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We hope you’re having a great spring so far full of learning and adventure!OK_MonthlyMeetings_2016-9991

Save the date for Principles of Leadership with Dr. Rod Ray

May 20th at the OSU Graduate Research Center from 9am to 1pm. This half-day course, presented by OK and OSU-Cascades, will be interactive and topics will include: Principles of Leadership, Change, Change Management and Operational Excellence. Dr. Ray will share what he learned during 20 years as President or CEO of Bend Research, easily one of Bend’s most iconic and successful businesses.
Click here to learn more and reserve your seat in class!


OK Happy Hour is this Thursday April 7 at Stackhouse!

What: A fun hour of (program-free) socializing with the OK community!
When: First Thursdays monthly from 4 to 5pm
Where: Stackhouse Coffee & Spirits 1001 Emkay Bend, OR 97702 (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! We’d love to see you there!

OK Blog

Have you seen the latest on the OK blog? Click here to check out two new helpful articles by OK facilitators Eric Meade and Ken Streater.


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Congratulations to U.S. Bank!

OK’s 2016 Title Sponsor, U.S. Bank, was recently named world’s most ethical company by the Ethisphere Institute for Second Consecutive Year!

Coby Horton, Region President of Central and Eastern Oregon, Community Banking explained, “In 2016, 131 honorees were named spanning 21 countries and five continents, representing over 45 industries. U.S. Bank however is the largest bank ever to make this list and we’ve done it two years in a row. For us, it’s a very nice accomplishment to be recognized in this area when so many of our peers still have a lot more work to do to rebuild their reputations. Our core values are part of our value proposition which I think separates us in this space.”
Click here to read more about the Ethisphere and U.S. Bank’s recognition.

We’re always happy to share your news with the OK community! Contact Aly ( with your news or update.



Please join us in welcoming these new and returning members:

Steve Bahr – Pro CFO
Lynn Bancroft – Sew Full Circle
Greg Eland – Brickwire
James Gentes –
Kelly Roberts – High Desert Nutrition
Craig Langer – The Fly Book
Sam Lanier – FireWhat
Tierney O’Dea – Bend TECH
Cassondra Schindler – Make Good Creative

And new facilitators:

Brian Cash – Alpine Internet
Julie Harrelson – Cascade Angels/Harrelson Group
Steve Sickler – Numecent
Trevor Vigfusson

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

Please email Aly: to make an introduction, invite them to our next OK Happy Hour, or start the team placement process by completing the OK Membership Interview Form


Do you have a great business tip you’d like to share with the OK Community?

If so, please email it to Kayla Morgan, our fantastic social media manager with Lis Thomas Content:



April 5 Bend Chamber What’s Brewing 5 to 7pm at Deschutes Brew Pub.”Bend’s Bandwidth: Should the City of Bend be your Internet provider? Bandwidth usage in Bend has doubled in the last year alone. How much bandwidth is enough?”

28 April EDCO Pubtalk 5 to 7pm at Wild Ride Brewing in Redmond


Are you looking for an opportunity to get your company’s name out there by sponsoring a great public event? Check these out…



Central Oregon Impact Summit: Empowering Central Oregon’s Nonprofits to Strengthen Our Communities. On May 10 at The Riverhouse Convention Center, five nonprofits will take the stage for a Pitch Night! Sponsors will have many opportunities to promote their businesses while providing a valuable and appreciated service to our community. To sponsor, email:



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Cider will be flowing, live music playing, and local health care professionals will be avowing the benefits an active lifestyle can have on those affected by cancer – all during “Press On: Moving Lives Through Cancer,” a fundraising and outreach event organized by area physical therapists.

In its second year, Press On will invite the public to celebrate cancer survivorship on Saturday, Sept. 17 at ATLAS Cider Company in Bend. Funds raised through sponsorships and in-kind donations during this free public event support St. Charles Cancer Survivorship programs.

To sponsor, volunteer or donate, contact organizer Meredith Wampler-Kuhn, PT, DPTSc, at 541-948-5633 or email







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