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Biz Beat 1-17-2013

Community Alliance of Lane County has announced the departure of Kori Rodley as executive director. Rodley is taking a new position in marketing with Mountain Rose Herbs in Eugene. She has served as CALC director since March 2010 and will continue with fundraising and donor cultivation, according to a CALC statement Jan. 12. CALC started in 1966 as Clergy and Laity Concerned but changed its name when it’s mission expanded beyond opposition to the Vietnam War. For information on the staffing changes and the search for a new co-director to help fill Rodley’s duties, see calclane.org or call Stephanie Talbott at 485-1755.

Impact Grantmaking, LLC, is a new Eugene-based nonprofit advocating for the needs of nonprofit organizations and their funding challenges. The group is currently focusing on Lane County but plans to expand to assist nonprofits throughout Oregon. Jennifer Durand is the founder. Call 214-0605 or visit impactgrantmaking.com to get the free newsletter. 

Local wedding and portrait photographer Stevi Sayler is having a contest to give away her wedding photography services to a couple who are getting married in 2013. Deadline for applying for the contest is Jan. 23 and details can be found at her website at http://wkly.ws/1ey or email her at stevi@stevisayler.com

Nonprofit board members and their advisers are invited to a special day of training from 9 am to 4 pm Saturday, Jan. 19, at the OSU LaSells Stewart Center in Corvallis. Talks and workshops will cover legal risks, grant writing, IRS audits, leadership skills, avoiding bank fraud, working with the media, etc. Find program and registration at www.financialsteward.org or call 929-9320.

Farmers Carol and Anthony Boutard will speak on “Local at the 45th Parallel: The Farmers’ Perspective” at 6:30 pm Monday, Jan. 21, at the Garden Club, 1645 High St. in Eugene. The Boutards own Ayers Creek Farm in Gaston, Ore., and he is the author of Beautiful Corn, documenting the culinary value of much-maligned heritage corn varieties. Sponsored by Avid Gardeners and the Willamette Farm & Food Coalition.

The Eugene-based nonprofit Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide has welcomed a new ELAW fellow, Bazarsad Nanjindorj from Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. He is an attorney working to protect communities, traditional economies and wild spaces in Mongolia from large-scale mining. Bazarsad recently founded a new nongovernmental organization, the Public Interest Lawyers’ Initiative, and he collaborates with the Centre for Human Rights and Development. See elaw.org

The Willamette Chapter of SCORE is offering a “Small Business Success Seminar” from 8 am to 4 pm Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Papé Building Conference Room in Eugene. For information and registration, call 465-6600 or visit Willamette.score.org SCORE also offers free one-on-one counseling sessions to entrepreneurs.

The Eugene Area Chamber is planning its annual “Celebrate Business” social hour and awards dinner at 5:30 pm Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Hilton. Individual tickets are $75. See eugenechamber.com for registration or stop by the Chamber at 1401 Willamette in Eugene.

Friends of Family Farmers is raising money in its fight against canola crops in the Willamette Valley. “Big Ag and the Oregon Department of Agriculture are trying to expand GMO canola into the Willamette Valley, which would threaten many of Oregon’s small farmers, especially seed companies, organic vegetable farms and more,” according to the group. Canola, also known as rapeseed, is known for genetically modifying other crops nearby. See friendsoffamilyfarmers.org or call (971) 409-6806.

HIV Alliance, a nonprofit based in Eugene, has two positions opening. One is a social network strategy specialist (.75 FTE, $12/hour), the other is a men’s liaison and prevention assistant manager (FT, $12-$13/hour). Contact Program Director Renée Yandel at 342-1150 or see hivalliance.org for job descriptions. 

The date for the 25th annual Eugene Record Convention has been set for 10 am to 5 pm Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Eugene Hilton. Admission is $4. About 100 independent vendors will be offering new and used music in all formats. For information, call 485-7920 or email maxpowwer@webtv.net

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