Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission & Vision

OEN drives economic growth by leveraging the power of community to educate, support, and inspire one another to success. We envision a future where Oregon is recognized as the best place in the country for anyone to start and scale a business.



We are the network: Our strongest asset is the network of people, leaders and companies we have connected and cultivated for over 28 years throughout Oregon. Our network is broad and deep in experience and diversity, with a commitment to pay it forward.

We believe in the power of diversity and inclusion: Teams that celebrate and embrace differences through openness will produce the best outcome for everyone involved. This includes: race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, class, age, veteran status, disability or other protected classes under Oregon law.

Our work matters: The programs we put together, the training we do, and the connections we foster matter and create tangible results. We work to create momentum starting with the individual. By connecting members with mentors, creating programs for growing a business, and helping companies reciprocate best practices, we help stimulate a healthy Oregon economy.

We provide value: Because the individual is core to our belief, our pricing model makes participation accessible. We work tirelessly to connect members with the right people, programs and capital they need to succeed. We celebrate members’ success so that others can learn from it.

We innovate: We innovate our programs and services to align with the quickly evolving market and entrepreneurs to provide them relevant education, mentorship, or assistance. Some of the most well known entrepreneurial support programs in the state, such as Oregon Venture Fund, Bend Venture Conference, and statewide PubTalks are spinouts of OEN’s programming.

We build partnerships: We seek to connect and promote the work of other organizations with similar missions so that entrepreneurs have access to all available resources statewide.

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