Notes from Colleen’s Desk: Relationship-Mongers Hard at Work

By Codi Spodnik | February 13, 2019

At our Southern Oregon Business Conference just two weeks ago, one of the speakers referenced an “R” word while sharing his findings on whether the economy would experience another “recession” anytime soon. He offered that the data in the normal metrics tracked by economists did not support this; and then he explained how hard it […]

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The MaskIt Story: Shallan Ramsey in Her Own Words

By Codi Spodnik | February 6, 2019

Have you ever noticed a problem and become passionate about finding a solution? If so, you might be an entrepreneur. Shallan Ramsey noticed a problem and set out to solve it. Her journey led her through many stages of growth, both professionally and personally. Her perseverance through problem-solving, her resourcefulness and her use of the […]

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Cascade Angels Invite Early Stage Companies to Apply for Funding

By Codi Spodnik | February 6, 2019

Entrepreneurs seeking investment capital have an opportunity to present their early stage businesses to Cascade Angels. Cascade Angels Fund V, LLC (“Cascade Angels Fund V” or the “Fund”) has opened up its first application period for 2019, which runs from February 4-March 15, 2019. Entrepreneurs interested in applying can do so via Gust. Any Southern […]

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Feb. 7 LAUNCH|Talk on Raising Money – What to Expect

By Codi Spodnik | January 30, 2019

Our next Launch Talk is just a week away. The focus is on fundraising for your business but what exactly can you expect and who should attend? Is this for you? First of all, raising money is one of the biggest challenges that businesses of every size face, so knowing where to access capital is […]

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LAUNCH|Talk Feb. 7: Funding Your Business

By Codi Spodnik | January 23, 2019

Meet our panel of funding experts and ask your own questions about options available to you. On Thursday, February 7, at PLEXIS Healthcare Systems in Ashland, we will host a panel to address the question that keeps every entrepreneur up at night. How do I fund the next stage of my business? Whether your company […]

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Business Oregon Issues Request for Proposals to Drive Industry Growth

By Codi Spodnik | January 23, 2019

Business Oregon and the Oregon Innovation Council (Oregon InC) are soliciting a second round of proposals to fund discrete projects to support industry growth. The projects should remove barriers to research and development, support product development and testing, increase technology commercialization, or advance other aspects of industry innovation. The goal is to support the growth […]

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LAUNCH|Focus – The Importance of CoWorking Spaces

By Codi Spodnik | January 16, 2019

In recent years we’ve seen huge growth in co-working business in major metropolitan areas with brands like We Work and others expanding rapidly. It’s a market segment that’s fueled by several workplace/economic trends that are currently growing at the pace of 200% a year over the last 5 years! First, we’re seeing a rise in […]

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LAUNCH Focus – Building the Perfect Pitch Deck (and some common mistakes to avoid)!

By Codi Spodnik | December 19, 2018

At every stage in the entrepreneurial journey, the ability to build a killer pitch deck is an essential part of everyone’s skillset. While the standard, long-form business plan document can be useful to help you figure out every detail of an existing or potential business, the reality is that few people will take the time […]

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LAUNCH Focus – What Does A Venture Catalyst Do Anyway?!

By Codi Spodnik | December 11, 2018

Welcome to the first in a regular weekly article by Venture Catalyst, Alex Palmer, focused on SOREDI’s LAUNCH initiative. Alex will provide useful tips/ content/ stories/knowledge to help entrepreneurs, start-ups or anyone running a company in Southern Oregon. Starting close to home, you may wonder what a Venture Catalyst does anyway, so here goes. First […]

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New Venture Catalyst, Alex Palmer Welcomed by SOREDI

By SOREDI | November 1, 2018

Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. (SOREDI) is pleased to announce that Alex Palmer will be assuming the role of Venture Catalyst. Palmer will be building on the work done by the previous Venture Catalysts, Rick Hood and Tim Root. Palmer is an experienced digital marketing and e-commerce executive with a specialty in direct-to-consumer sales […]

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