It's not easy for businesses to grow up, and this month's Clark County PubTalk will offer advice from a Vancouver business veteran about what it takes to move from startup to solid footing.
Ryan Moor, CEO of the silk-screen equipment and supply firm Ryonet, will be the key speaker at the Feb. 18 PubTalk, scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. at Fort Vancouver Artillery Barracks, 600 East Hatheway Road. The evening's theme is "Bringing up baby: What now?" It's part of a yearlong focus on startups making a transition to their next phase of growth and development.
Seven years ago, Moor and members of his punk rock band wanted to make T-shirts for the band, and Moor quickly grasped the market potential. He launched Ryonet, and some band members quickly joined him. His company has continued to grow, and now has 70 employees and $25 million in annual revenue.
Moor said he will focus at PubTalk on how Ryonet, which enjoyed 10 percent growth in revenue last year, maintains a strong team ethic. He said he and other employees are "constantly evaluating our team to make sure we're on the same page with our vision and our values."
Moor, 32, remains the company's majority owner but Ryonet now has 9 shareholders. All are "team members" at the company who, as minority owners, will enjoy some of the financial rewards of the company's success, Moor said.
Kimberly Pincheira, manager of investor relations for the Columbia River Economic Development Council, said the event could include one other successful business owner who has not yet confirmed his availability. The CREDC and the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council are PubTalk sponsors.
Five PubTalks are scheduled for this calendar year, along with a company showcase event to be held in the summer, Pincheira said. The CREDC continues to see the value of the entrepreneurial social and educational event, which typically attracts hundreds of people.
Registration is $30 and includes light snacks. More information is available at the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council website, www.swwdc.org.