Tuesday, Nov. 20
'Are you Ready to Buy a Home?' 6 p.m., Habitat for Humanity, 119 E. University Ave., C. First in a series of four home ownership community education classes. Topics include: mortgage payments and other costs of ownership and how much can you pay. Free. Call 819-5113 to register.
Wednesday, Nov. 21
Fireside Toastmasters. 5:45 to 7 p.m., Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Improve communication and leadership skills. For more information, contact Debra Custer at 621-0168 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Ann Chan at 355-1866 or email@example.com.
Saturday, Nov. 24
'Writing a Small Business Plan' workshop. 9 to 11:30 a.m., Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, 303 W. Kirby Ave., C. Sponsored by East Central Illinois SCORE. Covers business plan format, financial analysis and securing financing. Workbook provided. Cost $25. Register at eci.score.org. For information, call East Central Illinois SCORE at 359-1791.
Tuesday, Nov. 27
Women's Business Council. Board meeting, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Parkland College, Room T104, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. The council provides monthly luncheon programs, a newsletter, community support, the opportunity for continuing education through scholarship awards and the availability of social networking events. For information, go to http://www.wbccc.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Managing Your Money/Understanding Credit.' 6 p.m., Habitat for Humanity, 119 E. University Ave., C. Second in series of four home ownership community education classes. Topics: making a plan for your money; developing a spending plan; credit scores and credit ratings; credit reports; improving your credit record. Free. Call 819-5113 to register.
Saturday, Dec. 1
'High-Speed Internet (UC2B): How Will The Community Benefit?' 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Douglass Annex, 804 N. Fifth St., C. Learn new computer skills. Hear community leaders speak out. Add your voice. All are welcome. Forum to be broadcast online live. For information, email email@example.com
Toast of Champaign Toastmasters. Noon to 1 p.m. every Thursday, Champaign Public Library, Room 215 (upstairs), 200 W. Green St. Learn to speak in front of groups. For anyone interested in developing or simply working on their communication skills. Guests welcome. Also, visit the McKinley Toastmasters Club, 6:15 p.m., first four Thursdays of the month, also at the library.
Food service sanitation manager's certification course. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 28 and 30, Round Barn Banquet Centre, 1900 Round Barn Road, C. Renewal course, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 28. Course fee: $118 for full course; includes book and exam. Renewal fee of $60 includes book. Call Corporate Training Center, 800-705-8204, to register.
Homebuyers' seminar. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 13, Parkland Business Training and Community Education, 1315 N. Mattis Ave., C. Learn about steps in the home-buying process, home maintenance tips, what to do if financial difficulties occur after the purchase. Class fee $25 per individual or same-household couple; includes book. Register by Nov. 29. Call Parkland, 351-2235.
Items for the Business Calendar may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Don Dodson, The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.