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If you had 5 minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds?

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Want to Help Improve Bend? Use Social Media. Here's How.

James Gentes

The Social Business


James is co-founder of The Social Business, a firm that helps small businesses engage with their customers through social media. He also manages TechSpaceBend, a co-working facility for startups and entrepreneurs in the Old Cigar Building in downtown Bend. If you want the long one: James has over 10 years of Product Management experience working at Fortune 500 companies in the San Francisco bay area. James was responsible for corporate strategy and product development at Symantec, where he received multiple awards for excellence in Product Management and Innovation. He holds a degree in Business & e-Business along with several technology certifications.

Sure, Facebook and Twitter are great for connecting with friends. And if you're a business owner, they can connect you with your customers. But how can we, as a community, use social media to improve our beloved city? This session will briefly cover some of the ways in which residents and visitors can help promote Bend and voice their opinions through this new, powerful form of online media.



Next Event

Ignite Bend ​15
​2018 TBA
Doors open at 6:00pm
Tower Theater - Bend, OR
Admission is always FREE

Tickets will be available two weeks prior to the event.


We're looking for sponsors for Ignite Bend! Please download a Sponsor Packet or check out the Sponsorships page for details.

Flame Sponsors

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Ember Sponsors

Berg Real Estate Brokers


Home System Solutions

Wanderlust Tours

Alpenglow Vacation Rentals

The Village Baker

Anjou Spa

Spark Sponsors



Multimedia Partner

Hand In Hand Productions

Media Partner

The Source Weekly

Other Partners


Mug Revolution


Mt. Bachelor

Connexion Printing

Jill Rosell Photography


Thanks to these businesses for supporting Ignite Bend!

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