Business calendar March 10, 2013

Business calendar March 10, 2013

Sunday, March 10

WHPO Business Expo. Continues noon to 3 p.m., McFerren Park Civic Center, Hoopeston. More than 40 businesses on hand. Entertainment includes Rich Stipp (gospel music) at 11:50 a.m., followed by Artistic Repertory Theatre and Tammy's Art Dance Studio, ending with Hoopeston High School Band and Show Choir. For more information, call Jamie Lee Mowrey, 552-6062, or Larry Baughn, 283-7744 ext. 10, both at WHPO Radio.

Monday, March 11

'Getting a Mortgage Loan.' 6 p.m., Habitat for Humanity, 119 E. University Ave., C. Topics in this homeownership community education class include: "Who Can Get a Mortgage Loan?"; "How Much Will a Lender Lend to You?"; "Working With a Lender"; and "Your Rights as a Loan Customer." Free. Call Michelle Stallmeyer at Habitat for Humanity, 819-5113, to register.

Tuesday, March 12

Project Management Institute. Central Illinois Chapter meeting, 5 p.m., Avanti's, 2320 E. Washington Road, East Peoria. Lance Rogers, a portfolio manager in Caterpillar's Global Information Services Division, will speak on "Scaling Your PMO to Support a Global Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Implementation." Registration and networking, 5 p.m.; dinner buffet, 5:30 p.m.; announcements, 5:50 p.m.; speaker, 6:15 p.m. Registration cost: dinner buffet/speaker, $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers. No registration, pay at the door, dinner/speaker: $30 and $35. Students with college ID, $15. Speaker only, no dinner, $10. Register at

Wednesday, March 13

'Shopping for a Home.' 6 p.m., Habitat for Humanity, 119 E. University Ave., C. Topics in this homeownership community education class include: timeline and steps in the homebuying process; types of homes and ownership; purchase and sale; escrow explained; and what to expect at closing. Free. Call Michelle Stallmeyer at Habitat for Humanity, 819-5113, to register.

Thursday, March 14

'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. Overview of advantages, hazards and requirements of starting a small business. Workshop offered monthly. Sponsored by East Central Illinois SCORE. Cost: $25; series of three, $60. Workbook provided. Registration required. Information at or call 359-1791.

Saturday, March 16

'Putting Small Acres to Work' workshop. 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center's Education Center, Coles County. Sponsored by University of Illinois Extension to help people who have a few acres learn ways they can put them to use. Educational sessions with three concurrent programs to choose from, each hour through 11:50 a.m. General session presented on "Energy Alternatives for Small Acreage" as lunch is served at noon. Workshop cost: $30 per person; $40 per couple; $10 for students, includes lunch and materials. Register by Wednesday. Register online at For information, contact Dave Shiley at 543-3755 or

Wednesday, March 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 or Ann Chan at 355-1866 or

Thursday, March 21

Eastern Illinois Safety Network. 8 to 9 a.m., Urbana Country Club, 100 E. Country Club Road, U. Seminar/workshop: George Peterson on "Loss Control Services." Food and networking, followed by presentation. One continuing education unit available. Cost: $10 nonmembers; members, free. To register, email

'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. To register, contact East Central Illinois SCORE at 359-1791 or go to

'Entrepreneurship: How to Start a Business' workshop. 6 to 9 p.m., Paris Chamber of Commerce, 10 N. Central Ave., Paris, Ill. Helps guide those considering starting a business through practical business concepts: "Evaluating Your Business Concept," "Understanding a Business Plan and Financial Statements," "Analyzing Your Personal Financial Situation," "Obtaining Necessary Funding," "Establishing Operational Strategies," "Key Points to Making Your Small Business Successful" and "Skills that an Entrepreneur Must Possess." Material fee: $25, or $35 per couple. Register online at For information, contact Jennifer Garren at 581-2913 or


'One-on-One Computer Basics.' 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, through May 29, 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 Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the UI. Individual computer instruction from library staff is 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 beginning, developing or simply working on their communication skills. Guests are 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.

UI Small Farms Webinar Series. Online, continues 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 14-28. Or participants may attend at Champaign County Extension office, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, Suite D, C. March 14: "Beneficial Insects." March 21: "Weed Control in Pastures." March 28: "Crop Budgeting Practices." Free. Register at: To register for the series at the Extension office, call 333-7672 at least one week before the session.

Food service sanitation manager's course. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 18 and 20, ILEAS Training Center, 1701 E. Main St., U. Exam, 9 to 11 a.m. March 25. Course is for people needing the Department of Public Health recertification, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 20. 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.

'Communication Excellence: Managing Performance with DiSC.' 8 a.m. to noon March 27 or 1 to 5 p.m. April 4, Parkland College Business Training, 1315 N. Mattis Ave., C. Using the new Everything DiSC Management Profile, explore communication style and leadership style, and conflict resolution, team building and coaching. Paid registrants will be issued an access code to complete an online assessment by March 20. Fee: $185. Register by March 13 for March 27 and by March 21 for April 4. Call Parkland, 351-2235.

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.