Biz Beat 8-4-2016

Jiffy Market is back! On Aug. 10, the “South Eugene neighborhood hub for 53 years will officially reopen after an eight-month, top-to-bottom remodel under new management.” Jiffy on Hilyard Street was purchased by 3C, LLC a group that includes the founder of neighboring Amazon Organics dispensary. The new Jiffy features beer and wine by the bottle, “locally sourced produce, house-cured meats and breads and pastries by Noisette,” as well as Sleepy Monk coffee, cider, kombucha and beer on tap and wine by the glass.

Get a job or build your business with classes at the downtown Eugene Public Library. One-on-One Job Hunt Help provides “expert advice and assistance to address your specific questions and concerns” on everything from finding employment opportunities to interviews and resumes. Pre-registration starts Aug. 1 for appointments 4 to 6 pm Thursday, Aug. 11, or Thursday, Aug. 25. Facebook for Small Business: Hands-On Workshop is 6 pm Thursday, Aug. 11. Bring your laptop or tablet to “get expert guidance on creating or improving your business’ Facebook page.” Start with a personal profile and basic familiarity with Facebook and learn more with Nick Wiley is a digital marketing and technology instructor at the Lane Community College Small Business Development Center.  All workshops are FREE and take place at the downtown Eugene Public Library at 10th and Olive. Call 541-682-5450 or visit for more information.

Mountain Rose Herbs was named 2016 Business Partner of the Year by Mount Pisgah Arboretum. The award was presented to the Eugene-based organic herb, spice and tea company July 14 during the Arboretum’s Summer Celebration event. This is the second time since 2007 the herbal products company has been recognized with this award. Brad van Appel, executive director of Mount Pisgah Arboretum, says the award reflects Mountain Rose’s “strong environmental ethic and community involvement.”

• News that Hop Valley Brewing is being acquired by MillerCoors (via Tenth and Blake Beer Co., its crafts and imports division) got craft-beer lovers in a froth on July 29. Hop Valley tweeted that “Hop Valley owners maintain substantial ownership in this new partnership deal” and “Hop Valley will still be managed & operated by the same great local team.”

• Lane Community College has received a one-year $100,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to conduct a feasibility study for establishing an accredited Dental Therapist two-year degree program. According to LCC, this is an emerging field that has become necessary due to the scarcity of dentists in rural areas. Dental therapists perform basic clinical treatment and preventative services under the general and indirect supervision of dentists.  LCC says that a “major effort of the grant will be outreach to Hispanic and Native American communities to familiarize them with dental therapy as a potential employment option and to help identify potential student recruits.”

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