Biz Beat 8-6-2015

Need a job? New Register-Guard Editor and Publisher N. Christian Anderson appears to be taking his time hiring a new administrative team. The R-G is still running ads for a chief financial officer and an executive assistant. Competitive compensation is promised but if you accept a job offer you will need to whiz in a cup. We assume Anderson had to do the same when he was hired. Let’s not think about that too much.

Coffee Plant Roaster is celebrating its third anniversary from 11 am to 4 pm Saturday Aug. 8, at 2836 W. 11th Avenue. Live music by Banda Super Mercado and B.C. and The Blues Dwellers will begin the party. The business offers coffee roasted daily in small batches, fresh brewed teas, raw juices, kombucha, food and more. 

Want to get your antique business or your funky old crap on TV? The History Channel’s American Pickers will be coming to Oregon in September, according to the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce. The crew including Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz will be filming their adventures in search of antiques, vintage items of all sorts and memorabilia. Email suggestion pitches to We’re not sure why the Fern Ridge Chamber is involved, but then again, we’ve been to a few yard and barn sales in the Veneta and Elmira area. Good pickin’s out there. One old barn we peered into some years ago had a fully operational wooden tugboat only 10 feet long, built for one person.

The annual McKenzie River Clean Up July 11 drew about 200 volunteers in boats and on foot and about a dozen businesses, nonprofits and agencies. Participants included the McKenzie Watershed Council, EWEB (with Commissioners John Brown and John Simpson), McKenzie River Guides, McKenzie Flyfishers, McKenzie Masters Foundation, Woodstone Structures, McKenzie River Trust, Cascade Flyfishers, Lane County staff and the Forest Service McKenzie River Ranger District. Donations, mostly in-kind, came from Cabelas, McKenzie Disposal, Ninkaski, REI, McKenzie River Guides, McKenzie Masters and Lane County. Tons of trash, tires, metal, household goods and old boat parts were pulled from the river and its banks.

A Lane County Supply Chain Opportunities Conference will be from 9 am to 1 pm Tuesday, Aug. 11, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 3528 Gateway Street in Springfield, sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition. The event offers networking regarding manufacturing opportunities and sourcing partnerships in the Northwest. Email for more information or visit for registration.

Looking ahead, job hunters can get free expert advice and assistance to address specific questions and concerns from 4 to 6 pm Thursday, Aug. 13, at the Eugene Public Library downtown. Employment counselors will be available but pre-registration is required for the 30-minute one-on-one sessions. Call 682-5450. Another session at 6 pm that day is “Create a One-Page Marketing Plan” with LCC instructor Gary Smith.