Additional Information

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 43rd 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
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.

SMOKING
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 here.  Please contact the office for more information.
We strongly encourage you to apply. Submit your applications as soon as possible!

VOLUNTEERING
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.

ROOM & RIDE SHARE FORUM
Provender offers a Room & Ride share forum to help members find other looking for rides to and from the conference, and for sharing rooms at the Conference. Here’s the link to the forum.

RECYCLING
There will be recycling boxes for paper and name tag holders.  We will also have containers available throughout the hotel for other recyclable items.

SNACKS AND BEVERAGES
All snacks are donated to the conference and available in our world-famous Snack Room.  Royal Blue Organics will offer coffee plus an espresso cart.   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 saltwater 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)

Bring anything you want to put on the “Free Literature” tables.  Also, remember to bring an item with your company’s logo for the raffle, please!