by JEFF SPRY CBN Feature Writer



Innovative Office Solutions


Making your work place work is the motto of Smith CFI, a commercial office furniture and design showroom in Bend, offering their clients and the architecture/design community innovative office furniture solutions throughout Oregon and southwest Washington, or wherever their work takes them.


Carol Gregg is the director and manager of the Bend location, a satellite showroom spun off from the main Smith CFI headquarters in Portland back in 2004.

by SIMON MATHER CBN Feature Writer



Shooting Products Company Looks to Accommodate Future Expansion

Bend-based shooting products company Nosler, Inc. is aiming to accommodate a rapid growth trajectory with the purchase of the former Mt. Bachelor ‘Bus Barn’ building located at 115 SW Columbia St. on Bend’s Westside.

Nosler Public Relations Manager Zach Waterman said the acquisition of the property, adjacent to the company’s current headquarters at 107 SW Columbia, was made as a strategic move in anticipation of the future growth and expansion of Nosler, Inc. during the coming years.



Having a dog can be life defining and it certainly has been for the owners of Ruffwear, the “Performance Gear for Dogs on the Go.” They enhance and inspire the outdoor experience between canines and their humans. With $7 million in sales, Ruffwear is a worldwide brand with distribution in 29 countries and 2,339 retailers. Headquartered in Bend, I recently met the “leader of the pack” (yes that is his title on his business card) Patrick Kruse. Kruse and his partners Will Blount and Mary Ann Kruse have taken their passion for sharing the outdoors with their dogs to create a thriving business. I recently sat down with Kruse, who shared the company’s history and business model. If you have ever had an idea you thought worth building a business around you want to read this interview. Kruse is not a “big business” entrepreneur; he’s the idea guy who executes with precision and dedication thereby creating a successful business.

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