Opportunity Knocks Annual Celebration Event

Greetings OK Community!OK_invite

Do you have your tickets for the Annual Celebration yet? The evening will include drinks, appetizers, the premiere screening of the new OK promotional video and a small silent auction to support our new scholarship program!

If you’re interested in rubbing elbows with many of our region’s outstanding entrepreneurs and, at the same time, getting your creative juices flowing, you won’t want to miss this event. Click the invite image above to reserve your spots! And click here to donate an item to the silent auction to build our OK scholarship fund. Thanks to event host Five Talent Software and event sponsor Combined Communications for making the Annual Celebration possible.

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OK is now partnering with HDESD (High Desert Education Service District, Central Oregon’s regional school district) in a program where we provide a Pitch Panel of entrepreneurs to help the district vet ideas and, in the process, create a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation within their system. This partnership has been a lot of fun so far and we’re really exicted about where it’s going. Imagine the benefits that could result from bringing entrepreneurs and academia together!

This Thursday! We’d love to see you at the next Cocktails and Colleagues gathering!

What: A fun hour of (program-free) socializing with the OK community!
When: First Thursdays monthly from 4 to 5pm
Where: Oregon Spirit Distillers, 740 NW 1st St. Bend, OR 97701 (No host bar)
Who: You and anyone and everyone related to the OK community, and anyone interested in learning more about OK. All are welcome!

As always, we welcome your feedback, suggestions and questions about all things OK!

In Gratitude,
The OK Membership Committee


BendBroadband’s Report from Outdoor Retailers Show

In January, BendBroadband spent three days in Salt Lake City at the Outdoor Retailers show helping support its various outdoors customers, several of whom are Opportunity Knocks members.

OK member company and sponsor Hydro Flask celebrated its incredible growth – the company was recently named one of Inc. magazine’s 500 fastest-growing companies for the second straight year – with the launch of a new line of colors and caps for its products.

Cairn, an OK member since last February, explored new relationships with potential brand partners for its monthly subscription boxes while Ruffwear, another OK member, highlighted its line of winter dog coats.

“There’s a lot you don’t know when you’re looking to start a business,” said Rob Little, the owner and founder of Cairn. “I know I don’t have all the answers, but it’s important to not let that stop you from starting a business.”

If Internet or phone services for your business are part of that overwhelming picture, the dedicated business specialists at BendBroadband would love to help you out. Give us a call at 541-312-6600.

Do you have exciting news about your company or organization? We’d love to share it with the OK community! Contact Aly (aly@opp-knocks.org) with your news or update.



Upcoming Courses & Workshops

EDCO and Diane Allen Present: Spring Training: Hone Your Pitch To Win The Game. These workshops with BVC pitch coach Diane Allen will take place February through April and include 4 topics: 1) Be Your Brand, 2) The Elevator Pitch, 3) The Customer Traction Pitch and 4) The Investor Pitch. Click here to learn more!

OK Member Joanne Matthews is teaching two classes at COCC Continuing Education that may be of interest to you! TED Talks: Ideas Worth Spreading will cover 3 topics: 1) How Great Leaders Inspire Action, 2) The Happy Secret to Better Work, 3) Success Explored. Presenting with a Purpose will “guide you in crafting and delivering presentations that are compelling and relevant for your audience”. Click here to learn more!

BioBridge presents a Business Communication Series Training in Bend. This is a unique training opportunity that is underwritten through a Federal workforce grant managed by Worksystems Inc. The three professionally facilitated half-day classes on February 9-10 at OSU Cascades Graduate & Research Center include courses on Business Communication Fundamentals, Tools for Conflict Management and Impromptu Presenting.


2 February Bend Chamber What’s Brewing 5 to 7pm at Deschutes Brew Pub.”IP 28 – Oregon’s largest tax would cost Oregonians billions”.

18 February City Club February Forum, WATER MANAGEMENT LESSONS – What Can We Learn From the Land of Oz?

25 February EDCO Pubtalk. 5 to 7pm at McMenamins Old St. Francis School.



WELCOME TO OK!OK_MonthlyMeetings_2016-9896

Please join us in welcoming these new and returning members:

Jacob Anderson – Bendistillery
Ali Cammellitti – Cammelitti Consulting
Steve Comstock – BasX
Matt Gilman – Chivaz
Carrie Herbert – Five 12 Digital
Adam Lacey – Life Mattress
Beth Larsen – Waggletops
Joanne Matthews – Joanne Matthews Consulting
McKenzie Mendel – McKenzie Mendel Jewelry
Reese Mercer – Five Talent
Sarah Pool – Pacific Kale Chips
Chris Schalker – Country Financial
Kelsie Skinner – NAVIS
Kenzie Stabler – Humm Kombucha
Jennifer Starr – Coach with Soul
Greg White – Magic Cycle
Austin Willis – WillisBuilt

Do you know someone who might benefit from being on an OK team?

We’d love to be introduced!

Please email Aly: aly@opp-knocks.org to make an introduction

Or start the placement process by completing the
OK Membership Interview Form here







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