Focus on start-ups: Gorge Angel Conference returns to HR Nov. 5

The community is invited to attend the sixth Gorge Angel Conference, scheduled for Nov. 5 at Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River. Registration deadline is Oct. 30.

For the first time, due to scholarships provided courtesy of Business Oregon and the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, a special discounted rate for “entrepreneurs only” to attend the conference is being offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

This year’s event will highlight OEN Gorge Accelerator Boot Camp2 company graduates who will present their business models for exposure to expertise and investment.

The presenting company lineup includes Blueshift (battery-free portable electric speakers); MTMCare (connector of pharmacists and patients); Columbia Cochon (antibiotic- and hormone-free pork artisan sausage); Green Top Table & Bar Top Supply (eco-friendly restaurant design table and bar tops); PocketFuel (whole food-based nutrition for active individuals and athletes) and Small Planet Travel (unique travel reference cards).

To get ready for investment opportunities, these companies prepare over eight weeks with a team of mentors and coaches in fields with expertise in marketing, PR, public speaking and product development, as well as legal and accounting experts, and emerge with a polished investor ready presentation.

Other highlights of the event include lunch, networking, keynote presentation and a panel of companies sharing their stories and experience about raising capital.

The event concludes with the announcement of the audience favorite and the LivePitch $500 cash prize winner courtesy of Palo Alto Software.

The keynote presentation, “Current Trends in Investing: What Founders & Angel Investors Need to Know,” will be provided by Chris Logan, a successful serial entrepreneur who has raised several rounds of funding for multiple firms in the Bay area.

Logan will talk about what he is seeing in the Northwest in terms of trends and shifts specifically in regard to investing (Angel, Seed, A-Rounds) as well as mergers and acquisitions. Logan will share his list of what investors and founders need to know.

An active participant in the Portland entrepreneurial ecosystem, Logan is an executive director of the Portland 100, a board member of StarveUps, and a mentor at the Portland Seed Fund and other local incubators and accelerators. His seed investments include, Cloudability, GlobeSherpa, Vizify, and AthletePat.

The OEN Gorge Accelerator Boot Camp2 was made possible through grant funding to the OEN from the Oregon Community Foundation. Several Boot Camp2 scholarships were provided to eligible food entrepreneurs by the Gorge Grown Food Network, via grant funding from the Meyer Memorial Trust.

The Gorge Angel Conference is presented by Gorge Innoventure in partnership with the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network. Gorge Innoventure is a business accelerator in Hood River. The facility space is provided by the Port of Hood River. Gorge Angel Conference sponsors include Business Oregon, Palo Alto Software, Gorge Grown Food Network, Google, Chernoff Vilhauer LLP, Insitu, Columbia Gorge Press, The Dalles Chronicle and the Hood River News.

To register visit gorgeangelconference.com. For special discounted rate for entrepreneurs only, contact Robin Cope, OEN regional catalyst manager, at robinc@oen.org or 541-296-8080.

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



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