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Biz Beat 7-3-2013

Art and the Vineyard will feature local wineries and dozens of other small businesses in a summer celebration that begins 11 am July 4 and continues through Saturday, July 6. Weather should be a little cooler and we encourage everyone to turn out and experience this unique outdoor gathering of artists, musicians and other performers, authors, chefs, brewers and vintners in Alton Baker Park. The event by the river is also a fundraiser for the Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene’s oldest nonprofit community center for the visual arts. 

Emily Wilkinson and Monica Bounds have launched Academic Boot Camp at 1650 W. 11th Ave. in Eugene. The business specializes in customized reading, writing and math programs for students diagnosed with differences generally associated with Asperger’s syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia, dysgraphia, hyperlexia and disorders not otherwise specified. ABC specializes in intensive, individualized academic instruction based on the curriculum of Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes. It is currently the only clinic in the state of Oregon that offers these programs on a year-round basis. Call 357-8720 or visit academicbootcamp.com for more information.

Little Arrow is a new design and stationery company in Eugene focused on “bringing eclectic wedding invitation suites and event décor to the modern bride,” according to Briana Bulski and her partner Chyanne Ganzel. They sell most of their creations online though Etsy but also have a design studio above Berg’s at 345 W. 13th Ave. “It seems like our local clients would rather meet with us in person that go through an online store,” says Bulski. Website is under construction, but Little Arrow can be found on Facebook or call 543-1931.

The Latino Business Network, associated with the Eugene-Area Chamber of Commerce, is planning its LBN Business Expo 2013 from 5:30 to 8 pm Tuesday, July 9, at SELCO Community Credit Union, 925 Harlow Road in Springfield. Tickets at the door are $10 or register in advance for $8 at eugenechamber.com.

Off the Waffle restaurant in Eugene has partnered with Lane Transit District in an unusual collaboration. LTD’s web store at ltd.org is now offering customers the opportunity to order bus passes online, and to kick things off, customers will get free shipping and a free waffle and coffee or tea with each order. LTD one-month or three-month bus passes are also good for $2 off ticket prices at Ems baseball games.

LCC is now accepting applications for a new, one-year licensed practical nursing program leading to an LPN certificate. LPNs work in doctor’s offices, urgent care clinics, hospitals, and elder care facilities, performing a variety of tasks from dispensing medications to cleaning and dressing wounds. Local LPN wages range from $17 to $25 an hour, while registered nurses make from $28 to $46 an hour. The new LPN program begins next winter. See lanecc.edu for information. 

Applications are being accepted for the Governor’s 2013 Oregon Sustainability Awards, with a deadline of July 31. The awards recognize Oregon private companies, government agencies and nonprofits that have a strong commitment to sustainable business practices. Mountain Rose Herbs was one of last year’s winners. For more information and downloadable applications, see oregon4biz.com.