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 offered monthly. Sponsored by East Central Illinois SCORE. Cost: $25; series of three, $60. Workbook provided. Registration required. Information at eci.score.org or call 359-1791.
Wednesday, Feb. 20
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 email@example.com or Ann Chan at 355-1866 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, Feb. 21
Eastern Illinois Safety Network. 7:30 to 10 a.m., Urbana Country Club, 100 E. Country Club Road, U. Seminar/workshop: Dr. Philbert Chen, medical director of Community Partners Health Plan, consultant for P3 Consulting and physician in the Occupational Medicine Department of Carle Physician Group, on "The Effect of Age and Overtime on Employees." Food and networking, 7:30 to 8 a.m.; presentation, 8 to 10 a.m. Two continuing education units available. Cost $10 nonmembers; members, free. To register, email email@example.com.
Athena Award luncheon. Noon to 1:45 p.m., Champaign Country Club, 1211 S. Prospect Ave., C. Recipients of the 2013 Athena Award and Athena Young Professional Award will be honored at a luncheon sponsored by Champaign County Chamber of Commerce and Spherion Staffing. Register by today online at http://champaigncounty.org/wcevents/eventdetail.aspx?eventid=437 or contact Karly Combest, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 the qualities contribute to personal and organizational success. Fee $135. Register by Thursday. Call Parkland, 351-2235.
Friday, Feb. 22
Ford-Iroquois Extension Ag Day. 9 a.m., Christ Lutheran High School, 201 W. Lincoln Ave., Buckley. Renamed "Aimee Chandler Ag Day" to honor Chandler's dedication to agriculture, 4-H and Ag in the Classroom efforts for the past 10 years. She is leaving University of Illinois Extension, Ford-Iroquois, this spring. Speakers will cover topics including agronomic issues, weather, crop insurance, grain marketing, herbicide carryover, BT corn, rootworm resistance and FFA topics. Iroquois Memorial Hospital will present an alternative program on heart health. Blood pressure screening, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Refreshments and lunch. Registration, 8:30 a.m. Free. Call 815-268-4051.
Saturday, Feb. 23
'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. Cost $25. Workbook provided. Preregistration required. Register at eci-score.org. Information and registration at eci-score.org or call East Central Illinois SCORE at 359-1791.
Thursday, Feb. 28
'FAST Training 2013: Develop A New Set of Tools for Your Farm.' 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Champaign County UI Extension, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, C. Focus on making informed decisions using your computer and spreadsheet tools developed by members of the UI farmdoc team. Morning session covers producers' crop insurance options using the 2013 Crop Insurance Decision Tool. Afternoon session covers the use of Extension's updated Balance Sheet Tool. Cost $85; includes lunch, one-year FAST tools update subscription service, and program descriptions binder. Register by Feb. 21. Contact Ryan Batts, UI Extension, at 333-1817 or email@example.com.
Wednesday, March 6
'Get Control of Email and Get Organized.' 8 a.m. to noon, Parkland Business and Community Education, 1315 N. Mattis Ave., C. Discover how to get more done; increase productivity by eliminating unnecessary email; organize your inbox; create effective messages. Class fee $185. Register by Feb. 20. Call Parkland, 351-2235.
UI small farms webinar series. Online, continues 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 14-28 and March 7-28. Or attend at Champaign County Extension office, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, Suite D, C. Feb. 14: "Intro to Farm Financial Management." Feb. 21: "Seed Saving." Free. Register at: https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/default.cfm?RegistrationID=7543. To register for the series at the Extension office, call 333-7672 at least one week before the session.
Grand opening and weeklong celebration. Feb. 11-17, Common Ground Food Co-Op, 300 S. Broadway Ave., Suite 166, U. East end of Lincoln Square. Ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon and live jazz until 1 p.m. Feb. 11. Complimentary coffee and hot chocolate for all those who attend the ceremony. Weeklong celebration will include behind-the-scenes tours every day, a bike raffle and more giveaways, farmer-led demonstrations and samplings, activities for kids and local music. More at http://commonground.coop/?p=4959.
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. Also, visit the McKinley Toastmasters Club, 6:15 p.m., first four Thursdays of the month, also at the library.
Beginner Chinese for Business. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 27 to April 17, Parkland Business and Community Education, 1315 N. Mattis Ave., C. Study basic Mandarin Chinese speaking skills, vocabulary and grammar while you develop your ability to speak Chinese when conducting business in China. Discuss typical business etiquette and customs. Class fee $205. Register by Feb. 20. Call Parkland, 351-2235.
UI's 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 http://go.illinois.edu/uofiwebcon.
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.