OBI is proud to host several signature events every year that bring hundreds of our members together with elected officials and community leaders. Learn more about each one below. If you would like to reach our targeted business audience through a sponsorship of these events, contact Rebecca DeBo.

Annual Meeting

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The OBI Annual Meeting is a chance for hundreds of our members to get together, hear an organizational update from our Board leadership and OBI staff, and network with each other as well as elected officials. This event typically takes place in Salem and features a high-profile keynote address and political panel. Past speakers include A.B. Stoddard, of RealClearPolitics and Jay Timmons, president & CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers. The 2022 Annual Meeting included a post-primary election forum involving leading candidates for governor.

The Annual Meeting is also an opportunity to bestow our Jobs Champion Award to legislators and civic leaders who embody the values and mission of OBI. In recent years, the Jobs Champion Award has been given to Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, former Rep. Jeff Barker, D-Aloha, and Rep. Shelly Boshart Davis, R-Albany,  for their bipartisan work promoting Oregon jobs.

As an Annual Meeting sponsor, you receive a wide range of benefits, from table discounts to speaker recognition to award presentation. We can’t do this event alone. Thank you to all our sponsors, past, present and future, who support this event.

If you’re interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Rebecca DeBo.

Celebrating Manufacturers

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Every fall, the country observes National Manufacturing Day. Here at OBI, we mark the occasion by celebrating Oregon manufacturers. OBI’s annual Celebrating Manufacturers event is an acknowledgement of the important employers in this sector do. It is a valuable learning experience for our members and elected officials.

The event typically spotlights manufacturing businesses throughout the state with interviews, video profiles and more. From Sisters to Medford, from lumber to semiconductors and innovative technology, Oregon manufacturers strengthen our communities by high-wage jobs and sought-after products. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about Oregon’s manufacturers.

If you are an Oregon manufacturer, are you interested in a featured profile during our Celebrating Manufacturers event? Would you like to sponsor the celebration and generate more exposure for your business? Get in touch with us.

Vision Oregon Event

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The Vision Oregon Event (previously known as the Statesman Dinner) is one of Oregon’s most important annual gatherings of business and civic leaders. The evening allows attendees to spend time together and listen to a keynote speaker who reflects on challenges and opportunities facing our state.

The dinner is also an opportunity for Oregon’s business community to reflect on the importance of bipartisan collaboration to build a stronger Oregon. We bestow OBI’s highest honor, the Oregon Visionary Award, on people whose work reflects those values. Past honorees have included the late U.S. Sen. Mark O. Hatfield, former Gov. Barbara Roberts, retired Sen. Margaret Carter, and the late businesswoman Gert Boyle.

Brand your business with a sponsorship at this popular event. Start the conversation now by contacting us today.