Innovation Co-Lab Interns Help Local Chamber

When the statewide stay home order hit, Co-Lab intern Daphne Lara-Luna knew the impact on the region’s economy would be significant. So when Co-Lab director Adam Krynicki called on her and her fellow interns to build a digital platform to help area employers and employees, she was all in.

Within days Daphne and the intern team had researched support resources for the region’s employers and employees, written web copy, sourced images, and designed, built and launched Central Oregon SOS.

A senior business major, Daphne worked with a network of collaborators including area chambers of commerce, local governments, industry associations and economic development organizations to find accurate and timely resources for businesses. With the stay home order in place more than a month, the site has been visited by 5,000 area employers and employees.

Central Oregon SOS is one of the proudest moments in Daphne’s college career. “It has been amazing to help Central Oregon as we all go through constant change,” she said.  “Helping to find resources for community members feels like paying it forward to a community that has been helping me learn about Central Oregon business.”