Here are some business-related bits and pieces of news that are still sitting in my notepads that I’ve wanted to get out on the blog:
– Got a free lunch hour on Thursday? You might want to consider hearing Bill Humphreys Sr. of Citizens Bank offer up some thoughts about the economic outlook for 2010. It’s the initial session for the Downtown Corvallis Association’s Brown Bag Workshop Series, and it should be a good one. Humphreys has been a frequent source for our Mid-Valley InBusiness publication for a reason: He’s smart and seasoned.
The session begins at 11:45 a.m. in the upstairs classroom at Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services, 257 S.W. Madison Ave. It’s free, and you’re welcome to bring a brown-bag lunch. Other sessions in the series, each on a different topic, are scheduled for March 4, March 18, April 15 and April 29, same place and time.
– OSU Federal Credit Union has named a new centr
alized lending supervisor, Chal Bates, according to a press release from the credit union.
Bates, a 12-year professional in the financial lending industry, has been in the Centralized Lending Department of OSU Federal since 2002 as both a direct and indirect underwriter. Before coming to the credit union, she was a branch manager for American General Finance for five years.
The centralized lending area manages the approval and processing of all auto and personal lending for OSU Federal. Bates will continue to work out of Corvallis.
– Chalk up some more awards for Philomath’s Spindrift Cellars. Spindrift’s 2008 Pinot Noir and its 2007 Syrah both earned silver medals at the 2010 Newport Seafood and Wine Festival. In addition, its most popular white wine, the Pinot Gris, earned a bronze for the 2009 vintage.
The medals come on the heels of two gold medals and best of show at the Portland Seafood & Wine Festival.
Spindrift Cellars is owned by Matt and Tabitha Compton.