2 Great Statewide Events For Food & Beverage Entrepreneurs This Fall

By Alex Palmer | September 3, 2019

If you are a food & beverage entrepreneur or startup, there are a couple of events coming up outside Southern Oregon later in the year which are worth considering to attend. NOV 8-10. TechStars Food Start-Up Weekend Eugene. This is the first food focused start-up weekend on the West Coast, held in Eugene on Nov […]

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Mergers and Acquisitions

October LAUNCH|Talk: M&A 101 – Buying and Selling a Business

By Codi Spodnik | August 22, 2019

Every entrepreneur needs to know understand the buying and selling of businesses. Knowing the basics of Mergers and Acquisitions is a critical part of exiting a business through a successful sale, purchasing an existing business or adding partners to a start-up. Join our expert panel to walk through scenarios in detail to answer some of […]

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Notes from Colleen’s Desk: You’ve Got Something to Say!

By Codi Spodnik | August 7, 2019

We all love to be in the know and we all love to have our say, right? You know it’s true. So here is an opportunity for you to do both! You can be in the know about our current efforts to update our Comprehensive Economic Develop Strategy (CEDS) and have your say. It’s a two-for-one. […]

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How can Toastmasters help entrepreneurs?

By Alex Palmer | August 1, 2019

As an entrepreneur being able to craft a compelling pitch is an essential skill whether you are raising money, selling your products / services or convincing someone to come work for you. While the content of a pitch is always important, so is it’s delivery and this is where organisations like Toastmasters can really help […]

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LAUNCH|Talk: All Your Legal Questions Answered

By Codi Spodnik | July 24, 2019

Join us at The Hivve in Grants Pass on Thursday, August 8 at 5:30. Tickets are $10 – Available now and at the door. Food and beverage included. Wine provided by Pallet Wines. Every entrepreneur faces legal questions at some point. • What company structure is right for my business? • How do I file […]

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Notes from Colleen’s Desk: Trail Junctions

By Codi Spodnik | July 24, 2019

Some of you may know my trail name here in the SOREDI office is “Spur.” It was aptly given me by a staff member a few years ago after a staff retreat. We had drawn names and been given the assignment to give another staff member a trail name based on a variety of inputs […]

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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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2019 MFG Summit: GET REAL!

By Codi Spodnik | July 12, 2019

GET REAL! Futureproof Your Reality by attending MFG Summit 2019. Are you ready for Industry 4.0? While some companies may try to remain in denial of this fourth wave of the Industrial Revolution, smart manufacturers are adopting changes now that will leverage the potential of the technologies that are coming our way (and the ones […]

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Notes from Colleen’s Desk: Lessons in the Garden

By Codi Spodnik | July 10, 2019

I’ve been spending a bit of time in the garden lately – planting, watering, and of course, weeding. A lot of weeding! No doubt, there are a lot of lessons to be learned in the garden about effectively cultivating the soil, nurturing the young and tender seedlings, and relentlessly pulling out every weed that threatens […]

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Jordan Willing joins July 11 LAUNCH|Talk Panel

By Codi Spodnik | July 8, 2019

Jordan Willing, founder and CEO of JMW SALES, has joined our LAUNCH|Talk panel for Thursday, July 11. JMW is a consumer products company based in Ashland whose mission is to develop purposeful products that inspire and make an impact. JMW has successfully brought over 500 educational products to market under their own house brands such as […]

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LAUNCH|Talk: Winter Pitchfest!

December 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


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