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Some upcoming deadlines to consider while your startup is waiting for the snow to melt

Ah Portland… The most snow in decades. Threats of freezing rain. And all of the weather hysteria you can stomach. But that’s not the only thing to be stressing about. Nope. You’ve got a startup. And you’re always looking for ways to get that startup in front of more people. So if you happen to still be iced in—and perhaps even more productive than you usually are—there are a few looming deadlines you may want to consider. Read More

You've just retired from nearly 20 years of supporting Oregon's startups. What's next? Start a new company

People always say that once you’ve caught the startup bug, it’s hard to shake it. And I can’t think of any better example than Linda Weston. After 17 years of heading up the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, she decided to “retire.” But as any founder knows, “retire” is just a euphemism for “take time to see if any of my side projects have legs.” And Linda is no different. Read More

Big shoes to fill: Oregon Entrepreneurs Network announces new executive director

For many of us, the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network—and its earlier incarnation as the Oregon Entrepreneurs Forum—was an organization that supported us through our formative stages as founders. Helping us build businesses in the state. Connecting us with other peers. Highlighting interesting companies. And bestowing awards upon the under recognized. Read More

Buy low: How Portland got creative with funding for startups amidst an awful recession

To many folks in the startup community, the Portland Seed Fund has always been here. It’s become such a prominent part of the early stage investments in town. But it wasn’t always that way. And it took some foresight from a variety of local leaders to bet on spending when the economy was in the doldrums to make it happen. Read More

You're already a winner. In procrastination. Now get your OEN Angel Oregon application done.

I get it. You’re busy. You’re building the next big thing. And you’ve been heads down, barely sleeping, using every spare minute to work on your dream. I get it. I do. But every once in a while you need to come up for air. And get out in front of people. And here in Portland, one of the best places to do that is OEN Angel Oregon. Read More

Mama always said, Tom Hanks characters are like startup spirit animals

You’ve got to hand it to him. Tom Hanks, I mean, that guy. He’s played a variety of characters who are spirit animals for startups and founders. Me? I most readily associate with Forrest Gump. You know, not the brightest. But somehow still always lucky enough to wind up at the right place at the right time. Despite his best efforts to fail. Read More

Been there, done that: Benefit from a wealth of experience at OEN's Entrepreneurial Summit

Whether you’re thinking about starting your own company or you’re currently riding the roller coaster of the startup world, it’s always good to hear from other founders who have been there and done that. Especially when you can get feedback from a broad range of folks. And that’s what I love most about OEN’s Entrepreneurial Summit. Read More

Donating equity to fund future philanthropic giving: A win-win for entrepreneurs and our community

[Editor: One of the best things about this time of year is that we often put more thought and consideration toward giving back to the community and helping others. That’s why it seemed like the perfect time to highlight the efforts of the OEN Entrepreneurs Foundation.] Read More

Meeting of the startup minds: OEN Entrepreneurial Summit and tradeshow weaves together a rich collection of Oregon entrepreneurs

While everyone has different things they love about Portland, a common complaint is the prevalence of silos here in town. Where insular groups tend to remain in contact with one another—but don’t do a very good job of connecting with other groups. Now, the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) is doing something to fix that. Read More

Want to pitch Upstart Labs? You've got until May 2 to sign up for the OEN PubTalk Pitch

There are a lot of awesome organizations in Portland designed to help startups. But one of my favorite things going right now is Upstart Labs. Even better? They could be helping your startup… if your pitch hooks them. Read More

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