OEN PubTalk: Outdoor Gear and Apparel—Resources for Early-Stage Startups

***Online registration is closed. We will accept walk-in registrations at the door***

Are you thinking about starting a business in the Outdoor Gear and Apparel space? You’re probably wondering, what resources exist for early-stage entrepreneurs? How big and how important is this sector to Oregon’s economy? How can you scale your business in this industry?

Come hear how Oregon is leading the nation in supporting and providing resources to early-stage entrepreneurs in the Outdoor Gear and Apparel sector. After this PubTalk, you’ll be more prepared to become the next iconic outdoor brand from the state of Oregon!

At this PubTalk, you’ll learn about:

  • The Outdoor Gear and Apparel industry in Oregon
  • Resources for early-stage entrepreneurs
  • How to start and scale a business in this space



The OEN PubTalk™ is our flagship monthly happy hour — a perfect starting point for new community members and a great place for established members to make new connections. The program will be preceded by time for casual networking. Registration begins at 5:15 p.m.

Hashtag: #oenpubtalk

Cost: $15 for OEN members; $25 for non-members. We take walk-ins if space allows, but prices will be $20 for OEN members and $35 for non-members at the door. Beer, wine, and soda will be available for purchase.
*Sorry, no refunds.* 

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


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07/10/2019 05:15 PM
07/10/2019 07:00 PM
OEN PubTalk: Outdoor Gear and Apparel— Resources for Early-Stage Startups
Come hear how Oregon is leading the nation in supporting and providing resources to early-stage entrepreneurs in the Outdoor Gear and Apparel sector.
Lucky Lab, 1945 NW Quimby, Portland



Gary Bracelin

OEN Board Member and Co-Founder of Bend Outdoors Works

Founder of Bend Outdoor Worx, Gary Bracelin serves as a current mentor for the program, and as an advisor to the Oregon Outdoor Alliance, an organization he also co-founded. He advises economic councils, government committees, and political allies to help continue to shape the outdoor industry in Oregon. With over 30 years of evolving outdoor industry experience, Gary is at heart an entrepreneur who specializes in launching and building businesses in emerging industries, and also serves on the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) board to support that mission.



Mike Wallenfels

Board Member, Oregon Outdoor Alliance (OOA)

Mike first worked in Outdoor retail while attending San Diego State University. That retail experience grew into a 30+ year career in the Outdoor Industry as a climbing instructor, entrepreneur, business leader, and advocate for outdoor recreation nationally and in Oregon.

Britta Cabanos

Co-founder, Creative Capital Design

Britta is a gifted designer and maker with technical expertise and skill to design at both the macro and micro levels. She has over 25 years of experience as a swim and athletic apparel Designer & Director at Creative Capital Design. She is the Founder & Chief Editor at InsideFashionDesign.net. Britta Cabanos studied Apparel and Textiles at NDSU and Fashion Design at F.I.T. in New York City.

Eric Meade

Consultant/Owner, Eric Meade-Purposeful Consulting

Eric Meade is the co-founder of Bend Outdoor Worx and a current mentor for the program. He consults to small and medium-sized businesses on building company strategy, financial plans that align with the plan, and leadership development to implement strategic plans. He is an architect and the former Owner/CEO of Entre Prises Climbing Walls.

Wylie Robinson

Founder + CEO, Rumpl

Wylie is a brand designer-turned-entrepreneur through the successful crowdfunding launch of Rumpl in 2014, a brand that makes everyday blankets out of the performance materials commonly found in outdoor gear and activewear. 5 years after inception the brand is now venture-backed, globally distributed, and employs a 20-person team in NW Portland.




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July 10, 2019 5:15 PM
July 10, 2019 7:00 PM
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Lucky Lab
1945 NW Quimby
Portland OR United States
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