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Outdoor Gear Builders Member Newsletter

 July 2019

Happy 4th of July!  

ANNOUNCEMENTS  

We have a member meeting coming up next week on Tuesday, July 9th from 6:00-7:30 at New Belgium. 

On July 13th from 10:00-3:00 Alan Davis of Blue Ridge Chairworks and Adam Masters of Bellyak will be hosting a river trip down the Tuckaseegee in Dillsboro NC. 
Send your RSVP to adam@bellyak.com

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!  

September 27th-29th 2019 OGB Camp Out 
This camp out will be one for the books! Our partner member Wild Water has graciously offered to provide the location and lodging this year at their Chattooga location. Check it out here: 
https://wildwaterrafting.com/locations/wildwater-chattooga/
I will be sending more details regarding itinerary, how to RSVP and general information as it comes together. 

October 10th 2019 Outdoor Economy Conference at Crown Plaza Resort Asheville.
As some of you may know the conference last year that was hosted at WCU sold out at 250 people, we are expecting to sell out again this year at 500! The theme of this years conference is Building an Outdoor Economy.  Check out the website for more information and keep an eye out for specific instructions for OGB members purchasing tickets 
 https://outdooreconomy.org/ 
There will also be an exclusive OGB expo where your gear will be showcased in the main meeting room of the conference! More details to come... 

You can find these events and more on the member access calendar on the website here: https://www.outdoorgearbuilders.com/member-access using password: OGB
 

The Waypoint Accelerator has officially launched! 

 
Read the press release here: https://www.outdoorgearbuilders.com/news/2019/6/20/calling-wnc-outdoor-startups-introducing-waypoint-accelerator and visit the website for more information https://www.mountainbizworks.org/waypoint/ The application deadline for the program is August 11th. 

There are three info sessions to learn more about the program and connect with other regional outdoor entrepreneurs.

Wednesday, July 24th 5:30pm-7:00pm
Tuesday, July 30th 12:00pm-1:00pm
Thursday, August 1st 5:30-7:00pm 

 

New Member Introductions
     Please give a warm welcome to our new OGB members. 
     

           
  


Status Forward 

We are designers, developers, storytellers, and strategists. We work at desks but prefer to play outside. By lending our expertise to brands that connect people with the outdoors, we help foster a love for the natural world — a critical step in protecting the places we share.


Gnarcissist  

Gnarcissist is the start of a dream brought to life by cofounders Nick Provost and Peter Moyle.Our goal is to provide an apparel line for you to wear on the mountain, trail, water, streets, wherever you enjoy yourself the most. 




Twistek  

We are Dan and Judi Bruns, the inventors of Twistek.

As avid skiers, we have a need to keep our phones on us, without the risk and worry of dropping them. When hiking, we found ourselves trying to set our phones on rocks and trees to take photos. Our journey began when we realized we were not the only ones facing these problems.

     
Find out more about the Growing Outdoors Program Here: https://outdoorswnc.com/
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Outdoor Gear Builders Member Newsletter

 June 2019

Hello All,

Thanks for taking the time to stay in the loop with the OGB!  We've got a couple great educational sessions coming up along with our first OGB Member Trip on July 13th. For those of you who are attending, enjoy OR! I look forward to hearing all about it when you get back.

Sincerely, 
Kaylee Larkin

OGB RIVER TRIP

 

 

We are excited to announce our first OGB Member Trip of 2019. Alan Davis of Blue Ridge Chair Works and Adam Masters of Bellyak are hosting an OGB River Trip on the Tuckasegee River in Dillsboro NC on July 13th. The Tuck is a Class II river with enough excitement to keep the experienced entertained and easy enough for those with no prior whitewater experience to get down safely. If you have your own gear, great! If you want to try a Bellyak, this is a perfect introduction to prone river paddling. RSVP to the email below.

 

When: Saturday July 13th, 10-3pm

Where: Tuckasegee Gorge, Dillsboro NC

Email adam@bellyak.com to RSVP



UPCOMING EVENTS


Export 101

 

Date: June 6, 2019
Time:  9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: A-B Tech’s Ferguson Center for Allied Health/Workforce Development; 10 Genevieve Circle, Asheville, NC
Fee: $45 per person

Who Should Attend 

  • Companies that are currently exporting but need guidance to further expand overseas markets and sales
  • Companies that are new to exporting and need the tools to begin and avoid costly mistakes
What you'll learn while attending 
  • Export sales techniques
  • Basics of letters of credit, credit terms, and other international methods of payment
  • How to get your products and services to export markets
  • About government export promotion programs from the NC Export Team: U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Small Business Administration, Economic Development Partnership NC, Small Business and Technology Development Center, and the NC Department of Agriculture and how to use these programs to grow your exports
  • Network and learn from export experts from the North Carolina District Export Council, businesses executives who have extensive export experience

Find registration details here: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USITATRADE/bulletins/244a576



Instead of a Lunch and Learn this month we have partnered with SBTDC, JPS and Asheville Area Food Guild to provide this months' educational offering. 


Qualified Opportunity Zones- a CPA's Perspective 


Date: June 12th
Time: 10:30pm-12:00pm
Location: Asheville Chamber of Commerce 

Description: Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZ) were created as part of the Tax Cuts And Jobs Act to encourage those with capital gains to invest in economically-distressed communities. WNC has multiple QOZ including 5 within Buncombe County. ‘Tax deferrals, permanent exclusion from taxable income, QOZ Funds, tests, 180 days’ are terms being bantered. What are the qualifications for these new tax incentives? Can you benefit?
Johnson Price Sprinkle PA Shareholder Mickey Dale, CPA will provide a 1.5 hour presentation on Qualified Opportunity Zones. Light snacks provided by Asheville Area Food Guild. Registration strongly recommended.

Register here: https://www.cvent.com/c/express/ea4e7977-91c0-494d-b10b-f4cf17aa6157

 

Use the Member Access calendar to stay up to date on member meetings, gatherings and see more details regarding Lunch & Learn sessions.  https://www.outdoorgearbuilders.com/member-access
password for entry into Member Access page: OGB

If you have an event coming up that we can add to this calendar please send details here: info@outdoorgearbuilders.com

 
Are you hiring? Use the OGB Job Board!  

 

Thank you so much to those of you who have used the job board. We now have nine jobs posted. Keep 'em comin': https://www.outdoorgearbuilders.com/jobs

P.S Again, if you make a placement because of the job board, please let us know! This is a metric being measured through the grant.


Have you paid your membership dues? If not... 

You can mail a check to our address:
P.O Box 6216, Asheville, NC 28816
You can make your payment through PayPal to:
info@outdoorgearbuilders.com
OR
You can pay on our website via the 'pay annual membership dues' button here: https://www.outdoorgearbuilders.com/member-access

 
Speaking of membership, we now have an official member logo! The working files are also available in case you have specific color needs, etc for your websites or email signatures. 
 
     
     
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Outdoor Gear Builders Member Newsletter

 May 2019

Spring! 


The busy season is officially here.  We've got our Member Meeting coming up on May 14th and our second Lunch & Learn on May 22nd.  Read on for new member introductions, announcements and more. 

sunny regards, 
Kaylee Larkin

Membership Dues: 
You can mail a check to our address:
P.O Box 6216, Asheville, NC 28816
You can make your payment through PayPal to:
info@outdoorgearbuilders.com
OR
You can pay on our website via the 'pay annual membership dues' button here: https://www.outdoorgearbuilders.com/member-access
Are you hiring? Use the OGB Job Board!  

 

As some of you may know, we've ramped up our job board page on the website in the hopes of helping to make more placements from within the OGB network. Be sure to take advantage of this resource! You can post your job here: https://www.outdoorgearbuilders.com/jobs


P.S If you do in fact make a placement because of the OGB job board, please let us know! This is a metric being measured through the grant.
First off, a big thank you to those of you who attended April's Lunch & Learn session. We have received some great feedback through the survey that was sent out - your responses are incredibly helpful for planning future sessions. If you haven't responded to the survey yet...



 


UPCOMING EVENTS

Lunch and Learn- Digital Marketing Trends & Best Practices
Ryan Beck and Aaron Johnson of Beck Digital
We will examine the current trends and best practices in digital marketing. How to sell online, and when it is necessary to develop an eCommerce platform. Also, when to use automation to support your growing team. Attendees are encouraged to come with questions!


May 22th, 12:00pm-1:30pm
Asheville Chamber of Commerce 

lunch will be provided

Please RSVP here: kayleerlarkin@gmail.com

Have a request for a Lunch & Learn topic? Let us know: info@outdoorgearbuilders.com


Member Meeting & Tour of Damian Sandone Studio 
May 14th, 6:00pm-8:00pm 
Highland Brewing Co.



Use the Member Access calendar to stay up to date on member meetings, gatherings and see more details regarding Lunch & Learn sessions.  https://www.outdoorgearbuilders.com/member-access
password for entry: OGB

If you have an event coming up that we can add to this calendar please send details here: info@outdoorgearbuilders.com
New Member Introductions
     Please give a warm welcome to our new OGB members. 
     


FOX Factory 

For over three decades, FOX has been an industry leader in the design and development of high performance shock absorbers and racing suspension products for snowmobiles, mountain bikes, motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs, off-road cars, trucks, and SUVs.

 

Roanline 

Ferrel & Koral Alman
Based out of Asheville, North Carolina, Roanline is your destination for the best outdoors (and outdoors-inspired) clothing and gear for women and men. Our mission is to bring you great products and experiences to inspire more adventurous lives spent outdoors. So whether it’s your first hike or you’re planning your next adventure at the local pub, we've got everything you need.

     

Member Media Features! 

WNC Magazine 
ENO, Sylvan Sport, Astral, Liquid Logic and Diamond Brand  
https://wncmagazine.com/feature/gear


Have a media feature? Send it our way to have it added to the website! info@outdoorgearbuilders.com

Have an event coming up that you would like added to the website calendar?  info@outdoorgearbuilders.com
Thanks for reading. If you have any suggestions or feedback I am all ears! Please don't hesitate to reach out. 
-Kaylee 
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Outdoor Gear Builders Member Newsletter

 April 2019

The OGB has a newsletter! 


MailChimp is back in action and ready to monkey around. We will keep these short, sweet and to the point. Please read on for upcoming events, new member introductions, Lunch & Learn dates and more...

Sincerely, 
Kaylee Larkin

Don't Forget! 
Quick reminder to be on the lookout for your invoice for 2019 OGB membership dues. 
You can mail a check to our address: P.O Box 6216, Asheville, NC 28816
You can make your payment through PayPal to: info@outdoorgearbuilders.com
OR
You can pay on our website via the 'pay annual membership dues' button here: https://www.outdoorgearbuilders.com/member-access
5th Annual Get in Gear Recap 

 

Our fifth annual Get in Gear Fest was a success! We had twenty booths representing Gear Builders and Partners. The weather was sunny and mild for a change, and we estimated our turnout to be over 1457 people. If you came, we’d love to hear your feedback about how to make it the best event possible, and if you didn’t, stay tuned because we will be announcing dates for GIG Fest 2020 very soon! Thanks to the Salvage Station for hosting us and for all of the members and sponsors that made it a success!

Click image to watch this years GIG video. Thanks to our member partner VentureLife Films! 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS


Lunch and Learn- Email Marketing 
April 30th, 12-1:30pm


Have a request for a Lunch & Learn topic? Contact us here: info@outdoorgearbuilders.com



Member Meeting & Tour of Damian Sandone Studio 
May 14th, 6-8 
Highland Brewing Co.

 


We have a new Member Access calendar. Use this to stay up to date on member meetings, gatherings and see more details regarding Lunch & Learn sessions.  https://www.outdoorgearbuilders.com/member-access
password for entry: OGB

You will begin to see changes to the Events page of the website. This calendar will be used to display events that OGB members are a part of. If you have an event coming up that we can add to this calendar please send details here: info@outdoorgearbuilders.com
New Member Introductions
     Please give a warm welcome to our new OGB members. 
     

Blyss Running 

Alyson Neel 

Born in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Blyss Running is a woman owned small business designing flattering & functional running apparel for women. By offering longer inseams, higher waistbands & plenty of pockets, Blyss Running gear gives you the confidence to pursue your passions comfortably and reach your goals  http://blyssrunning.com

White Blaze Marketing 

Craig Lancaster 

Full-service marketing and video production agency servicing the outdoor recreation and athletic industry. Offering consulting, digital and print advertising, graphic design, web services, commercial photography, & video production. Outdoors is what we do at White Blaze, and what we do best. http://www.whiteblazemarketing.com

Center for Outdoor Recreation and Adventure (CORA)

Wes Stone and Andy Coburn 

The Center for Outdoor Recreation and Adventure (CORA) is a for-profit initiative developed and lead by Andy Coburn and Wes Stone, Western Carolina University faculty members and WCU faculty liaisons to the outdoor industry. 

The mission of CORA is twofold: 1) To design, develop, prototype and test our own line of innovative outdoor products (we already have a working prototype for a new trekking pole) and 2) To partner with existing outdoor gear builders in western NC and help them create, design, prototype and test their own outdoor products. http://cora-wcu.com

     
Member Events Coming Up! 

ROAM Bike Fest
Industry Nine 
May 3rd-5th

Elements on the Dragon
Fifth Element Camping
May 11th 


Have an event coming up that you would like added to the calendar and newsletter? Send the details here info@outdoorgearbuilders.com
Thanks for reading! I look forward to sharing more changes and exciting news through this newsletter. If you have any suggestions or feedback I am all ears! Please don't hesitate to reach out. 
-Kaylee 
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