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Business Briefcase published Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009 Print E-mail
Written by The Curry Coastal Pilot   
October 07, 2009 05:00 am

The Edward Jones office of Kevin Moerke in Harbor is hosting the monthly Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce membership mixer at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9.

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Preview the bear statues of the BruinFest in a special event Saturday afternoon, Oct. 10, at Evergreen Federal Bank in downtown Brookings. All bears will be at the bank except for the artist bear and her cub, which will be joining the Second Saturday Art Walk along Art Walk Alley next to the Curry Coastal Pilot, co-sponsor of BruinFest.

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Feeling overwhelmed by financial stress? Chetco Federal Credit Union is offering a free “Steps to Financial Freedom” workshop at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Brookings Inn Resort. It’s open to the public; just call 541-469-7700, ext. 1083, for reservations.

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 Look for a new Winter Farmers’ Market, scheduled for Fridays beginning Nov. 6 at the Chetco Grange Hall in Harbor, and sponsored by the grange. To participate, contact Market Manager Kathleen Dickson at 541-813-1136.

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Look at the Pilot ad for the free events, lectures and classes at South Coast Fitness Center – from self defense through Zumba dancing. Call 541-469-7118 for information.

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The three Dutch Bros. Coffee locations in Brookings and Crescent City, Calif., said thank-you to customers by offering $1 drinks last week. The Brookings and Crescent City stores were recently taken over by new local franchisee Tony Jantzer, a Dutch Bros. Coffee veteran who has worked in a variety of positions.

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Curry County jobless figures for August were 12.4 percent, or 1,253 people out of a workforce of 10,085. The best news was that there were 127 more jobs in the county between July and August.

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    The European trade body in China said Beijing is not planning to force foreign auto parts suppliers operating in the country to form local joint ventures, dismissing a report last week that had stirred concern among European firms. Germany's Stuttgarter Zeitung newspaper reported that China had urged three German car parts suppliers to form partnerships with local rivals, citing the head of German parts supplier ElringKlinger AG (ZILGn.DE). "The European Chamber is confident that these rumors are unfounded and that the Chinese government has no intention to require the formation of joint ventures in the sector," the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China said in a statement on its website dated Aug. 29. The European Chamber said the JV rumors could be the result of a misunderstanding stemming from existing restrictions dating from 2011 for suppliers in the e-vehicle segment.

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