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Biz Beat 7-10-2014

Most contractors in Lane County are happy to provide would-be customers with their license number from the Construction Contractors Board (CCB), and many contractors even include it on their business cards. But that information might be out of date or just wrong. If you hire a contractor who is unlicensed and things go wrong, it can get very expensive. See our 2008 cover story “Cutting Corners” in our archives at wkly.ws/1s9. You can check the CCB website and see the status of contractors, but now it’s even easier. Just text the contractor’s CCB number to (503) 444-8898 and you will get a message back verifying whether the contractor is licensed and can legally do work in Oregon. The state website at Oregon.gov provides more information about complaints, disciplinary actions, bankruptcy, etc. 

Saturday Market and Farmers Market will, of course, be open during the Oregon Country Fair. Sounds like the market crew gets that question a lot. Saturday can be crowded at the Fair, and temps in Veneta are predicted to be pushing 90, but Saturday Market is always cool. See the market’s music lineup at eugenesaturdaymarket.com.

The nonprofit League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) of Lane County installed its new Youth Council in a ceremony July 7 at Harris Hall. The purpose of the council, the first in Oregon, is to “create a nurturing peer-supported environment for Latin@s of middle school, high school and college age, and encourages them to stay in school and develop their leadership skills,” says Juan Carlos Valle, president of the council. “The LULAC Youth Councils provide youth with a positive alternative to gangs, violence and dropping out of school.” Se lulaclanecounty.org or call 337-6294.

A free session on “How to Create and Protect Business and Product Names” will be at 6 pm Thursday, July 10, at the Eugene Public Library downtown. Speaker will be Frank Plaisted who will talk about trademarks and trade names and how to use them. Sponsored by the LCC Small Business Development Center and SCORE. Call 682-5450 for information on this and other free clinics for small business.

The next free ride for Cycling for Veterans is the Row River Trail in Cottage Grove on Saturday, July 12. The ride starts at 10 am at the Mosby Creek Trailhead, riding to the end of the trail and back, a distance of approximately 25 miles. The ride is open to veterans, their adult friends and family members. Participants are encouraged to bring their own water, food and snacks. RSVP to Ree McSween at 337-3710 or email cyclingforveterans@gmail.com.