Southern Oregon Edge Profile: Naumes Family Vineyards

By SOREDI | August 20, 2019

Rooted in Southern Oregon You may not have given much thought to the pears on your kitchen counter, but the Naumes family certainly has. For three generations, the Naumes family has carefully selected the best orchards in Washington, Oregon, and California and crafted state-of-art packing and storage facilities to bring you the perfect pear. Today, […]

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Southern Oregon Edge Profile: Ausland Group

By SOREDI | August 8, 2019

World-Class Development, With Southern Oregon Roots Southern Oregonians are proud of their independent thinking and resourcefulness. For Ausland Group, that identity is an important part of the “secret sauce” that drives their rapidly growing commercial design and construction company. Ausland Group has made a long-term commitment to Southern Oregon investing in their new headquarters in […]

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SOREDI Seeks Community Input for Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

By SOREDI | August 7, 2019

SOREDI is mid-way in its discovery and research phase to update its 5-year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Southern Oregon. The community is invited to provide insights in a brief survey, accessible through the SOREDI website: https://soredi.org/regional-strategy/ In April, SOREDI hired Austin-based TIP Strategies, Inc. to create a robust and comprehensive plan for economic […]

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Exceptional Groups, Companies and One Inspiring Individual Honored by SOREDI’s Prosper Awards

By SOREDI | July 17, 2019

Three companies, one exceptional group and a particularly inspiring individual were honored at SOREDI’s 2019 Annual Meeting, held June 27 at Ashland Hills Hotel in Ashland. Each year, SOREDI recognizes companies and groups in our region that exhibit the qualities of Collaboration, Prosperity, Tenacity and Ingenuity. These are the defining characteristics that SOREDI recognizes as […]

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Video: How Convertible Notes Work

By Alex Palmer | July 16, 2019

Our friends over at OTBC who run the Virtual Incubator Program have put together a great series on early stage funding options for start-ups, beginning with this one,  “Convertible Note Terms: How Convertible Notes Work.” If you’re interested in how equity investments work for start-ups, this 15-minute video is worth your time. You can register […]

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Community Gems: Books, Buildings and More in Phoenix!

By Codi Spodnik | July 16, 2019

Along I-5 sits a small Southern Oregon city that deserves recognition. Named after a Connecticut Insurance Company in the 1850s, this city now has roughly 4,600 residents. If you think I’m talking about Phoenix, Oregon…you are correct!  The city of Phoenix may not be as busy as some cities, but it maintains small-town community spirit—as […]

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Calling Southern Oregon Inventors and Makers! July 11 Panel

By Codi Spodnik | July 3, 2019

Get your tickets now! This LAUNCH|Talk will feature a panel discussion to help you learn what it takes to be successful making and selling products right here in Southern Oregon. Join us at the amazing new CraterWorks Maker Space in Central Point. Our evening will include a tour of CraterWorks so that you can see […]

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Community Gems: Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly

By Codi Spodnik | July 3, 2019

If you have ever driven past Eagle Point on Memorial Day or the Fourth of July, you will notice one thing in particular—Eagle Point does patriotism like few other cities in Southern Oregon. Flags line the streets and townspeople gather for celebrations of our great nation. In fact, the town has an entire ‘Avenue of […]

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Oregon Bioscience Association to Host Medford Mixer

By Codi Spodnik | June 12, 2019

Thanks to the tireless work of SOREDI member, Biomed Diagnostics, Oregon Bioscience Association will be hosting their first ever mixer in Medford! Until now, their chapter meetings, events, and classes have been conducted in Portland and Bend. All biotech, health and life sciences businesses in Southern Oregon are invited. What: Oregon Bioscience Medford Mixer When: […]

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Looking for Funding for a Cleantech startup?

By Alex Palmer | June 12, 2019

Portland based VertueLab, which is an accelerator program aimed at Cleantech/Climate Impact start-ups is hosting its Eco-Capital Connections event on Sept 13th, applications close Jun 26th. If your cleantech startup is ready to connect with investors and strategic partners, apply by June 26th to be considered for Eco-Capital Connections. This annual, invitation-only, matchmaking event pairs entrepreneurs with […]

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