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Biz beat: Motorcycle shop under new ownership and more

• The growing popularity of tiny houses is leading Keith Schneider of Eugene’s Bohemian Cottages to expand from construction into all-day, do-it-yourself seminars locally and across the nation. Schneider and his crew have built or remodeled about 35 custom-crafted tiny dwellings over the past eight years, most 200 square feet or smaller. It’s a successful business model, he says, but it also helps provide affordable living space at a time when “there’s a serious housing crisis in Eugene and Lane County.” Schneider gave free mini-seminars at the recent home show at the Fairgrounds and will be doing all-day seminars locally March 26, April 22 and July 1. A free drop-in “Kickstarter Launch Party” promoting the seminars and the business will be from 4 to 8 pm Friday, March 24, at 521 Market Street in Eugene. Call 541-914-3349 or see photos at how2buildtiny.com.

Discount Motorcycle Parts at 995 Tyinn Street in west Eugene reopened March 11 under new owners, Mike and Shery Wellington. Hundreds of people showed up to support the new ownership and to reminisce about the former owners, Steven and Annette Skinner, who were killed in a traffic crash Aug. 27. “The community suffered a terrible loss with the unexpected deaths of the Skinners, who started DMP in 1992,” Shery Wellington writes in a social media post. “I feel like we are the ‘benevolent caretakers’ of this shop and its customers.” A plaque honoring the Skinners was dedicated at the shop March 12. 

• Tree Bressen and Stuart Ramsing will be teaching a six-week learning series on “The Subtle Art of Powerful Leadership” at RAIN Eugene  (Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network), 7-8:30 pm Monday evenings starting April 17.  Leaders from nonprofits, businesses and other organizations are invited to participate. Registration is $90 for the full six-week series. Bressen says, “We are asking people to contact us if cost is a barrier to attendance because we expect to give out several partial scholarships at half price,” and RAIN has a grant that will fully fund two younger participants (ages 18-24) to attend for free. Information at treegroup.info/leadership.