Who Are We?

 
 

Let's Do This.

We are you, just further along in the start-up journey. 

Talena Barker, CEO and Founder of Mission Limelight, and Christine Callahan, CEO and Founder of Ella & Oak, have both been there. Having taken the leap from corporate life to pursue the dream of running and owning their own businesses, they have seen the pitfalls and challenges along the way. We've learned a tremendous amount, with the help of our amazing Bend community, and want to share that with each BDX student. 

Christine moved here from Denver, Colorado with a job in software sales, no connections and was looking to launch a new fashion brand for Plus-Size brides. She was welcomed into the start-up community with open arms and has never looked back. 

Talena is a born Oregonian and has been living in Bend for 10 years. She has a 16 year background in non-profit fundraising, and has always wanted to revolutionize the way non-profits and their corporate supporters work together to accomplish more. Her passion turned into a dream and launched with clients all across the country, with a new, secure and easy-to-use digital platform where non-profits exchange locally sourced auction items with other organizations nationwide to raise more money while garnering broader and more valuable exposure for donors. 

Talena and Christine have partnered with resources all across Bend and have been lucky enough to meet and connect with the many AMAZING women that will share with you the necessary components to run and build your own business. 

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If it weren’t for this amazing community we have here in Bend, there would be no company of my own. I could not be more excited to pass all that I have learned into the BDX curriculum.
— Christine Callahan

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