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Biz Beat 7-19-2012

We hear Lorraine Kerwood, founder of NextStep Recycling and involved in computer refurbishing and recycling since 1999, is retiring as executive director of NextStep and passing the torch to John Barnum. Kerwood has a long history in Lane County working on environmental and social justice issues, and is the recipient of many community awards. 

Four local entrepreneurs will compete for an instant cash grant of several hundred dollars at the next FEAST dinner at 6 pm Thursday, July 19, at the First United Methodist Church, 1375 Olive St. in Eugene. FEAST is an acronym for Financing Eugene Area Sustainable Talent and the event is a form of “crowd-source founding.” Food chef will be Patty Harrison and music will be by Buck Mueller. Tickets are $15 to $25 at emeraldfeast.weebly.com or at the eDev offices, 1445 Willamette St.

Sarah Matsumoto has joined the law offices of Charles M. Tebbutt in June as a project manager. She earned her JD from Seattle University School of Law in 2010. Attorney Daniel Galpern joined the growing firm in May. 

Investor presentations at the SmartUps July Pub Talk will include representatives from regional companies CellFyre, Magneto Organics, Pathfinder Learning System, GladSpace and Coyle. The event will be from 5 to 8 pm Thursday, July 26, at the Oregon Electric Station. 

Grains & Chains Bakery opened recently in the incubator kitchen located in the Stellaria Building, home to Hummingbird Wholesale. The business specializes in traditional Bavarian pretzels and other organic bread products and delivers by bicycle to businesses in the area. Founders are McKenzie Davie, Matt Brown and Nicolai Otte. Call 221-8401 or email thebikeryeugene@gmail.com

Space for more small food businesses is now available at Stellaria, and the building is also recruiting chefs, food artisans and other local food-related experts for teaching and sharing skills. A workshop series on fermentation started this week, presented by Activation Foods. See www.stellariabuilding.com

Lane Arts Council has awarded nearly $50,000 in program and project grants to area arts organizations in partnership with the city of Eugene’s Cultural Services Division. The largest grants went to the WOW Hall ($6,000) and Maude Kerns Art Center ($5,000). Other grantees were Arts Umbrella, Lord Leebrick, Actors Cabaret, PICCFEST, Very Little Theatre, Ballet Fantastique, Eugene Storefront Art Project, DIVA, DanceAbility, MECCA, West African Dance Educational Resources, Rainy Day Blues Society, Oregon Children’s Choral Festival, New Zone, Eugene Peace Choir and others. More information at lanearts.org

Heavy metal fans take note: A shortage of fabricated metal workers was reported by the Oregon Employment Department this month. Jobs are going unfilled for skilled welders, structural metal fabricators and fitters. Demand is expected to increase.

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