What builds Bend? Why craft is good business in Central Oregon

By: Built Oregon

Central Oregon is a beacon for outdoor and lifestyle enthusiasts — the rivers, mountains, and trails seem to be never ending. But there also seems to be a beacon that shines bright around the consumer products industry. From world-class beverages, to industry leading apparel and gear, and on to scalable food companies, the region is bursting from a growth and economic standpoint.

But beyond the lifestyle, what is the Bend story that has, and continues to, attract so many consumer product companies, and more importantly, allowed them to scale? Our first Built Oregon event in Bend, taking place Oct. 1 at 5 p.m., features a panel of company leaders who will talk about topics like:

* What made Central Oregon the right choice to start and grow their company, from talent recruitment to scaling a company?

* How have they gone from an idea to where they are today.

* The school of hard knocks-lessons learned and advice for the next wave of Central Oregon founders.

* The importance of storytelling — From brand development, to selling your passion to customers and employees, crafting the right story is a must.


Scott Allen – CEO/ HydroFlask

Meg Chun – CEO & Brand Manager/ Kialoa Paddles

Tony Lawrence – Founder & Brewer/ Boneyard Brewing

Sarah Pool – Founder & CEO/ Pacific Superfood Snacks

Corey SchmidSeven Peaks Ventures

The event is scheduled to take place at The Bridge, located at 48 SE Bridgeford Blvd.

To register for the event, go to:

Read Built Oregon’s Central Oregon Entrepreneurial Stories, with profiles of Bend companies such as Breedlove Guiltar, Snoplanks, Onboard Dynamics and BendTECHHERE

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