Greetings OK Community and friends!

We hope this finds you very well, happy and enjoying spring. Thanks to all of you who made it out to our March Happy Hour at Spoken Moto. Click the image to see more photos 🙂

June Happy Hour

Are you curious about Opportunity Knocks? Join us for our next Happy Hour to learn more and hang out with OK members, facilitators and board members – an all around fun bunch!

What: A fun hour of (program-free) socializing with the OK community
When: Monday, June 12th from 5 to 6pm
Where: Worthy Brewing 495 NE Bellevue Dr. 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! We’d love to see you there!

New OK teams in the works

Many thanks to the Ford Family Foundation for funding us to start a new South Deschutes County OK team! This team is open to business owners and community leaders in La Pine, Sun River and South Deschutes County.

Rich Lyon, owner of Bend Commercial Glass and OK Board Member, is spearheading the effort to start a new OK construction industry team. Do you know anyone in the construction industry, especially subcontractors, who might benefit from being on an OK team with others in the industry? If so, please send them our way!

Please share our email: and phone 541-588-2719 with anyone you think might be interested in joining OK.

Civic Equity Project 

Bend 2030 and Opportunity Knocks are partnering in the newly-launched Civic Equity Project, a two-year program supporting under-represented organizations to participate in civic dialogue and decision-making in Bend. This project is funded by the Meyer Memorial Trust, a Portland-based foundation supporting equity-advancement projects in Oregon. Learn more here. We’re thrilled to welcome this cohort of community leaders into OK!


There are oh-so-many great local events coming up. Here are just a few we think you won’t want to miss!

May 24: Startup Resource Fair 4 to 7pm at BendTECH Center

As a startup founder — or founder in the making — you have limited time. But what if you could connect with all the resources you need to start or grow your business, in one place? You can at the BendTECH’s first Startup Resource Fair, May 24th at the 1001 Tech Center.

May 25: City Club May forum: Is Being Civil Important to Our Democracy and Community? 11:15 to 1pm at Riverhouse Hotel & Convention Center 2850 NW Rippling River Court • Bend, OR 97701

May 25: EDCO Pubtalk 5 to 7pm at McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St. Bend, OR 97701

July 18: Innovation Day – Innovation Day is our newest event to celebrate all the incredible innovation happening in Central Oregon across industries and sectors, and inspire more innovation! You’ll walk away with tools and ideas to innovate in your own work and world. We’re in the planning phase so stay tuned for more details and info on how to get your tickets!

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