Business calendar Nov. 25, 2012

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 social networking events. For information, go to http://www.wbccc.org or email hayeskristie@yahoo.com.

'Managing Your Money/Understanding Credit.' 6 p.m., Habitat for Humanity, 119 E. University Ave., C. Second in a series of four homeownership community education classes. Topics: making a plan for your money; developing a spending plan; credit scores and credit ratings; credit reports; and 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. Forum to be broadcast online live. For information, email nlenstr2@illinois.edu.

Tuesday, Dec. 4

'Getting a Mortgage Loan.' 6 p.m., Habitat for Humanity, 119 E. University Ave., C. Third in a series of four homeownership community education classes. Topics: who can get a mortgage loan; how much will a lender lend; strategies for finding the right lender and loan product; working with a lender; and your rights as a loan customer. Free. Call 819-5113 to register.

Wednesday, Dec. 5

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 dkcuster@comcast.net or Ann Chan at 355-1866 or annlucia@juno.com.

Thursday, Dec. 6

'Shopping for a Home.' 6 p.m., Habitat for Humanity, 119 E. University Ave., C. Final class in a series of four homeownership community education classes. Topics: Timeline and steps in the homebuying process; finding the right neighborhood and your dream house; types of homes and ownership; purchase and sale; and escrow; and closing. Free. Call 819-5113 to register.

Wednesday, Dec. 12

'Developing Emotional Intelligence.' 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Eastland Suites Hotel and Conference Center, 1907 N. Cunningham Ave., U. Learn how to interact, communicate and collaborate successfully with all types of people. Check-in, 8:30 to 9 a.m. Enrollment fee $149 per person, $139 per person for groups of five or more from the same organization. Contact Fred Pryor Seminars, Kansas City, Mo., 800-556-2998, or online at http://www.pryor.com.

Thursday, Dec. 13

Women's Business Council of Champaign-Urbana. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hawthorn Suites, 101 Trade Centre Drive, C. Membership drive luncheon. Coldwater Creek will give some winter accessory tips. Membership dues and applications will be taken. Lunch cost, $12. For information, go to http://www.wbccc.org or email hayeskristie@yahoo.com.

'Fearless Facilitation — How to Lead Effective Meetings.' Two sessions, 8 a.m. to noon or 1 to 5 p.m., Parkland Business Training & Community Education, 1315 N. Mattis Ave., C. How to lead effective meetings; demonstrate facilitation skills; make optimal use of people's time and talents; strike balance between purpose, process and participation; and exhibit confidence and competence. Class fee $125. Register by Dec. 6. Call Parkland, 351-2235.

Ongoing

'One-on-One Computer Basics.' 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, Nov. 5 through Dec. 21, Douglass Branch Library, 504 E. Grove St., C. All skill levels are welcome to drop in for one-on-one computer instruction. Get free help with your questions about the Internet, email, resumes and more. Volunteers provided by UI Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Individual computer instruction from library staff is also available by appointment. Call the library, 403-2090.

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.

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 homebuying process, home maintenance tips, and what to do if financial difficulties occur after the purchase. Class fee $25 per individual or same-household couple; includes book. Register by Thursday. Call Parkland, 351-2235.

Food service sanitation manager's course. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 10 and 12, ILEAS Training Center, 1701 E. Main St., U. Exam, 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 17. Course for those needing Department of Public Health recertification, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 12. Cost: $115 for certification class including text and exam; ServSafe exam at additional fee; $60 for recertification class including text. To register, contact Sue Summerville, 684-2435.

Items for the Business Calendar may be emailed to dodson@news-gazette.com or mailed to Don Dodson, The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.

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