OEN News25 Reasons Why You Should Attend The OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards Dinner, Part 4

Last year, nearly 600 courageous entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, influencers, supporters, and business community members convened at the Oregon Convention Center for the OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards Dinner. The Awards Dinner is an amazing networking experience that celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit throughout Oregon and SW Washington.

Our blog series, 25 Reasons You Should Attend the 2018 OEN Entrepreneurship Awards, is in full swing. Here’s another round—as if you needed more excuses!

16. It’s like the Oscars, but with less glam and more grit!

The OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards Dinner is about real people with real products. For local startups, so much of the work that happens behind the scenes doesn’t get the appreciation it deserves. You’d be amazed by some of the fantastic businesses being built in Oregon right now. So, while you’re still debating whether The Shape of Water should have won best picture, there’s no debate about this: the OEN Awards Dinner is THE place to be on October 24th.

17. Circle of influencers.

Want to meet the influencers shaping culture in Oregon and beyond? Of course, you do. After all, Oregon is home to its share of influencers in areas like business, marketing, healthcare, nonprofits, technology, food and beverage, and more—presenting a great opportunity for our home-grown businesses. Whether you’re an investor from Manzanita or a founder based in Bend, your own circle of influence is bound to expand after attending this singular networking experience.

18. Show off your business card.

What type of business card are you sporting lately? There are a dizzying number of options. Matte or glossy? What size and shape? Square or rectangle? Thickness? What type of cardstock—maybe natural or linen? But this is a dinner party, not a business meeting. So let loose and have fun at Portland’s biggest networking event. And leave the laptop at home (but bring the business cards!)

19. Collect dots.

In his talk at TEDx last July, Rick Turoczy described our community as “one of the most amazing and vibrant startup communities in the United States.” Not only is networking about attending events and mingling with large crowds, but it’s also about those one-to-one meetings and conversations that Rick calls, “collecting dots.” Join us at the 25th-anniversary OEN Awards Dinner and collect dots that could enrich your life and the lives of those in your network.

Rick Turoczy at TEDx Portland 2018.

20. Get motivated.

What motivates you? If you’re like most people, your family and friends are likely sources of motivation. How about your mentors? Are you motivated by uplifting stories about people achieving their goals? People like you? Athletes get motivated to play their sport by watching their fellow athletes compete in primetime. Musicians get motivated to perform great music by watching other artists perform live on stage. If you’re plugged into the local business community, get ready to get motivated as we celebrate the passion and grit of entrepreneurs at this year’s 25th-anniversary awards dinner! Buy your ticket here

Part 4 is officially in the books. Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion to 25 Reasons Why You Should Attend The OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards Dinner 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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