Biz Beat 7-3-2014

Emerald Valley Weatherization is going through transition to new ownership. The Springfield business, founded in 1993 and now owned by Lonnie Lee Stringer and Carla Dee Stringer, canceled some of its pending work orders last week and shut down its website, but is back in business this week, according to Kristin Mason, who tells EW she and her husband are taking over and buying the business. Mason is the daughter of Carla Stringer and says Lonnie Stringer, her stepfather, was wanting to sell but a pending deal fell through. “Since then we have talked extensively,” she says. “We have great employees and a great reputation and the decision to close was going to distress a lot of people. We have agreed to just let me take over.” Emerald Valley does ductless heat pumps in addition to doors, windows, insulation and other contracting business. The company’s website is back up and Mason can be contacted at

Wildtime Foods has a new production facility under construction at West 2nd and Van Buren in the Whiteaker neighborhood. Groundbreaking was June 27. Wildtime produces handmade granolas, trail mixes and raw grain cereals under the Grizzlies brand. The new 7,000-sq.-ft. building will house offices, production and warehouse space. Businesses involved are Arbor South Architecture, Chambers Construction and Downwind Development. The project is expected to be completed in October. 

The Green Lane Sustainable Business Network July luncheon will include a program on “EWEB — Where Does Our Water and Energy Come From?” at noon Wednesday, July 9, at the Hilton main level meeting room. Speaker is Jeannine Parisi of EWEB. Lunch is optional. See for registration and more information. 

Soccergolf is a cross between soccer and golf and the grand opening of the first soccergolf course in Eugene was June 28 at the RiverRidge Golf Complex at 3800 N. Delta Hwy. The game is played on golf courses and uses a regulation soccer ball and 21-inch holes placed off the greens. A nine-hole round of soccer costs the same as golf, $6.50 for adults and $5 for those 17 and under. See or call 345-9160.

Eugene Mindworks is a new business incubator space at 207 E. 5th Ave. above the Tap & Growler and Café Lucky Noodle. The newly renovated 9,200-sq.-ft. space opened July 1 and offers open area desks and private offices, two conference rooms, a lounge, resource library, wifi and free parking. See or call 515-9330.

A free session on “How to Create and Protect Business and Product Names” will be at 6 pm Thursday, July 10, at the Eugene Public Library downtown. Speaker will be Frank Plaisted, who will talk about trademarks and trade names and how to use them. Sponsored by the LCC Small Business Development Center and SCORE. Call 682-5450 for information on this and other free clinics for small business.

A new Farmers Insurance branch agency has opened at 783 Grant St. in Eugene. Partners are Kenny Weaver and Steen Jones. Jones is trilingual, fluent in English, Spanish and Japanese. Call 505-9253.

Amber Everly, director of quality assurance at Oregon Ice Cream, has been appointed to the Eugene Toxics Board representing local industry in Position 2. Lisa Arkin, executive director of Beyond Toxics, has been reappointed to Position 5, an advocacy post representing environmental concerns. Andree Phelps has been appointed to the Neutral Position. The Toxics Board makes policy governing the city of Eugene’s hazardous materials reporting program. See or call 682-7118.

A nonprofit you might not of heard of is Casting for Recovery, a national program which provides all-expense-paid fly-fishing weekends for women who are breast cancer survivors. The fall retreat in Oregon happens the weekend of Aug. 1 at Black Butte Ranch in the Bend area. The June retreat was held at the Big K Guest Ranch on the Umpqua. More information about the program, including videos and applications, can be found at

Landlords in Oregon can no longer discriminate against rental applicants who are using Section 8 vouchers as a source of income. Oregon’s Housing Choice Act went into effect July 1 protecting renters but also providing landlords with financial assistance in case renters using Section 8 cause unreimbursed damages up to $5,000. For more information, contact the Housing and Community Services Agency of Lane County.

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