Upcoming Events

Gorge Women in Business Lunch +(optional) Workshop

CALLING ALL WOMEN IN BUSINESS IN THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE!

This is a chance to get together off the trails, rivers and mountains, roll up our sleeves and talk shop. It's your opportunity to meet other women in our community who can help you, or whom may need help from you. The women in the Gorge are doing AMAZING things. Lets's share and connect.

EVENT DETAILS:

Date: Friday, April 19, 2019
Lunch and speakers: 12-2pm
Optional Workshop: 2:30-4:30pm
Location: Hood River Best Western

SPEAKER LINE UP:

Preparing to Fund Your Business - Lisa Flynn, Bend, OR

While the “startup mentality” gets the most press, it’s the growth stage mentality that can make or break entrepreneurs. Growth is the constant that makes the startup equation work - remaining even when everything else in the game seems to change at key, pivotal moments that pop up between MVP and IPO.

Regardless of how you choose to fund your growth - whether it’s through revenue, debt, equity, crowdfunding or grants - at the end of the day, you’re going to need to be able to not only tell, but sell your story to someone…a partner, advisor, mentor, investor, banker, employee, or the elusive crowd… The key to telling your story in a compelling way is understanding the “why” behind the slides of the standard problem/solution pitch deck. (Spoiler alert: it's all about the people, process, and product.)

Come hear about growth mapping and business hacking from a seasoned entrepreneur who has both boot-strapped and raised venture capital to fund growth phases for multiple businesses - both failed and successful ventures ranging from bricks and mortar franchises to SaaS apps. Lisa Flynn is a straight-shooter who has a knack for delivering big concepts and sometime harsh realities in bite size pieces when it comes to business models and marketing strategies. She’s a problem solver of the active variety and has been called a “startup sherpa” for her time spent on multiple teams navigating the startup and growth stage landscape.

OPTIONAL WORKSHOP ADD ON - (VIP TICKET) 2:30-4:30PM

Stay for a deep dive workshop and get started telling your story. Regardless of your stage or type of business, Lisa will guide a workshop to help craft your story through building the standard 12 slide pitch deck. Whether you’re ready to start fundraising now, or just need to figure out the best way to grow - this workshop will help you sort through the noise and unnecessary details to focus on the mission at hand.

About Lisa Flynn

With dual degrees in Marketing and Psychology, Lisa Flynn has a bit of a split personality. Is she an innovative marketer or multi-tasking mom? Strategic entrepreneur or collaborative philanthropist? The answer, of course, is all of the above.

Lisa consistently builds brands with systems that relentlessly drive ROI. She’s spent almost two decades as an entrepreneur herself, having both boot-strapped and raised venture capital for her startups – which ranged from a children’s photography studio model that she turned into a franchise, to SaaS products and mobile applications.

A nationally sought-after speaker for her insight into marketing psychology, strategy and tactics, she’s also served as a C(X)O on growth stage teams serving as a catalyst while guiding them through the most chaotic times. She’s currently the Chief Revenue Officer and new partner at Sudara – a certified B Corp dedicated to empowering women who are at highest risk or survivors of sex trafficking in India, creating pathways for freedom through job creation.

Lisa’s career highlights include her TEDxWomen talk “Changing the things we cannot accept”, being named Entrepreneur of the Year (2010), and being featured in Business Week for her unique franchise concept. She was also recognized in Ad Age magazine for her public service work and has won a variety of advertising honors,
including the American Advertising Federation’s prestigious Silver Medal Award.

Lisa lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband and two teenage boys.


Small Business Solutions Through Banking - Craig Ortega, SVP, Brand Manager, Columbia Bank

Craig is a natural connector in the Columbia River Gorge and is a huge proponent of small business and believes in "real people banking" He will share with us the various options for funding available from traditional loan to the newer SBA Express loan options. The Columbia Bank model of banking is to help nurture business owners and educate in the process of

About Columbia Bank

Wherever you’re headed, Columbia Bank has the people and resources to help get you there. It starts with “hello.” We never forget a name or a face. Real human beings answer our phones. And our commitment to providing all the services required to help build strong Northwest communities is firmly rooted in our DNA.

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Past Events

Gorge Women in Business

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
11:30-1:30
Location: Best Western, Columbia Room

DESCRIPTION

Calling all women in business in the Columbia River Gorge!

This is a chance to get together off the trails, rivers and mountains, roll up our sleeves and talk shop. It's your opportunity to meet other women in our community who can help you, or whom may need help from you. The women in the Gorge are doing AMAZING things. Lets's share and connect.

Your ticket includes:

  • Lunch

  • Networking

  • Featured speaker

Speaker line up:

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Amber Valenti Armstrong, PA-C

6 Things You Need to Become an Unstoppable Changemaker in 2019

If nothing was stopping you, if nothing could get in your way–what would you MOST love to create in your life?? 

Things like...Taking back your health. Getting into better shape. Discovering meaningful work that lights you up. Breaking free of a funk. Growing closer to your friends. Becoming a better partner in those frustrating relationship moments. Taking your business or work to the next level. Starting and keeping new habits. Making an impact in your community. Feeling more confident. Trusting yourself more. Or making room for more adventures in your life.

What's stopping you from living that fully? 

Unfortunately, making change is challenging! And most of us weren't taught how to become successful changemakers. 

We’re often missing a few crucial skills to overcome the inevitable difficulties we experience along the way. But with the right skillsets you can move from struggle fest (we’ve all been there!) to steady success. So you can keep living into the life you know you’re worthy of. 

Amber's going to share the tried and true, evidenced-based, and road-tested skillsets you need to become an unstoppable changemaker in your life and the world. These skillsets will help you find clarity, get focused, sustain lasting motivation, overcome barriers, and feel confident as you implement the changes you want and need. So you can make this year your most inspired and thriving yet! (Bonus: She'll help you asses where you're at with these critical skills. And give you a deep discount code for her freshly released 8-Week Online Course Cultivate Change.)

BIO:

Amber Valenti Armstrong, PA is a functional medicine practitioner, group facilitator, writer, and speaker specializing in mind-body medicine and self-leadership for women. 

She believes connection is the key to anything great we want in our lives. Her work focuses on connection to ourselves, our bodies, community, spirit and our environment as a way of creating wellness and conscious change. She believes it’s possible to take wonderful care of ourselves, do amazing work in the world, and have fun in the process.

Amber’s credentials include a host of international expeditions and adventures, more than a decade of work in wilderness and international medicine, talks and lectures for groups of 10 to 2,000, writing for online publications such as National Geographic Adventure, and her ongoing work in women's health.

She currently leads mind-body medicine and leadership courses, workshops, and retreats for her business Luminary, as well as runs her women-focused Functional Medicine practice Confluence Wellness in Hood River.

Gorge Women in Business Lunch

Friday, November 16, 2018
11:30-1:30
3 Rivers Grill - 601 Oak St, Hood River, OR 97031

DESCRIPTION

Calling all women in business in the Columbia River Gorge!

This is a chance to get together off the trails, rivers and mountains, roll up our sleeves and talk shop. It's your opportunity to meet other women in our community who can help you, or whom may need help from you. The women in the Gorge are doing AMAZING things. Lets's share and connect.

Your ticket includes:

  • Lunch

  • Networking

  • Speakers

Speaker line up:

Tracy Bech - Good Path Consulting and peeLUX - Tracy is a multi-6 and 7 figure serial entrepreneur who will be speaking about mindset mastery for business.

Samantha Rodgers - Eating Clean, Cooking Dirty and Local Rhoots - Samantha is an expert in process change management and will be speaking about pivoting and resilience in business.

Hannah England - Wash.It.Later. - Hannah, a mother and inventor who has garnered amazing press will speak to us about staking a claim to PR and how to get noticed as a new brand.

Robin Allen - Robin Allen Style - Robin, a master stylist and inspirational speaker will speak about branding and personal style in business.