Business calendar Feb. 3, 2013

Business calendar Feb. 3, 2013

Wednesday, Feb. 6

Ford-Iroquois Extension Ag Breakfast. 7 a.m., Ford-Iroquois Extension office, 912 W. Seminary Ave., Onarga. Jared Shaw of Farmers Mutual Hail of Iowa will discuss 2013 multiperil crop insurance. Reservations required by noon Tuesday. Register at or contact Helen Heins at 815-268-4051 or

Automotive designer speech. 1:30 to 3 p.m., Beckman Institute auditorium, 405 N. Mathews Ave., U. Ralph Gilles, senior vice president of design for Chrysler Group, will discuss how popular culture and high-performance technology influence automotive design.

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

Friday, Feb. 15

Soil fertility workshop/webinar. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., University of Illinois Extension, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, Suite D, C. Event features specialists from Illinois and Missouri on nitrogen management, micronutrients and related topics. Registration costs $50; includes meal, refreshments and handouts. To register, call the office, 333-7672, or visit by Feb. 11.

Crop insurance/truck regulations seminar. 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Bremer Center Auditorium, Danville Area Community College, 2000 E. Main St., Danville. Illinois Farm Bureau regional seminar on federal truck regulations and crop insurance for 2013. Truck regulations session by Kevin Rund, Illinois Farm Bureau transportation expert, 8 to 10 a.m.; and session on crop insurance by Doug Yoder, risk management specialist, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Refreshments. Attend one or both sessions. Free, but advance registration requested; go to and click on the Crop Insurance — Truck Regulations registration link, or call 309-557-3207.

Saturday, Feb. 16

'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. 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.

Thursday, Feb. 21

ATHENA Award Luncheon. Noon to 1:45 p.m., Champaign Country Club, 1211 S. Prospect Ave., C. The recipients of the 2013 ATHENA Award and ATHENA Young Professional Award will be honored at luncheon sponsored by Champaign County Chamber of Commerce and Spherion Staffing. Register by Feb. 10 online at or contact Karly Combest, or 359-1791.

'Principles and Qualities of Genuine Leadership.' 1 to 5 p.m., Parkland Business Training & Community Education, 1315 N. Mattis Ave., C. Five universal leadership qualities and six basic principles that help people become genuine leaders. Learn how these qualities contribute to personal and organizational success. Fee $135. Register by Feb. 14. Call Parkland, 351-2235.


University of Illinois small farms webinar series. Online, continues 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 7-28 and March 7-28, and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5. Or attend at Champaign County Extension office, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, Suite D, C. Tuesday: "Growing and Marketing Unique Vegetables." Thursday: "Basics of Fruit Insect Management." Feb. 14: "Intro to Farm Financial Management." Free. Register at: To register for the series at the Extension office, call 333-7672 at least one week prior to the session.

'One-on-One Computer Basics.' 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Feb. 4 through May 29, Douglass Branch Library, 504 E. Grove St., C. Drop in for one-on-one computer instruction. Get free help with questions about the Internet, email, resumes and more. Volunteers provided by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the UI. Individual computer instruction from library staff also available by appointment. Call the library, 403-2090.

Food service sanitation manager's certification course. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Feb. 12, Round Barn Banquet Centre, 1900 Round Barn Road, C. Also, a renewal course, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday. Course fee: $125 for full course; includes book and exam. Renewal fee of $60 includes book. Call Corporate Training Center, 800-705-8204, to register.

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 beginning, developing or simply working on communication skills. Guests welcome to attend any meeting. Also, visit the McKinley Toastmasters Club, 6:15 p.m., first four Thursdays of the month, also at the library.

UIs Web Conference 2013. April 15 and 16, Champaign. Web professionals of all sorts are welcome. Two optional pre-conference workshops, two keynote presentations, 16 breakout sessions, a networking reception and an exhibition fair. Registration fees: UI faculty, staff and students, $25, and non-UI attendees, $75, through Feb. 15; UI attendees, $35, and non-UI attendees, $100, through April 5; optional pre-conference workshop, $35 and $75. Details at

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.