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    • Arnold’s Mobile Dustless Media Blasting

      Arnold’s Mobile Dustless Media Blasting A local Eugene businessman saw a need and set out to meet it. Phil Arnold conceived of a new businessventure when he became unemployed. He came to the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) inJuly of 2013, with a startup concept—a dust free sand‐blasting service. Phil realized the local Eugenemarket is underserved and felt the business would be a good fit for his abilities. Arnold’s Mobile Dustless Media Blasting is unique, being one of just three...

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    • Broadway Apothecary

      As Eugene’s first compounding pharmacy, Broadway Apothecary offers custom-made medicines for people and pets. It is the first in the state of Oregon and the nation to earn the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board’s new seal of accreditation, awarded to pharmacies that have demonstrated the industry’s highest quality and safety standards. Owner Kate James worked with the Lane Community College Business Development Center to fine- tune the company’s operations, from financial to marketing —...

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    • Divine Cupcake

      The SBDC has been an invaluable resource. The classes really give business owners a community of like minded individuals to bounce ideas off of, get direct feedback, and create a support network. We have ended up doing co-promotions and referral business with a good portion of our classmates. The instructor-student one on one time is the best kept secret in the universe. Having a business coach that can help you re-examine priorities and values is the difference between success and failure....

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    • Doggie Doorbell

      Keith Jin, creator of Pebble Smart™ Doggie Doorbell makes it his mission “to bring more enjoyment to dog lovers and their dogs.” A creative spark, led to his innovative product that eliminates a stressor in dog owners’ livesdoggies scratching on the door to go in and out. Keith, a Eugene resident and software engineer, solved a problem in his own life, and now solves the same problem for people across the country and beyond. Just over a year ago, with the help of the Lane SBDC (Small Business...

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    • EB Design & Publishing

      EB Design & Publishing When Elizabeth Bozievich first came to the Lane Small Business Development Center seeking business advising and mentoring, she was interested in buying a magazine business called Needlepoint Now that had an international circulation and celebrity readers including Mary Tyler Moore and Barbara Bush. Elizabeth came to the Lane Business Development Center to meet with business advisor Dallas Merchant about how to value this dream business that she wanted to buy. Elizabeth said...

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    • Happy's Soul Food

      Derrick Pruitt, owner of Happy’s Java & Soul Food Shack sells the unheard of–home-cooked meals from a drive-up kiosk. After a near-fatal hit and run accident in 2008, resulting in a head injury, he was told he would never work again. Defying the odds, he built his own innovative and successful coffee, barbecue and soul food business in Springfield. Pruitt is a humble man and takes little credit for his success. He credits his wife, Marcella Pruitt–his business partner, and they both credit the...

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    • Luminare Press

      The explosion of self-publishing provided a niche for Patricia Marshall, an experienced writer and editor. Her home-based Eugenebusiness, Luminare Press, helps authors research the best and most affordable options for publishing in order to produce high quality and professionally designed books.Formulating her idea in late 2010, Patricia came to the Lane Small Business Development Center (Lane SBDC) for help. Years ago, Patricia owned a children’s clothing manufacturing company, Bright Spot, and...

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    • Vanilla Jill's Yogurt Shop

      At Vanilla Jill’s frozen yogurt shop in North Eugene, little ones barely able to reach the counter smile in happy anticipation of crunchy cones filled with vanilla bean or dark chocolate yogurt. Parents and teenagers smile too, of course, especially those with dietary preferences or allergies. When they began their business two years ago, owners Megan and Tim Stevens saw the market potential for a frozen yogurt that would satisfy a range of dietary needs. Vanilla Jill’s offers a decaf espresso...

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