MEDFORD, Ore. — The next time entrepreneurs and business leaders in the Rogue Valley get together, they'll be lauding the launch of the Medford Cowork Collective that recently opened downtown. Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. plans to mark the event at its next Launch Talk.
The Launch Talk is scheduled for March 4 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Medford Cowork Collective, 122 E Main Street. Tickets cost $10.
Abigail Schilling, founder of Medford Cowork Collective will welcome guests and provide a tour of the new space. There will also be panelists Jeff Sharpe, CEO of Sharpe Energy (Ashland), Linda Nichols-Plowman, CEO of EdForTech Corp (Phoenix), and Tia Bodington, Founder of Resource Efficiency Products LLC (Talent).
Each panelist will provide an update on their recent business successes, and have a candid conversation about regional business challenges and pitfalls to avoid, followed by an audience Q&A session.
Medford Cowork Collective will also be represented by some inaugural clients. Guests will be able to discover how the coworking model fits into the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Southern Oregon.
"Similar spaces are already available in Grants Pass and Ashland, so a partner in downtown Medford gives us reason to celebrate!" SOREDI said.
During the evening, Colleen Padilla, SOREDI Executive Director Colleen Padilla will also make timely announcements. SOREDI has entered into an agreement with Oregon Technology Business Center to create a seed fund for Southern Oregon startups. The Rural Oregon Startup Challenge includes three regions in Oregon; Roseburg, Salem and Southern Oregon.
"With contributions from local partners and the Oregon Growth Board, this Startup Challenge model will allow local entrepreneurs to apply for $10,000 investments to seed their ongoing growth," SOREDI said.