Business calendar March 17, 2013

Business calendar March 17, 2013

Tuesday, March 19

Green-Out at Minneci's. 5 to 9 p.m., Minneci's Ristorante, 401 S. First St., C. Enjoy a candle-lit dinner and Italian food from a special menu with a low-carbon impact. Support Minneci's green efforts and enrollment in the Illinois Green Business Association's certification program. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the association, a nonprofit organization committed to improving sustainable practices in Illinois businesses through education and engagement. No reservation required. For information, call 531-2179.

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

'Entrepreneurship: How to Start a Business' workshop. 6 to 9 p.m., Paris Chamber of Commerce, 10 N. Central Ave. Helps guide those considering starting a business through practical business concepts. Topics: "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 at For information, contact Jennifer Garren at 581-2913 or

Saturday, March 23

'The Business Aspect of Art' workshop. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mattoon Area Family YMCA, 221 N. 16th St., Mattoon. Sponsored by the Mattoon Arts Council. Taught by Deborah Fell, professional artist and teacher. For any artist in any medium who is thinking about how to take art to the next level with selling. Cost $50; lunch provided. Limited seating. To sign up, email or call Justin Grady, 254-7011.

'Water Gardening 101/Introduction To Ponds' seminar. 10 a.m., Illini FS Farmtown, 1509 E. University Ave., U. This seminar teaches people how to differentiate among the components that go into a successful water garden and to see the roles of aquatic life and the ecosystem. Led by Chris Sturdyvin of Chris' Water Gardens. For information or a free DVD, call 896-2225.

Monday, March 25

'Keeping Your Home' class. 6 p.m., Habitat for Humanity, 119 E. University Ave., C. Topics in this homeownership community education class include: home maintenance; saving energy; record keeping; and dealing with unexpected hardships. Free. Call Michelle Stallmeyer at Habitat for Humanity, 819-5113, to register.

Thursday, March 28

'Keeping Customers Happy' breakfast. 7:15 a.m., Hawthorn Suites Ltd., 101 Trade Center Drive, C. Part of breakfast series sponsored by area chambers and business associations. Tim Miles, best-selling author and a native of Champaign County, will speak. Learn how to improve your company's personal experience factor. Cost $20; includes breakfast. To register, contact Norma at the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce office, 531-4669, or email

'Financing a Small Business' seminar. 6 to 8:30 p.m., Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, 303 W. Kirby Ave., C. Overview of startup financing for a business. Content includes business requirements, preparation needed and sources of capital. Sponsored by East Central Illinois SCORE. Cost $25. Workbook provided. Preregistration required. Information and registration at or call East Central Illinois SCORE at 359-1791.

Tuesday, April 2

'Leading Virtually: A Framework for Results.' 8 a.m. to noon, Parkland College Business Training, 1315 N. Mattis Ave., C. Discover how to develop your team when you can't be face to face. Enhance leadership skills that will maximize the performance of dispersed work groups. Focus on two key elements for leading virtual teams — group cohesion and individual commitment. Fee: $135. Register by March 26. Call Parkland, 351-2235.

Thursday, April 4

'Communication Excellence: Managing Performance with DiSC.' 1 to 5 p.m., 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 Wednesday. Fee: $185. Register by Thursday. Call Parkland, 351-2235.


UI Small Farms Webinar Series. Online, continues 1 to 2:30 p.m. March 21 and 28. Or participants may attend at Champaign County Extension office, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, Suite D, C. Thursday: "Weed Control in Pastures." The final class in the series, 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.

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.