AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2012 | OPEN FOR BUSINESS
OPEN FOR BUSINESS | EUGENE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Entrepreneurs pitch ideasat Chamber-ledSmartups Academy
is a year-long Camber-led training programor early-stage businesses seekinginvestment. Te Academy starts wittree monts o intensive weeklytrainings ollowed by nine monts oceck-in meetings to stay on course.Tis year’s participants concluded tetwelve-week training session wit anInvestor Demo Day in July, sowingteir products and making pitces toinvestors. Supporting entrepreneursipand early-stage companies is a keyeconomic development priority or teEugene Camber.Te ollowing companiesparticipated in te Camber’s rstSmartUps Academy: MagnetoOrganics, developer o innovativereactors tat lowers costs and improveeciencies or biouel producers;Patnder Learning Systems, apersonalized textbook or users toaccess and learn rom educationallyrelevant multimedia web resources;GladSpace, an online ad network tatis reinventing te world o mobileadvertising; ProContact.Me, developero a mobile optimized, web based“business card” tat ties into a quicklylearned, ligtweigt CRM;Coyle,designer and manuacturer o patented,certied wood sell bike elmets witcork impact protection; and CellFyre, abiotecnology tools developer.
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Eugene Chamber brings connections, inormation to local business leadersChamber analysis pegsgrowth o industry segments
Camber and community leaders recentlytoured te
(MolecularProbes) campus in Eugene. Lie Tecnologiesserves as te leading provider o noveluorescent reagents and detection solutionstat advance scientic and biomedical researcworldwide. Wit approximately 300 cemists,biologists and engineers rom all over te world,Lie Tecnologies is a signicant biosciencepresence in te Pacic Nortwest.
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden meets with Vicki Gray, Senior Vice President o PacicContinental Bank and Franklin Roome, Vice President-Sales and Marketing o Burley.
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden
joinedte Camber’s July ManuacturingDiscussion Group to better understandcallenges and opportunities acingLane County manuacturers wileproviding updates on ederal policiesimportant to tat group. ManuacturingDiscussion Group is an extension o aCamber-led “Focus-on Manuacturing”efort tat provides training andpeer-to-peer connections or localmanuacturing/distribution companyleaders.
New website helps Eugeneand Springeld area entrepreneurs
Local entrepreneurs now ave a new, powerul onlineresource called LaneBusinessLink (www.lanebusinesslink.com) tanks to a collaboration involving te Eugene andSpringeld Cambers o Commerce, te cities o Eugeneand Springeld, Lane County’s Community and EconomicDevelopment Department, and LCC’s Small BusinessDevelopment Center. LaneBusinessLink is a compreensivevirtual one-stop resource or business combining local, state,ederal and best-o-te-web resources to elp businessesstart and grow.
Bill Boyington, GladSpace; Mindy Frisbee, Pathnder Learning Systems; Dan Coyle,Coyle; Geo Miller, ProContact.Me and Paul Bentley, Magneto Organics.
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Sarah Mizejewski, City o Eugene and GlendaPoling, Lane County, joined Lie Technologiesemployees or a tour o the acility.