Small-business Happenings for November 15, 2013

By Observer Upload November 13, 2013 08:19 am
Small-business Happenings for November 15, 2013

Pharmacy tech named to education advisory board 

LA GRANDE — Penny Moore, a pharmacy technician at Red Cross Drug Store in La Grande, was recently appointed to the Technician Education Advisory Board for Therapeutic Research Center, the home of Pharmacy Technician’s Letter and Pharmacy Technicians University.

Stockton, Calif.-based Therapeutic Research Center provides independent advisory services for pharmacy technicians, pharmacists, physicians and other health care professionals. The center is not affiliated with any drug manufacturer or company, and its publications are 100 percent subscriber-supported.

Pharmacy Technician’s Letter gives technicians practical education that helps prevent errors and build efficiency. Pharmacy Technicians University is an online, interactive educational course designed to help enrollees become better technicians.

The advisory board plays an integral role in peer reviewing, scientific advising and helping to shape the content of the center’s publications.

Board members’ input is taken into account by the editors as they continue to revise their work and research topics.

Moore is a 1977 graduate of
La Grande High School who attended La Grande Business College. She worked ten years as a medical transcriptionist, including six for Dr. David Allen at the La Grande Clinic. She went to work as a pharmacy technician at Red Cross Drug Store eight years ago.

Moore said she has subscribed to and otherwise been involved with the center’s publications since she began her pharmacy technician career. She said she considers it an honor to be tapped for the advisory board.

“It’s a tremendous honor. These are phenomenal publications for pharmacy technicians,” she said.


Downtown sharpening service undergoes expansion 

LA GRANDE — A knife and tool sharpening service in downtown La Grande has undergone significant expansion, adding tools, equipment and a new product line, and reaching out to regional markets.

PnD Sharpening, located in the Old Town Mercantile at 1315 Adams Ave., recently added specialty machines including a grinder for sharpening twist drill bits. Pat Owen said the machine helped him complete a contract calling for sharpening of 1,000 bits for the Frito-Lay company in Hermiston.

Other equipment added in the expansion includes a machine for sharpening circular and hole saws, a tool and cutter sharpening machine, a saw chain grinder for chainsaw chains, and equipment for sharpening stylist shears and clipping blades.

“With these added machines, we are now capable of sharpening most knives and tools short of large industrial- size equipment,” said Pat Owen, who claims 47 years of experience in the sharpening business.

Owen said PnD also has branched out into knife sales, offering several different styles.

— From staff reports