October 2017 Lifestyle Letter

. . . Bend’s true shoulder season month. 

As we move towards winter, Central Oregonians know we could wake up to sun, rain, or snow! This issue celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of Bendites as they grow their ideas into businesses and carve out their place in this town. Make sure to read our main feature on four sister teams, each…

2017 Cork & Barrel

More than 800 Central Oregon wine and food-lovers came together July 18-21 to support KIDS Center while enjoying high-end food and wine from Walla Walla, Willamette Valley, and the Columbia Gorge. Photography Steve Giardini

October 2017 Around Town

Bend’s Atlas Cider Company dominated the 2017 Oregon Wine Awards, walking away with the three highest awards. The Atlas Apricot cider impressed the judges and earned the highest score of all ciders, a "Best of Class" Double Gold, while the Atlas Blackberry won a Double Gold, and the Atlas Apple won Gold.

Family Ties

Ranked number one on the 2016 Forbes List of Best Places for business and careers, it's no wonder that people flock to Bend to start new lives, careers and small businesses. Our little mountain town not only has high job growth and employment statistics, we're a haven for outdoor sports, recreation, and of course, beer!

A True Culinary Experience

After a long plane ride, getting lost in New York City, and a five-day bus trip across the upper United States, Romanian Sanda Costello and a hometown friend finally made it to Bend, Oregon in the summer of 2005. As college exchange students from a far away land, the high desert landscape was exciting and unexpected.

Preparing For the Journey

As seniors get ready to finish their final year of high school, they’re also preparing to make major life decisions on where to go to college and what to choose as a major. On top of being busy students, these massive future changes can become overwhelming. Luckily, Gary Whitley, Glenn Miller, and Pam Borgman—owners and operators of Cascade College Advisors…

Entrepreneurial Tips from James Gentes

Bend’s James Gentes has intimate knowledge of starting and growing a business. His resume includes a stint as chairman of the nonprofit Tech Alliance of Central Oregon, organizer of the co-working facility BendTech, and former mentor and alumni of the FoundersPad business accelerator program.

Coffee 4 Adults – A Future 4 Kids

If you’re going to spend any time with Sean McDonell, founder and CEO of Bend-based Coffee4Kids, take a deep breath, do some stretches, and be prepared to take off running. McDonell is as high-energy as a person can get. And, it’s not the caffeine; it’s the mission. Mix one part pure energy, one part pure heart, and one part extraordinary…