Category: Entrepreneur

Central Oregon SBDC Success Story: ArcLight Dynamics

The Small Business Development Center, located at Central Oregon Community College, is a first stop for many budding entrepreneurs in the region. However, the SBDC also provides valuable resources for existing businesses as they grow. Check out the following success story on Bend’s ArcLight Dynamics for an example of the wealth of services SBDC clients […]

March 13, 2017 Entrepreneur

SBDC Accepting Applications for 2017 Small Business Management Program

COCC’s Small Business Development Center is now taking applications for the 2017 Small Business Management program. The well-established, yearlong program offers a unique combination of one-on-one business advising and practical, hands-on classroom instruction, customized to individual business needs. If you are feeling overwhelmed with the daily responsibilities of your business or don’t know how to get […]

2016 Bend Venture Conference Awards a Record $3.9 Million in Investment and Prize Money

BEND, Ore.  Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) last week hosted the 13th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) and announced that over $3,918,000 was awarded in investments and cash prizes, setting a new record for Oregon angel conferences and making it one of the top angel conferences in the country. The conference featured four competition categories, 12 winners […]

Central Oregon SCORE Achieves Client Service Distinction

Bend, OR. —SCORE National has announced that Central Oregon SCORE ranked 7th out of 350 SCORE Chapters in Client Satisfaction.  On a scale of 1-5 SCORE Central Oregon clients rated the services they received from Central Oregon SCORE at 4.42 “We are honored to receive such recognition from our clients,” says Central Oregon SCORE Chapter […]

Bend Business Resource Spotlight: Deschutes County Library

When you think about business resources available at the local library, it probably conjures images of books on business planning, biographies of industry moguls, and the like. Not so fast! The Deschutes County Library offers a robust online and in-person suite of resources targeted at local business owners and budding entrepreneurs. The price of admission? […]

Economic Development Term to Know: Incubator vs. Accelerator

Business Incubator vs. Business Accelerator: One sounds warm and comforting, the other panic inducing, but if you’re a startup looking to take the next step in your development either one can help your business grow. While both incubators and accelerators seek to improve the odds of a startup finding success, their key distinction is the […]

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem | Bend is teeming with life

In 2012, when Entrepreneur magazine wrote a story hailing Bend as the most entrepreneurial town in America, it wasn’t really a surprise to the locals.  Those of us living in the thick of this start-up happy community are typically just one degree of separation from at least a few founded-in-my-living-room stories of success. The reason […]

November 25, 2014 Entrepreneur

Silicon Valley North | Tech and software industry leaders pin Bend on the map

The story is virtually the same across the board: Bright software developer or tech entrepreneur with successful career grows tired of Bay Area/Seattle, seeks move to town with fabulous outdoor recreation opportunities, killer beer scene and a rapidly growing cluster of tech and software companies. The match: Bend, Oregon. For about a decade now, Bend […]