Business calendar Jan. 6, 2013

Business calendar Jan. 6, 2013

Thursday, Jan. 10

'Starting a Small Business' seminar. 3 to 5:30 p.m., Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, 303 W. Kirby Ave., C. For first-time entrepreneurs and those growing small businesses. First of three workshops. Overview of the advantages, hazards and requirements of starting a small business. This workshop is repeated monthly. Sponsored by East Central Illinois SCORE. Cost: $25; series of three, $60. Workbook provided. Registration required. Information at or call 359-1791.

Wednesday, Jan. 16

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 or Ann Chan at 355-1866 or

Saturday, Jan. 19

Eastern Illinois Safety Network. 7:30 to 10 a.m., Urbana Country Club, 100 E. Country Club Road, U. Seminar/workshop by Kyle Schneider on "Industrial Truck Safety." Food and networking, 7:30 to 8 a.m.; presentation, 8 to 10 a.m. Two continuing education units available. Cost $10 for nonmembers; members free. For information, email


University of Illinois Small Farms Webinar Series. Online, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 10-31, Feb. 7-28 and March 7-28, and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5. Or attend at Champaign County Extension office, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, Suite D, C. Educational series for the small-farm community provides practical knowledge on topics that advance local food production in Illinois, with a look at how practices in production, management and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. Jan. 10: "Raising Broiler Turkeys on Small Farms." Jan. 17: "Strawberry Production." Free. Register at: To register for the series at the Extension office, call 333-7672 at least one week prior to the session.

'Communicating for Superior Teamwork: Managing Your Communication Style.' 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 23, 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 31 or 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 31, Parkland Business Training & Community Education, 1315 N. Mattis Ave., C. This session helps participants better understand their own communication style, while offering them expanded opportunities for team-building practice. Paid registrants will be issued an access code to complete an online DiSC personal profile assessment. Assessment must be completed by Jan. 16. Class fee $185. Register by Wednesday for Jan. 23 and by Jan. 17 for Jan. 31. Call Parkland, 351-2235.

Food service sanitation manager's course. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 21 and 23, ILEAS Training Center, 1701 E. Main St., U. Exam, 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 28. Course for those needing Department of Public Health recertification, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 23. Cost: $120 for certification class including text and exam; ServSafe exam at additional fee; $60 for recertification class including text. Both classes also available online. To register, contact Sue Summerville, 684-2435.

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