OEN April PubTalk: How to Build a Business of Impact


As a startup, thinking about corporate social responsibility, social impact, and sustainability might feel like a luxury — something you are planning on tackling once you are funded, once you are profitable, once you don’t feel like a startup anymore. But, as a startup, a company is still relatively small and nimble. By starting early, there is a unique opportunity to intentionally build social responsibility that is embedded in the company’s culture and DNA. This intentionality  will drive many seen and unforeseen benefits for your organization.

Whether you are cultivating a culture of social change to laying the groundwork for a sustainable supply chain. Or translating diversity values into practice to making a formal commitment to social responsibility like a B Corp. It is important that startups consider all the impacts of social responsibility efforts on the community, environment, investors and key stakeholders.

On April 12th OEN, and partner Vertue Lab, will host a conversation with founders that have built meaningful, value-driven companies – despite limited resources, staffing and more. Join us to learn about their approaches to social impact, corporate responsibility and the potential benefits to your business’ bottom line.



Location: Fresh Consulting
, 811 SE Stark St #300 Portland, (the venue does not offer on-site parking. There is ample street parking)

Time: 5:15 – 7:30pm

Hashtag: #OENPubTalk

Cost: $15 for OEN members; $25 for non-members. *Sorry, no refunds.* 

Not yet an OEN member? Join today, and you can get a free pass to a PubTalk!


Juan Barraza  | Director of innovation and Entrepreneurship |  VertueLab

Juan is responsible for envisioning, creating, delivering, and continuously improving upon the support programs we offer to innovators and entrepreneurs, either on our own or with partners. Juan joins VertueLab from Portland State University, where he served as the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship. He believes that entrepreneurship is a great equalizer in society, and that any individual with an idea or concept and a strong work ethic can create a great venture with a direct economic impact on family and community.



Tanya Barham | CEO & Founder | Community Energy Labs

Tanya has 20 years of experience as an innovator, entrepreneur, technologist, and utility nerd building enduring practices and products, including a successful business exit. From 2016-2019 Tanya helped reformulate and re-start PECI, securing millions in non-dilutive funding for execution of all aspects of technical service, product development, operations and commercialization of PECI’s grid edge products. In 2019 PECI spun off its technical and grid-edge products as Community Energy Labs with Tanya at the helm. Tanya’s specialty is in leading systems and people to set the stage for the high achievement culture necessary to iterate and scale.


Anna Madill |
Founder & CEO | Avenue

Anna Madill is the Founder and CEO of Avenue, a B Corp digital and social media marketing agency for purpose-driven companies. Avenue’s proprietary suite of marketing products and custom services help brands and businesses of all sizes grow sustainably and successfully. Prior to founding Avenue, Madill held a variety of executive leadership roles at digital and full-service agencies.


Raj Vabel | Founder | Young Mountain Tea

Raj started Young Mountain Tea with a promise. If a co-operative of Himalayan farmers would grow tea, he’d start a company to sell it. Since then, he and his team have been on a mission to work with Himalayan farmers to raise the quality of their tea, so they can earn more and raise the quality of their life. Raj’s work has been supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, USAID, Acumen, and Fulbright. He holds a MS in Environmental Studies and a BS in Electrical Engineering.

April 5-Minute Pitch

At each PubTalk two companies are invited to wow the crowd with a five minute pitch. OEN is delighted to welcome these companies for our March PubTalk.


If you are interested in having your company pitch at a future PubTalk please click here to email Rylee O’Brien, Engagement Specialist.

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April 12, 2023 5:15 PM - April 12, 2023 7:30 PM
Fresh Consulting
811 SE Stark St #300
Portland, bbOR
Rylee O'Brien
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