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Oregon Entrepreneurs Forum Announces Finalists for 2001 OEF Entrepreneurship Awards
July 19, 2001 18:55

Oregon Entrepreneurs Forum Announces Finalists for 2001 OEF Entrepreneurship Awards

PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 19, 2001--

         15 companies and individuals from throughout Oregon
           and Southwest Washington to be honored for their
                 entrepreneurial spirit and successes

The Oregon Entrepreneurs Forum (OEF) today announced the list of 15 finalists for the 2001 OEF Entrepreneurship Awards, which will be given out at the Oregon Convention Center on September 5, 2001.

Finalists for the five annual entrepreneurship awards that OEF gives were chosen from 72 companies and individuals that were nominated for the 2001 awards. The judging committee, chaired by Pamela Jones of Jones and Jones, a Portland-area high-tech search and recruiting firm, narrowed the field to 15 finalists after hundreds of hours of due diligence, including site visits and face-to-face interviews. The list of finalists, which includes companies from Medford, Bend, and Madras, Ore., and Vancouver, Wash., follows this release.

Tickets to the OEF Entrepreneurship Awards Dinner are available at a discount until July 31. Interested parties can order through the OEF offices at 503/222-2270, or online at http://www.oef.org/2001awardsREGISTRATION.html.

Founded in 1991, the Oregon Entrepreneurs Forum is a not-for profit corporation dedicated to providing opportunities for Oregon entrepreneurs and improving the business climate for emerging, growth-oriented companies statewide. The organization has over 1,200 members through Oregon and southwest Washington. For more information about the OEF, visit its website at www.oef.org.

Finalists for the 2001 OEF Entrepreneurship Awards Awards will be presented Wednesday, September 5, 2001

2001 OEF Emerging Company of the Year

EasyStreet Online Services Beaverton, Ore.

-- Oregonís largest privately owned Internet Service Provider.

Stormwater Management Portland, Ore.

-- Leading provider of stormwater treatment solutions.

Fios Portland, Ore.

    --  Provides technology-based digital information risk services to
        law firms and corporate legal departments.

2001 OEF Manufacturing Company of the Year

Deschutes Brewery Bend, Ore.

-- Largest selling craft brewery in Oregon.

Keith Manufacturing Madras, Ore.

    --  Provides unloading and conveying material handling products to
        companies worldwide.

Poly-Cast Tigard, Ore.

    --  Custom plastic-injection molder serving a variety of

2001 OEF Service Company of the Year

Crafts Americana Group Vancouver, Wash.

    --  Sells craft supplies to consumers through mail-order catalogs
        and e-commerce websites.

Northwest Software Beaverton, Ore.

-- Software engineering and information technology company.

Bear Creek Corporation (Internet Division) Medford, Ore.

-- Web-based consumer direct marketing division of Harry & David.

2001 OEF Technology Company of the Year

Pixelworks Tualatin, Ore.

    --  Designs, develops, and markets system-on-a-chip semiconductors
        and software that enable visual display of broadband content.

Clarity Visual Systems Wilsonville, Ore.

    --  Leading manufacturer of digital visual messaging (DVM)

Digimarc Tualatin, Ore.

-- Leading digital watermarking developer.

2001 OEF Entrepreneur of the Year

-- Allen Alley, CEO, Pixelworks

-- Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr., CEO, R.B. Pamplin Corp.

-- Steven J. Sharp, CEO, TriQuint Semiconductor

CONTACT: Oregon Entrepreneurs Forum Greg Netzer, 503/222-2270 gregn@oef.org