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BEND, OR—A sold-out crowd of 425 Bend Venture Conference attendees last Friday heard the pitches of five Launch Stage finalists and six Concept Stage finalists. In addition, they listened to an inspired and insightful “fireside chat” with Steve Blank, a serial entrepreneur and one of the founders of the Lean Startup movement in entrepreneurship. All of the prior BVC conference winners were on hand to provide updates on the growth of their companies.
Total conference investment currently stands at $334,500 and may grow to reach the record $345,000 investment from last year. Conference winners were:
Nouvola’s customers are small to medium sized companies who want to deliver a great user experience, targeting an underserved $200B cloud services market. The company’s performance suite includes stress testing, user metrics, performance analytics, and benchmarking. Founded by Paola Moretto, the Nouvola team boasts cloud domain expertise, prior startup experience with successful exits, and deep software execution background. Nouvola is a graduate of FoundersPad, Bend’s technology accelerator.
“This year’s Bend Venture Conference was exceptional at many levels,” said Jim Coonan, EDCO Venture Catalyst. “The quality of Launch and Concept Stage finalists was the strongest we have seen, and we credit much of that to the growth to the expansion of Central Oregon’s entrepreneurial infrastructure.”
“The time commitment our group of investors make to screen and vet companies also contributed to the overall quality of the competition,” added Coonan. “We could not have been more pleased with Steve Blank’s keynote presentation, facilitated by Dino Vendetti, Managing Partner of Seven Peaks Fund. Steve laid out how profoundly the Lean Startup approach is democratizing the startup scene—both financially and geographically—and that bodes well for Central Oregon.”
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Oregon Sick Leave is here, and changes to the federal white-collar worker regulations are on the way. This workshop will prepare you for both. We invite you to participate in an interactive discussion on how to start planning now for the future impact on your operations and finances.
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This Roundtable will cover numerous issues under the employer "shared responsibility" rules of the Affordable Care Act, including how to track the "full-time" status of variable-hour employees, temporary or seasonal employees, and employees who experience a change in status or a break in service. Additionally, we will provide a brief overview of Code sections 6055 and 6056, which require most mid-sized and large employers to submit their first information reports to the IRS in early 2016 regarding the health insurance coverage being offered to employees. We invite you to participate in an interactive discussion on how to prepare for the future impact of the shared responsibility rules on your operations and finances.