Newsletter - Winter 2010

Message from OK Board President

2009 has been a challenging year for most small businesses and the OK 5 team is no exception. Some of our businesses have grown slightly, some have only maintained and a few have felt the loss of significant revenues. All of us are still together however, and there's one primary reason why:  We've managed the heck out of our expenses.

It's amazing how much a small business can cut expenses when it puts its mind to it. As a matter of fact it begs the question, if we can cut expenses when our backs are to the wall, why can't we do the same thing when times are good? Imagine how much more profitable we'd be. Imagine how much more money we could stash away to get us through the down times.

My hope for 2010 and forward? That everlasting expense control is a lesson all OK members retain for many years to come.

Mary Schell
OK Board of Directors, President

OK News

New Members/ New Teams
Currently Opportunity Knocks has 22 Different Teams that meet throughout Central Oregon.   In addition to filling some of the existing OK teams, new members are also being recruited to fill the following teams.

1) Women's CEO Team for women in ownership or CEO level positions 

2) Professional Services Team for businesses such as:  Attorneys, CPA's, Consultants, etc.and

3) Healthcare Provider Team for businesses, such as Medical Offices, Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, Dentists, etc.   

Please help in spreading the word to anyone that you think could benefit from OK.

Best Practices Seminar Videos
Our last two Best Practices Seminars were videoed. We know our members get busy and often can not make the lunch hour seminars. To show you the depth and breadth of content that these seminars provide we're posting the videos from "One-on-One Marketing: New ways to connect with customers" & "Negotiations & Conflict Resolution in the Workplace" on our Event Archive Page.

Production service provided by:

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OK Members in the News

Paul Spencer, owner of Paul the Computer Guy computer-repair and support, has hired a fantastic associate, Susan Galecki, and opened at his new storefront location, 244 NE Franklin Ave., just west of 3rd Street, next to Bend Lock & Safe. Come check out the shop! It's open on Monday through Saturday. Paul's motto is "We know what the heck we're doing"

Volunteer Connect is launching as Central Oregon's volunteer center. We connect volunteers with opportunities to serve, both one-time and ongoing. Interested volunteers can browse opportunities or sign up to be connected:

Cascade Business News is dedicated to staying on top of the challenges and the changes constantly occurring in Central Oregon and is proud to present the 2010 Book of Lists -- the best business to business marketing tool in the region.
Just by becoming a subscriber to CBN you can receive a 2010 Book of Lists for no charge (that cost is only $34 for local subscribers and includes one entire year of Central Oregon's business newspaper).
In addition, the entire Book of Lists is now online. For an annual subscription of just $199 companies can access the web-based program that is easily downloaded for customized mailing lists, targeted industries and direct contact.

Spencer Newell, Mark Pressey, and Tim Johnson of McDonald Group, a Bend-based professional recruiting firm, completed the Multi-Level Recruiter Course through Morgan Consulting Group. The training was a three day session held in Kansas City by Morgan Consulting Group's CEO, Peter Leffkowitz. Morgan Consulting Group is a world-renown leader in training high performance recruiters. Anne McDonald, President of McDonald Group, will be attending Morgan Consulting Group's Owner / Manager Training in late January.

Anne McDonald, President of McDonald Group and Board Member for Economic Development of Central Oregon, recently assisted in the selection and hiring process of EDCO's new Venture Catalyst Manager, Scott Larson.


Save the Date! Specialized Events announces the first annual Sisters Wine & Brew Festival.  Come celebrate the wonderful wines and brews of the Pacific Northwest. The weekend will also include live music, wine and beer pairing classes, cooking demos, art vendors and fantastic food.  Entrance to the festival is free and VIP tickets are available for $60 (hosted wines, brews and cuisine).
When: Saturday, June 19, 2010, 11am-6pm
Where: The Village Green in downtown Sisters.
More Info:, 541-385-7988 or [email protected]

In our ongoing effort to provide our customers with the latest in full color technology, Xpress Printing has added TWO Ricoh Pro Digital Color Document centers each capable of producing 90 full color images per minute.   We would like to offer fellow OK participants a 50% discount off of our regular digital color pricing on your next project. 
For details, call us at 541-549-9321 or if you would like to request a price, email your request to [email protected]

Kinetic Branding,, recently completed a brand identity, varietal naming and new label designs for Maragas Winery located in Central Oregon. Using their Core Brand Energy process, which identifies the emotional needs of a target audience and how to develop messages that will motivate them, they identified the emotional triggers of fun, belonging and discovery. The new brand identity reflects a beatnik personality that is at the heart of their brand. The new brand and labels also provide a more consistent expression of the brand and will serve as a foundation to move the company forward into the future.

Healing Response Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine is expanding into a new office at 362 NE Clay Avenue beginning February 1st, 2010 with two full-time acupuncturists Amy Moll L.Ac. and Kim Labenski L.Ac. The clinic will continue to provide acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Craniosacral Therapy and cleansing and detoxification programs. Please visit for more details.

D E Rink Construction is proud to start 2010 with three exciting commercial projects: The Leffel Center on Chandler Drive, Barre3 Exercise Studio Century Drive and the new Bend Memorial Clinic at Chelsea Square in Redmond. Dependable, organized, exploring new products, green building, and on the cutting edge of creativity. Check our website for the latest photos of our Custom Home and Remodeling Division.  We assist our clients in understanding that it takes team work between owner, Architect/Designer and Contractor to deliver the well constructed product for a competitive price.

For over ten years, Cira Creative has provided marketing services ranging from strategy to design to web programming. Now Cira Creative is expanding. With a new office located in Los Gatos, California run by Cira principle, Barbara Radabaugh. Monique Bauer, a professional marketing executive, is joining Cira as Vice President of Client Services based in Portland, Oregon. Formerly with North Pacific and Xerox, Monique brings extensive marketing talent including strategy, product marketing, branding, event planning, and advertising. She is passionate about helping people and getting the job done right while meeting clients goals and budget.
For more information visit

Mountain View Acupuncture, LLC is excited to announce that we have moved into the Northwest Crossing neighborhood!  Our practitioners, Marjon Faivre, L.Ac., and Kym Garrett, L.Ac.,  offer the highest quality care using the proven methods of acupuncture and an integrated approach of both western and eastern medicine to the fullest potential for our patients.  
We are located at 2855 NW Crossing Drive and are open Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m. as well as Saturdays.   Please feel free to contact us at 541-388-0675 for more information.

Home Federal Bank Announces Ultimate Checking Account   Launched last year in our Idaho market, this product has proven to be extremely popular with customers looking for a greater return on their money.  We are offering 3.01% APY* on qualifying balances.  No minimum balance, no monthly fees and up to $20 in ATM fee refunds if monthly qualifications are met.  This account is available beginning January 27, 2010.  Visit our Greenwood or Mill Quarter branch for more information.  *APY=Annual Percentage Yield.  $50 opening deposit required.  Fees may reduce earnings on the account.  Some restrictions apply.  Member FDIC.

Steve Eyre Named President of Home Federal Bank’s Oregon Region  Home Federal Bank President and CEO Len E. Williams has announced the appointment of Steven K. Eyre as President for the Oregon Region of Home Federal Bank.  Eyre has more than 25 years of banking experience with major commercial banking institutions including Key Bank and Bank of America.  Most recently, Eyre served as Executive Vice President, Consumer Division for Home Federal overseeing retail banking, small business banking, investments sales, operations and the call center.  “Steve brings leadership, experience and the Home Federal culture to our new team in Central Oregon, said Williams.  "As we grow in this new market, his leadership will be invaluable to our success."


OK Events & Education

Title: Membership Social for OK Members and Guests
Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Time: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Location: The Oxford Hotel, 10 Minnesota Ave., Bend OR
Cost: Free
Register: Register online at

Title: "Understanding a Healthy Banking Community in Central Oregon"
Date: Friday, February 5th
Time: 11:15 AM to 1:30 PM
Location: 360 Bond Building, Bend, OR
Cost:  $20. OK & City Club members, $35 others
Register: Register online at
Title: "Pearls of Wisdom: Guiding Principles from Leading Businesses"
Date:  Wednesday, February 10th
Time: 11:15 AM to 1:30 PM
Location: The Phoenix Inn, 300 NW Franklin Ave., Bend OR
Cost: $30. OK Members,   $45. Others
Register: Register online at

Title: "Sales 101: The Psychology of Customer Motivation"
Date:  Wednesday, March 10th
Time: 11:15 AM to 1:30 PM
Location: The Phoenix Inn, 300 NW Franklin Ave., Bend OR
Cost: $30. OK Members,   $45. Others
Register: Register online at

For more information on Events please visit our Events Page

Other Business News

EDCO Welcomes Scott Larson to
Head Venture Catalyst Program

Concluding a nearly four year effort to launch an initiative in the tri-county area specifically focused on entrepreneurs and early-stage companies with scalable products or services, Scott Larson was selected by a volunteer hiring panel to be the Venture Catalyst Manager. Scott beat out 50+ applicants for the privilege to take a "regular job" at non-profit pay to bring together the incredible professional talent that exists in the Central Oregon region and in the Pacific NW with investor capital.

Scott comes to EDCO by way of Vashon Partners, a think tank and angel investment fund he founded nine years ago in Seattle, following a successful run with a technology-based company on the East Coast that went public in the late 1990s. He is a graduate of Tufts University (BA), Columbia University (MA), and as a Javits Fellow he worked on digital media projects at the United Nations, Harvard University and the Columbia Center for New Media.

"I'm eager to roll up my sleeves and get to work," says Scott, who started officially on Monday, Jan. 4, but spent a week in Bend in December laying the groundwork for the program launch.

EDCO is excited to have someone of Scott's considerable experience, intellect, and drive to make a difference for new ventures. To contact him, call EDCO at 541-388-3236 or email him at [email protected]

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