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.
Wednesday, March 27
Blend of Urbana. 7:30 to 9 a.m., Holiday Inn, 1001 W. Killarney St., U. Employees from Express Employment Professionals will discuss "Faces of Change: Understanding and Managing Generations in the Workplace." Join the Urbana Business Association for these morning membership meetings. Complimentary breakfast and networking following an informational presentation. For information, call the Urbana Business Association at 344-3872 or go to http://www.urbanabusiness.com/membership/quarterly-membership-meetings/.
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 NormaW@champaigncounty.org.
'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 eci-score.org 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 will be on two key elements for leading virtual teams — group cohesion and individual commitment. Fee: $135. Register by Tuesday. Call Parkland, 351-2235.
Wednesday, April 3
Ford-Iroquois Extension Ag Breakfast. 7 a.m., Ford-Iroquois Extension Office, 912 W. Seminary St., Onarga. Jim Fraley, livestock program director for the Illinois Farm Bureau, will speak on the effects of drought on food prices. Register by noon April 2. Register online at http://tinyurl.com/agbreakfast or contact Helen Heins at 815-268-4051 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Ann Chan at 355-1866 or email@example.com.
'Basic Money Management' class. 6 p.m., Habitat for Humanity, 119 E. University Ave., C. Topics in this homeownership community education class include: achieve financial goals; managing income and spending; needs versus wants. Free. Call Michelle Stallmeyer at Habitat for Humanity, 819-5113, to register.
Thursday, April 4
'Washington, D.C., Briefing for Business.' 7:15 a.m., Hawthorn Suites Ltd., 101 Trade Center Drive, C. Part of breakfast series sponsored by area chambers and business associations. U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis and John Shimkus will provide business updates on the state and national level. Presentations followed by a question-and-answer session. Cost $20; includes breakfast. To register, contact Norma at the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce office, 531-4669, or email NormaW@champaigncounty.org.
Regional Manufacturers Workshop. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Room D-244, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Topic: "Compliance and Enforcement with Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency." Offered by East Central Illinois Economic Development District. Jim Browning, East Central Illinois manufacturing specialist from the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center, will speak during the lunch session about the manufacturer's perspective on compliance issues and how to update your current program. Cost $25, includes lunch. Register by Monday. For registration information, contact Susan Chavarria, the district's executive director, at 819-4053 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, April 9
'Civility in the Workplace.' 10 a.m. to noon, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Executive coach and trainer Jill Bremer will teach strategies for creating a more civil and more rewarding workplace. For managers and employees in all types of workplaces. Part of the library's Civility Week, April 7-13. Free. Register by April 4. To register, call 403-2070.
Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) webinar series. 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays, April 8 to 29. For producers unable to attend the previously held in-house "Food Safety on the Farm" seminar. Fee $10; pre-registration, along with pre-payment, by April 1. Call 815-933-8337 to register by credit card or register online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/gkw.
UI's Web Conference 2013. April 15 and 16, Champaign. Web professionals of all sorts are welcome. Two optional preconference workshops, two keynote presentations, 16 breakout sessions, a networking reception and an exhibition fair. Registration fees: UI attendees, $35, and non-UI attendees, $100, through April 5; optional preconference workshop, $35 and $75. Details at http://go.illinois.edu/uofiwebcon.
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