OEN News25 Reasons Why You Should Attend The OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards Dinner (Part 3)

To mark the 25th anniversary of the OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards Dinner – a prestigious event honoring innovative Oregon businesses – we’re counting off 25 reasons why you won’t want to miss this gathering of startups, investors, and industry experts as we honor 2018’s best and brightest Oregon entrepreneurs on October 24th.

Feast your eyes on reasons #11 – #15.

11. Feel the burn.

Nothing makes an event more entertaining than a high-energy host, and this year’s host knows how to get a crowd PUMPED. When Jessi Duley founded Burn Cyclethe high-octane cycling studio with a cult-like following—in 2013, her boundless positivity resonated in every class and beyond. On October 24th, she’ll bring that same infectious positive energy and “like a boss” mentality to the stage as she hosts the 25th annual Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards Dinner. You won’t want to miss it.

12. Bump into old (and new) friends from the business community.

The Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards Dinner is no ordinary networking event. Its a chance to see how your peers in the Oregon business community have been thriving and be inspired by the ideas and innovations of new members. This isn’t just an opportunity to pass around business cards, its a time to deepen old friendships and forge new ones.

13. Who’s next?

Phil Knight, Gert Boyle (of Columbia Sportswear), Alvin Reser (of Reser’s Fine Foods), and Tal Johnson (of Tazo Tea). What do these names have in common? They’re all former Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards recipients who have gone on to build national and global brands after starting out as ordinary members of the Oregon business community. Could the next Fortune 500 CEO or startup savant be awaiting an award at the 25th annual dinner? Well, you’ll have to attend to find out!

14. Inspiration strikes where you least expect it.

What does a symphony orchestra, a hot dog eating champion, and a bootstrap entrepreneur have in common? Absolutely nothing – and that’s the beauty of the Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards Dinner. Inspiration doesn’t come just from peers in your industry vertical – it comes from understanding how others solve problems and overcome obstacles in industries and avenues you’d never expect. Join us on October 24th and prepare to be surprised and inspired!

15. Be a part of the Oregon entrepreneurial heartbeat.

What makes the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network tick? It’s the singular belief that a thriving network of entrepreneurs makes Oregon stronger. That network starts with you. Your participation and support is what keeps the Oregon business community growing and succeeding on the national and global stage. Join us at the Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards Dinner on October 24th to support the future entrepreneurs of Oregon.


That’s a wrap for Part 3. Stay tuned for reasons #16 through #20 coming in two weeks!

This year is the 25th anniversary of the OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards Dinner. Visit our Awards info page for more information and to buy your ticket today. Can you think of another reason to go to this exciting event? Do you have a good story from a past Awards Dinner? Comment below and let us know!

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