PROVENDER & THE CONFERENCE
Provender Alliance, established in 1977, is a non-profit organization providing networking, outreach, and education to natural products businesses doing business primarily in the Pacific Northwest. Members represent retailers, manufacturers, brokers, distributors, consultants, and individuals throughout the region. Now celebrating our 38th year, the Annual Educational Conference provides a fun, cooperative atmosphere for members to teach and learn from each other and to network about the heart & soul and nuts & bolts of natural products business in a nontrade show setting.
Alcohol consumption must be limited to designated times and locations. Please respect the alcohol policy as well as other guests staying at the Hood River Inn.
The Hood River Inn is a non-smoking facility. No smoking of any kind is allowed in the rooms. There are several covered areas outside designated as smoking areas.
COSTS AND WORK TRADES
There are work trades available. Don’t be shy about asking. Applications are available on the conference page of our web site. Please contact the office for more information.
We strongly encourage you to apply.
Submit your applications as soon as possible!
There are numerous opportunities to volunteer at the conference. We are always looking for an extra pair of hands for a variety of miscellaneous tasks. Please indicate on the registration form if you are willing to be a volunteer.
Sending an odd number of people from your business but still want to share a room? Let us know and we can help find you an appropriate roommate.
The rooms have either one or two queen beds or one king bed. Children under 13 can stay in adult’s room at no charge. There are some suites at the hotel. Call the hotel for availability.
If you would like other sleeping accommodations, there are several comfortable bed & breakfasts, motels and hotels available. You will need to make your own reservations.
All of our publications and handouts are printed on recycled paper using soy based inks. There will be recycling boxes for paper and name tag holders. We will also have containers available throughout the hotel for other recylable items.
SNACKS AND BEVERAGES
All snacks are donated to the conference. Royal Blue Organics will offer coffee plus an espresso cart. Proceeds from coffee beverages and specialty drinks go to the worktrade fund. Bring your own mug!
AIRPORT PICKUP AND DROPOFF
Shuttle service is available to and from the Portland airport. There are several options. Please contact the Provender office if you’d like suggestions. There are also numerous car rental options available at the airport.
WHAT TO BRING
Suggestions: Swimsuits for the pool (it’s a salt water pool and will still be open), water bottle, coffee/tea mug, cold weather/rain clothing, sensible footwear, money to buy souvenir Provender logo items or to bid on silent auction items, paper for notes (writing implement provided). Also bring anything you want to put on the “Free Literature” tables, hats and/or costumes for Meet Your Makers and the dance party. Remember to bring an item with your company’s logo for the raffle.
The Annual Provender Conference Program, given to every Conference participant, contains the final conference schedule and advertising from businesses that support Provender Alliance. The ad deadline for artwork is September 10. Please call the office if you are interested in advertising and for current advertising rates. Ad sizes range from business card to full page. Advertising is an excellent way for you to show your support of Provender. Please consider advertising in our quarterly Provender Journal as well. Ad contracts are also available on our web site.
Hood River Inn 1108 East Marina Way, Hood River, OR 97031
How to get to the Hood River Inn
• 800.828.7873 (Reservations only)
• 541.386.2200 (Direct line)