Bend Chamber hands out SAGE Awards

April 14, 2015


Bend Chamber named Bend Research "Healthy Workplace of the Year" in the recent SAGE Awards!

Bend Research Inc., founded in 1975, is a cornerstone of the high-tech industry in Central Oregon. The company has not only contributed to the health of the local economy, but also its employees. Ninety-nine percent of the company’s colleagues are enrolled in the Engaged Wellness Program, a comprehensive program designed to encourage and support the health and well-being of Bend Research employees and their spouses. The program allows employees to pursue heath improvement goals that are right for them, and in-turn, Bend Research offers financial incentives.

“We have healthy, happy employees,” the nomination form states. “We have increased productivity, reduced turnover, improved morale, lower absenteeism and (created a) great professional image.”


2015 Winners:

  • Lifetime Achievement: Roger Lee
  • Citizen of the Year: Gary Whitley
  • Large Business of the Year: Webfoot Painting Co.
  • Small Business of the Year: The Bend Radio Group
  • Nonprofit Organization of the Year: The Center Foundation
  • New and Emerging Business of the Year: Pure Barre
  • Entrepreneur of the Year: Call of the Wild Adventures Inc.
  • Healthy Workplace of the Year: Bend Research Inc.
  • Board of Directors Award of Distinction & Community Excellence: Brooks Resources Corporation
  • People’s Choice Award: Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Cascades