Coonan will give entrepreneurial talk

ASHLAND — Entrepreneur and consultant Jim Coonan will speak about Oregon's entrepreneurial ecosystem at the Tuesday, April 18, Pub Talk for start-ups.

Coonan is a former executive director for Oregon Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network. He previously was a venture catalyst for Economic Development for Central Oregon, aiding efforts that included managing the Bend Venture Conference and developing regional entrepreneurial assets. He previously chaired the Oregon Entrepreneurs’ Network, the state's largest entrepreneurship assistance organization, and Portland Angel Network.

He advises Oregon funds, including Mount Hood Equity Partners and Northwest Technology Ventures. He also performed executive marketing roles for Van de Kamp’s Frozen Foods, Pillsbury Co., and General Mills.

The Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development Inc.-sponsored event in the Ashland Springs Hotel Ballroom begins at 5:30 p.m.

Food bank adds solar installation

Ashland Emergency Food Bank has completed a 4.59-kilowatt solar installation.

The 27-solar-panel system was donated by Ashland Food Co-op in cooperation with True South Solar, which donated the labor required to decommission the system from the the co-op and reinstall it on the food bank at 560 Clover Lane.

Washington Federal marks its centennial

Jackson County branches celebrate Washington Federal bank's centennial this month.

The Seattle-based financial institution entered the Rogue Valley market 10 years ago. Branch offices in Ashland, Medford and White City will offer refreshments and a prize drawing, April 24-28.

Local branches are at 175 Lithia Way, Ashland; 891 O’Hare Parkway, 600 Biddle Road, and 3220 Hillcrest Park Drive in Medford; and 2323 Ave. H in White City.

People's Bank breaks ground on Biddle Road

People’s Bank of Commerce broke ground for a three-story, 20,088-square-foot branch office at 1528 Biddle Road this week.

The Medford-based community bank bought the vacant, 1-acre former Marie Callender’s property on the corner of Progress Drive for just over $1 million in 2016.

The new building will house corporate headquarters as well as banking, night drop and commercial lending operations.

The project is expected to be finished in the first quarter of 2018.