The Klamath IDEA (Inspire Development, Energize Acceleration) will host an IDEA Talk on Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at MC’s on Main.
This month’s Big IDEA feature is Jim Teece, a serial entrepreneur from Ashland, Ore.
Teece is the president and CEO of Project A, a global e-commerce digital agency and software developer that Teece founded with his wife in 1990. Current clients include McMenamins, Dr. Martens, City of Ashland Chamber of Commerce, City of Medford, and more than 600 others. Teece is also president and CEO of Ashland Home Net, where among their many services, he is helping tackle the challenge of bringing broadband to rural Oregon. As an innovator, Jim developed a best-selling app called “Art Authority,” and as a civic entrepreneur, created community services such as TodayinAshland.com, aLocalHero.net, and FreBa.com.
“We are so excited to continue our 2018-2019 season with an entrepreneur like Jim. He truly possesses the spirit we’re trying to foster in our region,” said Klamath IDEA entrepreneur concierge Ben Blanchard.
Teece is serious about making a difference for his clients and his community. He serves on multiple boards and committees, including the Ashland Fiber Network Steering Committee and Ashland Unwired – a group that provides free wireless internet hotspots throughout the city.
This month’s Talk will also include a local company update showcasing an existing business. Richard Morgan Jr., CEO of North Street Grocery, will share the story of Holiday Market and discuss its newest location in downtown Klamath Falls. Founded in 1989, Holiday Market quickly became a leading regional independent grocery chain and has been 100 percent employee owned since 2006.
“Holiday Market’s presence in downtown has been so welcomed. I look forward to hearing Mr. Morgan’s story, especially the part about the company’s employee-owned structure,” said Klamath IDEA Director Kat Rutledge.
Klamath IDEA is committed to creating a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem that increases opportunities for wealth and prosperity in South Central Oregon. Klamath IDEA is a community initiative consisting of organizations, events, and individuals cooperating for a common purpose: entrepreneur-based economic development.
The 2018-2019 IDEA Talks season has been generously sponsored by the Klamath Community College
Small Business Development Center, Craft 3, Coldwell Banker Holman Premier Realty, and Klamath County. IDEA Talks are also supported in part by Oregon lottery funds, which are administered by the Oregon Business Development Department (Business Oregon).
IDEA Talks are gatherings designed as a networking opportunity for those with an entrepreneurial mindset interested in learning, connecting, and being inspired. Each gathering features one or more guest speaker discussing an inspirational or educational entrepreneurial-related topic. IDEA Talks bring together entrepreneurs of all ages, founders, business owners, innovators and support organizations, under one roof to hear about and discuss opportunities, needs, and great ideas for starting a business, expanding a business, or getting support in the process.
IDEA Talks will continue through the winter and spring with a new line up of speakers and networking opportunities.
MC’s on Main is located at 617 Main St. in downtown Klamath Falls. Appetizers prepared by MC’s on Main and a non-alcoholic beverage ticket are included in the cost of entry. A no-host bar will be available. Networking begins at 5:30 p.m. and the presentations will start at 6 p.m. Those interested in attending this event can purchase discounted tickets in advance online at Eventbrite.com or on Klamath IDEA’s Facebook page for $15. Tickets will also be available at the door for $20 (cash only).
Press release provided from Klamath IDEA, Klamath Community College.