Oregon Entrepreneurs Network Announces Game Changer Finalists for the 2017 OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards

The Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) is pleased to announce four finalists for the 2017 OEN Tom Holce Game Changer Award.

The OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards honor the skill and the courage that it takes for entrepreneurs to create a business out of an idea. The event is intended to not only celebrate entrepreneurs, but to highlight their importance to the region’s economy.

The winner will be determined by an audience vote, with input from the OEN judging committee, on October 25, 2017 during OEN’s Awards Dinner at the Oregon Convention Center.  In addition to the finalists below, OEN will be honoring a game-changing social enterprise for our Game Changer Award and a young, up-and-coming entrepreneur for our Wyatt Starnes Battle of the Schools Award.

Our Game Changer Award honors both nonprofit and for-profit enterprises that offer a novel solution to a social problem. The finalist companies all have a commitment to impact that is central to the mission of the business, a viable business model, and a compelling answer to the question, “Why is your solution better than existing solutions?”
The finalists are:

    •    Cascade Health Alliance - Cascade Health Alliance (CHA) is a coordinated care organization (CCO) in Klamath County. A CCO brings together many types of doctors and other health care providers. We all work together to serve people with health insurance from the Oregon Health Plan (OHP). CHA and other CCOs were made to change how people receive care. We focus on prevention and care for long-term problems like diabetes and asthma. We help care providers talk to each other and share important health information. We support our members to make healthy choices, reducing healthcare costs and avoidable emergency room visits.

    •    GO Box - In downtown Portland alone, food cart customers use and throw away about 60,000 disposable containers every month. Every day in the U.S., millions of people get meals "to go" in single-use disposable clamshells or boxes. These containers require resources to produce, are used for a very short amount of time and then end their short lives filling up landfills. GO Box offers customers a way to get their meal in an environmentally friendly, reusable alternative to the single-use disposable container. With a mission of "doing away with throw away," GO Box makes sustainable eating fast, easy, and convenient for people who eat on the go. 

    •    Good Clean Love - Good Clean Love is a woman owned, B-Corporation that is revolutionizing the sexual health and wellness industry. The sexual health product industry has been largely controlled by a handful of large CPG companies that have not invested in any innovative product development or formulations for 40 years. Good Clean Love has been a primary disruptor in this space for the past six years, first leading in organic and now leading in patented, scientific advances and testing. Good Clean Love is widely recognized as the leader in product innovation, which is why we have become the go-to private label source for many young millennial founders of feminine hygiene and sexual health product lines.

    •    Wild Me - At Wild Me, high technology and citizen science are telling the amazing stories of animals' lives. Wildlife research in the 21st century will be an amazing blend of drones with advanced computer vision, massive data collection by citizen scientists, and the integration of artificial intelligence to help make sense of it all. We are starting to have unprecedented insight into the complex and rich lives of the wildlife we study. Through advanced computing, we're bringing their stories to you.

Learn more about OEN’s 2017 Awards Dinner at: http://awards.oen.org/2017


About Oregon Entrepreneurs Network: A nonprofit, membership-driven organization with a 25+-year track record, OEN connects entrepreneurs to a network of peers and mentors, startup funding opportunities, and hands-on training. OEN believes that a thriving network of entrepreneurs makes Oregon stronger.


A gathering of Latinos and partners in education, nonprofits, business and government working together to improve the lives of Latino Oregonians.

In different corners of the state Latinos and Latino-serving organizations work to improve education, business, housing, health, civic engagement, youth support, parent involvement, and advocacy among other fields. Yet few opportunities exist to connect, learn from each other and to collaborate for actions.

The 2017 Latino-focused Conexiones Summit is designed to be an opportunity to connect, share, learn, and commit to a specific and measurable action, right here in Oregon.  The Conexiones Summit will be held from October 5-6 in Salem, and will focus on topics of education, leadership and engagement, small business and entrepreneurship, and health and well-being for Latino Oregonians.

The Conexiones Summit will take place October 5 through October 6 at 1:30 p.m., at the Salem Convention Center.

A United Latino Voice for Oregon, a pre-summit session hosted by The Ford Family Foundation, will take place on October 4, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
This session will focus on the priorities for the Latino community in Oregon. Individuals and groups responding to these priorities are diverse and distinct with multiple approaches and strategies.  Is it possible to create out of the different approaches and strategies a larger umbrella that unites the many voices representing Latinos in Oregon? What would it look like in order to be inclusive of the many voices and faces of Latinos in Oregon? These and other questions will be the focus of this session and will help us jump start the Conexiones Summit: Transforming Communities Together.

Please click here to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for this pre-summit session.

2017 Conexiones Summit is for Latino professionals and partners working through the spectrum of education (K-12, college and career), promoting business and entrepreneurship, increasing Latino leadership, and promoting health for Latinos. We invite those working and learning in nonprofit organizations, government and business sectors, and educational institutions.  

The core of the 2017 Conexiones Summit will be a working group model which consists of five-topic specific groups, each bringing diverse industry leaders and practitioners on education, leadership and engagement, business and entrepreneurship, and health. Each group will convene several times over the course of the summit to identify and discuss specific sub topic issues, to share knowledge, build collaborations and create points of action. Each group will be led by a facilitator who will help guide working group participants through the process.

    •    Promote knowledge and understanding of diverse Latino communities in Oregon
    •    Gather emerging, established industry leaders, and subject matter experts to have thoughtful conversations, build partnerships and cross collaborations to generate different levels of commitment to action or practical solutions to challenges
    •    Elevate dialogue about relevant topics, including civic participation, education, entrepreneurship, and health for Latino Oregonians

Because ultimately, the success of Oregon Latinos and the state as a whole are intertwined, and this is determined in large part by Latinos and their partners’ contributions and achievements.

Oregon Entrepreneurs Network Announces Entrepreneurial Achievement and Company Finalists for the 2017 OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards

The Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) is pleased to announce 15 finalists — from over 180 nominees — for the 2017 OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Company Awards.

The OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards honor the skill and the courage that it takes for entrepreneurs to create a business out of an idea. The event is intended to not only celebrate entrepreneurs, but to highlight their importance to the region’s economy.

The winner from each category will be announced on October 25, 2017 during its Awards Dinner at the Oregon Convention Center. In addition to the finalists below, OEN will be honoring a game-changing social enterprise for our Game Changer Award and a young, up-and-coming entrepreneur for our Wyatt Starnes Battle of the Schools Award.

Entrepreneurial Achievement Award - Our Entrepreneurial Achievement Award recognizes an entrepreneur or founding team with a record of outstanding achievement in the last 18 months. We’re looking for people or teams who: demonstrate tenacity, passion, and grit; recognize, and capitalize on, opportunity; positively impact the communities in which they operate; and actively support our entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The finalists are:

Chris & Sadie Lincoln, barre3 - barre3 is a boutique movement company whose innovative, results-driven, feel-good wowhole-body-health approach are breaking new ground. In addition to more than 100 studios around the globe and 250+ do-anywhere online workouts, barre3 offers hundreds of delicious, whole-foods-based recipes, a thriving digital magazine, and an annual retreat. Since opening their first studio in 2008, Chris and Sadie have worked with a growing team of experts, establishing themselves as thought leaders when it comes to discovering body wisdom, finding joy in movement, and achieving results without pain.

Allie Magyar, Hubb - Allie is serial entrepreneur and technology maven with over 15 years’ experience driving technology enabled service companies. As President and CEO of Dynamic Events for over a decade, Allie traveled around the world producing events for some of the biggest names in technology. Seeing the need for a tool to organize and manage the events she and her team were producing, she created Hubb in 2012 and rolled it out to the wider world in 2015. In 2016, Allie helped Hubb raise $4 million in venture funding and win the Bend Venture and Seattle Angel conferences. Allie is CMP certified, a member of Vistage, a two-time Inc. 5000 award winner, and was also listed as one of the 2013 Collaborate 40 under 40 in the meetings industry.

Justin Rigling & Ben Corrado, Rigado - Ben and Justin co-founded Rigado in 2010. Ben currently serves as CEO and previously ran engineering design teams at Garmin and Andrews-Cooper Technology. Justin serves as CTO and was a design engineer at Garmin International. He specializes in low-power wireless systems, and holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from MIT. Fun fact: In 2004, Ben and Justin set the world record for longest wifi connection: 124 miles.

Shannon Keith, Sudara - A trip to India in 2005 inspired Shannon to take action and begin an innovative business venture. Her drive to create lasting impact for sex-trafficking survivors led her to found Sudara, a thriving benefit corporation committed to job creation for women in India. Sudara products support training for the women who make them. They also help to fund the nonprofit arm that allows the organization to provide for those same women across their entire ecosystem. More than a give-back model, her organization enables women to have freedom-filled choices for themselves and for their families. Shannon was awarded the 2017 Bend Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Company Awards
Our Company Awards recognize businesses in the startup, development, and growth stages that address compelling market problems; deliver consistent growth; have scalable business models; know their niche and clearly differentiate from their competitors; and have founders and/or teams who demonstrate tenacity, passion, and vision.

The finalists are as follows:

Startup Stage Company Award - “Oregon’s Hottest Garage Venture.” Honoring a company with projected revenue for the current year of less than $0.5 million.

360e - 360e is a CRM for the construction industry that focuses on smaller to medium size businesses that cant afford a larger software like Viewpoint or Salesforce. 360e is a client database, quoting, scheduling, tracking and billing all in one easy to use, intuitive package.

AbSci - AbSci has developed a proprietary bioengineered E. coli expression system, SoluPro™, which allows for easily optimizable and scalable production of next-generation pharmaceutical therapies. Our game-changing core technology allows protein-based drugs such as insulin to be produced at a fraction of their current cost, without any corresponding loss in performance characteristics. 

Evelyn & Bobbie - Evelyn & Bobbie, is a woman-led company full of data driven designers and engineers. They have created the the Everyday Bustier, using new technologies and the most innovative materials to provide an unparalleled bra experience for women. In a constantly changing world, women’s bras have yet to see that change, but with their completely revolutionized design, their Everyday Bustier will provide seamless comfort and confidence for women. 

Development Stage Company Award - “Oregon’s Next Business Home Run.” Honoring a company with past-year revenue of at least $0.5 million and projected revenue for the current year of $0.5-$8 million.

Bright.md - Bright.md’s SmartExam software is a transformational AI-based “virtual physician’s assistant” that automates up to 90% of provider time. With SmartExam, diagnosis, treatment, and documentation by the patient's doctor is now 10x more efficient and lower cost than any other care modality; each visit now take less than 2 minutes of provider time (compared to the 20 needed for in-person or video), and it’s all done from a personal computer or mobile device. And, because we license our cloud-based SaaS platform to major health systems, SmartExam patients get convenient, high quality, online care from the established, trusted health system providers they already know and trust.

Hubb - Event management is notoriously time consuming and stressful; for the second year in a row, event coordinator was named the 5th most stressful job in America. Hubb brings order to the chaos of event content management, the most time-consuming aspect of event management, for meetings and conferences. Our flagship cloud-based software platform uses simple, automated workflows to streamline collecting, managing and marketing of all event content from speakers to sessions to sponsors. 

Mirth Provisions - For many cannabis consumers, and casual consumers in particular, smoking or vaping has a stigma associated with it. Many also find the smoke or vapor inconsistent with a healthy lifestyle. More socially acceptable, like alcohol, Mirth Provisions produces the Legal™ brand of beverages which provides a familiar way to enjoy a distinct and consistent cannabis experience as an all natural beverage. Drift™ Sublingual Spray addresses these same concerns with a variety of smokeless, fast acting, able to use “on the go”, oral sprays.

RADAR, Inc. - High-profile data breaches and security threats are on the rise. One of the biggest challenges is determining if incidents involving sensitive data meet the legal definition of a data breach requiring notification and other actions. Enter RADAR , a first-to-market SaaS incident response management platform focused on addressing the complex regulatory requirements imposed by data breach notification laws. RADAR helps companies reduce risk and simplify compliance, and is helping to define the new category of data incident response management.

Growth Stage Company Award - “Oregon’s Next Household Name.” Honoring a company with past-year revenue of at least $8 million and projected revenue for the current year of over $8 million.

Cloudability - Cloudability specializes in cloud management tools that enable companies to manage cloud spending across departments, products and infrastructure. Designed for businesses running on public cloud services like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, Cloudability gives companies the tools to track spending and gain the flexibility of the cloud without unnecessary or hidden costs. Cloudability ’s cost reporting tools provide businesses like General Electric, Uber and Atlassian with granular visibility into all cloud usage and costs.

DWFritz Automation - We design and build custom automation equipment for advanced manufacturing.  When companies, mostly Fortune 500, need to automate a process, but can't find the equipment off-the-shelf, they come to us to engineer and manufacture the precise piece of equipment they need.  Our niche is high precision automation, usually processes that humans cannot do.

Vacasa - Vacasa , the second-largest U.S. vacation rental company, provides full service short-term rental management. From housekeeping to marketing, Vacasa takes on every aspect of the rental process for vacation home owners., Guests are able to instantly book stays in over 5,200 unique properties across the U.S. and in 10 countries. In a fragmented industry where services vary, Vacasa builds trust by offering consistency. The vacation rental industry has become crowded since Vacasa ’s 2009 founding, but its full service capabilities, powered by proprietary technology, continue to distinguish Vacasa.

ZincFive - ZincFive , Inc. manufactures disruptive nickel-zinc batteries and associated uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) for mission critical applications like intelligent transportation, data centers and automotive. By pairing nickel-zinc battery chemistry with intelligent battery operating systems, ZincFive is revolutionizing the traffic market with systems that are significantly safer to operate, have reduced installation, operating and maintenance expenses, and have enviable environmental and recycling characteristics. The nickel-zinc chemistry has over 100 issued and pending patents with over $90MM invested to achieve this level of protection. 


About Oregon Entrepreneurs Network: A nonprofit, membership-driven organization with a 25+-year track record, OEN connects entrepreneurs to a network of peers and mentors, startup funding opportunities, and hands-on training. OEN believes that a thriving network of entrepreneurs makes Oregon stronger.

Arnerich Massena Announces New Principals Alicia Johnston and David Vaughan

Portland-based investment firm Arnerich Massena announced today that Alicia Johnston, director of human resources, and David Vaughan, director of information technology, have been named principals of the firm, joining the shareholder group. Arnerich Massena became 100% employee-owned in January 2017, with the shareholder group comprised of 11 senior staff members.
Tony Arnerich, CEO, commented, “Alicia and David are both long-time, dedicated employees of Arnerich Massena who have contributed enormously to the firm over their tenure.” He continues, “I’m excited about their addition to our team, and I’m proud to call them partners.”
Alicia Johnston, as director of human resources, is responsible for all areas of human resources, including employee relations, recruitment, and administration of employee benefit programs. She also oversees the firm’s administrative team. Ms. Johnston joined Arnerich Massena in 2009 and previously served as technology coordinator, marketing and administrative coordinator, and senior administrative assistant. She holds a B.A. from Colorado College and a Certificate of Comprehensive Human Resource Management from Portland State University Professional Development Center. Read her complete biography here.
David Vaughan oversees Arnerich Massena’s Information Technology department, managing infrastructure operations, technology security, and budget, and providing department leadership. Mr. Vaughan joined Arnerich Massena in 2000, and has more than 18 years of experience in the industry. He earned his B.S. in computer information systems from Missouri State University. Read his complete biography here.
With the firm’s transition to 100% employee ownership in January 2017, the company is dedicated to elevating its seasoned, tenured professionals into ownership positions in order to continue to grow and serve our clients with the same exceptional service, independence, integrity, passion, and innovation that has made us successful for 26 years.

About Arnerich Massena: Founded in 1991, Arnerich Massena is a Portland-based independent investment advisory firm servicing private clients, endowments, foundations, charitable organizations, trusts and estates, and corporate pension and profit sharing plans. The firm provides traditional portfolio management and investing for clients, and is also widely known for successfully investing in high-impact areas like water resources, sustainable agriculture, fishing, healthcare, and clean energy technology. Arnerich Massena strives to be a business that exemplifies both corporate citizenship and professional service, and has received awards for its innovations in corporate philanthropy. More information is available at www.arnerichmassena.com.

Oregon Community Foundation Fall Philanthropy Forum

Ethical Considerations Related to Public Charities and Private Foundations

Questions around ethics arise when administering public charities and private foundations and professional advisors are frequently on the forefront of advising clients on how to navigate these concerns when they arise. Through a series of case studies, this Philanthropy Forum will explore key ethical issues that the boards and staff of public charities and private foundations encounter, how they are viewed by the Attorney General's office, and share best practices to promote ethical behavior within organizations.

Moderator: Jeff Thede, Thede Culpepper LLP
Panelist: Elizabeth Grant, Oregon Department of Justice
Panelist: Shouka D. Rezvani, Tonkon Torp LLP
Panelist: Jane M. Searing, Clark Nuber

Complimentary lunch provided.

September 25, 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Multnomah Athletic Club

Registration link: https://ocf.iphiview.com/ocf/Events/EventDetails/tabid/748/dispatch/eventdetails_id$297970/Default.aspx
Questions? Contact OCF at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lane Powell Adds Bankruptcy, Finance and Litigation Shareholders in Portland

Lane Powell is pleased to announce the addition of Bruce Cahn, David W. Criswell and Brad “Tony” Summers, who have joined Lane Powell’s Portland office as Shareholders. All three were previously Partners at Ball Janik.
The new additions will anchor the firm’s Creditors’ Rights Team in the Portland office, providing clients with years of experience in finance, commercial litigation and banking matters. “We are excited to add the experience of David, Tony and Bruce as they provide another valuable resource to our Creditors’ Rights, and Banking and Finance Teams,” stated Gregory Fox, Chair of Lane Powell’s Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Team. With equal enthusiasm, David Criswell noted, “We are thrilled to be at Lane Powell and to join the preeminent bankruptcy and creditors’ rights practice in the Pacific Northwest.”
CahnBBruce Cahn is a trial and appellate lawyer whose practice is focused on commercial, business and real estate disputes. He represents clients in the hospitality, transportation, construction, banking, financial services, natural resources and technology industries in a variety of matters. He is also recognized as one of the preeminent eminent domain lawyers in Oregon, representing governmental agencies, property owners and lenders in condemnation actions. Cahn received his J.D. from Loyola University School of Law and his B.A. in Radio-Television Broadcasting from California State University, Northridge.

CriswellDDavid Criswell’s principal areas of practice are business bankruptcy, receiverships, loan workouts, finance and real estate. Criswell has represented numerous debtors-in-possession, secured lenders and purchasers in complex Chapter 11 cases. He also represents bridge lenders in commercial mortgage financings throughout the U.S. as well as banks on front-end loan matters in Oregon and Washington. Criswell received his J.D. from University of Wisconsin – Madison Law School, cum laude, and his B.A. from Dartmouth College.

SummersTBrad “Tony” Summers’ principal areas of practice are bankruptcy and debtor-creditor law, workouts and business transactions. Summers has represented numerous debtors-in-possession, trustees, creditors’ committees and secured creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. Summers received his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, with highest honors and his B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, summa cum laude.

Lane Powell is a Pacific Northwest law firm with a national — and international — reach. Our approximately 200 attorneys are trusted advisors, counsel and advocates for individuals, small and large businesses, including Fortune 50 companies. Since 1875, clients have relied on Lane Powell’s exceptional legal acumen and forward-thinking approach to resolve their most complex business, litigation and regulatory challenges. lanepowell.com

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