway is Growing …

There’s a lot going on in Central Oregon startupland. The StartupBend inbox is brimming with news and the only way out is a news roundup! So buckle up, because it’s about to get crazy. Here’s what’s happening:

Seven Peaks hosts Bonfire. The Bend-based VC firm is bringing together select investors, business leaders and startup CEOs for a conference around the theme Rise of the Rest, the idea championed by Steve Case that successful startups can exist outside of Silicon Valley. You can read more about the exclusive event, which kicked off yesterday, here.

We naturally are big fans of the idea that with the right infrastructure and support, great companies can start and flourish in communities all over the country, including right here in Bend. The New York Times served up a great example in this story about MailChimp this week.

Get Ready for Tenth Month: October is Conferences and Ideas Galore in Bend

You might have noticed that October has gotten a little busy — and we’re not talking about trying to find just the right pieces for your amazing Harry Potter Halloween costume. In Bend, the best of all fall months is now host to a plethora of independently organized conferences, including Bend Venture, Bend Design, Swivel, the unConference, the Venture Out Festival and BendFilm. Visit Bend has designated the whole to-do as Tenth Month, a month-long SXSW-ish celebration of ideas and innovation.

There’s a lot happening. You can learn about all sorts of things, meet all sorts of interesting people and at the very least, go to some fun parties. It’s like college, but less homework and probably better clothes.

Here are some of the Tenth Month events to put on your calendar.