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Biz Beat 3-8-2012

Thrive! Chiropractic at the Tamarack building at Donald at Pearl in south Eugene is holding a donation-based charity clinic on Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11, open to the public, all ages. Chiropractic adjustments will be provided by Dr. Lal Kerr in exchange for tax deductible donations to the Musicians Emergency Medical Association (MEMA). Treatments will be on a first-come, first-served basis from 10:30 am to noon and 2:30 to 5 pm both days. See facebook.com/thrivechiro or call 913-8300 for more information.

Pacific Winds Music at 791 W. 8th Ave. in Eugene is celebrating its 25th year in business this March. Founder Willy Knaus says flexibility has been his key to surviving and thriving in a competitive market. Nine employees work in repair, sales and in the office. Email willy@pacificwindsmusic.com or call 343-5660.

Sherri Gibson of Eugene has found a successful niche creating eco-friendly European plasters, textures and faux finishes for homes and businesses. See a gallery of her walls, ceilings and doors at www.faux-chere.com or call her at 521-9503 for a free consultation.

Cottage Grove businesses should get a boost from the Oregon Gran Fondo (or “big ride”) bicycling event the weekend of June 2. The collection of competitive and recreational rides for everyone is sponsored by Co-Motion Cycles, Rolf Prima, Oakshire Brewing and Hutch’s Bicycles. See dark30sports.com and click on “events.”

UO economist Tim Duy reports in a new study that UO is a key driver of the Oregon economy with total impact of spending by the institution, its students and visitors estimated at $2.12 billion. The study, “The Economic Impact of the UO: FY2010-11 Update,” says the spending represents a 7.6 percent increase from last year’s total of $1.97 billion. Direct spending by the UO, students and visitors totaled more than $1.14 billion before economic multiplier calculations. See the full report at http://wkly.ws/17s

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