Oregon ranks sixth among the nation’s states for entrepreneurship. For those who have seen the Entrepreneur Magazine article that talks about why Bend, Oregon is poised to be the next big city for entrepreneurship, or those who have attended a few of the Economic Development for Central Oregon’s recent Pub Talks, a monthly forum where leaders of growing businesses can network with qualified funding sources, fellow entrepreneurs, key advisors, and business professionals in Bend — you already have an understanding of how Bend could be considered a Mecca for entrepreneurship. If you are on the other side of the fence, considering climbing over to the pool of visionaries and successful business owners who have landed on their feet here in Bend, consider taking the leap. You’ll have a wealth of resources and community support at your finger tips. Bend’s Venture Conference is in two weeks. Held at Bend’s historic Tower Theatre, BVC connects startup companies with investment opportunities, attracting over 300 of the Northwest’s top entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders. Take a listen to Darren Powderly, President of Compass Commercial as he shares his thoughts on the topic of entrepreneurship in Bend on KBND 1110’s Your Town segment HERE.