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Biz Beat 7-26-2012

The grand opening of the Sweetwater Farm Stand at Centennial Dari Mart, 1243 Rainbow Drive in Springfield, was July 25. The mobile organic farm stand “brings farm fresh produce to the neighborhood convenience store,” according to Claire Syrett, the new manager of policy and advocacy initiatives at Lane Coalition for Healthy Active Youth. LCHA is one of the partners of this initiative, along with Willamette Farm & Food, Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation and Sweetwater Farm. The stand will be open from 4 to 6 pm every Wednesday through September.

Seven new start-up businesses will pitch their entrepreneurial virtures at the Smartups Pub Talk from 5 to 8 pm Thursday, July 26, at the Oregon Electric Station, 27 E. 5th Ave. in Eugene. See eugenechamber.com for more information.

The GreenLane Sustainable Business Network mixer will be from 5 to 7 pm Thursday, July 26, at Ninkasi Tasting Room patio at 272 Van Buren. See greenlane-sbn.org for more information.

A new website www.siliconshire.org is providing an independent directory of technology enterprises in the Eugene-Springfield metro area. Tech businesses can be included for free in the directory. In a newsletter, Cale Bruckner, VP of technology at Concentric Sky, says the inspiration for the Silicon Shire project came to him as he was looking out an airplane window returning from a business meeting in San Francisco. “I thought to myself, I’ll take the Silicon Shire over the Silicon Valley any day of the week.” He says the natural greenery and beauty of the Willamette Valley reminded him of the Shire described in J.R.R. Tolkien’s books.

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