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Biz Beat 5-17-2012

The Willamette Angel Conference competition at the Downtown Athletic Club May 10 awarded a $200,000 investment prize to Cascade Prodrug Inc., a Eugene-based drug development company using technology licensed from UO. Other finalists included Amorphyx of Corvallis and Vizme of Eugene. A combination of cash and consulting services valued at $7,000 also went to Coyle Design, a Corvallis company that makes hand-crafted wood and cork bicycle helmets. See eugenechamber.com for more information.

HEROweb Marketing & Design will present a free talk on “Developing Effective & Compelling Website Content” from 6 to 7:30 pm Monday, May 21, at the Eugene Public Library’s Singer Room. See heroweb.com or call 746-6418. The company has been in business since 1996 and CEO is Michael Sterns.

Urban Lumber Company held a grand opening celebration for its new Eugene retail store and art gallery May 12 at 28 E. Broadway next to Voodoo Doughnut. The business salvages urban trees to be milled in Springfield and turned into custom fine furniture, says owners Christina and Seth San Filippo. See urbanlumbercompany.com or call 988-WOOD.

Aqua Serene hosted its annual “Mother of All Garden Parties” May 12-13, at 2836 W. 11th Ave. The building was recently remodeled with new siding, awnings, and display windows. Call Robert Rubin at 968-6089 or email robert@aquaserene.com

Journey Tree Financial Planning and Investments has moved to the KeyBank building at 975 Oak St., Suite 785. Journey Tree was founded in 1993 by Jonathon C. Brandt and provides financial planning, consultation, and investment services to individuals and small businesses. Call 485-3154.

Tuesday Market featuring crafts, clothing, artwork and food, has started up again from 10 am to 3 pm every Tuesday through October. Location is the North Park Block at 8th and Oak. 

A new farmers market is starting up in the Whiteaker neighborhood from 11 am to 3 pm Sundays at New Day Bakery, 449 Blair. Sarah Hucka of Circle h Farm is a vendor and co-organizer. Call 937-2413.

Valley River Inn is undergoing renovation of the entire property and the 275-room inn on the waterfront should be back to normal by June 1. The staff is leading tours of the project every Tuesday from 4 to 7 pm with complimentary wine tasting.

McKenzie River Trust, a local nonprofit working to protect clean water and fish and wildlife habitat in western Oregon, is busy leading bird and nature hikes this spring. On Earth Day, Oakshire Brewing gave MRT $1,774, proceeds from three beers brewed to commemorate EWEB’s 100th anniversary. Earlier, the Eugene-based retailer Tactics gave $2,500 in support of MRT’s local land conservation efforts. The Trust recently purchased and protected 161 acres of wetlands five miles southwest of Eugene. Visit mckenzieriver.org or find them on Facebook.

ProHealth Family Medicine is a direct-pay clinic now open and accepting new patients at 1410 Oak St., Suite 102, in Eugene. See prohealthfamilymedicine.com for more information or call 228-3270. Justin Montoya, MD, is a Eugene native and has a background in family practice and sports medicine.